Smallville Review: Going For The Gold

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For what seems like the umpteenth filler episode this season (I guess Darkseid will get the Doomsday wrap-up treatment after all) I was rather pleased at how "Booster" turned out, with one very minor exception: too little Blue Beetle.

The way they introduced the character was a little rushed in my opinion. Not that he is all that beloved a character for me, personally, but it would have been nice to see his story spread out across a couple of episodes. That's one of the problems with introducing multiple heroes only three episodes away from the series end, I suppose.

Booster Gold and Blue Beetle

That said, this is the Superman story, not Blue Beetle's, so they at least set up Jaime's journey well enough, even if I didn't exactly understand what made him want to attack Booster.

It was an interesting dichotomy, though, having Lois try to help Jaime stand up for himself and be noticed all the while trying to nerd Clark down below the radar.

And what a job she did in that respect.

I absolutely loved Clark's attempt at developing a forgettable persona. The stammer, the slouch and the refusal to look people in the eye: all spot on Clark Kent.

His concern over how people will look at Lois marrying a doofus was really sweet too. The only thing hard to accept is that after years at the Daily Planet, with all those people he has been in contact with on a daily basis, suddenly he can turn into a klutz and people buy it. I wish they hadn't waited so long to make that transition. It would been far more believable had it been a gradual thing, not an overnight development.

I won't complain too much, though, because it enabled us to have the iconic phone booth moment which thrilled this fanboy to the gills! Everytime we catch a glimpse of something so core to the Superman mythos, it almost makes any and all annoyances vanish. 

Enter Cat Grant. The only thing I really enjoy about Cat is that she rarely makes an appearance. Her character is obnoxious and whiningly chipper, and I can't think of anyone on this show that has ever annoyed me more, save for perhaps Tori Spelling's gossip columnist. Lois pretty much summed it up when she said "Cat Grant. Like nails on a chalkboard."

Kat Grant as a "Golden Girl"

Her obsession with Booster Gold made her seem less a reporter for an esteemed news agency than one of those screeching, pre-pubescent Justin Bieber fans who just can't shut up about him. The "Gold Girl" transformation she went through, trying to beat out Lois for an interview with Booster, was just ridiculous. Was she trying to get a Booster exclusive or a featured spot on Toddlers and Tiaras? Boo! Definitely won't miss her when Smallville takes its ultimate, single-bounded leap off television come May.

Since the episode was entitled "Booster," he played a major part in the action, along with his artificial intelligence robot Skeets, of course.

I love when DC Universe alum pop up on Smallville, so for me Booster Gold turned out to be everything for which I could have asked. Eric Martsolf seemed to capture the essence of the character perfectly, right down to the cheesy charisma and sparkling perfect teeth. It was interesting how he came in from the future, courtesy of a trusty Legion ring, trying to preempt Superman's rise as the world's greatest superhero, but in the end realized that Superman is just that for a reason. The praise, the adoration, the fame - none of that matters without the integrity and wisdom derived from years and years of learning tough lessons and making mistakes. Like Clark said, a hero is created in the moment by the choices that he makes.

I didn't know much about Booster Gold's comic book characterization prior to this, except of what I had gathered from his brief appearances on Cartoon Network's dearly departed Justice League Unlimited. I knew he was a glory hound, wears a costume that makes him look like a NASCAR driver, is jealous of Superman's fame and interestingly enough was the character who unwittingly named Superman's killer, Doomsday. Perhaps it was fitting, then, that he be the one to make the suggestion that Clark retire "The Blur" moniker in favor of something more "super."

"Booster" wasn't necessarily my favorite episode of the season, but it was a very strong outing that had a number of moments that made it both charming and contributive to Clark's emergence as Superman.

What did you think of Booster Gold's entry into the Smallville universe? How about that iconic phone booth moment? Sound off in the comments below!

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They did the Booster Gold character right and Cat trying to beat Lois to the story was more like her character in the comics. The lack of development in the Darkseid story line with so few episodes left leaves me worried that the payoff will be weak. This is the kind of build you do if you're coming back for another season and the storyline carries over. It's too bad the new Wonder Woman show is on a different newtwork and seems like garbage otherwise that would have made an awesome guest spot that caused some tension for the soon to be we'd couple.

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i don't think it was a filler episode. not every episode must be about the looming darkness, it's about character as well. this was about clark growing into superman, and how lois and he get there. i thought it was nice, though i am missing tess and oliver. I assume it wasn't justin's last episode like it was allison's? on a side note, i am devastatingly excited for Michael Rosenbaum's return

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The actors were great as usual. I think Jake and Jeff are just taking note of the fact that the big villain of the season is getting short shrift. Just like Doomsday. Worse in fact, at least he was in every episode. Makes you wonder what the writers are thinking. But Clark will don the tights and fly at the end so everything will be forgiven.

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I love filler Episode without them we would not have a show

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@Jake. SV hasn't been about teen angst ever since Al/Miles left at the end of S7.

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It was not a filler episode. God, people go overboard with that. If the episode does not have anything to do with main plot of the season, and is not going to brought up again, then it's a filler episode. "Booster" dealt with Clark's dual identities, so it was not a filler episode. This is very important to the character. Also no one was checking for Clark Kent at the DP. He could have came in wearing a wig and no would take notice, but when Superman shows his face, people will, so he better start now. Better late then never.

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Booster Gold and Blue Beetle whats not to love!

Gaby-ee

Although it felt like a little bit of a filler, this episode still gave us some sweet Clark and Lois moments. Plus, the great phone booth scene! I can't wait for Clark to finally become Superman in the series finale.

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Very good episode -- finally. No teen angst story, just a how to become a hero story. All ofnthe characters learn something, Booster, Clark, Lois, and Cat. It also seems that the Booster character is strong enough to carry his own series.