Admittedly the “convenient” smoke pellets are a weak plot device reminiscent of the old Batman TV show where every villain seemed to have a ready supply of purple or red smoke bombs. (Where does one get this type of thick smoke pellets anyway?) I saw some kids shooting fireworks yesterday and the smoke pellets they used allowed anyone to clearly see through the smoke. In a story as stellar as this has been, the smoke pellet device seems unusually weak and gratuitous.
When Smith used the magnetic abilities of the Space Coupe to disarm Bardoll, why didn’t it react with other metal on Bardoll’s person. Didn’t he have a belt buckle? Did he have a key ring? What about additional ammo clips for his weapon?
I don’t mind Bardoll making an escape. It is obviously necessary for the plot. But come on—smoke pellets? Is Bardoll Abner Kadaver’s son? With Bardoll’s immense size and strength, he could just as easily picked up a large heavy piece of equipment in the hangar and hurled it at the cops causing them to duck or take cover as he made his escape. This would seem to be more in character for Bardoll than a flamboyant escape using smoke pellets.
In addition, where are the rest of Smith’s security team? With a guard down, I would hope that they would be outside the hangar providing backup at this point. And, even if Bardoll escapes the hangar, he is still on the grounds of Smith’s compound. How does he expect to escape when the “top secret” Smith Industries is likely surrounded by security fences. Perhaps he intends to use some more Kadaver magic to levitate over the walls.
Still, I’m willing to give this “bump in the road” a pass because the rest of the story has been so compelling. Despite today’s silliness, I am still hooked like a fish on this story.