Season 8 Episode 6


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 2008 on The CW
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A serial killer is on the loose in Metropolis, but Clark and Chloe find themselves on opposing sides when Clark believes that Davis Bloome is responsible, while Chloe defends her new friend.

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  • Mehhh

    I've never been a fan of Davis Bloom - for many reasons. First of all, we all know that he is Doomsday. Doomsday doesn't turn into a human, he is this demonic creature that eventually kills Superman. secondly, I know that they like to introduce famous comic characters in the show, but Clark technically hasn't turned into Superman yet, so Doomsday should be a lot further down the line, and let's not even talk about the end of this season. Overall, because I am not a fan of his character, I just don't care about the Davis-Centric episode.moreless
  • Chloe's meteor-mutant support group harbors a ghostly killer. Clark and the disempowered Martian Manhunter work to find the killer, while Jimmy vows to identify the Metropolis superhero.

    This episode demonstrated how important Erica Durance has become in the Smallville universe - she's off at "a tractor pull in Lubbock," according to Clark, so the script is limited to Clark, Chloe, Jimmy and Davis. Sometimes stories work better with a limited number of players, particularly if the plot is complex and exciting. Chloe is finally working her way into a meaningful counseling session with young people with special abilities, but a series of murders in Metropolis leads to suspicion that one of them is behind it.

    Paramedic Davis is featured again, suspecting himself as the possible assailant after he is found unconscious at a mass murder scene covered in blood - not his own. While he and Chloe continue to have inadvisable private meetings, she finally realizes that he has more than a friendly interest and decides they should not see each other for awhile. This makes good sense in the Jimmy-Chloe story - she would have a tough time explaining to him why she was alone with Davis so much.

    Clark gets close to damaging his relationship with Chloe by tracking her private list of clients and subjecting them to investigation by John Jones in his new temporary role as a police detective, but it's all resolved before the end, thanks mostly to Chloe's maturity.

    Little time is spent on the young killer, but Clark manages to discover him and get him confined, but (no surprise here) a Luthorcorp staffer approaches the youth with an offer to join the new "Injustice League" being formed by Tess. While the little ego-maniac claims credit for all the recent murders, the staffer points out that he could not have been responsible for all of them, and a telling clue is left for the last scene, casting suspicion back on Davis.

    Clark does better with Lois around. Mr. Welling's performance in this episode is a little wooden, and lacking any humor or flash. The absence of a sinister force, like Lex, is also apparent, and Cassidy Freeman and Justin Hartley are also out of the script. Almost looks like it was time for cast vacations - no significant developments, no big ongoing stories, with the slight exception of Davis, and nothing compelling to get me to see this one again. It's a slow week. Re-run rating C.moreless
  • Gives insight into Clark's character

    I love this show, and I love the characters, but this is one of this episodes that shows the somewhat darker side of Clark Kent; the man who is quick to judge and a bit of a hypocrite. He is beginning to lose faith in the people who aren't his friends - or at least in the people he doesn't know - which is not helping his innate hero complex. See how he instantly doesn't believe that the people in Chloe's "group" could be innocent despite Chloe vouching for them. A younger Clark would have taken Chloe for her word and continued to search for the truth without biases. Clark getting is certainly losing his naiveté but he is also growing more cynical each episode.moreless
  • I'm starting to adore Chlavis in this one.

    In Plastique, Davis and Chloe have just met and they've hit it off pretty well. The chemistry between them is practically off the hook.

    I loved Prey because it looked like for the first time Davis was able to really connect with someone in his entire life. "so you've closed yourself off to everyone." Sam Witwer has become my favourite actor and Davis Bloome my favourite male tv character ever. I must admit that I am writing this review late, so I do know what happened already but it never stopped me from supporting this character. I love how he's so blunt without being malicious. Chloe is absolutely amazing in standing up for him against Clark. Even though Clark was right about Davis (well not Davis, but the beast who wants control really) I hated the fact that he just decided to act as though he knows everything. Clark is getting a bit too arrogant for my liking. Don't get me wrong, I adore Clark of seasons 1 to 7 and now 8 and 9, well we'll see how that goes. Then there is Jimmy and Chloe's relationship which I don't believe really has anything in it that screams to me "Omg this is awesome." Jimmy is great but sometimes he is portrayed as too soft or too mean. I know there are supporters of Chimmy and I mean absolutely no offense but I just don't see a solid relationship here. I may have been open to the relationship more if I understood what drew Chloe to Jimmy in the first place. Everything with Davis is so easy and Chloe had felt this way once before, not Jimmy (may I assume, Clark?). But so far Chloe looks like she is committed to her relationship with Jimmy so time will tell how these two work out.moreless
  • "Descent" Davis Bloom style.

