I think the most interesting aspect of Krypton so far is the interpersonal dynamics and the implications therein. Beyond that, there are some AWESOME reveals in this penultimate episode.
Right now, we have family ties being strained as Nyssa faces off against her father and Lyta finds herself caught between her Primus-turned-fugitive mother and her time-traveling, full-grown son.
Seg stands as the lone El (sort of) in love with the daughter of the woman who killed his parents yet drawn to the daughter of the man who executed his grandfather (sort of).
Meanwhile, Daron can’t seem to turn around without running into someone who wants him dead or at least in a lot of pain. Go figure.
In the wake of Adam’s (seeming) sacrifice to save Kem and Seg, Seg begins to question the chances of saving Kandor City from Brainiac. Apparently, he sends Kem to Kryptonopolis to grieve Ona in a “safe” city and mopes around on his own in Kandor. So now, I’m missing Kem AND Ona.
Lyta tries to console him but also has her own plans, meeting up with her son, Dru, where he convinces her that they must release Doomsday in order to defeat Brainiac. Lyta points out the once Doomsday deals with Brainiac, he’ll turn around and destroy everyone else on Krypton but Dru is pretty flippant about “oh, well, we’ll just put him back into stasis, won’t we?”
Lyta’s not super confident about that plan but still goes along. When they get to the blood lock, she asks how he plans on opening it without Seg to provide the El blood needed for the key.
Seg makes an appropriately dramatic entrance to ask the same question.
And Dru, aka GENERAL ZOD, blows our mind by revealing that he is both Zod and El, the son of Lyta and Seg. Which, if you’re following, makes General Zod the half-uncle of Superman himself. Not a total surprise to those who follow the various DC reboots but Lyta seems taken aback. Seg, less so. Mostly, he looks a bit annoyed. Jayna just looks resigned at this point.
The next surprise is for Dru when the Doomsday chamber is opened and reveals… nothing. Seg and Jayna have already moved the Ultimate Killing Machine with the help of Nyssa and the Cythonnites. Jayna had anticipated her grandson’s move and convinced Seg that they had to beat Dru to the punch.
Nyssa contacts Seg to let him know that there’s a problem with the Doomsday container. Raika, seemingly one of the few Cythonnites who speaks English, explains that it may release the beast in weeks or months or hours. They have no idea but the Cythonnites have decided that they’re done guarding the doom of the planet. They inform Seg that they will use the tunnel system to plant Doomsday under Kandor City and just wait for Brainiac to “collect” the city, taking Doomsday with him.
I actually think it’s a brilliant plan. That is, if you’re ready to let Kandor be taken and set in motion the seismic instability which will lead to Krypton’s destruction. But for the Cythonnites, what an awesome chance at two hundred years of responsibility-free existance!
Raika’s pretty straight up about the situation, with no interest in discussing the matter. She reminds Seg that he saved her life once so she’ll let him and Nyssa walk away. Seg’s not exactly UNgrateful for that but he has to watch as yet another of his plans goes up in smoke.
Back at the old Doomsday chamber, things come to a head when Dru challenges his grandmother to a Kandorian duel to the death. It’s a gritty fight and Dru only survives it because Lyta intercedes and shoots her mother in the side. He gets all Klingon at that point and lambasts her for “stealing his honour”. Like, wow.
Of course, while their sparring verbally, the critically injured Jayna somehow manages to disappear.
Our final sight of her is in another one of the tunnels, passing out from pain and blood-loss, only to be gathered up and rescued by HER BROTHER, Vidar, who we thought had died of exposure in their childhood fight for the right to be House Zod. What, now?
And that’s not the only jaw-dropper House Zod has for us. Now that Doomsday is out of his reach, Dru hypothesizes that the only thing left to do is to enlist the skills of the infamous Val-El. Lyta reminds him that Val-El was executed by the Council fourteen cycles ago. Dru informs her,”No, he didn’t.”
When last we saw Daron, Nyssa was bidding him farewell as she handed him into the custody of Jax-Ur and Black Zero. He spends most of “Hope” being tortured by Jax in between moments of reminiscence of their good-ol’ days when she was Val-El’sÂ protÃ©gÃ©e in the Science Guild.
He drops tantalizing hints about her work with the “Codex” and why she left. She reminds him that his betrayal of Val-El and how she knew she’d be next if she stayed. And then she injects a subdural remote zapper and proceeds to zap him until he divulges what she needs to know.
If any character here epitomizes Hope, I vote for Daron. Even after unspeakable torture and giving up all his secrets, he picks the pocket of his guard to escape Black Zero and bribes a back alley merchant for a skimmer. Of course, he’s still got the zapper in his head and the remote signal is pretty amazing as Jax-Ur happilycranks it to eleven and Daron crashes out.
He’s totally still alive. Stubborn like that just doesn’t die.
Seg heads back to the Fortress of Solitude, licking his wounds, and has a chat with his grandpa stand-in, Holo-Val. The A.I. gives him a pep talk as only he can … with a history lesson.
“Do you know the origins of the El sigil? It comes from an ancient Kryptonian word that means ‘hope’. Our house wasn’t just given that symbol, our ancestors chose it. The generations to follow defined it. Not through words, but through action. As long as there is an El on Krypton, there will be hope. And hope can be a powerful weapon.”
So while Superman’s cape unravels to the size of a tea towel, Seg formulates a last-ditch Hail-Rao plan to unite the forces of the Sagitari and Black Zero to take down Brainiac’s sentry when he tries to drain the generator that powers Kandor City’s protective shield.
While most of Black Zero heads up to the generator with Seg, Jax-Ur takes a few troops and the information she extracted from Daron and accesses the Genesis Chamber’s secret Vara Protocol, revealing to her companions that the upper Ranked families have cloned themselves to ensure a type of immortality.
Before the combined attack on the Voice of Rao, Seg gives his Fortress key to Nyssa and tells her to get away from the city. Leading the forces into the generator chamber, the sentry quickly turns the Black Zero militia against the Sagitari and vice versa and Seg watches them shoot each other dead before the sentry turns his attention onto him.
I’m a bit uncertain if he planned on throwing Seg into the generator’s power stream or just dropping him off the tower but we’ll never know because Nyssa doesn’t take instruction well and sneaks up to stab the Voice in the back of the head with the El key and puppet-Seg falls onto the platform (even though we’d just seen him floated out past the end).
This causes the sentry’s host body to disintegrate. Seg and Nyssa share a moment of relief (expressed through kissing) and then they notice that the generator has stopped and watch as the protective shield around Kandor falls. Turning around, they find the mechanical bits of the sentry are rebuilding a body and they run.
KryptonÂ airs Wednesday nights at 10pm ET/PT on SYFY.
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