The second week feels much like the first, rather than the traditional intensity drop. Could it be that we’ll finally see a consistent season of the series?

Cast

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 Rick Rosenthal

Original Airdate

Plastique originally aired on Thursday, September 25, 2008.

Synopsis

A villain from the DCU with the ability to create explosions with a thought appears in Metropolis after a bus explodes.

High Point

The high point of the episode itself was seeing the Lois/Clark workplace dynamic is up and running. The high point of the broadcast was the preview for next week’s “Green Arrow Origin” episode.

Low Point

The entirely too predictable final meeting between villains.

The Review

This is original for the show, in that it’s taking significant steps towards the ultimate destiny of the characters. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were well done, and nicely timed out with the story, so that the toughest effects naturally happen off screen, without making it seem like they’re deliberately hidden from us. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was written well enough. Those unfamiliar with the history of the characters or the casting announcements might even be surprised by twists that show up with the villains. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting is solid enough, with Mack turning in very good work, and the others on the cast delivering as usual. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response is good, with delivery of some moments we’ve been waiting for and other scenes designed to set things up for the future. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was solid as always. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, the episode was good but not great. I’m hopeful that this season will turn things around from some of the uneven work in the past few years, but that track record keeps me skeptical. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Plastique recieves 32 out of 42.