On this week’s Krypton we learned that the mysterious leader trying to stop Brainiac is none other than General Zod. Superman’s enemy traveled back in time to stop Brainiac from destroying his people. I told you before that I don’t read DC comics, but I’ve known who General Zod was since Superman II (so almost all my life). They brought brought him back in Man Of Steel, and when I first heard Lyta-Zod’s name, I was thrilled. How does her offspring end up as the mortal enemy of the grandson of the man she loves?
General Zod: It’s elementary Kryptonian history, the beginning of the end for our civilization. Brainiac takes Kandor City, which destabilizes Krypton’s core and causes the planet to explode in 200 years.
Zod went back in time because, as it turns out, Brainiac didn’t travel back in time like Adam thought. Brainiac is the Brainiac of this point in time, and his “collecting” of the city of Kandor is the eventual cause of Krypton’s destruction. Lyta raised Zod much as her mother own raised her, and saving their people is the singular thought on his mind… at any cost.
The character fascinates me. He was best friends with Seg’s son, implying that Lyta and Seg stay close in the future. Why is he against Kal-El? Zod described it as disapproval toward an immigrant who tossed aside his people’s culture and immersed himself his adopted culture. I can see how someone raised to protect Krypton at all costs would resent Kal-El’s choices. These insights into General Zod’s character and back story are extremely satisfying.
General Zod: I counted your son as my closest friend. It’s true I disapproved of your grandson.
General Zod: There are immigrants who turn their backs on their history and their culture, passively accept the standards their new world offers as though no others could possibly exist. He let himself be cut down to size. He was proud of it, proud of burying his heritage. I’m sorry. Your friend was right about one thing at least. We were enemies. Though I take no pleasure in that and never have.
Adam has a dilemma. He came back in time to stop Superman’s enemy from preventing his birth, to preserve the timeline. He thought stopping Brainiac was how he needed to do it, but Zod swears that Brainiac had always taken Kandor. If he continues to help Seg stop Brainiac, the damage to the timeline could be incalculable. He talks about Superman saving the universe many times. This can only happen if Krypton is destroyed. Maybe he should have listened a little closer before time traveling. Zod, after all, has traveled back in time and is Superman’s enemy.
Then there’s Seg. Adam wants him to choose to save the idea of a grandchild he’s never seen over the definite threat to his planet. He’s pissed that Adam didn’t tell him about Krypton blowing up. He also doesn’t understand why Adam doesn’t want to stop the destruction of Krypton. He feels betrayed by his new friend, and of course, he wants to save his planet.
Daron-Vex: You take a good look at this city that you are supposedly protecting, Jayna. Kandor is stagnating. We are barely surviving on our dwindling resources. It is time to look to the future, to look beyond, and start to build new alliances with the eight other cities. To combine our expertise, and to develop new resources. If the other, more illustrious houses are too hidebound to do it, I am not. This world will only improve when our cities work together.
In the B-plot of the show, the conspirators attempt a coup of the Voice of Rao. Daron-Vex’s plans for the future actually make sense–communication between all the cities of Krypton, cooperation. While his plans seem to make sense, I feel all may be too late. After all, Brainiac has already infected the Voice of Rao.
Finally, I would be wrong to not mention Doomsday. Even with my DC-deprived life, I’ve heard of Doomsday. They said he was created by the combined efforts of both the House of El and the House of Zod, that he was unstoppable and filled with hate. Because he could not be destroyed, he was kept in some sort of cryo chamber within a sealed vault. Hopefully, he stays locked, but Chekhov’s Gun says we’ll see him again. So, we know have three Superman villains on the Krypton. All in all, I felt that this was another solid episode.
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”.