ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 5.9.18
The best way to describe this episode is that everybody makes their move. The problem is that most of them don’t work out as planned.
The writing, direction, and flow of this episode is different. I think it’s my favorite episode of the series so far. The only part I still don’t like is Adam Strange, in any way, shape or form. The opening with him feels like a SyFy version of Friends, I kid you not. It was tonally different from anything we’ve seen so far. They are clearly aping Guardians of the Galaxy, but it’s not really working for me. But Adam presses on with his quest even though no one believes, trusts, or respects him. And I can’t blame them because he’s truly a little punk.
But at least he reveres Superman properly.
Little Girl Lost
Kem’s on a mission to reconnect with Ona. Ona AKA Creepy Newt is unfortunately still enthralled with the Voice of Raoniac. She serves him faithfully and believes his hype. One of the other Living Scribes picks up on what Brainiac is actually doing in the Genesis Chamber, which is draining it dry. Which means death to the forming embryos inside.
Unfortunately by episode’s end, Ona’s faith will be rewarded in the worst way. She trusts an undead Rao, even though her instincts tell her not to. And he turns her into a living bomb, and she explodes in close proximity to our rebel gang. Adam’s shield tech saves them, but she’s gone. Poor child, she never stood a chance.
But her tagline throughout the ep was, “Through fire, we are reborn.” This makes me believe that Ona will be back in a new form somehow.
I have to say, this forcing together of our ragtag band is quite fun to watch. It’s now my favorite aspect in the show. Krypton started out all about houses and ranks and political agendas, but what it’s about now is the individual agendas of all of the key players. Plus the fun of watching Lyta juggle her two boyfriends while Seg juggles his two girlfriends.
So our core group of Rebels: Jayna, General Zod, Lyta, Nyssa and Seg are planning to stop Raoniac once and for all. Plus Jor-El’s life depends on it if that embryo is indeed him. But each one of them is still only fighting for their own specific vision of the future, and they’re all vastly different.
And the so-called “villains” are no different: Raoniac, Darron Vex, the Red Shard, and Black Zero are all fighting for their own power dreams, believing that Kandor is the key.
The character I still find the most interesting at this point is General Zod. It’s fascinating to watch this version become the antagonist to Superman that we know, because with this new background, it’s clear that he had a point. And it’s quite legit based on the Krypton he grew up on.
Family Over Duty
Nyssa continues to stir up trouble between Seg and Lyta. Nyssa also sells out her father to be delivered to the head of Black Zero, Jax-Ur. Apparently Darron and Jax have some serious history. Nyssa wanted herself and Seg to usher in the new golden age of Krypton. Meanwhile Lyta uses one-armed Dev to hack into Brainiac’s networking control over the Red Shard. Once Dev is freed however, he realizes what his life has become. He’s the definition of a pawn in this game, he has no chance of winning anything. It’s a shame too, because like Jayna, he has honor that he traded for Lyta, and didn’t get anything in return.
Jax-Ur has a vision of equality on Krypton; no ranks, no guilds, but a true democratic government. That’s why they have to start over at Zero. Gnarly, because there’s no way her ideas could be realized, but she’s clearly going to die trying. She believed Val-El when he first warned of Brainiac.
Jayna sniffs out Zod’s true desire…to not just save Krypton, but to rule it. Maybe Zod will expose all Kryptonians to a yellow sun and empower them, and maybe he’ll find a way to generate a yellow sun source just for himself. That remains to be seen.
Have you noticed that Jayna is the one that shoots everybody? HAH. So the Rebel attack on Raoniac seems to work, and it’s almost too easy. They take the Genesis Chamber after Val-El’s hologram uses Dev’s seizures as a portal. It was also really awesome to see Zod vs. Brainiac, even with Zod without his powers. But Brainiac can’t be killed that easily, so the story’s far from over.
Adam ends up in front of an entranced blonde. That’s either Alanna or Kara Zor-El, so we’ll see next week.
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I really enjoyed this episode. Krypton is so good at working its contrasts. The lights and the darks, the visual grays and golds, the topside beauty vs. the dark and gritty lower world. Also, it has politics inside of politics, with every single character believing that what they’re doing is right. It also pivots every episode and goes in unexpected directions. My only concern here is that, like the first season of The Flash, they might be burning through story too quickly. But if they’ve got more stuff up their sleeve, I say bring it on.
I’d say Vive la Krypton but we all not that would be futile. The planet is doomed, but the show is fun!
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