Superman on Television
Krypton: Episode Reviews
Season 2 - Episode 4: "Danger Close"Reviewed by: Michael J. Petty
Originally Aired: July 3, 2019
WRITTEN BY: Luke Kalteux
DIRECTED BY: Julius Ramsay
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
Ann Ogbomo as Jayna-Zod
Blake Ritson as Brainiac
Ian McElhinney as Val-El
Colin Salmon as General Dru-Zod
Rasmus Hardiker as Kem
Hannah Waddingham as Jax-Ur
Rating - 4 (out of 5): "Aren't you a little short for a Sagitari?" - Kem
Once again, this week's Krypton brings us another solid installment of the Season 2 saga that not only furthers the plot but continues to challenge our characters as well.
It seems that we finally have an answer as to why Lyta has had a huge shift in personality this season as we find out that General Zod has had some of her memories erased and warped her mind, the same way she's done to countless other Kandorians. While this wasn't necessarily a shocking revelation, it was almost disappointing given that a more compelling story might have been Lyta changing on her own as opposed to being changed by an outside force (especially since we're more than likely going to be getting that story with Seg and Brainiac throughout the rest of this season). Had this been a change in Lyta herself instead of a forced change, a compelling outcome might have been Seg trying to "save" Lyta from herself. Though we may still get something similar.
In fact, until Seg pointed out Lyta's nosebleed, I wouldn't have even guessed that Zod had done anything to her, but that immediately gave it away. My only hope at this point is that the machine didn't affect Seg at all due to Brainiac sharing his mind, but only time will tell.
Jax-Ur's Codex weapon was an interesting development. It's an exciting plot element, not because of the implications of such a weapon, but because this is bringing Jax-Ur another step closer to her comic book counterpart, who was a Kryptonian terrorist. While I've enjoyed "Rebel Leader" Jax-Ur and everything she's helped build so far on this series, it seems like her willingness to use the Codex to kill of specific bloodlines (ala General Zod in Man of Steel) is something that could easily evolve into something more sinister.
Though I was grateful that Nyssa brought this to Val-El's attention, since I'd rather Lyta and Kem not die just yet, I can't help but recognize it as a betrayal. By disabling the weapon, it allowed the Rebels to be captured by Lyta and her Sagitari, thus defeating their plan to take Wegthor once-and-for-all.
Again, Nyssa may just be my favorite character, and she's changed so much since the first season that I don't want her to regress into the manipulative and disloyal person she was. My hope is that Seg will retrieve Cor-Vex and get the hell out of Kandor so that he can reunite mother and son and Nyssa can go back to helping lead the resistance.
All of this aside, I'm anxious to see Jayna and Dev-Em get back in the fight. If they can link up with Seg on Kandor and bring the fight to General Zod from the inside, the Rebels may have a chance to take Wegthor and hit them from above. Time will tell.
Again, this week's Krypton was great. We're getting somewhere, and now that we're all back on Krypton, I'm excited to see how it's all going to play out.
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