All the (supposed) tension has been about whether Clark should kill Doomsday, but Clark had an entirely workable plan to send Davis/Doomsday to the Phantom Zone. Do his friends support him? No, they do not. Specifically ONE friend--Chloe--tells him there is something in Davis worth saving. Despite the fact that she knew that he had homicidal rages in his human form. Clark, being the nice lad that he is, listens to Chloe and decides that instead he should split Davis from Dooms, and send only Dooms to the Phantom Zone. OK.
Oliver jumps in and tells Clark that this is a terrible plan. His argument would have been more persuasive had he not been portrayed as a crazy blood-thirsty killer (who nevertheless gets all whimpery and regretful after the fact, let's remember!). They manage to capture Doomsday (HOW?!! 'Let me not bore you with the details...') then wait until he wakes up and gets growly before trying to kill him.
Conveniently, they've reminded Chloe of Clark's plan--the one she thought was terrible--and have . helpfully brought along the crystal. But since they are not Clark, and Doomsday is very dangerous, it all goes to hell. And they COULDN'T SEE THIS COMING!?
I seriously wanted Clark to punch all their lights out when he arrived and saw how they'd screwed up.
And Jimmy dying?! Jimmy DYING?! That was terrible, but not in the way it should have been. As the episode had established time travel on the cards, I really didn't think he'd actually died--i.e. I thought the changes to the timeline that will no doubt also result in Lois not being flung into the future would result in Jimmy living). So I yawned through his death scene and only got the 'oh! he's really DEAD!' moment when Chloe anviliciously passed his camera to his younger brother. And wow, do I NOT want that to be what I think it is: the 'real' Jimmy Olsen. Two Jimmys?! REALLY Smallville?!
I liked our Jimmy! At least when they weren't tying the Chloe-tombstone around his neck, or writing him as a drug addict... which, by the way, was the world's stupidest plot now that we know that he owned a really huge property during that supposedly 'broke' time. (WTF?!!) Jimmy became, on this show, All About Chloe. Even his death was All About Chloe!
Lois disappearing? Also All About Chloe. I'm sick to death of it being All About Chloe. Get back to me when you remember some other characters, Smallville.
I'm especially sick of it when they make it so hard to be sympathetic towards her. You brought this about, Chloe! YOU! You stopped Clark sending him to the Phantom Zone, you insisted on running off with him and lying to Clark. You constantly argue with Clark and lead him to doubt his own instincts, morality and VERY GOOD PLANS. And now I find out that you should have DIED--yes, I agree future!dudes. Chloe should die and Clark should live. Can we have that now? Please?! STAT!
On the list of things I couldn't care less about: Tess's newfound devotion to Kandor. Why does she care? This is what I don't get. A magical orb starts speaking to her and suddenly she's all 'oh, we must not let this civilisation die!' Really?! What do you actually know about them, Tess?
Also on that list: the watchtower. It's WHERE in Metropolis, exactly? Because there were no hills near Metropolis last time I looked. It's on top of a skyscraper?! I don't get it. I especially don't get how Jimmy could afford it. But it's a damn nice set. I get the feeling it's going to be Chloe's new space next year, but that is morbidly creepy (in a stalkery, presumptuous way, not a cool way), and I will keep remembering Jimmy's blood on the floor. Killed by Chloe's stupidity. Bleugh.
The list of things I enjoyed was very short:
- Clark (even though he was unjustly self-doubting)
- Lois and Clark's phonecall (SO beautiful! They are playing her relationship with the Blur gorgeously)
- Clark's 'I am the Red Blue Blur' line (beautiful delivery, Tom!)
- Lois fighting Tess
- Tess's hair
- Lois's hair.
Ok, I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel now.
I also really wish they'd stop showing us Lex getting blown up by Oliver's monkey bomb in the promo. I do not need to be reminded of a) Fake!Lex and b) that terrible plot line! Believe me, it is etched into my memory (in horror)!
ETA: Also, memo to Oliver: if you do not want people to know that you killed Lex, then do not reveal said information! Especially not to people who will really not like that you did that! Expecting said people to keep a confidence about you killing someone and acting all hurty when they don't do so, is really obnoxious.
Oh Smallville. You have reduced the list of characters I like to two. Bravo! *eyeroll*
All I can hope for is that they get this plot over and done with in one ep, in classic Smallville tradition, and then move on.
ETA: I miss Lana.