In this week’s Krypton, Adam Strange promises to be a hero and Seg-El allies himself with Drax-Ur and Dark Zero to bring down Brainiac
Krypton 1×08, “Savage Night,” increases the drama and heightens the action as we see how Adam Strange gets on Krypton and who the leader of Dark Zero truly is. In this episode, we learn about those who gave Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) a second chance to prove that he was the hero he believed himself to be. Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) and his allies are desperately looking for a plan to defeat Brainiac (Blake Ritson). They are given a chance to take down the alien but they need help. Dru-Zod suggests the help of Black Zero and though Seg-El is reluctant, he agrees. We meet Jax-Ur (Hannah Waddingham), the leader of Black Zero, who gives strength to Seg-El’s attempt to destroy Brainiac.
Jayna-Zod (Ann Ogbomo) and Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) have an interesting conversation that gets Jayna even more suspicious of Dru and has Jayna going to Seg with vital future knowledge. What will this mean for the relationship between Jayna-Zod and Dru-Zod in the future?
Seg-El’s team, at the end of the episode, are celebrating their supposed victory but they do not know that Adam has aligned himself with Draon-Vex and told Brainiac of their plan. As it seems young Ona (Tipper Seifert-Cleveland) is coming home to Kem (Rasmus Hardiker), Adam Strange selflessly places himself in line of the blast of the bomb Brainiac has planted in Ona and saves Seg and his allies. This episode really gives us new insight into Adam Strange’s character and shows how far Seg will go to get help to defeat Brainiac.
Let’s meet our roundtable for “Savage Night!”
Alex (@CmndrLex) – House of El supporter, Lena Luthor apologist, and overall consumer of geek media.
Joseph (@KalEl84) – Comics, movies, and TV and Superman superfan!
Josue (@josue_can) – Lifelong fan of Superman. Lover of Movies and Shows. Time Travel enthusiast.
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!
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!)
1. We met a few characters from Adam Strange’s past tonight. From what you have seen of Adam Strange so far in the show, does it surprise you how Alanna treated Adam? Were you surprised that they gave him another try to prove himself?
Alex (@CmndrLex): I’m not surprised that he was given another chance, as heroes often are the forgiving sort, but that she made it clear how little faith she had in him made me think there’s a lot more to learn of Adam’s past.
Joseph (@KalEl84): I’m not really surprised with the way Alanna treated Adam but I am surprised that he was given another try to save Krypton and Superman given that they don’t seem to have a lot of faith in him to succeed.
Josue (@josue_can): Not so much surprised as I am glad they gave him a chance. Adam is in quite a predicament, and his quest has sparked so much anxiety in me. Same millions of Kryptonians, or save Superman who will save millions of people? He has chosen Superman obviously, and it is the right choice, if you let history play out.
Evarwyn (@Evarwyn): No, it didn’t surprise me. Adam always presented himself as an “Underdog” with something to prove and a long history of getting it wrong. I assumed anyone with any sort of authority would regard him as untrustworthy and I wasn’t shocked at all. I was surprised, however, that they did give him another shot. I was half expecting Adam to hijack the controls of that time machine and go. The conversation he was having certainly seemed like that would be his intention.
Amanda (@oliverbiird): I love everything about Adam Strange’s character development, they’re really giving it to us. I’m very surprised yes.
2. Kem’s complete devotion to Ona is a really great relationship on the show. Do you hope for it to continue or do you think it is over?
Alex: I think given that ending, it’s probably over. It breaks my heart to say that because Kem’s protectiveness over Ona has been clear for a few episodes now. I had really hoped she would go with him, and instead she was turned into a weapon.
Joseph: I think the relationship between Kem and Ona is gone given the events of the closing moments in the episode.
Josue: I believe it’s over. That was a pretty strong scene. It hit me hard just how devoted Ona was to Rao, which at the same time she felt would bring her together with her mother once again. He received her greatly and it only going to make Kem hate him more and join which ever side tries to destroy him. Which, is not good for Adam.
Evarwyn: Well…I think we’ve seen that relationship’s…”explosive” ending. heh heh heh. Too soon? …sorry.
Amanda: Uhhh it’s clearly over??
3. There are definitely multiple layers to many characters on the show, no more than Dru-Zod. Do you think Jayna-Zod is right? Is Dru-Zod trying to take over Kandor
Alex: I trust in Jayna-Zod more than I ever expected to trust a Zod, ever. It’s clear Dru has his own agenda, and him using this opportunity to not only defeat Superman, but usurp power while he has the chance is very much the Zod we knew before Krypton.
Joseph: I think Jayna-Zod is right and that Dru-Zod is trying to take over Krypton because of his mention that if they all had the powers that a yellow sun gave them, they’d be unstoppable.
Josue: Absolutely. And I loved how she asked all the right questions. He can try to fool the rest of them, but there is no fooling mother Zod!
Evarwyn: It would make complete sense. If you’re General Zod, and you beat back Brainiac, then assume control of Kandor and make sure it doesn’t over stress Krypton’s resources (causing its demise), is a pretty solid plan to both gain power and save the planet. Also, it does seem to be the natural end to the path they happen to be on, at the moment.
Amanda: Yes, yes he is. He needs to be stopped, immediately.
4. Jax-Ur is an interesting new character and seems to be one of the few on the show who isn’t afraid of attacking Dru-Zod. What do you think of her character so far? Would she be a better ruler for Kandor then Dru-Zod? The lesser of two evils?
Alex: Oh man! I am so intrigued by Jax-Ur! Her demanding for Dar-On (I refuse to call him Daron-Vex at this point, as he has borrowed it off for his pre bonding name) makes me think we’re missing a bigger puzzle piece. And I am sorry but we all see the resemblance she bears to Nyssa, right?! Tell me it’s not just me!
