Leading into Krypton season 2 episode 3 when it airs on Syfy, the network isn’t giving you a whole lot of material to go on. As a matter of fact, this is all they’ve handed out: “The Rebels gain advantage against General Zod, as Seg goes head-to-head with Brianiac.”
This is where some of the beauty of this show comes — its ability to build at times a considerable amount of hype within a fairly small amount of space. There are two Superman-famous characters spread within the span of just a handful of words there, let alone a chance to further expand the rivalries and also the tone that has become almost signature in our enjoyment of the series. We know that Krypton had the potential to be wonderfully imaginative, but who would’ve thought that it would be anywhere near as entertaining as it is in terms of its humor? You’ve got biting commentary fired off from one character to the next almost constantly in some of these episodes.
Yet, humor or imagination aside, it’s clear that this episode could be one of the most important in setting up one of the season’s central conflicts: Seg’s survival, and some of the threats that are starting to become almost insurmountable. It’s really not a story so much about whether or not certain characters will survive — this show, after all, is a prequel, and there are only so many different roads that the writing can choose to venture down. More of the mystery and the excitement comes via how certain characters survive and the things that they are willing to do in order to ensure that they emerge through rubble and find themselves okay. Is there an element of characters willing to change themselves for the sake of ensuring their own survival? Is there a sense of heroes becoming less heroic for the sake of just staying alive?
We are also left at this sort of regrettable/unfortunate point where we don’t have too much more in the way of immediate Lobo updates, a true shame for us given that we’re hungry to get more of his storyline as soon as possible. We shudder to call him the star of the show, given that this does take away from some of the great stuff that Krypton was doing well before the character even arrived onscreen. Yet, no doubt he has infused the series with a rambunctious sense of energy and a never-say-die spirit. He’s not the sort of person they had beforehand wandering on the land or through space. We know we’ll see more of him, so there’s no cause for alarm with some sort of synopsis omission.
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