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    Discuss the classic Superman: The Animated Series episode!



    Episode #42 - Where There's Smoke
    Original Airdate - September 19th, 1998. - Third Season Premiere

    Volcana, a villainess whose talent enables her to control fire, goes on a crime spree by stealing artifacts, while on the run from government agents and Superman.

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    There were two things I liked about this episode.

    Superman - He was playing like Batman in this episode. Investigating the paranormal, to threatening to throw someone out a window, he was acting very dark in this episode, and it was cool

    Volcana - She's a literal "hottie." What's not to like ?

    I also found the general to be a lot like Nick Fury, the eyepatch and the secret leadership of a government sanctioned faction. Wait a sec, wasn't that the point?

    Anyway, it was a good episode. A rare 4 stars from me.

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    Saw this episode once. Didn't impress me. If I can stay awake long enough I'll try it again.

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    4.5

    It's good to see the Man of Steel do other things than smash stuff. Plus I loved the scene when Superman intimated that government agent.
    If Batman keeps Anti-JLA files does his protégé write Anti-Young Justice recipes in his cookbook?

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    *****

    This was a great episode!

    We were hit with a great deal of mystery and intrigue rather early which was very cool. I was wondering what the heck was going on. I liked how it took half the episode to figure out what was happening. To be honest, Superman often doesn't have to think to battle his foes so this was a welcome change. And even after that we get another twist with "Patch" being by himself instead of with Uncle Sam.

    The way Supes looked in the flames was a pretty cool effect. I also liked his tour through the Institute and going after the government agent to find out where Volcana was.

    I was about ready to drop this down a half star because I wasn't real big on Volcana, but her closing exchange with Superman made me think better of her.
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    4 stars.

    This is the very first time I've seen this episode. I liked it, although I didn't like the ending too much. Too bad Volcana wasn't used in future episodes since it could of strengthened the weak ending (even though Volcano was in a bathing suit). Oh well, one appearance is better than no appearance. Always nice to see human villains;even better when it's in a Superman episode. Was Volcana ever in the comic books?

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    i really liked this episode. i loved the paranormal school and i liked volcana alot.

    i liked seeing clark investigate too, that was cool. and i loved how superman used his super speed to crush that laser gun. that was cool, he should do that on JL.

    and i loved the batman style interogation out the window. that was cool.

    i think volcana is a cool villian, i was sort of surprised to see superman take such a liking to her. the ending was also a surprise, seeing superman going out of his way to help her. but it was a cool ending.

    the only part i didnt like was when we find out the gov was no longer behind "project volcana". i dont know, it seemed strange to just have that guy running it, i mean, whats his motivation and why are all those soldiers following him? anyway i give it 3.5 stars. plus the animation was quite nice as well. peace.
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    ****

    I have to admit that that was a much better episode that I thought it would be.

    Volcana proved to be a very intriguing character and the plot was fantastic! This episode reminded me of B:TAS. A episode-long mystery that Superman didn't figure out until near the end. This was very different from many S:TAS episodes.
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    Woah, freekish knome man.....drinking root beer float.
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    Not necessary.

    I thought when I saw this episode, why bother with a trite villian like Volcana when episodes like A FISH STORY and IN BRIGHTEST DAY were rushed, uber popular and deserved two parts. I know I speak for alot of people when I say, scrap an episode like that, and add another part to either Aquaman's or Green Lantern's spotlight or both.

    I look at an episode like that as a waste of valuable 65 episode time.

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    Actually, Volcana was in a second episode. She had a brief run-in against Supergirl in the episode "Unity". She had a great one-liner in it, something about creamating Supergirl or something. I really liked Volcana. She had some potential. I also like fire villians, for some reason they don't get as much action as other types of villians.

    As for the episode, it rocked! All of the different ways she used her abilities and Superman melting the glass window to get his final clue out of that guy!!! Really cool stuff.
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    Re: Not necessary.

    Originally posted by Johnny Depp
    I thought when I saw this episode, why bother with a trite villian like Volcana when episodes like A FISH STORY and IN BRIGHTEST DAY were rushed, uber popular and deserved two parts. I know I speak for alot of people when I say, scrap an episode like that, and add another part to either Aquaman's or Green Lantern's spotlight or both.

    I look at an episode like that as a waste of valuable 65 episode time.
    65? i thought it was 54, but i could be wrong.

    anyway, i really liked volcana. does anyone know if she is a stas original or from the comics? anyway, im glad they were still creating good villians so late in the series. superman really could use them and plus i think livewire was the only female villian, besides granny and the furies, who are really more like minions.

    anyway, great episode. and a good intro to a new character.
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    Originally posted by czyznyck99
    There were two things I liked about this episode.

    Superman - He was playing like Batman in this episode. Investigating the paranormal, to threatening to throw someone out a window, he was acting very dark in this episode, and it was cool

    Volcana - She's a literal "hottie." What's not to like ?

    That's pretty much what I liked about it too. I loved the ending (sseing Volcana in a bikini ). Great episode!
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    Volcana was an original villian.
    If Batman keeps Anti-JLA files does his protégé write Anti-Young Justice recipes in his cookbook?

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    An interesting villian and Superman pulls a "Batman technique" to make a federal agent to spill the beans.

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    One ep of Supes that I find quite enjoyable. From beginning to end it delighted me and I found certain things pretty funny. Four stars.
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    A really nice episode although I gave it 4.5 stars because the ending was weak. I like think that Volcana is to Supeman what Catwoman is to Batman--someone he'd like to know better if they weren't a criminal. It's that kind of relationship where the hero tries to help and reform the villain. I know Supes wouldn't be unfaithful to Lois, but he does like Volcana.

    I also liked Clark using his brains rather than his brawn to figure out the story behind Volcana. What surprised me was him going up against the government since Superman stands for truth, justice and the American way. Maybe he's picked up some pointers from Batman.

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    Remember that it wasn't the government he was fighting at the end. It was a group of rougue agents.

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    I decided I'd revive this topic, since it's been announced that Peri Gilpin is reprising the role in the next season of JL.

    This was always one of my favorite episodes. Even though I often questioned the plausibility of Superman getting knocked back by fireballs.

    And the scene where Supes holds the agent out a window is one of my favorite intimidation scenes of either STAS, BTAS or TNBA.
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    "Where There's Smoke" airs tonight

    Tonight at 12:30 a.m. ET, Boomerang airs the Superman: The Animated Series episode, Where There's Smoke. This episode is not yet available on DVD.



    Episode #42 - Where There's Smoke
    Original Airdate - September 19th, 1998. - Third Season Premiere

    Volcana, a villainess whose talent enables her to control fire, goes on a crime spree by stealing artifacts, while on the run from government agents and Superman.

    Comments?
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