Well, the highly-anticipated “Booster” episode of Smallville aired last night.
And you know what? It wasn’t terrible!
Sixty-minute story short, “Booster” focused on Metropolis‘ newest hero, Booster Gold and his plan to become the “World’s Greatest Hero“. Of course, this plan doesn’t sit right with the “Blur“, our friend Clark Kent.
Booster’s portrayer, Eric Martsolf has built-in fan base from his soap opera work and his day job definitely paid off when it came to portraying the seemingly-shallow failed football hero from the future with aspirations of usurping Clark Kent’s heroic destiny.
Written in part by comics super-scribe Geoff Johns, the episode was bursting at the seams with “Easter Eggs” for fans…
- The proper pronounciation of Jaime Reyes first name.
- The partial use of every incarnation of the Blue Beetle.
- The preservation of Booster’s comic book history, including his cybernetic sidekick, Skeets and his Legion of Superheroes flight ring.
- The mention of Superman supprting cast members Steve Lombard and Ron Troupe.
- Booster’s suggestion for a new code-name for Clark, “You need something more…Super!”
There were many more, but I’ve got my geek on enough for one post! My only real problem with the episode which debuted two new characters was, ironically, enough, the treatment of the main one!
After ten seasons showcasing a strong, confident Clark Kent, we get an episode that undoes everything in one fell swoop! Lois convinces Clark to distance himself from the Blur (Worst superhero name ever!) by acting like a bumbling clod.
Seriously? The comics haven’t shown us a Clark Kent like that since the 1980s! Smallville has demonstrated that a hero doesn’t need to hide the best qualities of himself when ”off-duty”.
Still, we got to see the classic “phone booth change” and the ridiculous, but iconic glasses, so at least the bad was mixed with the good.
- Smallville: ‘Booster’ Spoilers Discussion (screenrant.com)
- ‘Smallville’: Eric Martsolf helps usher in the era of Booster Gold (herocomplex.latimes.com)