FinaleWatch: Death spares not ‘Smallville’
Source: Zap2it.com Recaps
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
WARNING: 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?
AARON ASHMORE: 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?
ASHMORE: 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?
ASHMORE: 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?
ASHMORE: 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?
ASHMORE: 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?
ASHMORE: 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?
ASHMORE: 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?
ASHMORE: 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?
ASHMORE: 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.