So, what we have here isn’t as bad as the bubblegum episode, but it is toward the bottom of the proverbial barrel even for this series. The plot in this episode is so scattershot you’d think the writers would need every minute to try and make everything feel cohesive but in fact, they leave time for a tired and silly choreographed dance sequence. What ends up being the focus of this episode is just so completely ridiculous, it was laughable, even when it wasn’t supposed to be. Over the past few episodes, the series has actually been able to craft a few intriguing plot threads – Braniac disappearing with Kara and Lex getting both keys to the mysterious box. Instead of following up in depth on these stories, the writers craft a little bit of brilliance by making Jimmy Olsen everything he hasn’t been thus far, a master computer hacker and a secret agent with all the gadgets to boot! The interesting stuff is just left as footnotes for the episode and even those footnotes come off like paint randomly sloshed onto a canvas.
Jimmy and Chloe are trying to rekindle their relationship but it’s not working out that well because Chloe is keeping a bevy of secrets from Jimmy and Jimmy’s not feeling super loved right now. Suddenly Jimmy is approached by a government agent that quickly turns him against his girlfriend, gives him a slick briefcase full of gadgets, and sets him on a path to spy on Chloe. Within moments Jimmy has the gadgets all down and he’s not the klutzy photographer he was prior to the appearance of the government agent. If the creators really wanted to do this kind of thing with Olsen, they should have crafted him to be more like a Maxwell Smart rather than James Bond. No, he wasn’t quite as slick as Bond, but he was nowhere near Maxwell Smart. Not only did this story not fit Jimmy’s character ,it also just wasn’t interesting.
Chloe has her mind in the right place – getting those keys from Lex and stopping him from gaining the power to control Clark. Clark on the other hand doesn’t seem to be concerned at all. He’d rather think about anything else in fact. He’s spending the night with a comatose Lana and wondering about where Kara and Brainiac got off too. Both of these other situations are important, no doubt, but if Lex gets control of Clark, he won’t b able to help Lana or Kara. So, sounds like someone needs to get his priorities straight.