Joseph: As of right now, I can’t say that either Jax-Ur or Dru-Zod’s rule would be good for Krypton. I think they’re in it only in it for the power it would bring them.
Josue: She is a badass! Can I say that here? Yes she is. I love this character. Fearless, and actually seems to know what she is talking about. I am certain she would be a fair ruler, or at least fairer than Dru-Zod and Father-Vex.
Evarwyn: The “lesser of 2 evils” is still evil. There’s no gain, there. I don’t think we’ve seen enough of her to judge her character yet, however, if she’s exactly the same as presented…she’d be just as bad as General Zod ruling Kandor. She’s brutal.
Amanda: She is a character we needed. Someone needs to be at the same level as General Zod. Oh yes, definitely.
5. What do you think of Jayna-Zod’s decision to tell Seg-El about Dru-Zod’s reason for not being on Krypton when it exploded? Does she have ulterior motives?
Alex: I’m weary to answer this as I feel Jayna has proven herself to be a steadfastly honorable character thus far. I want to believe she holds the fate of Kandor in serious regard and wants to work with Seg to help stop Brainiac. However, that discussion she had with Dru about choosing family over all else has me worried they’re playing on their own team now.
Joseph: I agree with Jayna-Zod telling Seg the truth about why Dru-Zod wasn’t on Krypton during its destruction. I don’t think she has ulterior motives, I think she saw Zod for the power hungry dictator he becomes.
Josue: No ulterior motives in my opinion. She is a by-the-book soldier and doesn’t want to repeat mistakes from the past. Which makes her one of the only people who doesn’t have and ulterior motive on the show.
Evarwyn: Right now, Seg seems to have his trust completely in General Zod. I think Jayna is trying to bring him back down to reality a bit, and I think it shows that she is establishing a relationship with Seg. A type of bonding between the two of them is starting to occur.
Amanda: I’m suspicious yes but I have no clue.
6. What did you think of Adam going to Daron-Vex? Was he truly going to sacrifice Kandor to save Seg?
Alex: I was horrified! To be honest, I haven’t been Adam’s biggest fan since the news came out about his being willing to let Kandor die instead of offering them a chance to flee or fight. I very much believe he’d sacrifice Kandor to save Seg. He’s so focused on his mission, he’s not thinking of the realtime effects.
Joseph: Adam going to Daron-Vex was a bit of a surprising move and I think Adam would sacrifice Kandor if it meant getting through to Seg and saving the future as he knows it.
Josue: Yes. There really was no other alternative. He does not have access to Brainiac, so Daron-Vex is the next best option to stop Zod’s attack on Brainiac. He means well, but it’s just what needs to be done to save Superman. Which in turn, will cause the death of millions. Time travel is complicated.
Evarwyn: Yeah, I think he was. I think Adam is trying to make the hard plays for the end goal he has in mind: “Save Superman”. Right now, in Adam’s mind, Krypton is forfeit and everything must proceed exactly the same as normal to preserve the timeline. I absolutely believed Adam was being genuine in those scenes, for sure.
Amanda: I guess it was a last resort, he just really wanted to see Seg and tell him the truth. I don’t know if he really would’ve, to be honest.
7. Where do you think Adam is at the end of the episode?
Alex: I think Adam may actually be in the officially changed future at this point! Major events took place tonight, and alliances were made and unmade. Things that would not have come to pass without his interference, and I think he’s about to get a glimpse into the consequences of his choices.
Joseph: My two theories for where Adam ended up at the end of the episode are either the bottled city of Kandor in the future or I think he may be in the Phantom Zone.
Josue: I have no idea. Where is he? Who is she? Is she Alanna? What does she mean to him. You got me there.
Evarwyn: I think Adam is in the Phantom Zone. The series made a pretty big deal about telling the audience that Seg’s grandfather was the first to have discovered it. The device Adam used was taken from their Fortress of Solitude, and it looks a hell of a lot like a phantom zone device. We didn’t get to see too much of the surroundings, but the woman Adam encountered looked mentally affected…and the phantom zone is notorious for ruining the minds of those who are there too long.
Amanda: He’s most likely stuck in a separate universe/room, it was hard to figure out.
Adam Strange gets a second chance to prove that he can be a hero! Dru-Zod convinces the leader of Dark Zero Drax-Ur to help them defeat Brainiac!
It seems Adam Strange sacrifices himself to save Seg and his allies. However, not all is what it seems as we find Adam in a strange new place at the end of the episode. Seg allows Dru to get the assistance of Black Zero to help them to defeat Brainiac. Though Jayna does not trust Dru, her shot saves him and topples Brainiac over the edge of the Genesis Chamber.
Dru seems to know something about coming back to life if a body isn’t found and demands the help of Black Zero until Brainiac is proven to be dead. Jayna tells Seg that Dru was off the planet when it gets destroyed because he was placed in the Phantom Zone for a failed coup, as accused by Jor-El. Jayna believes Dru-Zod is planning to take over Kandor himself in the power void left after Brainiac is destroyed.
Adam Strange forms an uneasy truce with Daron and tells him strategic information about what Brainiac plans to do with the people of Kandor. With this information, it seems Brainiac survives the initial onslaught by Seg and his allies and survives the fall in the Genesis Chamber.
There are only 2 episodes left to the season and we can’t wait to see what comes next. Who gave Adam Strange the second chance to save Superman? Why did they mistrust him so much, yet in the end let him try again? Why is Jayna telling Seg about Dru’s potential coup and capture by Jor-El? Who is Jax-Ur and will she be an ally or an enemy to Seg and his friends?
The question now remains, what will Seg and his allies do to defeat Brainiac? How will Adam Strange’s new found determination hinder Seg? Will we see Doomsday truly become the only option the grandfather of Superman has to defeat Brainiac?