Smallville Season 8 Finale Recap ‘Doomsday’ Jimmy Dies!

FinaleWatch: Death spares not ‘Smallville’

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On this Very Special Episode of ‘Smallville,” Clark finally learns the true meaning of carpe diem… though it comes far too late to save one that has been close to him for a long time.

“Cosmic Boy” Rokk makes a cameo appearance on the roof of the Daily Planet to present Clark with another Legion ring… seeing as how he destroyed the last one. Rokk also drops word that, because of Clark’s mad respect for Chloe, he is destined to die tomorrow. Rokk can be a real downer sometimes. Speaking of bad tidings, Tess has been robbed of her precious orb, while over in Edge City, Chloe and Davis do a little stargazing.

The next day, Clark is typing his “goodbye cruel world” letter to the masses when Lois shows up on one hell of a caffeine buzz. She’s mad that he’s not doing more to find Chloe. To shut her up, he whooshes to a nearby phone booth only to call her as the Red/Blue Blur… here to save the day. With his help comes a price: publish the letter. She hesitates on that demand while making one of her own. If he agrees to meet her, she’ll go through with it. He sets a midnight meeting for a downtown phone booth. Heh.

After a prolonged absence, Bart and Dinah (Impulse and Black Canary) return to help Clark plan his attack: lure Doomsday to the Luthor Geothermal Facility, where he (it?) will be blown to bits. Oliver appears in the barn to (once again) voice his disapproval at the idea. Clark notes that Oliver isn’t the man he once was, what with the killing of Lex and whatnot. It seems Bart and Dinah can be easily swayed, because later that night, they team up with Oliver to stop Clark in his tracks with an Evil Kryptonite Dart!

Somehow, Jimmy got his hands on a decryption key for Tess’ computer… where he literally stumbles upon Lois. Together, they find a program tracking Chloe and Davis, which allows for Jimmy to make a hasty exit. Lois stays behind to watch video of Tess acquiring the orb and the impending doom should she decide to use it. Speak of the devil herself, Tess tries to keep Lois from finding out more about the orb, which leads to a catfight in the newsroom.

This time, it’s Jimmy who plays hero to Clark, removing the dart. As his reward, his use of context clues finally yields a positive outcome: Clark confirms to him that he is indeed the Red/Blue Blur. Before there’s too much explanation, he whooshes away to the geothermal facility… where he’s too late to the Doomsday party. Turns out, Chloe is no longer calming Davis enough to keep from unleashing the beast, so it’s determined that he must die. Oliver lines up his shot, but Chloe forces the Black Kryptonite onto Davis, causing the man and beast to become separate entities.

Clark joins the Doomsday Downtown Destruction already in progress. He saves a little girl from certain death, but after the beast knocks Clark into next Thursday, that apparently is the last straw. Our hero musters all his strength to blast him and Doomsday out of Metropolis and straight into the geothermal facility… which proceeds to explode in a fiery fury.

Later, Jimmy takes Chloe and Davis to what was supposed to be his final wedding present to his bride: a new home overlooking the city complete with a large stained-glass window. His reasoning was that no matter where she is in Metropolis, she could always look up and see home. Jimmy also reveals his knowledge of Clark’s secret AND apologizes to Chloe for not being more understanding of her situation. It’s a good thing they kiss, because Davis takes the opportunity to impale Jimmy with a large pipe. He seems upset that Chloe wasn’t really on his side, but working for/with Clark all along. She begs for her life, which distracts him long enough for himself to receive a metal pipe through the chest, courtesy of Jimmy. While Davis immediately dies, Jimmy dies the hero’s death in Chloe’s arms.

Jimmy’s funeral is sparsely attended: Chloe is there along with Bart and Dinah. Oliver stands on the other side, shedding his single tear. Clark is there, too… lurking in the background. Later at the stained-glass house, our hero pleads to Chloe to get rid of the place. She envisions it as a literal WatchTower; a place where the League can assemble to do the most good. Sensing he may no longer be useful to anyone, Clark pouts that perhaps he cares too much about humanity. Clark Kent is now apparently dead, having walked out on Chloe (who is now literally all alone.)

We end the eighth season with Tess heading toward the light that has illuminated the Castle Luthor background. I can only imagine what she’s thinking when out from the orb appears a figure in human form standing in the middle of a burning symbol of Zod.

‘Smallville’: Find out why they killed Jimmy

Source: The Ausiello Files

Aaronashmore_lWARNING: Stop reading if you have not watched the season finale of Smallville. I mean it. Everyone else, onward and downward…

Talk about dodging a tall loophole with a single bound. In tonight’s season finale, Smallville managed to kill off an iconic Superman character without incurring the wrath of the evil mythos police. I’m referring, of course, to the death of Jimmy Olsen at the hands of a de-Doomsdayed Davis. The show later revealed (or strongly implied?) that the shutterbug’s younger brother is, in fact, the real Jimmy. Problem solved! Of course, that’s little consolation to Aaron Ashmore, whose three-year stint as faux Jimmy ended with a steel pipe through the chest. In this exclusive interview, Ashmore reveals why he was caught off guard by his dismissal, how he’d feel about a Chloe-Clark romance, and who he thinks really killed Jimmy Olsen.

