Smallville

Season 8 Episode 9

Abyss

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2008 on The CW
9.0
out of 10
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Brainiac strikes and replaces Chloe's memories with Kryptonian code. In order to help his best friend, Clark must ask for Jor-El's help. Meanwhile, Davis tries to get Chloe to understand that Jimmy is wrong for her.

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  • Great Chloe-centric episode

    9.0
    Overall, there's not a whole lot about this episode that really progresses the season other than the "doom" prophesy. However, this was great character development for Chloe, and similar in total to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, one of my favorite films.
  • Incredible!! After waiting 7 and a half years, we finally see the real Father-Son relationship between Clark and Jor-El. Brainiac deletes Chloe's memories and after being removed from Chloe, he calls for Doomsday - who will be coming! AWESOME EPISODE!!moreless

    10
    This episode was AMAZING!! Chloe is in trouble. Brainiac is deleting all her memories piece for piece and the people she cares about. She even forgot who Jimmy is - her fiance. But the one person she still can count on is Clark. He comes to her rescue by going to the Arctic and rebuilding the Fortress of Solitude: which was high time! And what follows is one of the BEST EVER conversational episodes between Father and Son. Brainiac continues to delete all memories from Chloe's mind, including Clark's real Kryptonian heritage and powers. The only person she remembers is Davis Bloom (A.K.A. Doomsday - due to the Brainiac/Doomsday connection). Davis does the sensible thing - brining Chloe to Jimmy and Clark. Clark took her to the Fortress and with the help of Jor-El, brings back her memories, except those of Clark's powers and his secret.



    All ends well. Clark for the first time returns to the Fortress to THANK Jor-El, and calls him Father. Finally the father-son relationship from the mythos are finally in place. for 7 years we had to deal with a rebellious son and a harsh father, but now, they are united in effort, connected in relationship, and have a common purpose: the creature called Doomsday. And as Clark leaves the Fortress, Brainiac liquid that came from Chloe took over the crystal console and drowned out Jor-El. The whole fortress turns black with Doomsday's sign appearing. It is coming - The House of El will be destroyed and Clark!!!moreless
  • Chloe's Amnesia.

    1.0
    Okay... I was about to give another high grade to this episode, but then... I can't believe Chloe has no memory of Clark's powers!!! :shouting:



    I am being very subjective here, but I don't care. I actually started really liking the show when Chloe found out about Clark and now it's all ruined! Not to mention the whole Davis-Chloe drama at the end! I mean, now that she has no memory of Clark's powers and now that she isn't a reporter drama is all she is going to come down to! Okay, I'm probably overreacting and maybe they can make this interesting, but come on!



    Other that that, I am actually very excited (surprisingly) to see Lana back in the next episode. I am anxious to see how she will fit now...moreless
  • They can't do that to Chloe!

    1.0
    They can't do that to Chloe! No way that's the worse thing they could do. I've been loving this season up to this point but violating Chloe's memory is sooo wrong. It makes me angry if this is permanant, I hope it isn't. Chloe rules! I think this may be a setup for future episodes but it feels sooo wrong. I'm hoping that this does not drag on for the rest of the season cause it'd be very bad. Otherwise I'm not sure what they are planning with the Davis storyline but it looks like they are forshadowing something bigmoreless
  • I for one do not agree with Clark's decision...

    9.3
    Clark was wrong to remove any memory of his secret from Chloe's brain. I can understand his dilemma what with endangering her life on more than one occasion but she said so herself - she is glad she can make a difference onto the world through helping Clark and he went against her wishes. However the episode itself was spectacular. Of late Smallville has been ranking up the excellent bar ever since Prey (Doomsday being unveiled). thought last season Braniac was a dull dud but in this ep he wasnt even seen and he kicked ass. Seeing the newly built Fortress being 'possessed' with Braniac's substance was definitely a good scene and "Doomsday is coming" - very eerie. I also loved the special effects in Chloe's memories - very much like the film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind...moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Jimmy Olsen

Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer

Davis Bloome/Doomsday

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Victoria Duffield

Victoria Duffield

Young Chloe

Guest Star

Jackson Warris

Jackson Warris

Young Clark

Guest Star

Nicki Burke

Nicki Burke

Nurse #1

Guest Star

James Marsters

James Marsters

Brainiac

Recurring Role

Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp

Voice of Jor-El

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In Chloe's memory of Clark catching the car, it disappears right after he catches it. But you can clearly see that the headlights are still shining on him, even though the car is not in his hands anymore.

    • When Davis brings Chloe to Clark and Jimmy at the Talon and sedates her, Jimmy picks her up and puts her in the green chair. We see the first two shots of Chloe in the chair her head is tilted to her left and her hair is not messy with Jimmy next to her. The third shot we see, the long wide shot, Chloe has rolled over and tilting to her right and her hair is messed up. The very next shot we see she has tilted back to her left with non-messy hair again.

    • Trivia: This episode marks the first time that Clark has called Jor-El "Father."

    • Chloe's memory with Clark in his barn was meant to have taken place only one year before the first season. Earlier this season Clark mentioned that he'd known Chloe for eight years and in the season one episode when she went missing he mentioned the barn scene that is shown here as only being one year earlier. Due to this, young Clark in particular must have done some serious growing over the next year as he was nowhere near Tom Welling's height or build.

    • Chloe says it's a two-hour trip from Smallville to Metropolis, which contradicts both the previously stated figure of three hours and the incorrect first-season footage showing Metropolis just over a few hills from Smallville.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Clark: Before you trailed off, you were talking about the first time you saw me use my abilities.
      Chloe: Abilities? As in your ability to look both ways before you cross the street?

    • Clark: You've been the best friend and ally I could have had, Chloe. The truth is, you've saved me more than I ever could have saved you.

    • Chloe: Jimmy, I'm impressed. You managed to balance out single, couples, and families while keeping all of the exes at different tables, and still keeping the kids' tables away from the cake. You truly are the zen master of seating charts.
      Jimmy: More the master of musical chairs.

    • Jor-El: My son?
      Brainiac: Your son is destined to fail. Soon a new age will dawn on Earth, an age of power and strength… and the fall of the House of El. Doomsday is coming.

  • NOTES (7)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Saturday, February 28, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: Friday, July 17, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: March 25, 2010 on TV Nova
      Turkey: May 2, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: May 31, 2012 on Markiza

    • Injoke: The phrase "Doomsday is coming" which is used at the end of this episode, which is the last episode before the final arrival of Doomsday, is also used at the end of Man of Steel #17 - which is also the last issue before the arrival of Doomsday in the comics.

    • This episode was not aired in the New York metropolitan area, until the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, due to a Thursday Night Football Jets vs. Patriots game; on WPIX Channel 11.

    • Injoke: The author of Tales of the Weird & Unexplained, Aleya Naiman, is a nod to the show's prop master.

    • Terrence Stamp is billed by character name, and as Special Guest Star.

    • James Marsters doesn't appear and isn't credited but his voice is heard.

    • Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, and Justin Hartley are credited but don't appear.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Davis: It's more like Night of the Living Dead.
      Referencing the 1968 black & white movie directed by George Romero. The plot of the movie, and the four subsequent direct sequels, is that a meteor falling to Earth causes the dead to rise, hunger for human flesh, and transforms others through infection. Anyone dying comes back as living dead as well. The original movie has been remade twice since, in 1990 and 2006.

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