Thursday, January 24, 2019

Lex Luthor & Lover: Clark & Lorry Continued

Season 1

In Season 1, Lex becomes obsessed with Lois. How would that work with Lorry?

Obsession is obsession. The only difference I foresaw is that Lorry is more practical about his decision to marry Lex. He doesn't try as hard as Lois does to gloss it as a romance. (There's a gender inequality here--a man who marries for money might be considered a jerk or a rogue/con-artist; he will also be considered rather clever. A woman who marries for money, however, is perceived as the worst of the worst.)

At the end of Season 1, Lorry and Clark are drifting apart for many reasons, a number of them having to do with Lorry's suspicion that Clark is being less than truthful. Lex sees an opportunity to  propose marriage.

Lex is no fool. Rather than try to convince Lorry on the power of romance, he plays on Lorry's support of gay rights (see Lorry's prior news stories). He suggests that a marriage between Lex ("second richest man in the world") and Lorry, potential Pulitzer-winning reporter, would make headlines. Big splash!

Lorry still balks. As occurs in the original season, Lex then dismantles The Daily Planet, removing Lorry's support system (and potentially making Lex money in some fashion). It's all about winning with Lex! At the same time, he offers Lorry other job opportunities. The Times in London, for example. From a practical standpoint, marrying Lex would appear to be a path to success, especially for a guy like Lorry who has convinced himself that romance is a sham.

It is at this point that Clark confesses his feelings to Lorry, a move which utterly backfires. In the original, it backfires because Lois thinks she is in love with Superman--and because she knows Clark is hiding information from her. In my version, it backfires because Lorry is beyond pissed that Clark closeted himself around Lorry. Clark had multiple opportunities to tell Lorry the truth about his sexuality and didn't.

Like Lois, Lorry then approaches Superman romantically, which also utterly backfires. This incident, from the original, is quite psychologically astute. Superman/Clark refuses to accept Lois's claim that she would love him (Superman) as a regular guy, especially since she just rejected Clark. In my version, Lorry approaches Superman because he is clutching at straws. He can't logically talk himself out of marrying Lex yet doesn't want to. He sees a relationship with Superman as the only thing big enough to counteract the logic.

Superman/Clark naturally says, "No." Which is quite psychologically understandable. To Clark, Superman is his avatar, his role, his pretend self. Clark--however flawed and unstable--is the real self.

Actually, Clark and my favorite Jimmy Olsen.
It is this tension between Superman as the secret identity and Clark as the true identity that made Lois & Clark unique in the first place.

In the end, of course, Lorry says, "No" to Lex. Which will lead to far too many episodes of people trying to take revenge on Lorry for daring to say, "No." But anyway . . .

At the end of Season 1, Lorry and Clark are back to being friends but not dating friends. There's way too much baggage and disappointment between them--at least for now.

Coming Next: Season 2: Rivals for Clark's Attention