When did you find out that Jimmy wasn’t long for this world?
About six months ago, right around the time we finished shooting “Bride.” I knew that Jimmy was going to get hurt in that episode and go on a little hiatus, so I talked to the producers and asked, “Guys, where is this storyline going?” And they said, “Well, we have an idea to send Jimmy on a bit of a downward spiral and, in the end, sacrifice himself for Chloe.” That’s what I originally heard. I didn’t know that that was necessarily going to happen this season. It happened a little sooner than I had anticipated.

Were you disappointed?
Of course. I really enjoyed working on the show; to be sent off kind of sucks. But, at the same time, it works great for the story. And all things run their course. I guess Jimmy on Smallville had run his course.

Any chance he’s not really dead?
I don’t think so. Not that I’ve heard.

When word leaked that two major characters were dying, no one suspected Jimmy because of the whole mythos thing. Did you think you were safe because of that?
Absolutely. That was my first reaction. That being said, Smallville has taken some little turns here and there from the comic books.

So, Jimmy’s little brother is the real Jimmy, right?
That’s how I read it. There’s always been a bit of a discrepancy in how old Jimmy is compared to Clark and Lois, so this is a way of clarifying things. Jimmy [is supposed to be] 10 years younger than them, so Jimmy’s little brother showing up totally makes it stick to the mythos.

What reason did producers give you for killing him off?
I know when [the idea of] Jimmy coming to Smallville first came up, DC Comics had a bit of a problem because of the age difference thing. But the producers really wanted to bring the character in because they thought they could do some interesting stuff with him. I believe [producers] had reassured DC that by the end of the series — or at some point — they would rectify that [by making it clear that he’s] not the real Jimmy Olsen.

How do you think fans will react to Jimmy’s death?
It’s a mixed bag. It depends if you like Jimmy or not. There are a lot of people that probably think he’s a really annoying, bumbling kind of guy, which, you know, there’s no doubt about that. He’s not the hero; he’s the everyman. And I always questioned why people got so annoyed by that. [On the other hand], I think people who are big Jimmy fans are going to be bummed. But I think it’s a nice way for him to go. I think he redeems himself and [emerges as] a bit of a hero after being so self-conscious and jealous [this season]. He had a lot of good qualities as well, but he took a dark turn at the end. I’ll be interested to see how people take it.

Are you a “Chlark” fan?
Abso… well…. romantically, I don’t know if it would work. That’s yet to be seen. But there’s a very strong bond between those two characters. And you can see it in the show. Their scenes together are always really great, and they’re always played really well by Allison [Mack] and Tom [Welling]. The connection is really, really nice.

What’s next for you?
I’m headed to L.A. tomorrow to hit the job hunt. I ‘m in Toronto right now, where I just shot an episode of The Bridge. It’s a Canadian-produced television show that CBS picked up. It’s a procedural cop drama and I get to play a beat copy, which was really sweet. It’s tough after being out of the audition game for three years. I’m going to try and see what the options are.

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  1. filmguy

     /  May 15, 2009

    Wow this show just sucks more and more every time I check back in. I stopped watching shortly after this season started. With out Lex it just didn’t work any more. The show really was as much his as it was Clarks. The show set up straight from the beginning that it would be about the parallel stories of these two men and their destinies. Even before Lex left though the show was getting old. Originally the show was only supposed to cover Clark’s younger years while he was still in Smallville. After graduating high school and the death of his father it kind of felt like that journey was close to being over. Of course the studios involved though decided to milk it for all that it was worth. The show became tired and repetitive. Entire scenes and even exact dialogue was used over and over again. How many times has Clark said it’s time for me to fulfill my destiny or it’s time I finally accept that I’m not human and blah blah blah. Funnily enough there was nothing to watch the other night so I tuned in to this finale and laughed when I heard him once again repeat those same exact lines to Chloe AGAIN at the end of the episode. The show has been over really for a couple of years now. True they pulled out some interesting things for Lex in his final season but over all they are just beating a dead horse with a stick. Why can’t they let the show go off on a high note with some dignity. Look at the way they are handling Lost. You know the studio probably would like to milk that for all its worth but the people behind the show have firmly said we only have one more season of stories to tell. To go further then that would ruin the show. They have everything up to the end of the show planned and mapped out. Too bad the people behind Smallville couldn’t have done the same thing. The sad thing is that they already know the ending. Clark becomes Superman and Lex becomes the villain. Their jobs should have been relatively simple in comparison to other shows. It seemed like a pretty hard thing to screw up. The problem now is that too much damage has been done and even if they ended the show now there isn’t really any dignity left to leave it with. At this rate the midas well keep on another 20 seasons and wait until Clark has gray hair before he becomes Superman. The only way I could see them bringing some dignity back is if they managed to get Michael Rosenbaum back for a 2-3 hour series finale where they finally just get to the point. They really need to finish this show off the way it was meant to be. Between Clark aka Superman and Lex Luthor both finally accepting their destinies instead of just talking about it.

