ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 4.11.18
The Voice of Rao makes some moves to further his agenda, whatever that is. But it gets interrupted by Brainiac’s. And a lot of things are made official in this episode.
Game of Kandor
Pretty much this episode is the game changer, and I don’t know if that’s what they intended. Brainiac’s storyline becomes the official driver of all things Seg, and House Vex plans a coup against the Voice of Rao. All of that is unfortunate to me, because it’s way too premature. I was hoping we’d get to see more of the impact of this new religion on the Kandorians. But it seems like House Vex has been planning this insurrection for a while. So it’s like, we haven’t even established enough original alliances to feel the impact of the series of double crosses that happen here.
It’s also official that Seg is the most boring, one-dimensional and underdeveloped character on this show. All he does is brood, brawl and pine for Lyta. And he says that Lyta is all that matters.
Does that sound familiar?
Basically Lyta goes on trial for the decisions she made during the failed Rankless Initiative. And as it turns out, the higher ups (meaning the Chancellor Vex and the Voice of Rao) want someone to blame. Lyta lost three of her soldiers during the melee, and it becomes a game of he said, she said, they died, tell me why. So she gets the target painted on her head, and is accused of being a Black Zero co-conspirator.
The people are also not necessarily happy with multi-faced golden chrome dome, because they’re starving and oppressed. They don’t need his religious posturing, but that’s all he gives them.
Lyta is also so disrespectful and rebellious when speaking with the council I would’ve jailed her just for contempt of court. She’s such a brat, I have zero interest in rooting for her. Like, ever.
Ona, the little girl at the center of the B Plot, is kind of eerie. She seriously reminds me of both Kira from Orphan Black and Newt from Aliens. She’s too smart, overly perceptive, but yet still just a child. Comes across as creepy. The bumbling adults around her are tiptoeing back and forth, deciding how to tell her that her mother’s dead. But she already knows.
Her stupid uncle Ken also reminds me of a less interesting version of Felix from Orphan Black. See, the only interesting characters on this show are the villains. Ken, Adam and Seg are all 😴😴😴
So Ken eventually tells her what she already knows, and Ona wants to petition Rao for her mother’s soul. That will have consequences.
Seg just keeps bulldozing his way through every scene. He fights Lyta’s other boyfriend. He fights Lyta’s mother. He’s so boring. There is also no reason to root for him other than him being Superman’s grandfather. That’s the thing, he’s not likable. Would you root for him if he wasn’t an El?
So anyway he enlists the help of his Not Wife to save Lyta. And she agrees, it’s a part of her long game to make Seg trust her. She makes him say that he loves her. Yeah Seg and Lyta have no chemistry. And we haven’t spent enough time with them as a couple to care either.
Chancellor Vex paints a picture for Jayna that Lyta is allied with Black Zero. She doesn’t believe it. Seg is determined to save her in as clumsy of a way as possible. Ugh, I don’t like this guy.
Seg gets caught by Not Black Zero, so we have yet another faction that’s running around on their own. The commander even kills one of his own men for touching Seg unauthorized. Okay. But at least Oliver Queen’s stepdad knows about Brainiac, and seemingly wants to shut him down. Then they do this weird thing with bugs and orifices. Maybe they were going for a Matrix feel, but it was just gross.
Feed my Lambs
What happens next is….I dunno, kind of disturbing. Long story short, Ona makes her offering for her mother’s soul to Rao, which is a statue. The Voice of Rao not only accepts it, but accepts her into his Word Order. All of those other Word females are grown tho. Can’t tell if they’re groupies, scribes, concubines, or what. But it feels really bizarre having a little girl as a part of it, but she is now. Yeeeggssshh.
Rohm springs back to life for a hot second, and she’s still Brainiac infused. Then the Collector of Worlds severs the connection and she officially dies. There seems to be nothing that Hologram El can do, so he’s like a convenient plot power thingie. He’s all powerful except when he’s not.
Seg breaks free from his interrogation chair and stuffs a bug down his captor’s throat. Yeah that was actually kind of funny. But again, all he does all episode long is scowl and brawl.
Blondie Vex tells Jayna-Zod that there’s a way to save Lyta’s life. Jay Z has to swear loyalty to House Vex and join the coup against Rao. Again, all of this is so premature for this storyline. We haven’t spent enough time with any of these families to care about the loyalties they’re testing. And no one in Jayna’s position would ever believe in a “Golden Age of Kandor,” and she most certainly doesn’t. She knows it’s just trading one tyrant for another and that the cost will be her soul and her honor. Jayna’s fully in character here, and proves how much more interesting she is than almost anyone else on the show. So now it’s her daughter’s life or become a traitor. Yikes.
Little creepy Ona gives the Nova Cycle inaugural speech as Seg escapes into more snow and cold. It’s like Krypton doesn’t have any other climate.
Here’s where the episode really blows it, as far as I’m concerned. They mess up a later huge reveal of the Voice of Rao’s face and identity. He’s just some dude we don’t even know yet, but the kicker? The statue Ona gave him is a Brainiac probe, so he gets possessed by it and becomes a new sentinel. That’s just a shame, there was much more to do with him as a character. Now he’s just another pawn.
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There are storylines to be resolved now for sure, but do we really care about what happens to Seg? You could lift him out of what’s happening and everything else could continue. See, again, he’s only there because he’s Kal’s grandfather and literally for no other story-based reason. He needs better development since he’s the main character.
Oh well, I do want to see what happens next, so I’m going to keep watching!
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