Smallville: Plastique

Lois: "Omigod, my cousin's babysitting Psycho Spice."

After seven years, we're finally in a new place. In Metropolis, with Clark working at the Daily Planet with Lois. And they went right back to meteor freaks. We even spent half the episode in Metropolis General, which looked an awful lot like a redressed Smallville Medical Center set with a couple of primary colors removed.

I guess if you get past the Clark showing up for work in plaid, and the CEO of Luthorcorp on a bus (no matter what the reason), and Chloe nearly being killed by a meteor freak which has happened three thousand times before, what do we have left? Lois giving Clark lessons on how to be an ace reporter, which could have been a lot funnier but sort of fell flat for me. And the introduction of Sam Witwer's character Davis Bloom as a heroic, self-sacrificing EMT with an as yet unrevealed problem that left him naked and shuddering in an alley.

The most interesting part of a not that interesting episode was the possibility that Tess Mercer, when she's not lusting after Clark, is busy putting together an Evil League of Evil, an In-Justice League of her very own. And the revelation that Chloe may not be ready to marry Jimmy, after all. She seemed pretty warm for Davis. The Chloe/Jimmy relationship can be fun, but I think there's still a part of me that wants Chloe with Clark. Even though I know it will never happen.

So. All over the place, and sort of "eh." Two out of four stars,

Billie Doux had a love-hate relationship with Smallville, which is why some of her reviews are briefer than they should be.

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