Thus ends season eight.
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 Brian Petersen and Kelly Sounders
Directed by James Marshall
Doomsday originally aired on Thursday, May 14, 2009.
The final showdown between Clark and Doomsday goes down, with repurcussions that are sure to drastically change the status quo until we see next season’s reset button.
The new confidant scene.
The potential for a reset button hit early, but it could have easily gone another way. Then some events took place that make the reset button seem utterly inevitable.
This would be original, if I actually thought most of the results would stick. I give it 4 out of 6.
The effects were very well done, with some new displays of power. I give it 6 out of 6.
The story has events well worthy of a season finale. The end of Doomsday’s arc is worth the buildup, next season’s main villain is nicely revealed, and the relationship between Lois and the red-blue blur is effectively set up. Sadly, there’s also an event that, if left unchanged, will infuriate many fans for deviations from canon, or, if changed, will infuriate many fans for the use of yet another reset button (with a likely reset button established prior to the event.) They really wrote themselves into a no win situation. It’s a better reset than Chloe waking up and telling a showering Patrick Duffy about her odd dream, but it’s going to be really hard to use without upsetting someone. It also seemed like there was a reshoot on a major scene, as a line of dialogue in the following scene made it sound like Chloe hadn’t seen two people she was just standing next to for some time. I give it 4 out of 6.
The acting was well done all around, with the right reactions and tensions to keep it all going. Cassidy Freeman is shaping up very well as the villain who truly wants to be a hero, but simply doesn’t know how. The others played off each other very nicely, especially in the “phonebooth” and “new confidant” scenes. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response was excellent until it returned from the last commercial break. At that point, it felt like all bets were off, as nothing from then on would count. This is the risk of prequels: some changes won’t be kept if they’re going to respect the source material, or they will be kept if they’re willing to alienate some of the established fan base. I give it 3 out of 6.
The production was generally good. The scene that seems to have been reshot should have also involved a reshoot of the scene that followed, but otherwise, it all worked. I give it 4 out of 6.
Overall, it was a generally good finale, but one bad writing decision just mars the complete package. I give it 3 out of 6.
In total, Doomsday receives 29 out of 42.