The Husky Voice of Fate hits its Critically-Acclaimed, Crescendo…
Prequel Origin stories are beautiful things,
You take a well-established character, with a rich legacy and you show the fated journey of how they reach the way they are remembered. You watch the tale unfold, through their eyes. The events which seem (to them) like spontaneous moments in their life, but you view, with the privelege of hindsight, realising the beautiful significance of these moments, which seem small but make big impacts on them as inviduals. You fall in love with the character’s growth and the journey they take, to make them the renounced individual, they where destined to become. On it, you hope to be inspired by one of their ‘fork in the road’ decisions, so you can recognise similar opportunities when presented to you later on in life.
One such story of this is from the 2001-Present series, Alfred Gough’s and Miles Millar’s Smallville. It shows the journey of Kal-El (aka Clark Kent), the pariah from Krypton who falls to his adopted planet, and grows to eventually be its greatest champion. While some may say the series itself is long-winded and drawn out, there are some truly classic moments in it. Like this ending scene at the end of the fourth series episode ‘Spirit’.
In it, after years of chasing, he finally manages to have his first emotional connection with Lana Lang at the prom, the lady who would eventually become the first love of his life. After years of persuing her, she finally manages to accept that there’s more to her perception of Clark than meets the eye and he may actually be the ‘man’ for her. The scene is made even more powerful as Lois Lane, his final love, turns down her first potential opportunity for fall for her future husband, to allow fate to take its predestined course.
The scene carries megatons of emotional weight. The way Clark first notices her as lana enters the room, his brave walk over, chloe and lois’ character dissection of clark, the way clark holds out his hand to lana, his parents reaction, her response, the solitary manner in which they slow dance, as iff they were desolate, with no music, lana’s ex’s reaction to this new revelation. The scene is also beautifully supported by Lighthouse’s classic tune. ‘You and Me’, which they turn up to play at the prom.It’s all pure genius
This here is the epicentre of their relationship, which will spur on for 4 more years or so, before the other lady in the scene, Lois Lane, takes her role as his future spouse and forms a love triangle with himself and his alter ego, The Man of Steel. Please note the significance of Lana. Lois loved the Kryptonian initially. Lana has always loved Clark, as Clark and was the first person to ever do so.
Anyway, Lois and Clark were fated to meet and fall in love and never be. That dance was the beginning of the end of something and also of nothing. The scene shows the birth of something truly special and meaningful and for me, the song is synonymous with those emotions. I’ve always believed that when I start to hear it and it immediately places the image of someone in my head, I will know my time as a single man is up. If I ever had a first dance with someone at a wedding, it would probably be to this, as cheesy as it sounds. At the very least, this is what i’d be dancing to in my head.
As in control of my life that I appear to be, I believe honestly when the voice of fate comes, it’s hard to ignore as its usually to help you distinguish pinaccle moments like those discussed here, which will carve our paths to righteouness or damnation (maybe even both at the same time). We don’t have the beauty of reliving an origin prequel in our own lives, we have to be vigilante to the call and quick to react.
Once you’re in tune with destiny, you’ll find you’re life becomes somewhat more….Super….