I actually had time to watch this on the night of the broadcast this week. Next week has the last new episode for some time.


Tom Welling as Clark Kent
Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance as Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olson
Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer
Sam Witwer as Davis Bloome
Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow

Written by Holly Henderson and Don Whitehead
Directed by Kevin G. Fair

Original Airdate

Abyss originally aired on Thursday, November 13, 2008.


Brainiac is slowly working its way into Chloe’s mind, eliminating her memories in the process. Soon she is left with the memory of one individual only, and it’s not whom you might expect.

High Point

Clark’s conversations with Jor-El.

Low Point

The resolution seems a little too pat, particularly given what happens next.

The Review

Once again, the episode that doesn’t feel original is one that sets up important status quo changes for the future. Oddly enough, the last time we hit an episode that didn’t feel original was when we had another plot about memory loss and manipulation. I give it 2 out of 6.

The effects were, oddly enough, more realistic in Chloe’s mental world than outside of it. The breaking ice looked a little too pat, and didn’t fall with the right acceleration to look realistic. This was a small point; the larger points with Chloe’s memory did look good, and they wouldn’t have been easy. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is logically consistent, and it has implications for the rest of the series. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was well done, particularly from Mack. This was an episode in which she had to show some strong emotions and hide others, and that was all done convincingly. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response wasn’t bad. I was curious about how it would end, even if I wasn’t particularly concerned about how we got there. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was solid. This has never been an issue for the series. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent episode that sets the stage for future episodes well enough. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Abyss receives 29 out of 42.