    The only thing this episode needed to be perfect was Lois, but it's still a 10/10! It was a great episode alltogehter. As I have already mentioned, I just love Sam Witwer's acting. He's doing a fantastic job! And it's obvious that Doomsday isn't going to be one of those appeared-out-of-nowhere-died-in-a-single-episode villains. The fight between Chloe and Clark was a very smart thing. I loved what Chloe said about not saving the meteor infected and the whole Meteor Infected Anonymus thing. Clark really needs to find some balance. He goes from being completely passive in the previous seasons, to completely over active this season. He still has a lot to learn. Jimmy is a lot more interesting when he isn't just Chloe's boyfriend. They should separate them a lot more often. The only thing I didn't like was the Chloe-Davis liking each other scene at the end, because it makes all the Chloe-Jimmy drama in "Commited" pointless.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

Anna Williams

Anna Williams

Tess' Assistant

Guest Star

Julia Maxwell

Julia Maxwell


Guest Star

Max Train

Max Train


Guest Star

Phil Morris

Phil Morris

John Jones

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At the beginning when Clark is rescuing people in Metropolis, at the jewelry store where a robbery is taking place, Clark pushes the robber flying through a window but you can clearly see that the glass breaks before the the robber is even thrown through it.

    • Before Davis and Jimmy start riding in the ambulance (about 27 minutes in), there is a cut scene of the city. The clip is played in reverse, as shown by the cars moving backwards.

    • The jewelry store Clark rescues at the beginning of the episode is the same one featured in the previous episode "Committed."

    • During the scene when Chloe and Davis are sitting at the outside cafe, the same woman walks by them twice. She is a long blonde-haired woman, with a black skirt and white blouse, and a black leather jacket. If you watch, she will pass Chloe's back twice during the conversation: first when Chloe says "I help people" and second right before she says "I shouldn't be here."

  • QUOTES (6)

    • John: We can't save everyone, Clark.
      Clark: The moment I believe that is when I stop trying.

    • John: I didn't realize that photographic memory was among your abilities.
      Clark: It's more like speed-reading, but let's not split hairs.

    • Chloe: (to Davis) Chance meeting in a moldy basement over a corpse. Will the romance ever end?

    • Davis: You're really… leaping out on a limb for me.
      Chloe: Well, if what they say is true and fools rush in, then I have definitely earned the mantle of "village idiot" on this one.

    • John: Sometimes what we think is a good instinct is just our mind trying to convince us of what we want to believe.

    • John: You are not in Smallville anymore, Clark. Metropolis has millions of people walking the streets, every one of them watching for a miracle. To change their lives, to give them hope. You are that miracle. And it's just a matter of time before someone discovers that.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Detective John Jones is the same identity Martian Mahunter adopted at his first appearance in Detective Comics #225.

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Saturday, February 7, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: Friday, June 26, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: March 22, 2010 on TV Nova
      Turkey: April 11, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: May 24, 2012 on Markiza

    • Injoke: Jimmy's line about the rumored killer being a "monster with bony eyelids" refers to the appearance of Doomsday in the Superman comics.

    • The character Randy and his ability to transform into a shadow bears a strong resemblance to the DC villain the Shadow Thief, who can transform into an intangible shadow but physically attack others at will.

    • Injoke: John's line about "your emerald ally and his super friends" refers to the SuperFriends, a group of DC superheroes that featured in their own cartoon show starting in 1973. The show aired under various incarnations and consisted originally of Superman, Batman & Robin, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Many other DC super heroes, including Green Arrow, appeared over the years, although Martian Manhunter was not one of them.

    • Erica Durance, Justin Hartley, and Cassidy Freeman do not appear in this episode.