WARNING! Spoilers ahead! In this week’s Krypton, the action starts ramping up. We learn a bit more about Adam Strange, and alliances are formed that one would never suspect. Zod’s backstory is also built up. We get to know better the character of people.
Sardan: Have you ever committed to anything in your life? I know you Adam. As soon as things get hard, you’ll be out of there in a flash.
Adam: Please Sardan, you’re right about who I was, but give me a chance to be who I should be.
Back in the pilot episode, Adam was unceremoniously yanked away while trying to explain to Seg the “save Superman” mission. Tonight we saw that he was yanked by aliens whose technology he stole in order to time travel. The aliens didn’t seem to have much faith in Adam. I have to wonder what he did to give them such a low opinion, other than steal their tech. I definitely get the feeling that Alana is an abandoned girlfriend of sorts.
Alana: Can he do it? I don’t think so. But I’ve never seen him care about anything so much before, certainly not me. I say we let him try.
Adam: I promise I won’t let you down.
Alana: It’s way too late for that.
General Zod—Dru-Zod—revealed his past this week when Jayna asked him how he survived the destruction of Krypton. It was comforting to learn that General Zod has a similar backstory to the one in Superman II. He tried to overthrow the government and was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone when Krypton blew up. Jor-El was his best friend and the man who turned him in. This is just as I remember as a child and gave me some major nostalgia because Superman II may be arguably the best Superman movie ever.
Hearing the story, Seg realized that maybe Adam’s right. Maybe Zod is here not to save…but to rule. This could make him more receptive to Adam’s claim of Zod being his enemy. Maybe they could come to an understanding…that is, if Adam hadn’t already turned to Daron-Vex for help maintaining the timeline.
Nyssa willingly trades her father to cement an alliance with Black Zero. It may seem rather cold, but she’s not doing this to merely survive. Nyssa and Seg’s son is in the Genesis chamber, the same chamber that Brainiac’s Sentry is feeding from. Given a choice between a father that betrayed her and her unborn son, Nyssa chose her son—her future.
Kem: Not everything is about your mission to save some unborn, imaginary child from the future. There are real people in real danger right now
Adam: What are you talking about?
Kem: I’m talking about Ona, alright? She may not have the blood of Els running through her veins, but she means the world to me and I have to find her, alright?
I really like Kem. He’s loyal and he loves. His devotion to Ona is beautiful. It doesn’t matter that they’re not blood related, she is his family. He reminds Adam that there’s more than the big picture. For a minute there, I actually thought that Strange would decide to help stop Brainiac.
This episode was great. Once again, it wasn’t the action that pulled me in, but the interactions and intersections of people. Sometimes, just in the way they looked at each other, you could feel connections. Seg to Nyssa, Seg to Lyta, Lyta to Dev. Kem to Ona. The internal struggles people are feeling really comes across on the screen, again often without words.
VERDICT: 4.5 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”.