Superman & Lois Finale give Man of Steel’s father a real funeral
Superman and Lois introduced the death of a major character in the Superman mythos, and the season finale gave them a fitting funeral and goodbye.
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Last Sons of Krypton”, the Superman and Lois Season 1 finale.
Superman and Lois has been an emotional roller coaster for the Kent family as they grapple with a new home and new enemies. One of the biggest challenges for Clark was the death of his Kryptonian father, Jor-El, in episode 11, “A Brief Reminiscence Between Cataclysmic Events”. Although technically dead for decades, Jor-El’s consciousness survived in a crystal he placed in Clark’s spaceship. After deciding to leave Smallville, Clark was drawn to the Arctic where he built his Fortress of Solitude and began training with his father.
Sadly, Superman’s half-brother Tal-Rho ended Jor-El’s extended life when he destroyed the crystal, depriving Clark of another father. The scene was shocking to say the least, and the ongoing attack on Smallville and the planet meant Superman never had a chance to grieve. This moment finally comes for him in the Superman and Laws Season 1 finale with a little help from his family.
In a heartwarming act of love, Lois and the boys prepare a small grave for Jor-El’s crystal and give Clark the opportunity to say goodbye. Clark reflects on the time he shared with his father, appreciating all that Jor-El has given and done for him. Ready to say goodbye, Clark buries the crystal pieces and bids his Kryptonian father a final farewell.
Jor-El’s death means Superman will have to protect humanity without his father’s knowledge for the first time since he became the Man of Steel. Jor-El analyzed Jordan as his powers kicked in and helped Clark train his grandson to control his abilities, as he had done with Clark years before. Without this resource, Clark is going to have to discover Jordan’s powers and everything that happens to him on his own.
One solution to this dilemma would be for Superman to find his mother’s crystal. It has been revealed that Zeta-Rho, the father of Tal-Rho, was originally married to Lara Lor-Van, the mother of Tal-Rho and Superman, before she left him for Jor-El. Zeta-Rho copied Lara’s consciousness into a crystal just like Jor-El, but not for good reason. Zeta wanted to rejoice in Lara by conquering Earth and owning all of humanity along with the Kryptonians. He intended to destroy her afterwards, showing that Zeta had no love for his ex-wife.
Luckily for Superman, Zeta-Rho’s plan fell through and he never had the chance to destroy Lara’s crystal. As of yet, Clark has no idea of the crystal’s existence, although he did briefly meet his birth mother when she possessed Lana Lang Cushing to help end the Kryptonian attack. Season 2 will likely feature Lara’s AI whenever Clark finds her, providing Clark with a new source of information and giving fans a new parenting relationship to watch unfold.
Jor-El’s death was a significant loss for the Man of Steel and one he will likely feel for some time. Superman has lost both his greatest resource and one of his greatest allies. Most importantly, he lost a father after already losing his human parents. Hopefully Clark will find his mother’s crystal and form a strong bond with her just like he did with his father.
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