Smallville: Season 8 (2008 - 2009)


Season 8

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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

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Smallville still weaves an interesting drama, with mystery and ambivalence.

Sep 18, 2008 | Full Review…

The fan boy in me ate up these appearances with the Geoff Johns penned Legion episode ranking very high in a strong season.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

With [Davis] Bloome, Smallville has created a fascinating new character which may not technically fit into the canon of the DC Universe but certainly brings a lot more to the character than the hulking Doomsday would have done on its own.

Nov 22, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

What amazes me about Smallville is that no matter how bad the storylines may get or how tiresome the narrative becomes, there is always this glimmer of hope that pulls us back in year after year.

Sep 18, 2008 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

Gosh, what a silly show this is.

Sep 18, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Smallville: Season 8

  • Feb 23, 2019
    Overall the season was good but no show is perfect.
  • 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.
  • 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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