  2. gojoker

     /  May 16, 2009

    that´s stupid the man we were watching isn´t really jimmy. I´ve been to use to it being jimmy olsen. smallville´s not realy based on sny paricular superman mythology, they could techonocly kill of lois the man walking with the real jimmy olsen couldn´t have beeen his father for how they explained jimmy´s parents in the fith episode of season 8

  3. gojoker

     /  May 16, 2009

    oh yeah filmguy watch the smallville episodes yhe show has actuall ybeen pretty interesting and lex, not played by michale rosebean actuall ywas in an episode oh yeah and if lex gets killed off why not jimmy

  4. Fabian

     /  May 17, 2009

    that jimmy it was HENRY james olsen xD, nice way to save their behind ajajaj I took my cap off to the writters xD.

    Gosh I only hope that the way that C.K was saves from the explosion is fliying throw it!

    it’s about damn time!!!!

    Grettings from Chile!

    sorry my spanglish 😛

  5. LadyTsuguri

     /  May 22, 2009

    Yeah it totally sucked, I was really thrown off ’cause I thought he was the real Jimmy olsen. Tricksters!

    I have a feeling they’ll be killing off Chloe soon as well 😡 Let’s make a Justice league series next, yes?!

    RIP ‘HENRY’ Olsen. ]: Good character.

  6. Michael

     /  May 22, 2009

    What i dont understand is why people are dissin the show when they are just no bodies
    You guys (not talking to the ones who had good comments) couldnt make a half as good show. So once you do then and only then will i care what you have to say.

  7. LadyTsuguri

     /  May 22, 2009

    Michael, they obviously haven’t been following the series very closely, or they’d realize it’s a more alternate Superman universe. And, everythings done really well, except for some overly-dramatic aspects to the series, which don’t actually bother me too much.

  8. I have been watching this series from episode one and I agree about how much this season finale sucked! I didn’t mind the fact that they brought in Lois and “Jimmy” before Clark had originally met them. And I actually enjoyed the fact that they began forming the “Justice League” before Clark became Superman. But they really screwed up this season. Don’t get me wrong, they started out great with the “Justice League” searching for Clark and then a few episodes later doing the Green Arrow origin story (one of my favorites, btw). But when you start to build up a character as iconic as Doomsday, you have to deliver in the end. I mean c’mon people, he was the only villian to have ever killed Superman; and the writers couldn’t even get that right. I could’ve lived with the fact that they didn’t turn Clark into Superman before he faced Doomsday. I could’ve even lived with the fact that Lois they didn’t let Lois find out Clark was the “Red and Blue Blur”. But when what was supposed to be one of the greatest battles of all time doesn’t even last for three minutes, that’s where I draw the line. I know that Smallville hasn’t ever been big on the action scenes, but I think that this fight deserved more airtime than the standard freak of the week. And Clark never got a single punch in. The real fight (that’s right, the REAL fight) was back and forth. It was the fight where Superman stopped pulling his punches and really gave Doomsday everything he had in him. Yet all Clark got to do in this episode was get his ass kicked from one punch, then give Doomsday a big hug as he leaps (still not flying? really?) and lands exactly where he planned to even though he could barely stand two seconds earlier. The fact is that without Clark as Superman, the Doomsday storyline was premature. But who knows, maybe the writers will try to save their asses by saying that he wasn’t the “real” Doomsday. I’m sorry guys, I expected better from you. You really disappointed me. And if anyone is bummed about missing this season finale, don’t be. It’s not worth the time or the headache.

  9. Tsu Yuan Nieh

     /  May 28, 2009

    To my understanding. Superman or alien alike should be able to dive into lava, going through the sun (maybe not the core) and withstand volcano eruptions. How can Doomsday, who is supposely stronger than Kal, die in a mere explosion of the geothermal facility. It just not making sense. I don’t care how much energy a geothermal facility can draw, there is no way it can match the power of the volcano eruption. It is impossible to make the show follow the comics’ story but at least they can do better than making Doomsday die without lasting for 1 minutes.

    Well, we get Zod for the whole season 9, so as it seems. They better make him a more worthy nemesis than stupid Brainiak or weakling Happydays.

  10. Aaron

     /  August 8, 2009

    ok the way I see it… Zod was bought into the world originally in Lex’s body… who’s to say the re appearance at the end of season 8 of zod is actually zod in lex’s body again? because not sure weather anyone else noticed… but i didn’t see any hair on the head of the being who spawned from within the orb as clark doomed doomsday to eternal life under the crust of the earth… lol

    that being said… whats stopping doomsday causing problems from under the earth? because we have seen clark and lana cause earth quakes….. lol yeah. doomsday can still cause alot of problems where he is

  11. AjS

     /  October 22, 2012

    I thought Chloe had metier powers to heal, maybe in some episode I missed that she had lost that power. However following the series to this point, I would think those powers that she used to heal (including Clark) she would use to heal her husband, I don’t know guys maybe they think the public forgets previous previous episodes but I’m lost here. If someone could shed some light on this I would appreciate it because I watched every episode and cant understand this blunder?

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