Smallville

Season 8 Episode 8

Bloodline

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 2008 on The CW
9.3
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Clark receives a mysterious package containing the crystal that Tess found in the Arctic. When he touches it, it transports himself and a visiting Lois to the Phantom Zone where they meet Kara. She opens a portal to free Lois, but Zod's wife escapes and possesses her.moreless

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  • Oh Snap, it's Faora

    9.5
    Lois and Clark in the Phantom Zone, the first time Faora is mentioned in Smallville? Just the mere throwbacks to classic Superman comics is amazing. A lot of people know General Zod, but Faora falls as a more forgettable name. However, if you have seen Man of Steel then you know Faora, and suddenly it is a lot cooler. Man, the direction of season eight is insane.
  • Laura is absolutely so pretty! I’m SO envious of her. I love that she is from Canada! (whoo!) We def. need more Canadians out there. Anyways I liked her a lot in This episode.moreless

    9.5
    Laura is absolutely so pretty! I’m SO envious of her. I love that she is from Canada! (whoo!) We def. need more Canadians out there. Anyways I liked her a lot in This episode. (I have yet to see her in her movies and or shows) It was sad how they ended it for Season 7. Clark Didn’t even come looking for her! What Was That About!!

    This was just depressing. (Though her fighting back part where she changed her hair and stuff was pretty cool) Regardless I think she’s an amazing person. I hope we get to see more of her. OH MAN! They should have a trailer for her movie in the background in season 9. It would be AMAZING!



    They should REALLY give her a few cameos in season 9!moreless
  • coooooooooooolllll!!!!

    10
    I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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  • It's episodes like this that makes watching Smallville worthwhile!

    9.5
    Without a doubt, the most jam-packed episode of any show I've seen. With so much huge plots going on its a wonder why I think that this sis the best episode of Season 8 thus far. Doomsday is freaking scary OK. I didnt know much about the character until looking him up on Wikipedia and my God he is pretty powerful. But Davis is a likeable character so it will be hard to root for Clark. Gotta hand it to the writers, I thought when Lois came out the Phantom Zone that was kinda it but it seems the extended plot literally came out the P.Z with Lois. Chloe just grows and grows in my eyes. From the not so likeable nosey reporter from Season 1 to the outstanding sidekick in Season 8, the actress, Allison Mack is superb - well done and she deserves more recognition! Moreso than the other members of the cast. A shame to see Kara go as I liked her but one less character to write for. Again, Chloe was amazing in "Bloodline" but so was Davis and Lois. Bring on the next episode and Doomsday because this episode has left me all excited...moreless
  • Chloe rescues Clark, Kara, and Lois from another world, and later saves Clark from an alien from that world, with Oliver's help. Lois transforms into a Zoner, while Tess gains dangerous knowledge about the alien threat.moreless

    8.5
    This episode has an apt title - "Bloodline" can be taken to refer to the blood relationship between Clark and Kara, and also to a wife-of-Zod Phantom Zone escapee who is revealed as the mother of...?



    For a moment, Lois plans to move back to the farm with Clark; she's enthused, he's now reluctant - but after all, he did make the offer several episodes back in "Instinct." The move-in is delayed by a trip to another planet. It seems a bit too easy to end the quest for the blue crystal by having it arrive in the mail for Clark, but that's the way this script goes. Then when he picks it up, knowing it's alien origins, it starts to activate, with Lois standing nearby. I would have slammed it back in it's case and gotten it out of sight. But Clark stands there until both he and Lois are teleported into the Phantom Zone and out to that dismal prison planet.



    Lois simply thinks she's been abducted by aliens...well, she's right, but not a "Close Encounters" type of alien. With Kara appearing in the Zone, it's finally time to resolve her disappearance in "Arctic," last season. Ms. Vandervoort is harder around the edges, and has a new braided hairstyle, so she brings some renewed interest to her Kara role.



    Allison Mack plays a major part in "Bloodline," Chloe first finding the crystal at the Kent home just before Tess arrives. Tess is looking for the source of a power surge her "frequency generator" detected, right down to within inches in the Kent kitchen. But Chloe manages to keep the crystal hidden, then enlists a reluctant Oliver in her plan to steal the generator from Tess and activate the crystal to rescue Clark and Lois. There's a lot going on in that Brainiac-powered brain of Chloe, making me wonder if she's to suffer mental burnout soon.



