REVIEW: Krypton s1e10 “The Phantom Zone”

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WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Season one of Krypton is over and it has been renewed for another. This week, everything came to a head as Brainiac has now arrived. Loyalty lines are drawn and the fight to save Kandor becomes desperate. In addition to wrapping up the season, this episode left us plenty of threads to pick up next season.

Jayna-Zod was not in the season finale of Krypton. The last we saw of her, a strange man helped her out of the catacombs after Lyta shot her. I suspect that the strange man was none other than her brother, not quite as dead as she thought. While the story itself explained her absence, such a significant character in the season should be in the finale. In fact, she’s the only major character not in this episode since it turns out Adam is on Brainiac’s collection and Kem comes back in the final scene.

Brainiac: People of Kandor, do not fear. I am here to save you. Today is the beginning of your eternal life.

Brainiac’s takeover of the city of Kandor was chilling. I love how his voice is all deep and grave. Val describes what being a part of Brainiac’s collection is like as Adam wanders a street in that collection, horrified at what he sees. This foreshadowing really brings home the fate that awaits those on Krypton. I felt dread when Kryptonians started to freeze.

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Becoming a parent changes you. It should change you. Parenthood has changed both Lyta-Zod and Nyssa-Vex. At this point, when she offered to show Lyta the way into the city, I wasn’t surprised. I instantly knew she was going after Cor-Vex. I love that he wasn’t forgotten and Nyssa’s whole character arc this season from pawn to manipulator to loyal to a caring parent and partner was wonderful and organic.

Lyta, on the other hand, made one bad choice after another since learning Zod was her son. She sided with him against Seg when she’d always backed Seg before. She shot her mom. Now she’s standing behind the General as he makes plans to rule all of Krypton. I think she’s beginning to realize what exactly she wrought, siding with Zod, but still there she is—at his back.

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Krypton really took some chances this week and laughed in the face of prequelitis. It seems as though they have decided to splinter the timeline. I have to admire them, sucking Brainiac into the Phantom Zone. Superman’s cloak repaired itself…and then changed to all black and the sigil for the El-Zod combined house. I was not prepared for such a drastic split from the timeline.

Seg-El: If Brainiac gets ahold of Val, imagine what he could do with that information. Imagine how many more worlds he could conquer. The entire universe will pay the price for this.

General Zod is evil. Evil, evil, evil. He’s so good at it that I was convinced for a time he just wanted to save Krypton. I thought things like trading Val-El for Krypton being left alone was just some lingering villainy that would go away with time. Seg also had had a bit of that tunnel vision when it came to saving Krypton. The difference is that Seg didn’t want Brainiac to move on and conquer other worlds. He wanted Brainiac stopped. What does Zod want? Is it to save Krypton or is it to rule Krypton?

General Zod: Today, we look to the stars as we rebuild. Our planet will be the jewel in the crown of an intergalactic empire. We will seek out civilizations beyond our system. And we will conquer them! If they submit peacefully, they will fall under my protection and shall never know fear again. But if they do not, then like the recalcitrant leaders of Krypton’s other city states we see before us, eventually they will all kneel before Zod!

It feels as though Zod has come full circle. He was banished to the Phantom Zone because he tried to rule Krypton, and when he said “kneel before Zod” a chill ran down my spine.

The best thing is about the end of Krypton is the set up for next season. Seg is in the Phantom Zone with Brainiac. Zod rules Kandor. Val is alive. How will they get Seg back? What can be done to restore the timeline? Will Adam come back and work against Zod to restore Superman? What happened to Nyssa and Cor-Vex? What happened to Jayna and is her rescuer her brother? And what about Doomsday? All these questions leave me eager for another season.

VERDICT: 4 out of 5 Stars

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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