ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 5.23.18
It’s the showdown between the Els, the Zods and Brainiac. And everything we know changes.
She was missing this whole episode. She has become the breakout character of the whole show and I love her. I hope that means they’re saving her for a glorious re-emergence next year.
Because she’s going to have to overthrow her grandson.
She kind of made her decision last week when she shot her mom. So she’s either with Zod or on her own. I love how she keeps both Seg and Dev on a string, and just pulls it when she needs one of them. She raises a valiant and courageous effort against Brainiac’s attempt to add Kandor to his collection, but just ends up sacrificing a bunch of Sagitauri red shirts in the process. It’s good that she’s Zod enough to not give up without a fight, but she’s going to discover next year that she is now a woman without a home. Who will trust her now? I think maybe only Dev, and she keeps proving, no matter how warm n’ fuzzy she gets with him, that her heart is with Seg.
Holy smokes, in one of the most powerful reveals of the episode, Nyssa finds out that her original self died in the accident that killed her mother. The Nyssa that we know is in fact a clone of the original. She now has a choice moving forward as to where her allegiance lies. Jax-Ur, head of Black Zero, wants a city with no guilds, and power back in the hands of the people. Nyssa wants to save her baby, but she now knows that her whole life is a lie. And Jax-Ur is going to show her the pain she’s caused by manipulating things with her father. Nyssa might turn into a full-fledged Black Zero freedom fighter next year.
Turns out he didn’t die. He pulled an Obi-Wan. He let himself be “killed” to get access to a higher plane of knowledge, where he’d be untouchable. That place however is the Phantom Zone. And as always, it’s bleak and a living Hell. He did like Dr. Strange did in Infinity War, he saw all the possible futures. At least he thinks he did, but Zod believes that the future can be changed. Val believes that Brainiac will capture Kandor and there’s no way around that. And he’s wrong.
Val gets brought back out by Zod who’s known the deal all this time. Why in the WORLD they keep listening to General Zod is beyond me. He keeps proving himself completely untrustworthy and full of double and triple crosses, but oh well. Val has to watch Seg get sucked back up into the Zone and then Zod destroys the controls and the interface. It’s great to have Val-El back, but he almost got sacrificed to Brainiac to save Krypton. That means he’s still a threat based on his level of knowledge, and no way Zod is going to leave him alone indefinitely.
Extra points for those who noticed that they played part of the John Williams Superman motif when Val showed back up out of the Zone.
As usual, Seg is the most useless and bland character in the whole show. He is literally only there because he’s Superman’s grandfather. Know how you test that? See if any character’s role could be substituted and you have your answer. Val-El has to be who he is. Zod has to be who he is. But Seg? In terms of his contribution you could plug Adam in and the episode would’ve played out the same way. Long story short, he tricks Brainiac into getting sucked into the Phantom Zone, but Brainiac tendrils him in as well. Superman’s cape is restored and then? The sigil turns into Zod’s. Wow. Now, we know that Seg will be back out next year, hopefully with some more information. But again, his contribution to the story is minimal, he’s got main character powers but not really a character.
He was pure awesomeness. He’s strong with the Force too. And that ship of his is straight out of the comics, and it’s realized so beautifully. I still don’t completely buy that his physical form is the one true representation of him, because it never has been up to this point. So when he finally shows up in person, it doesn’t seem possible that he could be defeated and his consciousness ripped out of this plane by the Phantom Zone portal. He’s always existed through his nanotech. I also didn’t believe, after he made such a point of reading Zod’s mind, that Seg’s plan would actually fool him. But nevertheless, it worked.
His collected planets keep all the inhabitants in conscious suspended animation, which is beyond cruel. He used to just shrink the cities, but now he immobilizes the inhabitants too. Gnarly. He’s really written well here, and his threat is far from over, because he’s going to learn what Val learned in the Phantom Zone too. So they really just kind of delayed him here. But it was so cool to see Zod and Brainiac squaring off against the Els. So, like a terminator, one thing we can say for sure about Brainiac: he’ll be back.
He was the highlight of this entire episode. He’s been the best written character from the beginning. He proved that he is truly a general, because he out-thought every foe this episode. He manipulated Lyta, Seg, Val and Brainiac, and brought himself out the winner. All while admitting his sins to his companions along the way. But by getting Brainiac out of the way, he has supplanted not only the ruling powers of Krypton, but it seems that he replaces Superman as Earth’s hero in the future as well. Zod has inserted himself into the place in history he’s always wanted…absolute ruler of multiple worlds across time. All without his powers under a yellow sun.
But since we have now introduced the possibility of even greater time travel? I’ve got a huge feeling that Kal-El himself is going to show up at some point.
Guess what happens in the very end tag? Doomsday breaks free. Just like he did in the comics, he punches his way out of a prison. I am so totally loving how many iconic scenes are framed just like the comics in this show. So what’ll be interesting is seeing what Zod’s plan is against him. Will they bring Brainiac back to absorb Doomsday? Can he even do that? This may be a job for Superman. If Kal-El doesn’t show up, then Zod will find a way to create enough yellow sun energy to give himself powers against Doomsday. It’s gonna be good no matter what happens.
I really enjoyed this finale, and this entire season much more than I thought I would. And the best part, is that we don’t really know where the show is going. It’s got plenty of surprises left and a lot more story to tell. It’s taking Superman’s classic villains and giving us the best live versions of them we’ve ever seen. Major kudos just on that accomplishment alone.
Can’t wait for Season 2 of Krypton! Errybody and they momma gon’ be kneeling before Zod!
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