    Ms. Vandervoort gets a fair amount of screen time, helping Lois escape the Phantom Zone when Chloe activates the crystal and enables a time-space portal, but not before a wraith makes the trip too, and back on Earth, Lois is possessed by the entity. Chloe's crystal scene with Oliver has the best line of the episode, "If I don't bail out Clark soon, who knows what kind of havoc Lo-Bot will leave in her wake." Chloe get downright freakish as she activates the crystal with her mental forces and throws Oliver clean across the room. Chloe is evolving into a super-hero her own self.



    Still in the PZ, Clark has to hang on, pleading with the injured Kara to come with him back to his home world - she finally grasps his hand and they teleport back to Chloe and Oliver.



    The vessel-possessor turns out to be the wife of Zod, Faora, and the mother of another cast member. Ms. Durance is quite a surprise with her new look and completely convincing portrayal of another person - impressive acting for someone who has carved out her Lois persona to the point of being quite predictable. Not here. As a vessel for Faora, she gets a new hairstyle and makeup, alters her voice, and completes a transformation, at least in our minds.



    Another script surprise - Lois/Faora starts talking to Tess about kryptonian spacecraft, Kal-El, and other alien secrets. At this rate, Tess will know far too much about Clark and alien invasions, and Ms. Cassidy gives a good performance here, trying to ingratiate herself with Faora by proposing a partnership. But Lois/Faora says "You're worthless to me," and superspeeds out, leaving Ms. Cassidy to demonstrate a perfect look of shock on her face.



    Chloe's welcome-back scene with Lois/Faora is near-fatal for Chloe, and Faora discovers the file on Davis...her long-lost son. When Lois/Faora spots Davis in the hospital, it's like a family reunion, with Davis coincidentally also researching his origins with Chloe's help. It was pretty shocking to hear Lois/Faora call Davis the "ultimate destroyer," ram a bed rail right through him, and see him fall dead on the floor. But she must have a plan for her genetic-material son, as she re-phrases an old expression, "That which kills you makes you stronger." She leaves Davis in a pool of blood, but Clark then arrives, saying, "Lois, I know you're in there." A GMC pickup is totaled on the street below when Faora flings Clark through the wall, but Faora is exorcised from Lois by Kara's kryptonian shield.



    Clark has another scene with Tess at the Daily Planet as she presses him for more information about all this, but Clark is closed-mouth to the point of risking his job. All this is quite different from historic versions of Clark's days at the DP - Tess is no Perry White, but that's fine - this more sinister relationship makes for better drama - much more is at stake with Tess at the helm than with a bumbling Perry White.



    When Kara informs Clark that she's leaving Smallville, it seems to presage the end of Ms. Vandervoort's tour in the cast. Perhaps there's just not enough room for her with the ongoing development of Lois, Chloe, and Tess, but still, she was an asset to a number of stories, a good supporter of Clark, and I'd like to see her in more guest shots. But the way she flies out of the atmosphere indicates this is the end.



    As I expected, Davis awakes in his own blood, still alive, and soon puts himself to the test in the hospital - with a large knife. It shatters when he test-impales himself. We all knew this was coming, but now realize that Davis is going to develop his own self-knowledge of his origins, powers, and destiny. The story arc so far makes it clear that he's no short-term meteor-mutant - he will be a formidable opponent.



    The only lingering question is about who sent Clark the crystal and why. If a future episode does not answer this, I'll be disappointed. Someone is out there with special ability and knowledge, and is manipulating several characters in the cast, and we still have no clue who that is. Why did that person tease Tess about the crystal in a cryptic email back in "Instinct," and then simply turn it over to Clark?



    Lois was exposed to teleportation, the Phantom Zone, and possession by an alien, which would give her far too much knowledge, so the usual script device of a loss of memory is employed to re-set the Clark - Lois relationship, and her plan to camp at the farm and enjoy that three-hour one-way commute to the DP is also quickly written off. I felt a bit manipulated - a quick tease about something happening in the Clark-Lois relationship is just that. But "Bloodline" surely makes one look forward to further developments between those two, as well as with Chloe, and Tess, and Davis. The producers and writers leave themselves with many possibilities, and leave me anticipating several more good stories. That means "Bloodline" is a success, so I'll watch it again. Re-run rating B.moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer

Davis Bloome/Doomsday

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Lois and Clark are taken by the crystal, they are seen flying out through the window so all the broken glass should be outside or on the ledge of the window (as can be seen.) But then Chloe picks up the crystal on the floor where broken glass can be seen (which gives credit to her telling that it is a bird that flew in the window).

