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Krypton: Episode Reviews

Season 1 - Episode 7: "Transformation"

Reviewed by: Michael J. Petty

Transformation Originally Aired: May 2, 2018
WRITTEN BY: David Paul Francis
DIRECTED BY: Metin Huseyin

Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El
Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange
Georgina Campbell as Lyta-Zod
Aaron Pierre as Dev-Em
Wallis Day as Nyssa-Vex
Elliot Cowman as Daron-Vex
Ann Ogbomo as Jayna-Zod
Rasmus Hardiker as Kem
Blake Ritson as Brainiac
Ian McElhinney as Val-El
Colin Salmon as General Dru-Zod

Tipper Seifert-Cleveland as Ona

4Rating - 4 (out of 5): "It is through fire that we are reborn, it cleanses and purifies, taking away all misdeeds. Making us worthy of the mercy that Rao has bestowed upon us." - Brainiac


This week, my question on whether the sentries are their own entities that serve Brainiac or are a direct-link to him was answered. The Voice of Rao is no longer the Voice of Rao, he's Brainiac. This makes a lot of sense to anyone of us who have read Superman comics in the past, that seems to be how Brainiac works, taking control of others to meet his purposes. I'm glad the writers have made him consistent.

Side note: I love that Brainiac named his new soldiers the "Red Shard". Glad to see more comics mythology finding its way into this series.

Daron-Vex is probably the slipperiest Kryptonian that I have ever seen. It's bad enough that he sells out everyone who was a part of his coup (that we expect of him), but to try to kill his daughter on top of that? He is unbelievable. I understand his motives of self-preservation and getting the backstory of his parents this week was much needed, but I didn't sympathize with him one bit. He made his bed, and yet he still refuses to sleep in it. I would be surprised if Brainiac didn't kill him by this season's end, and quite frankly I want him to.

Speaking of the coup, I was initially glad to see that Dev-Em made it out but once I realized that he was under Brainiac's control as well, I was afraid for the House of Zod. It was exciting to see that Brainiac had given his servants super-abilities, and I hope that these powers will be explored more going forward. It certainly makes them formidable, especially since they cannot be reasoned with. I was shocked, however, that Lyta-Zod actually killed Dev. That one I didn't see coming.

As for who didn't make it out alive, we see Seg-El kill someone for the first time this week. I didn't expect to see that until he was faced with an impossible choice against someone like Brainiac or another "big bad". Instead, Seg kills an armed guard in self-defense while saving Nyssa-Vex from her father. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it, but seeing as how Superman killing Zod in Man of Steel was a huge deal to some people (myself included, at least initially), the real question is, are people going to have a huge issue with Seg taking a life or is it "okay" because he isn't Superman?

Speaking of Superman, Adam Strange deciding to throw himself a pity party and talk about how he has no superpowers, or a power ring is kind of sad, but he should know that a true hero never gives up despite the odds. Adam's reasonings for coming to Krypton seem very similar to that of Booster Gold, which in this context makes a lot of sense. Superman and the Justice League may not see Adam as a hero yet, but the exciting part about his journey on Krypton is that one day we might see him as one. Provided he doesn't let Brainiac win that is.

Seg taking a leadership role to fight back against Brainiac is great. I love to see the House of El taking a stand and instilling hope. That's what they've always done, and I'm glad to see that continue.

Until next week!

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