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  • Title: Smallville
  • Season: 8
  • Episode: Eternal
  • Starring: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Cassidy Freeman, Sam Witwer, Justin Hartley and Aaron Ashmore
  • Written by: Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders
  • Directed by: James Marshall
  • Network: The CW
  • Series: Smallville

SMALLVILLE 8.18 - "Eternal"

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By Rob Vaux     April 03, 2009
Source: Mania

Review: SMALLVILLE 8.18 - "Eternal"
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Tess (Cassidy Freeman) reads Lionel Luthor's journal, recounting Clark's (Tom Welling) arrival on Earth and discovery by the Kents. It reveals that something else arrived on that ship: a pile of extraterrestrial goo that turned into a young Davis Bloome (Alex Ferris). The next day, Clark hands her a news story about a rash of recent murders--claiming that the same killer is behind them--only to see her sweep it under the rug.

Across town, grown-up Davis (Sam Witwer) is cooking dinner for Chloe (Allison Mack). Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore) is apparently out of the picture, and Davis seems to be making his move. As they talk, Davis cuts himself, but the wound heals instantly. They're interrupted by Clark, looking for information on the killer. Davis splits and goes into his Bill Bixby routine, then comes to just outside of Smallville, dismembering the corpse of his latest victim. After he finishes, he receives a call from Tess, who's standing right in front of his SUV. She presses a detonator and blows the vehicle to kingdom come.

Meanwhile, Chloe and Clark work the case. She agrees with his conclusion that a single killer is behind the slayings. Clark voices concern about her relationship with Davis, to which she coolly tells him to mind his own business. She spots a news report on the Internet about the SUV on fire outside of Smallville and they head out to the site, which also happens to be the same field where Clark's ship landed. Clark scans the field with his X-ray vision and finds a disturbingly large number of bodies buried in shallow graves.

Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan in SMALLVILLE, on The CW Network. Photo: Michael Courtney

Davis wakes up in Casa del Luthor, bandaged like Boris Karloff. Tess tells him she was trying to kill him, but confesses that it's difficult.. She then switches gears and informs him that she can help him, producing Luthor's book in the process. Flashback to the day of Clark's arrival on Earth. Young Davis hides while Jonathan and Martha Kent (John Schneider and Annette O'Toole) go over the wreckage of the ship. He's rousted by Lionel Luthor's thugs, who chase him into the corn before capturing and caging him. Lionel takes the boy to his mansion to perform tests on him, and young Lex (Connor Stanhope) finds him and bonds with him.

In the present, Davis heals in just a few hours' time, but the mansion continues to reawaken memories of his childhood. One in particular details his painful first exposure to kryptonite, suggesting a way he might kill himself before harming anyone else. Tess tells him that he is Judas to Clark's Jesus and that Clark cannot fulfill his destiny until Doomsday faces him. Davis goes all Bill Bixby again and knocks her across the room.

Clark and Chloe deduce that Tess abducted Davis, and Clark goes to visit her in the hospital where she is recovering. She spills the beans, explaining that while the Luthors believed they were Clark's great adversary, it was actually Doomsday. When Lionel realized he had the "wrong" boy, he turned Davis out on the street.

Davis approaches Chloe in her office and confesses that he loves her… which doesn't carry a whole lot of weight with her, until he asks her to help him die. Clark arrives a short time later and learns that they went to Luthor's Prometheus Lab, which has enough kryptonite to finish the job on Davis. Chloe can't bring herself to activate the machine, however, and Clark shows up in an attempt to stop them. Davis pleads with them to let him die, but Clark argues that there must be something in his life worth living for. Davis starts to Hulk out, causing Chloe to activate the machine. As he dies, Davis remembers the day the Luthors abandoned him: he had transformed into Doomsday and killed the flunkies assigned to the task.

Afterwards, Clark and Chloe engage in their usual postmortem. Chloe defends her actions, saying she'd rather kill Davis than risk the safety of the world. Clark returns to Smallville, where Tess confronts him about his powers. She claims that he'll never fulfill his destiny until he faces "his greatest challenge," and that she'll wait for him until he's ready to accept the truth. Chloe returns home to find Davis rummaging around in the basement. He tells her that the kryptonite treatment only made him stronger, and that he won't kill Clark if he's with her: he says that she calms his inner beast. She responds by locking the basement door, protecting them from unwanted intrusion.


The Good

Things are really starting to cook on this show. There was some question about how they could extend the Doomsday thing until the season finale, but the symmetry of laying everybody's cards on the table tonight feels just about right. The back story stays true to canon while acknowledging Smallville's unique take on the material, and adheres to the series philosophy of exploring the Superman story without resorting to epic brawls. (They can save that for a few more episodes.) Mack and Welling are in good form and Tess--manipulative ice queen of my dreams--proves once again how readily she can step into Luthor's shoes. Also, it was really great seeing Schneider and O'Toole again, if only in flashbacks.


