Final Season: Smallville & Denying God

Lois gets an interesting new perspective on what it is like to be Clark Kent, an old adversary resurfaces, and we are left with an interesting parallel about running away from God…

The Plot:

Lois is running herself ragged trying to plan her wedding and reception as well as investigate a series of mysterious buy-outs of local businesses. But Clark has bigger problems — he needs to introduce Lois to Jor-El at the Fortress of Solitude in order to establish a “life bond” with the woman of his choosing. Rather than merely giving his blessing, Jor-El gives Lois his son’s powers until sunset, leaving his son vulnerable and Lois thrilled to be super-speeding all over the city saving people. But the fun and games stop when she becomes mind-controlled and has only one mission — to kill Clark Kent.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to rid himself of the Omega symbol and thus the influence Darkeseid has over him, Oliver has gone in search of Orion’s Bow, the mythical weapon that allowed Darkseid to be defeated centuries earlier. He discovers Kara trapped in the cavern and frees her, but when she is summoned away by Jor-El, he falls prey to the influences of darkness.

Spiritual Symbolism:

Two things stood out to me in this episode — the last five minutes (which admittedly, made me want to shake Lois Lane) and the journey of Olivier Queen. As I addressed last week, his arc this season reminds me of man’s attempt to save himself rather than relying on the intervention of a higher power. His decision to search for the Bow without Clark’s assistance is foolish, as is his choice not to confide in him. Because he has chosen to walk away from Clark rather than trust him with this information, Oliver learns that he has been working as an agent of evil — because in turning away from his friend he has chosen a different side. This is chillingly profound, as it illustrates the truth that in not choosing a side, those individuals who straddle the fence when it comes to spiritual matters are in fact agents of evil. You either serve God or the Devil. There are no bench seats in the game of life. In attempting to be his own salvation, Oliver has damned himself — I suspect Clark will save him in the end, however.

Both Oliver and Lois illustrate the same point in this episode, but they come at it from different angles. Each are betraying Clark, one because of his lack of honesty and the other because she finds herself unworthy. Oliver does not trust Clark to forgive him, so he pursues self-purification in order to become worthy enough to stand at his side. He is pursing salvation through good works. Lois’ decision not to marry the man she loves is also insulting, because it is a refusal of the gift Clark is offering her. Lois does not feel worthy of this sacrifice, but it is not her place to turn it down — Clark has already decided to make that sacrifice for her, and in denying it, she is denying him.

There are a multitude of reasons people choose not to embrace Christ’s sacrifice. There are some who have no interest in His forgiveness, others that assume because of their goodness they do not need a savior, and those who hide from Him or want to become “better” before they approach His throne and ask forgiveness. These individuals do not understand that all of us feel inadequate and unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness. Humans, in all our faults, failings, temptations, and evils, are vile creatures, instinctively selfish and sinful. The entire purpose of the gospel is that we cannot purify ourselves and do not have to change before asking forgiveness. Through repentance, He will change us. There is nothing we can do to make ourselves worthy of Him or His forgiveness. Oliver is working for his salvation, but we do not have to work for ours — it is a gift. There is work involved in transforming our lives and continually striving to become more like Christ, but salvation cannot be earned. It is a gift.

Denying that gift is the worst thing we could ever do because if Christ says you are worthy of His love, who are you to argue? Clark knows what he is facing, the challenges that will be laid before him, that this will be a long and difficult road as a super hero. If he has chosen to sacrifice certain things in order to marry Lois, what right does she have to refuse him? What right do we have to refuse Him? Lois may see it as an act of selflessness but in reality it is the opposite — it is a refusal of his love and a denial of the role she plays in his life. Clark needs her. For her to deny that need, to feel so inferior and unworthy that she cannot give him the support that will enable him to become the individual he was born to be, is selfish.

One thing that did stand out to me as profound was when Lois remarked that she never knew before how many cries for help Clark had to ignore; she could not understand how he could let some suffer so he might save others. It is not easy being a super hero, because at times you must stand aside. I cannot understand either why God does not always answer cries for help from His people but I know it pains Him not to respond to each plea. Like Clark, He must permit suffering for a short time in order to accomplish a larger purpose in our lives. God is not concerned for our physical lives so much as our spiritual ones and wants our heart to be right, no matter what our circumstances.

Immaterial Thoughts:

I loved Lois Lane with super powers… stopping bullets and foiling robberies, throwing people across rooms, doing all her office work at ten times the speed (her typing skills had me envious!). On a purely shallow note, the red business suit she had on was gorgeous. I also love the fact that even with super powers, she is still the same Lois — smart-alaky, driven, determined, but with her usual charm and wry sense of humor. Unlike Lana, she did not turn into a raging psychopath hell-bent on revenge against anyone who ever wronged her. Although, of course, Lana had to be brought up as the love of Clark’s life and the one who sacrificed everything for him. Lies, all lies…

One thing that did bother me was that Lois would be that stupid as to put on the mind-control gadget. Not only was it irresponsible considering her new found abilities but it shows her lack of thought in decision making. She has super-strength; she could have squished that transmitter flat as a pancake and faked it. Given her military brat status and the fact that she’s usually pretty sharp, that was lame. But the ominous foreshadowing for the finale was marvelous… thus far next week they will have to deal with a gang of assassins, heal Oliver, repair the relationship between Clark and Lois, defeat Darkseid, go through with a wedding, reintroduce Lex Luthor, have Clark discover his flying skills, and hopefully give closure to the Lionel plot line. (Where is he these days? I hope they do not leave him dangling and we never see him again!)

Since there was a lack of a new promo last night, I assume they are keeping it secret and do not intend to leak any additional footage. Booo!

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