Oliver: What’s this? What’s the “S” stand for? What is that, “superstar”?
Clark: It gives people hope. (Smallville, 9x03 Rabid)
Lois: What’s the “S” stand for?
Clark: It’s not an “S”. On my world it means hope. (Man of Steel)
Somebody save me
Let your warm hands break right through and
Somebody save me
Smallville’s Lois Lane (Erica Durance) & Perry White (Michael McKean)
THIS SCENE. OMG, THIS SCENE.
“What if I never see you again?”
I know I wrote, like, a whole dissertation on this quote before, but it’s only because there is so much meaning to it. I’m literally sighing just thinking about it.
This whole apocalyptic world. What this Clark has gone through, a year without Lois. How he had tried to fight and failed. How he had given up, a prisoner on his own land, powerless. Then, Lois Lane shows up and with her brings back his strength, not physically, but his hope and faith in things he had let go, thinking he had lost them forever. He wants to save the world, needs to, because if he does then he can erase the world that is his present, a world that was created by Zod and wrecked havoc on the people of the planet. But this all comes at a cost. The cost of Lois. If they survive the fight, he loses her. If they win and bring back the sun, he loses her. It’s so tragic, but he decided to show he how he feels, what he didn’t know he had felt when she had been there, what he had to face in himself when she was gone.
Then, we come to Lois. This woman who started to finally realize her feelings for Clark, but pushed them down in order to not be hurt by him. She kept them bottled inside because she didn’t think he would reciprocate them, since she had been burned before. That maybe he wasn’t ready, would never be ready. She finds herself in this future, a place that has been dismantled. Buildings destroyed as well as people’s spirits. She finds Clark and finds relief, always feeling safer with him around. But this Clark is different, he carries a heavier burden, is broken, but when he looks at her there is something in him that comes alive. They both know it and feel it. She wants to heal him and he wants to let her, even if only for a night. They would take that night and make lifetimes out of it.
Once the fight is over, and they have won, reality sets in. She has to leave. She doesn’t want to, he is hurt and she needs to be with him, heal him again, but he pushes her to go. There is a Clark that needs her more than he does and he is back in 2009. She understands her mission, but is worrisome. “What if I never see you again?” What if she goes back and the Clark of 2009 does not feel the same? What if she loses this connection that means so much to her? It’s not about using the ring and getting lost in time, it’s about losing the Clark who is so forthright with his feelings for her. The man that told her, “I died when you left.” The man that let down the walls he had put up, just for her. Let her in and made him feel again. Making her feel things she never thought she would.
Then he replies, “You will.” He knows exactly what she means. What she is afraid of losing. He doesn’t want to lose her either, but this is what needs to be done. He knows himself, what he felt when she disappeared, what he refused to let him feel months before losing her. She doesn’t need to worry. His faith has been restored. His hope has come back like the yellow sun in the sky. And that is what Lois is, she is the yellow sun. Giving him strength and providing light through the darkness to bring him back. She is what he needs. What the Clark of one year ago needed. They will meet again and experience exactly what they did in this future, but it will be better. It will be in a world that isn’t enslaved. It will be bright and full of hope. He knows that they can do that.
And with a kiss he reassures her, their last kiss. A smile through his pain. Only for Lois. He places the Legion ring on her finger, hoping that the next time Clark Kent puts a ring on the finger of Lois Lane it will have a different significance.