Lyta is stayed an execution but at what cost for her mother? Seg is rescued by Lyta but discovers his family is not as revered as he once thought in this week’s Krypton
With Lyta-Zod’s (Georgina Campbell) impending execution, Jayna-Zod (Ann Ogbomo) has to figure out if honor comes before familial bonds in SYFY’s Krypton. We learn that when Jayna was young and trained with her brother, she had to leave him behind in order to honor her family’s name. Nyssa (Wallis Day) believes she is working towards a greater Krypton when trying to get House of Zod on her father’s side. Her father, though he shows feelings for Kor-Da, sacrifices her to save Lyta-Zod. Will the hold that Nyssa-Vex now has over the Zod family help them take over Kandor and the Voice of Rao?
Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) is rescued by a group of nomads, who immediately take a dislike to his house name. What does it mean? When he is recaptured after losing oxygen out in the bitter waste cold, the stranger (Colin Salmon) tells him the woman he rescued is the key to defeating Brainiac. Who is she? When Lyta rescues Seg, she fights the stranger, and he says he’s her son, General Zod!
Lots of great moments in this episode! There’s the huge character introduction of Lyta-Zod’s son General Zod and more. Let’s meet our roundtable for “House of Zod!”
Evarwyn (@Evarwyn) – Owner of Quest Gaming Network, show host of “Elder Scrolls off the Record” and “Quest Gaming: Magic the Gathering” podcasts and life-long Star Wars, X-Files and Superman fan!
Haroon (@CinemaCure) – Founder of Cinema Cure, Batman-Eminem fan, addicted to movies and shows that inspire me
Josue (@josue_can) – Lifelong fan of Superman. Lover of Movies and Shows. Time Travel enthusiast.
Amanda (@oliverbiird) – Nonconventional comic book fan (has watched plenty of comic book movies and comic book shows, but has not read a comic book yet!)
Alex (@CmndrLex) – DEO Bi-Operative: no pods, just dogs
1. Did Jayna-Zod honor the House of Zod by saving her daughter? Do you think the mother/daughter relationship we have seen in the last 5 episodes will be strained after the events of this episode?
Evarwyn (@Evarwyn): Given what we saw in this episode, in flashbacks, I would say her father would say no. However, Jayna is the matriarch, and as such, is in charge of defining (or redefining) what the House of Zod stands for. That said, it’s hard to imagine the mother/daughter relationship between Jayna and Lyta strained anymore. I believe the relationship will recover from this and only grow stronger.
Haroon (@CinemaCure): “You are a Zod. As such, you kneel to no one.” Her daughter is innocent and if we listen to the words of Jayna’s tutor carefully,’you kneel to no one’, I will change it to this “A Zod will kneel to no one, not even to the voice of Rao”. But still, I think Jayna regrets her decision even though it saved her daughter’s life. She is extremely disappointed as you can see in her last encounter with Lyta in this episode.
Josue (@josue_can): It’s great to watch the Jayna-Zod backstory. It really gives us an insight into how the Zod we know came to be…the Zod we know. Her sister-brother relationship seems to have left a guilt in her that translates into her mother/daughter relationship. This is good writing in my opinion, and it seems to be written by folks that love the characters as much as I do. Yes, the relationship is definitely strained, but as warriors, and the fact that General Zod shows up, it might actually help strengthen it. They are actually that messed up.
Amanda (@oliverbiird): I personally feel offended by Jayna’s attitude toward saving her own daughter. If she really regrets it, why did she do it in the first place? She should have left her for dead.. I can already tell the frustrated tension will just keep completely building a wall until it’s too late…
Alex (@CmndrLex): I think perhaps Jayna (who I must say BLEW ME AWAY THIS EPISODE, so much so I had to look her up and found out SHE WAS AN AMAZON IN WONDER WOMAN! She may not have honored what her father lead her to believe the House of Zod stood for, but I was moved by her compassion. I had great expectations for their relationship after everything we saw, but to have her end it with “You’ve always been my greatest love. And now my greatest shame” Left me WRECKED. I think it really broke Jayna to have to choose between her House and her daughter.
2. Do you think Kor-Da and Daron-Vex’s relationship was important? Was it a means to an end? Or did he truly have feelings for her?
Evarwyn: I think this relationship was important in giving us insight into Daron’s motives and character. It made him appear a bit vulnerable, just like when he shows anxiety around the Voice of Rao. However, I don’t think it’ll serve much purpose to the overall narrative and I don’t think it gives much context to Daron’s actions in previous episodes either. Ultimately, I believe he had feelings for her, but I think his daughter, Nyssa, regarded Kor-Da as a pawn to be used in her grand game of chess…and we saw that play out this week.
Haroon: Daron truly had feelings for her.
