You know, season 8 started off pretty strong, imo. Clark came back with newfound fire to become a hero. He set up shop doing heroic deeds in Metropolis, started as a copy boy at the Daily Planet, and started to move on to a new phase of his life. I may have been a little annoyed that Clark didn't get a whole arc dedicated to him entering the DP, but at least he was there now and maybe we could leave the Lana drama behind.
Chloe decided to try new pursuits and I liked her try with the Isis Foundation. That could have been written better, but it was interesting to see her character branch out and try other things. Lois was great and fun. I loved her in reporter mode. Jimmy had some bright moments like in Identity. Davis wasn’t half as bad as I expected him to be. Overall, I found the first half of the season to be pretty strong. I loved the Red Blue Blur arc and I really felt that should have been the main focus of the season. I knew that they were going for Doomsday/Clark showdown, but I was far more interested in Clark building a dual identity.
I wasn't thrilled with Lois starting to have feelings for Clark, but I understood the how and why behind it. I'm glad they've moved her on from that and she's buried in her work.
And though I am a Cloiser, I don't need Clois on SV. I just need Lois doing her thing and Clark doing his. By the time the show ends, I expect him to have feelings for her, but I don't need anything consummated.
That's kinda hard to do when Clark is sidelined all the time. Still, the first half was enjoyable. Most importantly, I was having fun watching SV again during the first half of the season.
Second half started to slide with the Lana arc. I loved her first episodes – Bride, Legion, and Bulletproof, but Power (especially) and Requiem were terrible. Then, it kept sliding when the focus became more and more on Chloe (and not in a positive way, imo) and less and less on Clark. S3 did a good job at having a Chloe storyline that was interesting. This season didn't do her any favors. I could care less about the Chloe/Davis storyline. I didn't think having Chloe entangled with Jimmy and Davis helped her character. In fact, I thought TPTB did a decent job at character assassination with her this year, which ticked me off. Though, I did love Hex and thought that was a wonderful Chloe episode. I am excited for Chloe as Watchtower. Plus, it was fun and we were able to see Clark be funny.
I really wanted to see some great build for Clark as he furthered his journey.
And then the finale crushed everything.
I liked the finale at first. I liked the episode a lot until they Chloised Jimmy and we got that stupid ending. They even character assassinated "Davis" for Chloe and I didn't even like him in the second half that much.
I can't believe they took iconic Jimmy and made him Jimmy's older brother. I assume the kid's name is James because if he goes and takes his brother's middle name for himself then I have no words. This is what is really really annoying me. Maybe if Jimmy hadn't been so iconic and they had been building toward a fakeout for Jimmy, I could take this. But there was nothing in the show to ever indicate that Jimmy wasn't Jimmy. Argh. So stupid. What a slap to Aaron Ashmore.
What did I like? I liked that Clark came up with a plan to bury Doomsday (and therefore line things up). I liked that he was in charge of the JLA for a brief time. I liked him as the RBB on the phone with Lois. I liked his scene with Rokk. I loved Clark through the beginning with his convo with Lois. I loved him in charge of the JLA. I loved how he was ready to face Doomsday.
Then the episode derailed because it stopped really being about Clark. They better fix his Boohoo to humanity crap next season. Though, I heard some theories where people think Clark is "not Clark" and that they'll do a copy of the arc from the comics where we have a bunch of fake Clarks until the real one comes back.
While that would be a cool storyline, I don't trust it with these writers. Plus, on a show like Smallville that would just be another way to stall Clark by not having the real Clark around for a good chunk of the season.
My guess is that all these changes are coming because of budget cuts and because TPTB are under fire to start fixing half of their messes.
Frankly, the age thing with Jimmy didn't bother me and is the least of their worries.
Lois will be gone for a little while and then poof she'll be back.
My biggest concern? We're just going to get more of the same next year. Stall, stall, stall and a Clark that feels like a guest on his own show.
In short, when Smallville is fun and hopeful, I love it. When it is dark and takes itself too seriously, I hate it.
Currently, I don’t have much hope for S9 since these people obviously don’t get Superman. I’ll keep watching for now, but if it stays dire I may just quit. I’ve left the show before. Just give me positive and hopeful Clark as he becomes Superman. That is all I ask!