I feel like a broken record saying the same thing every week, but this week’s episode of Krypton delivered once again. As we push towards the end of the season with only 3 episodes left, you can feel the story anxiously running towards the finish line, and it is exhilarating.
Krypton Recap: Season 1 Episode 7: “Transformation”
Airdate: May 2, 2018
Written by David Paul Francis
Daron proves to be the worst this week as he grovels for his life to Brainiac and throws Nyssa under the bus to do it. If you thought he wouldn’t murder his own daughter for personal gain, think again. This guy really is the scum of the planet. Nyssa tricks him with her dressing hologram and manages to get the upper hand. She thought he loved her, couldn’t believe he would actually go through with it until he pulled the trigger. Which he did. Trash. Nyssa tears into him, bringing up all she has sacrificed in the name of his agenda. Friendships, morality, even her own ambitions were all thrown to the wayside just to please him. Meanwhile all he did was teach her to manipulate people and discard them once they’ve served their purpose.
Seg sees the good in her, which is why he goes to find her. He shows her compassion and understanding and she is shocked. He vouches for her to Lyta and Jayna and I think we may finally be seeing the real Nyssa Vex. Dare I say, the love triangle just got hotter! Every scene Nyssa and Seg shared left me wanting more. From their shared kiss in the alley while avoiding detection to her confiding in him the details of her former lover, Nyssa and Seg are rising and I ain’t mad at it.
Lyta and Dev trek into the frozen tundra to find Jayna where he reveals he was unable to escape Brainiac and has become a loyal follower. Brainiac showed him all the knowledge in the universe and gave him purpose. He wants the Zod women to come back with him, but they refuse leading to Lyta having to shoot Dev’s arm off. SAD FACE I THINK DEV IS DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!! After all of those wonderful character moments last week, I am hopeful maybe he will return with a prosthetic arm and isn’t actually dead. Aaron Pierre is such a treasure, it would be a shame to lose him. Mother and daughter head back to Kem’s bar, where Dru Zod is getting patched up, and they have a tender moment. Lyta wants to know why Jayna would sacrifice all of her principles for this coupe and Jayna tells her about the deal to keep Lyta alive. She says she sacrificed her honor for her child and she would do it again.
Jayna and Zod’s meeting is one of the more hilarious moments of this episode. Jayna stands stoic facing her future grandson and has but 1 question for him, “who is your father?”. Dru confirms with Lyta whether or not she wants this information and she gives him the go-ahead. His response raises A LOT of questions. Apparently, he never knew his father because he “died” during the battle for Kandor… hmmm… interesting.
Everyone meets back at Kem’s bar and attempt to formulate some sort of plan. Zod wants to forg into battle with what they have, Jayna wants to head to Kryptonopolis for resources. Seg offers a different idea. He suggests they provoke Brainiac into revealing himself at the closing ceremony of the Nova Cycle which will rally the citizens of Kandor to rise up and fight against him. Though a great plan in theory, it fails when one of the Word of Rao Priestesses calls out Brainiac during the ceremony. He reveals himself to the crowd saying he has transcended into something more. He says their faith has been rewarded and he has come to lift them from despair, remove all rankings, and give everyone eternal life. (Second coming of Jesus, basically). The crowd rejoices and Seg’s plan backfires.
Feeling despondent, Adam retreats back to the Fortress where he asks Val-El to repair the Zeta Beam so he can leave. He’s pretty hard on himself for failing his mission and losing a friend in the process. Val recognizes his distress and begins asking questions. Adam talks about Superman, Big Blue, the Boy Scout, the Man of Steel, and all of his nicknames. He thought maybe if he saved Superman, the Justice League would notice him and he could have his own nickname, people would look up to him, and when he looked in the mirror he wouldn’t see a loser. Val reminds him that no matter what he thinks about himself, being here wasn’t about strength or having extraordinary capabilities; it was about making the decision to help other regardless of the reason he chose to come there and he can still set things right. Adam leaves the Fortress more determined than ever to stop Zod and let Brainiac take Kandor.
There are a few dialogue drops in this episode that leave us with questions. Zod’s mention of not knowing his father, feeds into a popular theory that he may in fact be Seg’s son making him and Jor-El half brothers. Considering how close Seg and Nyssa come in this episode, it’s possible Lyta would learn of this pregnancy later on and chose not to tell Seg. Or, feeling guilty about Dev, she could still produce their genesis chamber baby. Daron mentions his parents were Cythonnites who after the cataclysm, refused to worship Rao. He has no idea what happened to them. Perhaps, Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games, you know the lady in the Doomsday Cave is his mother, Nyssa’s grandmother. And finally, Adam mentions the Justice League, which leaves us wondering who exactly sent Adam or whom did he overhear talking about aberrations in the timeline that sent him Zeta Beaming all the way to Krypton?