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    1. Robert J. Wilson

      Yeah, that’s a nigh-unforgivable error… Big fail, Joel…

      Two of the people were Granny Goodness & Desaad, but I’m not sure who the last one was.

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      1. Feel free to add to the synopsis, Robert.

        This was argubly the best episode of the season, and maybe the series. Loved the dialogue between Lex and Clark

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  1. Gez

    Not having seen it yet, is it related to Superman II? In both, Superman battles a trio, a woman and two men.

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    1. Robert J. Wilson

      No, it’s unrelated. Superman II had Kal-El facing off against escaped prisoners from the Phantom Zone, evil criminals incarcerated there for crimes against humanity by Jor-El, which explains the raging hatred General Zod has for Kal’s father. “The Last Days of Krypton” is a fantastic novelization that explains this whole dynamic in greater detail. It should be noted that “Ursa” and “Non” are “Faora” and “Nam-Ek”, respectively in the comics & Superman cartoon universes.

      The beings in this episode are agents of Darkseid, one of Superman’s most fearsome villains in the comics. Darkseid’s primary motivator is the search for “The Anti-Life Equation”, which is just esoteric enough to be baffling and frightening at the same time. Granny Goodness is the leader of Darkseid’s “Female Furies”, of which Tess was apparently one. Then there’s Desaad, who is a sort of sorcerous henchman of Darkseid. I’m not sure who the third dude was, but if it followed the comics canon, it should have been Kalibak, the son of Darkseid.

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  2. Excellent work, Joel, I saw alot of the same things you did.

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  3. Robert J. Wilson

    Darkseid’s planet is called “Apokolips”, and is sometimes referred to as “War World”. I’m surprised that they didn’t incorporate the (in)famous Boom Tube technology that’s so closely associated with Jack Kirby’s New Gods. The non-corporeal Darkseid was pretty weird too, but it made sense in the story.

    I absolutely LOVED the bookend scenes with Chloe… Some fans are kvetching about Tom Welling not giving us a full-on view of him in the suit, but in the scheme of such an epic finale, that’s but a minor quibble, even for a superfan of my caliber.

    There is definitely a move toward deifying Superman and aligning the more obvious elements of his mythos with Judeo-Christian symbolism, but the beauty of the character is that he’s been what America’s needed since 1938, through World War and Cold War alike. It’s nice to see Superman serve as our avatar of societal catharsis across such a broad swath of American history. Smallville contributed to the story in an ultimately fulfilling and truly thrilling way. I’m ecstatic with the finale and regret that there appears to be no movement toward a spin-off. :(

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  4. First off: I love the fact that you guys incorporate superheroes and comic books into your theology blog.

    Robert:
    I think War World is owned by Mongol. I don’t know of any connection between that and Apokolips, unless there is one in Smallville. I’m only on season 7.

    I hope they can incorporate the Fourth World into the upcoming Superman movie series. That would give superman a powerful epic villain he can punch.

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    1. I’m of the opinion that life is a part of theology, to the extent that sometimes it seeps into popular representation. Plus, comic books are cool.

      I agree, Supermsn needs to wallop someone. Of course, if he ge was to go after Batman, he’d lose because Batman rocks

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