Up, Up, and Away: The End of SMALLVILLE, The Beginning of SUPERMAN
- Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Well, the finale has come and gone. It was disappointing in some respects, but, overall, it worked. There were a couple wonderful scenes. In one, Clark and Lois talk to each other through a closed door. Simply yet stylishly directed, I don't remember seeing anything quite like it in the entire run. Michael Rosenbaum, the resurrected Lex Luthor, did a superb job with a small amount of screen time, offering Clark a chillingly logical explanation for his ongoing villainy.
The final scenes wherein Clark, blessed by two fathers, seizes his costume and his destiny were thrilling. I'm probably not too far from the mark when I say that the last five minutes of the last episode were worth the last five seasons of the series. That's because those minutes not only delivered Superman, but they spoke to our desire for the power and glory he represents.
As Yosemite Sam declared to Bugs Bunny, "I paid mah four bits ta see thuh high-divin' act, and I'm'a gonna see thuh high-divin' act!" For a decade, fans hung in with Smallville--not because they fell in love with Clark Kent and Chloe Sullivan, but because they wanted to see the high-flyin' act—Superman.
Clark Kent isn't enough for us. He never was; he never will be. We tolerate him because we know that beneath the business suit and glasses Superman lies in wait. Kent is the groaning creation, anxious for the revealing of the sons of God. Kent anchors us to humiliation, weakness. Kent is us as we are. Superman is what we would become. He's the thirst for immortality, for godhood. He's the dream of glory coupled with righteousness, the dream of joy that lifts us off the earth and sends us soaring into our ultimate destiny.
"Your trials are over," Jor-El tells his son in the Fortress of Solitude. "It is time for you to seize your destiny." I can't help but think of what Jesus will say to the righteous as they end one series and start another: ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world" (Matthew 25:34).
All that's left for the redeemed to say is, "Up, up, and away!"
Gary D. Robinson is a preacher, author, and Superman fan in Xenia, OH. He blogs at www.garydrobinson.com.
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