Sam Witwer as Davis Bloom, Tom Welling as Clark Kent in SMALLVILLE, on The CW Network. Photo: Michael Courtney

The Bad

Basically just some undue repetition--they had about 48 minutes worth of stuff here, rather than the full hour--and a few chintzy bits of make-up here and there. (Davis's red eyes aren't quite doing it for me.) Otherwise, a solid outing from the Metropolis crew, demonstrating that Smallville still has plenty of life left in it.


The Prognosis

Chloe really does have the worst taste in boyfriends. When a surly, hostile, pill-popping Jimmy Olsen is looking like the better choice, it's time to declare celibacy. Perhaps she'll rethink her options when Davis pulls Clark's arms out of their sockets…


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LionKing 4/3/2009 8:11:27 AM

Enough of Tess and her damn curiosity... I would like more villians other than Tess.  Chloe is begining to bug me the way Lana did.  Man she (Chloe) would prostitute her self for Clark wouldn't she. I really miss Lois.

gauleyboy420 4/3/2009 10:12:47 AM

I've wanted Chloe to die for the last 5 seasons

Duggernaut 4/3/2009 11:54:11 AM

This show is better since they got rid of lana. Kristen Kreuk is a god awful actress and the character  was so stale.  I liked the episode even though there were a few flaws in the episode but glad they picking things up.

tjs13 4/3/2009 12:12:13 PM

I've always loved Chloe, but lately, she's getting a bit annoying, though not quite Lana like yet.

The show works when it's Clark and Lois this year.  Outside of that, it's been a bit rough, though better then last year's Supergirl arch. 

I just hate what they've turned Chloe into.  All signs point to her death this year.

Tess is ok, but the "I'm Lex with a Vagina" routine is getting quite old.

jedi4sshield 4/3/2009 1:39:11 PM

Nah you guys got it all wrong. Chloe's been the one on the show who's been hurt the most and has done so much for Clark. As I’ve said before she's the one who pours her heart out to people only to be stabbed in the back. Every guy she's either been interested in or gotten with, has let her down. Frankly Clark doesn’t deserve her (in any capacity). I still don’t understand why the writers have to make her life miserable. It’s like every turn she’s crying either because she has/had feeling for Clark /Jimmy/etc....As for Davis he seems to be the only genuine person to ever love Chloe in any capacity, secrets in all. Its pity that he just so happens to be Doomsday. Unfortunately we know how this story is suppose to turn out. The end result another lost, saddened and broken Chloe. This is already a prediction that’s gonna come true unless she dies somewhere in all of this mess. If that did happen I hope she goes peacefully, it’s the least the writers can do after tormenting this poor, talented and attractive character.

ponyboy76 4/3/2009 4:39:42 PM

This was a good episode but you wonder why and how Tess got her hands on a book that Lex obviously never got a hold of, but that`s kind of irrelevant.

I agree with you Jedi, I really feel sorry for Chloe. I tell you one thing though, this does kind of give us and the writers a good reason as to why, there is no Chloe in Clark`s future. After all the crap she's been through, if she doesn't die, would you really want to stick around Clark for the rest of your life? She probably ends up moving far, far away.

DaForce1 4/4/2009 10:58:26 AM

The whole thing with Tess saying over and over again how Clark needs to face his biggest challenge before becoming the world's savior is so obviously foreshadowing Chloe's death.

I've been saying it since the beginning of season 3, that Chloe has to die so that Clark becomes Superman. She's the only character that has been added to the canon (besides Doomsday's lame emo alter-ego) that hasn't appeared in the comics. She needs to die so that we can have this series finally move on.

Thank Buddha that the next episode is a Lois episode. These Chloe episodes are starting to suck as much as the Lana ones did.

heath0920 4/5/2009 7:14:33 AM

Although I won't debate people's opinions regarding Chloe's strorylines (everyone is welcome to their opinion in what kinds of shows they want to see), I hope we can all acknowledge the talent of Allison Mack as an actress.  For years, we were made to believe that Clark and Lana were these star crossed lovers, but there was always more chemistry in the interaction between Welling and Mack than him and Kreuk. And I think most of that praise goes to Allison for her range. Kreuk couldn't hold a candle to that one (look at season 2, where Clark is lying sick on a couch and Mack delivers an impassioned monoligue to him. I'd like to see Kristin try that one, er, no I wouldn't)  If Chloe is killed as a catalyst for moving the mythos of Superman forward, I'm okay with that. Any show that lasts as long as this one has needs to make some changes for organic growth, or it stagnates. But I will miss the woman who has given some amazing passion to a series for seven years.

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