    • When Clark and Kara are brought back from the Phantom Zone the blood that they had on their faces is now all gone. Even though they are able to heal when they return to Earth they should still have some dried blood on them.

    • When Faora holds Chloe up by the neck, Chloe says she can't breathe. But if that were the case, she shouldn't be able to speak either.

    • When Lois tossed the package containing the Crystal to Clark, you can see that it's already been opened.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Kara: Take my blood.
      Clark: No.
      Kara: It'll open the portal and take you home, okay?
      Clark: You are my home. Do you hear me? You're my family. You make me feel like I actually belong.

    • (Chloe asks Oliver to steal a piece of equipment)
      Oliver: Who does this fancy piece of equipment belong to?
      Chloe: Tess Mercer
      Oliver: Mercy. Well why didn't you just say so?

    • (Clark enters the farm house. Oliver is already inside)
      Oliver: Hallmark didn't have any "Welcome back to Earth" cards. So...
      Clark: It's nice to see everyone has a key to this place.

    • Clark: You didn't like it here, remember? The rooster woke you up every morning.
      Lois: Yeah, but at least the rooster only crows once. You try sharing walls with pre-wedding Chloe and Jimmy.
      Clark: I didn't need to know that.

    • Tess: Not quite the bachelor pad I had imagined.
      Chloe: Is Clark expecting you or is this another one of your daily break-ins?

    • Tess: Look at you. So eager to cover his tracks. Blind loyalty can be dangerous, Chloe.
      Chloe: That means a lot coming from the protégé of Lex Luthor.

    • Davis: Is this a bad time?
      Chloe: It's just one of those days when I feel like my friends have left the planet?

    • Chloe: You know, Oliver, for a guy with three cellphones, you sure are hard to get ahold of.

    • Faora: I need to find my son.
      Tess: Your son? I have to admit, it's difficult to imagine a mini Lois running around.

    • Chloe: What did you do with Lois?
      Faora: I needed her vessel. Not my first choice, but surprisingly flexible.

    • Tess: Who do you work for?
      Green Arrow: I'm self-employed. It's sort of an occupational safety hazard.
      Tess: Oh. Well, then you know that getting blood out of leather can be a total bitch.

    • Oliver: That still doesn't explain how you're hacking into that crystal, Chloe. It's not hooked up to anything, there's no computer here.
      Chloe: Do I tell you how to shoot your arrows? I don't think so. Stay back.

    • Chloe: Does the name "Faora" ring any bells? Strong, quick, hater of man?

    • Faora: You don't recognize me... but you are the spitting image of your father.
      Davis: Okay. Lois, you gotta reason with me. What kind of drugs did you take--pills, powder, paste? Don't tell me you didn't inject anything.
      Faora: You don't know who you are. You experience blackouts? Hours of your life mysteriously lost? Your body's still evolving.
      Davis: Okay, um... how do you know that?
      Faora: Before we were Phantoms, Zod and I were unable to have children. So we created you.
      Davis: You, uh, created me...
      Faora: You arrived here as genetic matter, containing our planet's most powerful life-forms so that, in time, you would evolve to become Earth's ultimate destroyer.
      Davis: I drive an ambulance.
      Faora: The duty of a child is to continue the legacy his parents began. Our family is meant to take this planet as our own. And after seeing you with these humans, I realize that you're still too weak to fulfill your destiny. (Faora breaks off piece of metal from hospital bed and impales Davis) Trust me, my son. That which kills you makes you stronger. I'll be back when you're ready.

    • Lois: I just came from Tess. I got a raise.
      Clark: Why would she give you a raise?
      Lois: Because I'm me. Hello.

    • Oliver: Phantom Zone, huh? Seriously, who names these things?
      Chloe: Picture an alien Alcatraz, and if I don't bail Clark out soon, who knows that kind of havoc Lo-Bot will leave in her wake.

    • Lois: I don't want to die here, Clark!
      Clark: All we have to do is keep an eye out for each other, okay. We'll be fine.
      Lois: We're not fine. We're standing on our graves. We're going to die, us together. No more farmhouse, no more Daily Planet!
      Clark: Listen to me! Listen to me. No one's gonna mess with Lois and Clark, all right.
      Lois: They better not.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lois: This is our DeLorean?
      Referencing the time-traveling machine from the three Back to the Future movies. The trilogy, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, features the main character jumping back and forth through time. Despite Lois' comments, the DeLorean doesn't travel through space when transporting until the animated series (1991-92).

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