After the dark, stellar episode in Descent, we are hit with a filler episode that is Jimmy and Chloe-centric than both Clark and Lex. In this episode, Jimmy is forced to work with the government in arresting Chloe about hacking into government files. While the plots are fine, the characters are distorted.
Last week, Clark vows not to let Lex get the box in Zurich. This week, he cares about Lana and nothing else. This distortion of Clark has allowed Lex to get the box and its contents in Zurich. He also puts Chloe at risk in hacking government files that puts her in harm’s way. It is clear that the writers are trying to destroy Clark in this state and they destroyed an opportunity to have him move beyond Lana. Everything Clark has done in this episode was prompted by Chloe and he has no mind and motivation of his own. However, the one saving grace for Clark is that he first finds out that Kara is in the past on Krypton, where Brainiac is trying to kill his baby self.
Last week, Lex fired Chloe from the Daily Planet. This week, he gets Chloe cleared from the government. The question is, why? Why would the new evil Lex do that after firing her last week? The old Lex would have done this, but the new evil Lex from last week wouldn’t. However, his story continues to move forward when he gets the box and its contents in Zurich, but had to pay the price where someone attacks him. I guess he still doesn’t know what happened to his assistant nor would he cared.
The Jimmy/ Chloe relationship has paralleled with the Clark/ Lana relationship. Both Jimmy and Lana have spied on Lex and Chloe respectively. Both Jimmy and Lana broke up with Clark and Chloe and went to Kara and Lex, respectively. The difference between Jimmy and Lana is that Jimmy is the more honest and righteous of the two.If Lana wasn’t in this episode, the writers would find a way to replace it with another such as the Jimmy/ Chloe relationship. They admitted that there is no spark between them just as there is no spark between Clark and Lana, so why waste time on things that will never happen?
Chloe is a contradiction on to herself because she accuses Jimmy of hacking into her files, which is something she had been doing for the last 7 years. She has the
world-saving perspective from her time with the Justice League, yet her actions do not go in harmony with it. Chloe should know what keeping secrets does to relationships and she should have appreciated Clark more for it. The writers are trying to have Chloe regain the magic she once had in the first three seasons when she didn’t know Clark’s secret, but if they’re to do so then they’re doing it the wrong way.
The real hero of this episode is Jimmy Olsen, who prevents Chloe from hacking further by putting spyware in her computer. He goes to Clark about his relationship with Chloe and her secrets. Jimmy saves Chloe from the government and goes to Lex afterwards. As of late, Jimmy and Lois have become more interesting than Clark, Lana, and Chloe.
An average filler episode as Sleeper refers to the tone of the episode, which was a sleeper.
Notice the pattern from last season when you have filler episodes near season’s end and they both feature Jimmy Olsen.