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Krypton: Episode Reviews
Season 2 - Episode 7: "Zods and Monsters"Reviewed by: Michael J. Petty
Originally Aired: July 24, 2019
WRITTEN BY: Nadria Tucker
DIRECTED BY: Erica Watson
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): What another wild ride this week! Krypton never ceases to surprise and amaze me, between the dazzling special effects, the built-up suspense, the character arcs, and the compelling villains, this series continues to shock and awe.
There is so much to talk about in regard to this week's episode, but I will do my best to remain brief and allow for discussion in the comments.
First and foremost, Doomsday has been handled extremely well on this series. Smallville's version of Doomsday was interesting because they tried to take a mindless, soulless monster and make the audience, or at least the characters, care about him by giving him a "human side" in Davis Bloome. Some, myself included, found this compelling, others found it ridiculous, but regardless which camp you fall into, Krypton proved this week that it can in fact be done. And done well.
I heavily enjoyed the origin of Doomsday as told in flashbacks this week, especially learning that he was a man with a family, it made the end result all the more heartbreaking. It was also interesting to see the Elder El being the more sadistic and unforgiving of the two scientists working on the Doomsday Project, especially given that the Zods usually take that role. It was also a little odd that the Elder Zod was involved at all scientifically, although given House Zod's status in the military guild I suppose it makes sense. Doomsday, after all, was mean to be a weapon.
Doomsday aside, I loved Kem and Adam's small arc this week. It's always fun seeing these characters paired up and working together since they originally could not stand each other. Yet, now they seem almost inseparable. Plus, given their importance to the Black Zero resistance, they are only stronger together.
Now, onto the main course... Cor-Vex is now officially Jor-El, something myself and a large portion of Krypton fans on the internet have already speculated. It just made the most sense and I'm glad to see this prediction come true. It's truly a turning point for Nyssa-Vex as well as she's understanding that her family, her name, brings deceit and destruction wherever it goes, and, not wanting that for her son, has given up her name, her pride and her old ways, to be like the one who inspired her to change in the first place. That's admirable, and I'm excited to see what Nyssa will do next, especially since now she has to fight for her son once more. Though thankfully, this time she's not alone...
Brainiac taking control of the Fortress was not a surprise, as it seemed inevitable given last season's finale. What was a surprise, however, was the abduction of Jor-El and the immediate evacuation of Brainiac's ship from Krypton's atmosphere. How they go about getting Jor-El back is going to be incredibly interesting... And what about the Val-El AI? Is he still around or has he been completely erased? I'm excited to learn these answers next week.
Also, Seg-El taking on his family's crest once more made me very happy. I'm glad to see him returning to his goal from Season 1 in restoring the House of El's name and spreading hope wherever the shield goes.
The only odd thing, to me, about this week's episode was the title. "Zods and Monsters". For whatever reason, it just didn't fit for me. Maybe it's because they were trying too hard with the "Zod" thing, had the title been "Gods and Monsters" it would have made more sense given Seg-El's comparison to Brainiac pretending to be a "god," but alas we were stuck with the force-fed title that honestly doesn't do an incredible episode justice. But all this is beside the point...
This week's Krypton was spectacular, and with only three episodes left I'm overjoyed to see what new surprises the cast and crew reveal before the finale. Last years finale was both shocking and exciting, I can only imagine what this years will bring.
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