ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 5.16.18
Seriously, every alliance, allegiance, and love broo-ha has flipped and turned on its ear. And Brainiac is just now getting the shield down.
He’s draining life force, he’s draining souls, he’s draining juice from the shield! Brainiac proves he’s tough like a Terminator. It doesn’t matter how many times or how many ways you de-rezz him. He’s going to reform and keep coming. That also makes him unstoppable like the Borg. I am more than a little bit curious now as to how in the world they’re gonna stop this dude. If they really let Doomsday out, it’ll be the fight of the century, but umm….how they gonna get the world’s mightiest Pit Bull back in his bubble?
They’re fragmented. They’re stretched thin. They still hate and mistrust Black Zero and the Rankless. But with Jayna gone rogue they’re not really sure what to do. The temporary commander thinks that striking a bargain with Nyssa Vex is the way to go. That then leads them to a horrifically uneasy alliance with Black Zero to assault Brainiac/RaoBoy. Yeah they end up shooting their own Black Zero comrades while Brainiac laughs. He knows their hatred of each other is stronger than their fear of him.
Sounds kinda familiar, doesn’t it?
Okay wait. Pretty much Seg and Lyta have some more relations, and it feels rather Sarah Connorish to me. What I mean by that is, it feels like it’s when they conceived Zod. That’s right boys and squirrels, we discover that Seg-El, Superman’s grandfather? Is also General Zod’s father. That means that Zod and Kal are uncle and nephew. That also means that Zod and Jor-El are brothers. Holy Moses on buttered toast things just got wickedly more interesting. Apparently Seg’s baby by Nyssa grows up to be Jor-El unless the one they were planning on isn’t him, so they have another. Lyta is Zod’s momma. Seg’s baby momma! I can’t with this but in a funny way. Even on Krypton they need Maury!🤣
Also Seg’s plan to keep Broomsday from Zodster kind of goes bad. But of course it would. They have unfortunately weakened his stasis by moving him. Yah SOMEbody’s in trouble. Like a whole planet’s worth of trouble.
If you can believe it, Jayna disagrees vehemently with her grandson. She wants to restore the glory of Kandor, which means taking her old job back. Zod on the other hand wouldn’t mind razing it, so that he can rule supreme over the ashes. And he’s willing to release Doomsday to stop Brainiac, but I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if either one of them left the people broken in his wake. Plus I’m still feeling like Zod has a secret yellow sun source that he brought with him that we don’t know about yet.
So Zod hits Jayna’s second achilles heel, her family honoring of tradition. He challenges her to a fight and they’re pretty evenly matched. Jayna gets in some key blows tho, and is about to suffocate the life out of Zod when….holy crap Lyta shoots her mother. She realizes that she can’t take it back. She shot her mother to save her son, but Jayna would’ve bled out if she wasn’t rescued. Lyta realizes in a moment of time that there’s no going back now. Yikes a’mighty.
Black Zero & Poppa Vex
Pretty much Jax-Ur gives us their history, and it’s not fun. Jax realized when Val-El was killed that she was next, because Daron Vex has absolutely no loyalty to anyone but himself. He was even willing to shoot his own daughter. He’s such a coward. If he dies, I hope he dies really hard. He deserves a slow, painful, ugmo death. He’s such a BLASTED COWARD.
Jaxxy sticks a pain plant on Vex’s neck that can apparently be activated from a huge distance and while he’s in motion. Alrighty then.
Nyssa seems to have proven her love and loyalty to Seg. He trusts her now, and they have a big make out session while Brainiac is reforming. They destroyed the last of the Voice of Rao’s body (R.I.P. Golden Cow Head) but Brainiac can’t be killed. He’s made of quintillions of nanites and nanobots, so again, I don’t see how they stop this guy. It’s gonna be interesting tho when Seg and Lyta meet back up, because she’ll be able to very quickly that something has shifted between Seg and Nyssa. This is one triangle that I actually want to see play out. Good times.
Brainiac gets the shield down and the season finale is next week. Yikes a’mighty squared.
I’m really enjoying this show way more than I thought I would. It is its own thing, based on Superman mythology and Man of Steel aesthetics, and thankfully, nothing like Smallville except for maybe Adam Dumb. So far it’s done a great job of carving out its own characters. And I find myself anticipating the next episodes. My only concern is, again, I hope they’re not burning through story too fast. But whatever they got, keep it comin’!
‘Cause Superman’s cape is almost gone.
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