Smallville: Season 8, Episode 2

Plastique (25 Sep. 2008)

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Clark's first day on the job at the Daily Planet begins with a bus exploding right outside the building, which leads him and Lois on a trail of someone who might be infected by kryptonite. ... See full summary »

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Clark's first day on the job at the Daily Planet begins with a bus exploding right outside the building, which leads him and Lois on a trail of someone who might be infected by kryptonite. Chloe finds a runaway teenage girl, named Bette, whom Chloe suspects is involved in the explosion when Bette (whom will later become the fire-starter Plastique) has the meteor-rock power of pyrokinisis. In the meantime, Chloe also meets a local medic, named Davis Bloom, who takes an interest in her, even though she's engaged to Jimmy Olsen. Elsewhere, Tess meets Clark for the first time as she takes over the Daily Planet in Lex's absence and immediately senses something not right about him. Written by Moviedude1

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Lois tells Clark that he looks like the "Brawny Lumberjack", a reference to the paper towel brand advertising mascot, who is almost always depicted wearing a red checkered shirt similar to Clark's. See more »

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Lois Lane: Basically, that firecracker was a major menace to Metropolis.
Clark Kent: But there's no mention of explosives in any of his crimes, Lois. If you were a criminal, with these abilities, wouldn't you use them?
Lois Lane: Well if Tommy didn't kill himself, then who did?
Clark Kent: Bette claimed that Tommy blew up the bus, but she was there for both of the blasts.
Lois Lane: Oh, my God. My cousin's babysitting Psycho Spice.
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Plastique
25 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have a lot of problems with season 8, and I mean A LOT of problems, but most of what we see in "Plastique" is a perfect example of where the show should have gone. This is all about having some fun pairing Lois and Clark together. Welling and Durance have a lot more chemistry than any Lois and Clark combo since Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. They've had many episodes together in seasons past, but for the first time ever, they're working together in a way that comes straight out of the comics. Tess Mercer has a much better presence in this story than she did was the pointless tacked on introduction in "Odyssey". I would have rather they saved Tess's introduction for this episode. It's too bad the writers are still duplicating Lex's character from previous seasons instead of instantly differentiating her. Davis Bloome is the second new character introduced. While I think the actor is fantastic in the role, I'm not a fan of how the writers chose to portray him, and I'm definitely not a fan of the extremely forced relationship between him and Chloe. Their lack of chemistry drags the show down followings scenes from Lois and Clark. DC comics character Plastique is the focus of the plot. Like many comic characters shown on Smallville, her character is very different in this adaptations. While I liked how her character played out in the first half of the episode, I thought the direction the story took her by the end was a bit disappointing.

Putting the negatives aside, the appeal here is all about Lois and Clark. After 4 seasons of teasing, this episode brings us a giant leap closer to the relationship from the comics. Like I already said, everything that was right about the first half of season 8 is set up here, and it's just a shame the creative team couldn't keep this kind of momentum up for the whole year.


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