Josue: His ambition outweighs everything. So, I believe he just used her. Though surprisingly, he does seem to care about his daughter. He seems treacherous, but it’s good to know he as some weakness.
Amanda: I just think it’s gross and weird and random more than important if anything..
Alex: To me, their relationship was no more that a pawn in a rather lengthy game the Vexs are playing. I think he definitely grew to care for her enough by the time her use ran out that he did hurt at losing her, and I feel like maybe Nyssa is the one controlling the game here and knew it would hurt him.
3. How do you think Nyssa-Vex will use the hold over the Zod family in the future?
Evarwyn: I imagine she has some “glorious” military coup in mind, however, I have a sneaking suspicion that all of Nyssa’s plans and machinations will never, actually, be fully realized. Though…how about about that “may be in love with Seg” nod? I wonder, if Nyssa has real feelings for Seg, if that’ll end up throwing a wrench in her plans, too!
Haroon: I think Nyssa-Vex will uses it to help Daron-Vex in overthrowing the Voice of Rao. It won’t be a difficult job since Brainiac took over the Voice in the previous episode.
Josue: I actually don’t understand her motivation just yet. Is she just ambitious like her father? Does she have real feelings for Seg? Does she know something about him that we don’t know? She is a mysterious one.
Amanda: She might constantly bring up helping save Lyta’s life, that’s all I could think of.
Alex: I adore Nyssa Vex. I find her to be one of the most complex characters on the series in that I CAN’T READ HER AT ALL! She’s definitely playing her own game, and I’m certain she’ll come to use the Zod’s eventually, but sometimes I SWEAR there’s a heart under there! I don’t know if she’ll turn them into her own personal army, or if she’s gathering allys to raise her own rebellion, but I’m excited to see where she takes this.
4. What do you think of the nomads who fear the House of El and worship the Krypton ice goddess? How significant will they be in the future?
Evarwyn: BAH! Heathens, the lot of them!
Haroon: Those ‘nomads’ will probably be a part of the twist at the end of the season. They have a bad history with the house of El and I think the truth about the house of EL will change Seg’s destiny.
Josue: This was an interesting twist. Nevertheless, it is unknown territory and I’m looking forward to exploring it on the show. I seriously have no idea what role they will play, but, I feel a great revolution for the future of Krypton.
Amanda: I think it’s weird but I wonder what exactly the House of El did to them. I want to see what actually happened so hopefully they somehow make an appearance again.
Alex: I’d like to know more about the nomad’s past with the Val-El. Admittedly at first I thought they may have been cult followers of his, not enemies. Despite any mistrust they currently hold towards Seg, I think they’ll play a pretty big role when the time comes, either with Seg winning them over and having his back, or behind the danger coming with Brainiac!
5. What did you think of Lyta’s use of the word love towards Dev-Em and Seg-El? Her relationship with her Mother, Seg-El and Dev-Em are quite different but would you say she loves them all?
Evarwyn: I think Lyta knows EXACTLY what love is. She loves her mother. She loves Seg. She totally friend-zoned Dev-Em and they both know it. Lyta’s display of affection in that scene was her practical side telling her he’s a better mate for her than Seg, is. My man Dev needs to use that highly advanced Kryptonian technology and culture to get out of that friend zone, because Lord knows us Earth Boys haven’t found a way yet!
Haroon: I was shocked when she kissed Em but she knew that her execution was near and I think the kiss had something to do with that. She is in love with Seg and that is the truth. Lyta had mixed feelings towards her mother.
Josue: I believe she loves them all. Dev is more like a brother to her, so she wasn’t lying when she said she loved him. And her mom? That’s the most complicated relationship on the show! She wants her approval, understanding and love, and Jayna-Zod has been this emotionless warrior her whole life, and now she sees so much of herself in her daughter. She sees her daughter can be strong, but still keep the humanity she seems to have lost so long ago. She is proud of her, and ashamed at the same time. This is deep stuff.
Amanda: She loves them but in completely different ways. Towards Seg it’s romantic, towards Dev it’s manipulative but as a friend, she just wanted to be let free from prison, and lastly towards her mother it’s family love, with sincerity.
Alex: Oh, man, I have very strong anti-cheating views so Lyta’s story is pulling me in many directions. I think she loves Seg, and perhaps is growing fond of Dev-Em. She seemed to be going with Dev out of a sense of duty and respect for her mother’s preferences, but passionate with Seg, but I think Dev-Em opening up to her in this episode really made her realize how serious her binds will be and that she may have to choose duty, but that with Dev, it doesn’t have to be the chains she once imagined. I think she definitely loves her mother, as there was a lot of shock at her mother’s dismissal once she was free.
6. The reveal of who the mysterious man was is a shock. What do you think the significance is of the reveal? Does Adam know him?
