Season 8 Episode 21


Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 07, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Chloe pleads with Clark to end Davis' life since he can no longer control the beast within him. Tess and her team of meteor freaks help Clark track down Davis.

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  • What is an 'injustice' is that they have this filler as the second last episode of the season. It had been going so great as well.

    This episode dispenses with the main plot to follow up on a lost plot point from earlier in season. It also wastes it by not having an obvious build-up in previous episodes. This is the league of anti-heroes I'm talking about by the way. It spoilt it that we didn't even get a hint that they were chasing after Davis till now. I also hate it when the main character acts so dumb as well, it was obvious from the start that Chloe was acting out of character and that it clearly wasn't her. When the main conceit of the episode is obvious (but not to Clark, it takes Dr Emil to point it out) then somebody has screwed up down the line. It does beg to differ how Fake Chloe (Livewire) knew so much info as well though.

    I liked the flirting between Oliver and Tess and Allesandro Juliani is always pretty good as Dr Emil. Hated the pushiness of every other character lecturing Clark on killing Davis and it was just a shame that they resorted to Clark losing his powers (how he was able to remove a non meteor power I do not understand, surely Clark's powers work differently) as it didn't add anything. The show this season has been good at showing emotion, especially concerning Lois and Clark, and that is one of it's major strengths and the fact that it doesn't tip into schmaltz anymore. This episode brought me back to the unnecessary Lana saga this year. Shame because it could have been good if signposts had been better and we cared about these baddy's just a little more.

    Lastly, I'd like to add that the ending was frankly ridiculous. Where did this whole Tess being guided and then possessed by a Light Being thing come from? Saviour of Candor my ar*e!moreless
  • I stopped it and fell asleep less than halfway through it. I'm bored. I don't look forward to the finale, which is a first for me when it comes to this series...moreless

    There have been so many pointless, boring episodes lately...I'm starting to get tired of Smallville. I was trying to catch up on the show and was doing so well, watching episodes back to I feel like doing other things and watching other shows. I've watched lately so as to catch the ending of it. I've seen every episode up to this one. The first half of season 8 was so great. I really am going to credit that all to Lois. Episodes that involve her are generally lighter and more fun. Clark is less uptight. There is humor. There is light romance. Writers who are willing to write Lois into their script and really involve her are ones who are ready to move on from Superboy to Superman. The episodes tend to be more mature. Clark is more mature and seems to have a purpose. Many of the show's writers are still going back to the old ways...To be honest, my source of entertainment has been Lois Lane.moreless
  • A riveting hour of television...

    "Injustice" was a very special episode for longtime fans such as myself. It's such a treat to see Tom Welling direct an episode every year, he never fails to meet high expectations. Every since the show's fifth season, he's given us gems such as Fragile, Hydro, Apocalypse, and now he's given us the incredible "Injustice." For an "amateur" director, Tom has proved that he definitely knows how to handle a camera and exceed. It's great to know that his interests go beyond standing in front of the camera. (Imagine the look on my face when I found out he'll be serving as an executive producer for Season 9, as well as direct not one, but two episodes in the upcoming season). Now on to the actual episode review...


    After the incredible "Beast" from the week before, Injustice follows shortly after the events of that previous episode. The mystery involving Chloe's sudden return as well as her sudden change of heart by telling Clark to kill Doomsday was one of the episode's definite strong point. For the first time, we got to see Tess' "team" in action as well. It was nice to see Bette from "Plastique" again as well as familiar faces from the DC Universe (Livewire and Parasite). Emil Hamilton was also a pleasant surprise in the episode and his interactions with the other characters was certainly fun to watch. In a sense this episode was very much like a pre-season finale and was filled with twists and turns around every corner. Clark finally discovers who REALLY took Lex's life, we find out the REAL circumstances of Chloe's return, and the episode's climatic ending involving Tess Mercer and a certain orb left me wanting for more.

    Overall, "Injustice" was another series classic that Season 8 managed to bring us. The acting was nothing short of brilliant, the special FX were awesome and always, and the writing was intelligent as usual. Congratulations to the people involved in the making of this episode: you made one of the season's best.moreless
  • Smallville was a show with high expetations. It started great, it was very bad for a while and this season I tought it was getting better again. Why?

    Because Lana was finally gone. Altough the appearence she made this season was important to set things right but the way they did it was a bit... hmm how should I put it... Stupid, yeah best word.

    Moving on, she´s gone, I'm happy (nothing against the actress, she has been amazing).

    Lex was getting annoying, he was supposed to be bad or what??? But terminating him like that hmmm, not good. I just wanted him to became the truly arquienemy of Clark but whatever. I accept that or maybe he didn't die and will return as a real badass.

    David Bloom as doomsday has been a very positive aspect of this season.

    Chloe character has been amazing and Clark aswell. One of the reasons I didn't quit on this series yet was because of its actors and actress. A huge thumbs up for all of them.

    Now one of the things that annoys me so much its the quantity of kryptonite in the world, it comes as a rocks, as liquid, as lipstick, and so on. Come Clark should be imune to that by now... lol

    Other thing is how Clark can loose his powers so easily... Come on that is his genes, it's not something to change so easily (There is the same problem in Heroes...grrr).

