Superman III Movie Minute #3 – S Is For Smallville


Fire and Water Network All-Stars Chris Franklin and Rob Kelly are back with SUPERMAN III MOVIE MINUTE, where they analyze, scrutinize, and you'll-believe-a-man-can-fly-ize the Man of Steel's third big screen adventure starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Annette O'Toole, and Robert Vaughn, five minutes at a time!

In minutes 10:00-15:00, Clark pitches Perry an idea, and Gus forms a plan.

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14 responses to “Superman III Movie Minute #3 – S Is For Smallville

  1. I’ve been watching the CW’s Superman & Lois series, and I did not catch the Superman III reference to which Chris alluded. I take that as a sign from the superhero movie gods that it’s been too long since I last watched Superman III. May I be spared from eternal torment in the phantom zone for my crime of neglecting this movie.

    Thanks for another remarkable episode.

    P.S. My mom always cooked our dressing in the turkey. My wife, on the other hand, cooks it separatly. So, I’m good with either way.


      It was when Superman froze part of the ocean and dumped it on the soon-to-blow nuclear power plant. Straight out of Superman III’s chemical fire scene. Also a bit of a nod to the Kryptonite island in Superman Returns.


    1. The refinery fire was at the old Turbo Resources Oil refinery at a little place called Balzaz (also home to Alberta’s “ground hog!” – Balzac Billy. Turbo was a major western Canadian gasoline marketer through the 1970s-1990s. Turbo has since been absorbed into Shell Canada. This refinery was dismantled and hauled piece by piece to Russia.

      The highway that Clark and Jimmy arrive on is Highway #2 connecting Calgary and Edmonton, now called the Queen Elizabeth Highway. In the first shot where we see the bus, they area on a westbound two-lane highway headed into the Rocky Mountains. But when they hit the refinery fire, they are on Highway 2 south, a four-lane highway, headed toward Calgary, and the mountains would be on their right. The emergency vehicles are blocking the northbound lane.

      Those are actual Calgary Police Service cars, and the actual coat of arms of the CPS can be seen on the policemen’s shirts. There is also a news van marked “2 & 7” – that is an actual TV station, CFAC 2&7 that operated at the time. It’s now Global Calgary.

  2. You mean that ISN’T how coding works? You don’t just type in simple commands? You guys clearly never played the Questprobe series of Marvel games.

    Listen, fellas, if you can get your employer to pay for your vacation, you do it!

  3. I really envy Webscoe’s food service especially since I recently filled in a week at my old job and the boss rented out the lunchroom

    1. Ah, but you haven’t had my Mom’s homemade stuffing/dressing, cooked in a casserole OUTSIDE of the turkey. My sister makes it now. Declicious…and not cooked in the body cavity of a dead bird.


  4. I’ve worked at 2 companies in the past big enough to have cafeterias. That was a nice perk, plus giving employment to the food service people. Gosh, now I miss it.

    Ok, my computer programmer brain is determined to no-prize what Gus did. Off camera, he wrote the actual code, and what we’re seeing on camera is him running those specific programs. Plus, the programs would automatically hide their actions from the audit data and delete themselves. Because Gus is that good! Or he’s guileless, one or the other.

  5. Was I the only one who took the women switching shoes as some sort of way to cut down on how much static electricity is in the general vicinity of all that computer equipment? Have I always been reading too much into it? Did I come up with too much of a No Prize for this situation?

    1. I’m a little late on this.

      The women changing into sneakers thing started in the late 70s or early 80s during a New York transit strike. Everyone had to walk to work for a while, so a lot of women just started keeping their shoes at work.

      We lived in New York at that time and my mom was a computer programmer who did exactly that. So that was a nice detail in an otherwise somewhat tone-deaf movie.

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