This is not going to be a extremely detailed post. (I would encourage certain contributors to add to it, if they watched the show)
Tonight was the day that fanboys, and I assume fangirls, had waited for for ten years. Tonight was the night which Tom Welling put on the Superman Suit and flew. It was awesome. I’m not sure that I breathed throughout most of the show.
But, there was something more.
The show was about Darkseid invading earth, but in this, there were a lot of eschatological imagery. First, Darkseid was represented by a trio of people. I don’t know the names, don’t care, but two were male and one female. It was an obvious reference to the Trinity. When Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, knelt before them, he knelt on this symbol,
This is a symbol of the Trinity.
Further, there were words thrown around about rapture, saving souls and the such:
His rapture will be the only salvation…
Darkseid was coming to earth to take the souls of the sealed away in a rapture. They were sealed in their forehead.
Clark Kent/The Blur/Proto-Superman was the light meant to battle Darkseid and send away the Apocalypse which is the name of Darkseid’s planet.
Oh, and the story tonight begins and ends seven years after the would-be rapture.
Superman has always followed a certain, shall we say, archetypical mythos around a savior who was the last (only) son of a father who cared for the people. He sent the son to earth to same them and to be an example for them. Tonight, the Creators of the show took it to a different level, especially where the show was concerned. For years, they have been playing up this prophecy motif and tonight, they brought it to a head by having the mythic Last Son, the Savior, the Light of the World, battle and defeat the Apocalypse, cleanse the souls of those affected, and seven years later… well there was the wedding feast.
A lot of imagery in tonight’s episode…
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