REVIEW: Krypton s1e5 “House of Zod”

Lyta-Zod's execution

WARNING! Spoilers ahead! Krypton this week is a show about honor. What does honor mean? What is its cost? What would it take to throw it away? Lyta-Zod stands accused of treason, and the only way to save her is for Jayna to throw away her honor and align with House of Vex, in a conspiracy to overthrow the Voice of Rao. Since last week, the Voice became infected by one of Braniac’s Sentries, so ironically, it may turn out to be the best decision for the people of Krypton.

Lor-Zod: To earn the name Zod, you must place honor above all. Above love, above life, even above family.

This week, we learn about Jayna-Zod (partially voiced-over by her father), as she struggles with the decision she had to make. The House of Zod is known for its unquestioning loyalty. Unquestioning, unfaltering loyalty. First, I want to go on record as saying that Jayna-Zod’s father is the WORST father I’ve ever come across. Watching him criticize Jayna’s brother for pulling his punch reminds me of the first episode, when Jayna stabs Lyta-Zod in the hand for asking for mercy.

Jayna & Vidar Zod

However, the test given to the Zod siblings, as they became adults, takes the cake. They headed outside the city to a giant sword in the icy, oxygen-deprived landscape. Their destination, unfortunately, held only one oxygen tank. In order for one to survive, the other must die. What kind of father sets up one of his children to die? Jayna tried to share, until her brother attacked her. Yet, clearly, choosing to live has haunted her. She spars with a construct that wore the visage of her brother.

Nyssa-Vex & Jayna-Zod

Now Jayna is forced to either watch her daughter die or sacrifice her honor, her loyalty. The decision is tearing her up. She’s raised to believe that loyalty to the state needs to be stronger than even blood. But she loves her daughter. In the end, Jayna-Zod sacrifices her honor to save her daughter. How will this taint their relationship going forward?

Jayna-Zod: I know you’ve never truly understood this, Lyta, but you’ve always been my greatest love…and now my greatest shame.

Krypton was billed as the story of Superman’s grandfather. Often, however, it feels as though Seg’s story and the moves to stop Braniac are relegated to the B-plot. The main story continues to be the political intrigue. Despite this, I still thoroughly enjoy the show.

VERDICT

4 out of 5

In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, running #AgentsOfSpoilers a weekly re-watch of classic episodes, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999).  When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter.  She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.

In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, running #AgentsOfSpoilers a weekly re-watch of classic episodes, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999).  When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter.  She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.

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