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Krypton: Episode Reviews
Season 2 - Episode 8: "Mercy"Reviewed by: Michael J. Petty
Originally Aired: July 31, 2019
WRITTEN BY: Katie Aldrin
DIRECTED BY: Clare Kilner
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): Lyta-Zod is in fact alive! Wow. Honestly, I didn't see this one coming! Of course, General Zod's depravity knows no bounds as we find out he exposed Lyta to a Black Mercy where she's trapped in her own "It's A Wonderful Life" fantasy... That is until it begins to collapse.
Thankfully, the whole episode isn't a dream sequence and instead of being trapped in Lyta's head for 45 minutes watching her attempt to escape, this episode actually spends most of it's time with Seg-El and the gang, as well as Lyta, but outside of her head.
I love "main character trapped in their own mind" episodes, because there's always a lot of interesting potential and some sort of revelation for said character. However, the way Krypton structured this episode, by not making the whole thing about the Black Mercy dream, was a fresh take on the idea and kept this week's episode rolling.
I really enjoyed the Seg-El/Nyssa-Vex stuff this week. It was really nice to see them working together, not just with the goal to save Jor-El, but also just heir brief interactions, you can feel the love between these two characters. This, of course, just makes me want to root for the two of them more, but unfortunately with Lyta back in the picture, that idea must be put on the back-burner for now.
This was one of those episodes where one big thing happens and the rest is more set-up for the next week's episode, so I don't have much else to say other than "well played" to the Krypton writers for the unexpected twist that Lyta-Zod is in fact alive. Now that this has been established, I'm excited for next week to get back to Doomsday, Brainiac, and General Zod's next attack against our heroes...
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