Evarwyn: To find out that the leader of this fringe and exiled group is THE General Zod bodes MASSIVE implications for the overall Superman mythos and is VERY telling for what we may come to expect from the show. If what we’re being led to believe is true, that this man is THE General Zod, the same General Zod that Superman famously duels, time and time again in comics, tv and movies…then we may be seeing a pocket of fractured time. This is important to note, because pockets of fractured time has been known, in the DC comics, to create their own spin off universe (see The Flashpoint Universe that creates The New 52 and then the entire DC Rebirth). If this is the case, then the show can ultimately do whatever it wants to the Superman canon and have the excuse of “Hey, it doesn’t really matter because we’re looking at an alternate universe and timeline”. Which, in the comics, there are many.
Haroon: That was a brilliant twist! We know that Adam was coming back in time to stop Brainiac but what Adam got wrong is that Brainiac was always coming to take Kandor. Unlike Adam, I think this Zod (who is the son of Lyta LOL) was coming back to change HISTORY. No, I don’t think Adam knows him.
Josue: General Zod. I can’t believe they went there. But, is he Zod before banishment by Jor-El, or is he already-been-to-earth Zod? The time travel stories have really begun now.
Amanda: Maybe it’s not her son but her uncle or brother??
Alex: IT WAS A HUGE SHOCK! I think he’s going to be already grown into the El-Zod rivalry and will be here to grow the rift between Seg and Lyta. I don’t feel like Adam SHOULD know him as he’s a generation before Superman but this time traveling connection is definitely intriguing! I wonder if Nyssa had anything to do with this! (As someone who loves Nyssa so much, I sure do doubt her a lot, ha.)
7. After five episodes of the show we are halfway through the season. What do you hope to see in future episodes to continue watching the show? Would you recommend the show to family and friends?
Evarwyn: I’ve recommended the show, already, to everyone I know who enjoys Superman. It’s really a lot of fun and very well done! At this point, I honestly don’t have any expectations for what’s to come. I’ve enjoyed every episode, thus far, and the show has earned my trust that wherever is takes the story, it’ll be a very satisfying end to the season and give me something to look forward to for next season. Which, I guess if I had to answer the question directly, is really all I’m hoping to see here: A satisfying end with a nice tease to look forward to!
Haroon: If we get a BIG fight between Brainiac and Doomsday, then boy I will go crazzzyyyyyy!! I am in love with the show and will always continue to watch it. I’d recommend Krypton to anyone who loves Superman. And if you are a fan of Superman and if you’re not watching Krypton, then you SUCK.
Josue: Before the show started, I imagined the possibilities could be endless for a show based on Krypton. I mean Kryptonians were space explorers, warriors, scientist, etc. Which means, this show could have gone the route of exploring other worlds (like Earth maybe) similar to Star Trek. Or, since they Kryptonians were exploring so much with fields of cloning, this would give us great superhuman sci-fi episodes. But instead they been really grounded so far, exploring the background stories of the Zod’s, the El’s, the religious and political aspects of that particular time period. The only factor turning everything inside out, is the impending Brainiac invasion, and with the name Doomsday thrown in that preview of things to come, I am actually dying to know where are they going with this.
Amanda: I just like how they keep the ball rolling, it’s a good show.
Alex: I will admit, the I wasn’t too convinced I’d keep up off the pilot, but I kept watching because Nyssa-Vex has her hooks in me! In the future episodes, I am REALLY hoping for some Nyssa-Lyta interactions because the little screentime they shared was ELECTRIC. (I call them #Zex ha!) I don’t think it’s Seg she’s preoccupied with as her father thinks. As for recommendations to family and friends, already done! After my reaction to episode five, my mother has already assured me that my parents will be watching on the west coast while I cover east coast flailing. I’m hooked!
General Zod has been revealed as Lyta’s son. What will this mean for Seg-El and the future of Krypton?
The familial bond that we see in Jayna-Zod’s past in this episode makes a full circle with the identity and reveal of General Zod, Lyta’s son! We have learned throughout the episode what the honor of the House of Zod means and we have seen that honor shown through both Lyta and Jayna’s action. Will we learn how the House of Zod’s honor will be measured in General Zod’s actions?
Nyssa has revealed many sides of herself, showing kindness to Seg, but also the ability to manipulate the House of Zod, all for her father’s ambitions. The ambition of the House of Vex seems to have out maneuvered the House of Zod, for now. The next episode, however, might prove very hard for Nyssa-Vex to keep her cold exterior from breaking.
Seg-El went on a journey through the waste and discovered that his name is feared by some on his own planet. General Zod and the House of El have a long history. He said so himself. What does this mean for the grandfather of General Zod’s greatest enemy? We can’t wait to find out what Doomsday, Brainiac and General Zod will do on Krypton!