Smallville: Season 8 (2008 - 2009)


Season 8
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Air date: Sep 18, 2008

In the eighth-season opener, the Justice League searches for Clark, but is stymied by the new CEO of Luthorcorp, Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman); and Chloe is held prisoner by a group who have discovered her powers, while Clark has been stripped of his by Jor-El.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2008

Clark starts his new job at the Daily Planet, where he is partnered with Lois for a story on a bus explosion. Meanwhile, paramedic Davis Bloome is attracted to Chloe.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2008

Oliver falls ill at a charity event and Clark and Chloe discover their friend has only hours to live. Oliver soon descends into delirium and is overcome by memories of his time on the island and when he first met Tess. Meanwhile, Clark and Chloe's fruitless search for a cure pushes Chloe to try out her new powers, much to Clark's surprise.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2008

Maxima (Charlotte Sullivan), a queen from planet Almerac, arrives on Earth after being accidentally summoned by Tess. Thinking that her soul mate called her, Maxima sets out to find him, starting with Jimmy, but the men of Metropolis better beware -- her kiss is deadly.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2008

A psychotic jeweler (David Lewis) kidnaps Jimmy and Chloe after their engagement party and subjects them to a shocking lie-detector test. Posing as a couple while trying to find their friends, Lois and Clark are also forced to answer questions about their feelings for each other.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2008

Clark suspects a recent murder at a theater may be the work of a meteor-infected serial killer, and he demands that Chloe give him names of people she's counseling at the Isis Foundation. A fearful Davis thinks he's the killer and confides in Chloe.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2008

Clark fears his identity may be revealed after Jimmy snaps a photo of him saving Lois from a mugger. Clark asks Chloe for help to prevent the picture from running on the front page, but to no avail.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2008

The Arctic crystal is anonymously delivered to Clark, and it sends him and Lois to the Phantom Zone, where they run into Kara. She returns Lois to Earth, but inadvertently releases Zod's wife, who takes over Lois' body and wreaks havoc on Metropolis.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2008

Brainiac slowly takes over Chloe's mind until the only person she remembers is Davis. In an effort to save her, Clark rebuilds the Fortress of Solitude in order to seek help from Jor-El.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2008

Chloe has concerns that Davis will try to stop her wedding. Instead, the ceremony comes under attack by Doomsday, who tries to kidnap the bride. In the melee, Clark and Lois grow closer. Meanwhile, Oliver is off hunting for Lex in Cuba, where he is surprised to find Lana.

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Series 8 of the superhero series follows Clark Kent (Tom Welling) as he begins his newspaper career at the Daily Planet and develops romantic feelings for colleague Lois Lane (Erica Durance). He also starts to embrace his destiny as the world's savior, and battles Brainiac, Doomsday and Plastique. Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman), LuthorCorp's new CEO, arrives and enlists Clark's help to find the missing Lex Luthor, but Clark and Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) vigorously disagree over how to handle Lex should he resurface.

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Critic Reviews for Smallville Season 8

Audience Reviews for Smallville: Season 8

  • Jul 26, 2020
    The weakest of the seasons due to the Doomsday mess (and only shadowy Lex)! but it is still great due to an increased role for Lois, a great new character in Tess.
  • Feb 23, 2019
    Overall the season was good but no show is perfect.
  • Nov 23, 2018
    It's not completely without it's charming moments like Lana's return (although it was for a little bit) and of course a few good moments and turns here and there but Season 8 suffers from the same issues like the previous season plus they handling of Doomsday was done poorly and the death of Jimmy Olsen was anticlimatic to say the least. (5/10)
  • Mar 05, 2017
    Right from the very beginning, one could see that the eighth season of "Smallville" would be very different from any of its predecessors. Gone were regulars Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) and Kristin Kruek (Lana Lang), while other interesting characters such as Kara "Supergirl" Kent and Lionel Luthor would not be coming back. In their place would be a new villain, Tess Murcer, and an increased focus on the Justice League (especially Green Arrow). Early on in the season, the show struggled to find its footing a bit, as could be expected from all the casting changes. The Tess character was hit-or-miss, Green Arrow couldn't hold an episode by himself, and the "freaks of the week" (while nodding to the Superman comics) weren't that relevant or interesting to the development of the main characters. Starting with the episode "Bloodline" (early November), however, the Smallville writers were able to churn out a string of four high-quality episodes in a row. Such topics as the creation of Doomsday (later Superman's most deadly foe), Chloe's relationship with Brainiac (featuring a great flashback Clark/Chloe scene), and Clark's future destiny (hinted at through time-travelling Legion members) were covered and all proved to be very interesting. Plus, even the Clark/Lois relationship was actually starting to get entertaining and moving in a direction following the Superman cannon. But then came Lana... Basically, right as the season seemed to be hitting its peak, the character of Lana Lang makes a guest appearance for a few episodes and everything comes crashing back down again. Though the writers tried to give Lana a touching sendoff (as Kruek will not be returning), her character had been so emotionally void (what with her on again-off again relationship with Clark and Lex) for the past few seasons that this was just the last straw. Sadly, what could have been one of the more touching scenes in Smallville history felt more like "good riddance". From that point, the entire rest of the season did not produce one episode I would consider to be anywhere near "great". Though trying to make the Clark/Doomsday/Chloe triangle as dramatic as possible, it falls flat due to the fact that one show can only handle so many love triangles at one time. Also, the Tess character (while decently acted) could not hold a candle to Lex, while the Justice League was never really fleshed out any more than in seasons six or seven. Even the season finale (though it contained a few good moments) was disappointing, as I had to go read through the Kryptonsite message boards just to figure out what happened in the end (what was supposed to be the "big revelation" to set the groundwork for Season Nine). Thus, as much as I hate to say it, Season Eight of Smallville has been (at least so far) the weakest season of the show. For the first time, watching Smallville every week seemed like a bit of a chore. I will (like many of you) continue to watch the show until its conclusion, but sadly I do not think it will ever recapture the innocence of its first few seasons.
  • Aug 02, 2015
    The best season of the show.
  • Jan 18, 2014
    the Doomsday fight was a bit disappointing to say the least but I still love Smallville
  • Jan 05, 2014
    i dont hate it but i dont love it either. The worst season in the entire series in my opinion.

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