    Now... taking out this small (biG), in my opinion, mistakes i will continue to watch and still with the hope for a better day... Anyway seing the score of the last episode, i'm affraid to watch it.moreless
  • A full season of buildup for a huge letdown


    So I don't normally ever write reviews. In fact this is the first I've ever done, but I felt I had to comment. So, I was impressed with season 8, I mean no Lex and they still managed to keep my interest and keep the show respectable, but this final episode, ruined it for me. They had been building the superman/doomsday fight up for half a season, and they give us 30 seconds. SERIOUSLY? We didn't even get to see Superman throw a punch....just an exaggerated tackle....and then they leave the rest to our imagination

    Not to mention, How they kill off Jimmy Olson...but don't worry, here comes his little brother, who for some reason Chloe never met, even though they were about to get married, Oh and his name is Jimmy Olson too, and he'll become a photographer...GIVE ME A BREAK....Come on, you gave Chloe healing abilities, what happened to that!

    And Lois going into the future/past and why even pick up that are in a fight!...I guess not telling you where she went, leaves people interested, but it was pretty weak all together. Now, this episode alone was bottom of the pack...but the fact that it was the season's finale, with a season of buildup leaves me upset. Although, it'll be interesting to see what they do with Zod. Or maybe it'll be another 30 second fight...with Clark whining for 5 episodes about how he can't kill him.moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Brendan Fletcher

Brendan Fletcher


Guest Star

Anna Williams

Anna Williams

Eva Greer

Guest Star

Anna Mae Routledge

Anna Mae Routledge

Livewire/Leslie Willis

Guest Star

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Dr. Emil Hamilton

Recurring Role

Mike Dopud

Mike Dopud

Tess' Assistant

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: Tess' shape-shifting assistant, Eva Greer, shares her last name with Tina Greer, another shape-shifter introduced in the season 1 episode "X-Ray."

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Tess: Well, you seem to be taking my open door policy a little liberally these days, don't you?
      Clark: I guess I assumed after you ambushed me at my barn and accused me of being an alien Jesus, we had dropped any formalities.
      Tess: You know, I can't say that the sarcasm adds to your core charm, but please, come in.

    • Dr. Emil: When it comes to affairs of the heart, everyone uses secrets and lies to protect the ones they love.

    • Oliver: You're always very perceptive. You know, I like that in a woman. It's a turn-on.
      Tess: If I remember correctly, when it comes to the opposite sex, there's little that doesn't turn you on.

    • Oliver: All you cared about was saving the planet.
      Tess: Oh, I still want to save the planet. It's just some of the people that I could do without.

    • Oliver: Put your ego aside. You have a responsibility.
      Clark: My responsibility is to do what's right. Like it or not, we stand for something. We set an example for others to follow and if we don't, then we're no better than the people we fight.
      Oliver: I'm not your enemy, Clark.
      Clark: Then who are you?

    • Tess: But the truth is that's out of your hands now. You can't avoid your fate.
      Clark: Lex did teach me one thing. The word "fate" is used by people who've lost sight of who they are.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Saturday, May 23, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: Friday, October 9, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: April 13, 2010 on TV Nova
      Turkey: July 25, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: June 21, 2012 on Markiza

    • Injoke: Clark mentions he's at the corner of Marshall and Beeman, a reference to James Marshall and Greg Beeman, producers on the show.

    • Neutron
      Neutron first appeared in Action Comics #525 and was created by Marv Wolfman and Joe Staton. Petty thug Nathaniel Tryon was caught in a nuclear meltdown and transformed into sentient nuclear energy. Tryon was able to give himself a body of sorts using a containment suit, and has super-strength and the ability to project nuclear blasts.

    • Livewire
      Livewire first appeared in Superman: The Animated Series and was voiced by Lori Petty. A Metropolis radio shock jock, Leslie Willis, the woman was struck by lightning during a rock concert and was transformed into a being of pure electricity. She was later introduced into the comic book continuity in Action Comics #835 by Gail Simone and John Byrne.

    • Parasite
      In the comics, the Parasite first appeared in Action Comics #340 and was created by Jim Shooter. Raymond Maxwell Jensen was exposed to contaminated biohazard material and gained the ability to drain energies from individuals. He battled Superman on numerous occasions. Post-Crisis, Darkseid engineered another man, Rudy Jones, to gain similar powers. Typically, the Parasite has been a bald purple-skinned humanoid who can gain the superpowers, intellect, and memories of anyone he touches. The powers typically revert back to the person they're stolen from after an indeterminate period of time.

    • Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore, and Sam Witwer are credited but don't appear.


    • Oliver: Something tells me that not having beauty to soothe the beast...
      Referencing the traditional fairy tale La Belle et la Bête, first published in 1740. The plot has varied over the centuries, but basically tells the tale of a man who is required to give up his daughter as a gift to a horrendous humanoid Beast as recompense for trespassing. The daughter, Belle, falls in love with the Beast but eventually leaves. The lovers are reunited and the Beast is transformed back into a handsome prince. Many movie versions exist, the most famous being the 1946 version directed by Jean Cocteau, and the Disney animated version in 1991, as well as a loosely-based television series (1987-89).

    • Chloe: Clark, I just survived a Gothic romance with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
      Referencing the novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this novella, researcher, Dr. Jekyll, creates a serum that inadvertently unleashes the bestial side of the human personality by creating a second personality. Dr. Jekyll's second personality goes by the name, "Mr. Hyde." The novella has since inspired dozens of book, movie, and TV adaptations and parodies. For example, a Marvel comics villain with similar powers bears the name, Mr. Hyde. And this same literary character (Mr. Hyde) has also appeared in Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, where he met his death in the second volume.

    • Parasite: We should be hunting down Godzilla before he tears down Metropolis.
      Referencing the most famous of giant Japanese monsters, who made his screen debut in Godzilla (1954). Originally a parable on the dangers of nuclear war in the aftermath of the World War II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Godzilla spawned three separate movie series where he battled aliens and other giant monsters, and appeared in two TV cartoon series, several comics, and an American remake in 1998.