Lyta-Zod betrays Seg-El, Zod reveals that he is Seg’s son and Brainiac finally reveals his true face on this week’s Krypton
As we wait impatiently for the news of Krypton’s renewal for a second season, lets see what happened in Krypton episode 9, “Hope”.
The events of the last episode resonate loudly in the slums of the rankless as Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) and Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell) observe. Though Lyta tries to convince Seg that his cause is not hopeless, he doesn’t seem completely convinced, yet.
Lyta follows her son, Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon), to find Doomsday. Dru-Zod is convinced that Doomsday is the only weapon that can destroy Brainiac (Blake Ritson) and save Krypton. It turns out Jayna is the only Zod that Seg can trust as he is convinced to move Doomsday out of Dru-Zod’s reach. Unfortunately, the nomads led by Raika (Sonita Henry), decide that to be rid of the burden of Doomsday they will take him to Kandor.
Betrayed by most of his allies, Seg is motivated by Val-El in the fortress when told about the ancient meaning that defines the House of El, hope. Seg has renewed faith in his cause and creates a plan to attack the Voice of Rao. With the reluctant help of the remaining Sagittari and Dark Zero, they try to surprise the Voice of Rao. The weak minds of the soldiers are overtaken and Seg is the only one left standing. An intimate moment is shared between Seg and Nyssa after she saves him. Unfortunately Brainiac was able to get enough power to fully form on Krypton. What will he do now that he is at full strength in Kandor?
So many twists and exciting revelations happened in this episode! Let’s meet our roundtable participants and see what they thought of Krypton episode 9, “Hope!”
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!
Haroon (@CinemaCure) – Founder of Cinema Cure, Batman-Eminem fan, addicted to movies and shows that inspire me.
1. What did you think of Lyta aligning with her son Dru and not sticking with Seg-El?
Alex (@CmndrLex): I didn’t expect it at all! Of all the possible betrayals I was expecting, Lyta was LAST on that list. I’ve got to wonder if it’s perhaps an over-correction after her mother’s speech.
Joseph (@KalEl84): I honestly think Lyta made a bad decision. She may not realize it but it will not benefit all of Krypton.
Josue (@josue_can): Kind of felt it coming. Didn’t like that it turned out this way, but at the same time I’m glad. She seems to be very selfish and only looking after herself. I knew she would take Dru-Zod side the minute she found out he was her son..
Evarwyn (@Evarwyn): It seems like Lyta’s heart is always with Seg, so I didn’t really see this as a betrayal. More like Lyta going with what she believes to be the right thing. However, Lyta seems to lack understanding of the full ramifications of her actions. I think that due to her age and inexperience. So, she may think that her actions to side with General Zod (for now) wont carry with it major repercussions between her and Seg but…she may find herself disappointed when she fully realizes how it may have impacted their relationship.
Haroon (@CinemaCure): Lyta has been acting strange lately and there seems to be a lot of issues with the house of Zod. (Ha!)
2. If the fight had continued, would Jayna have won and actually killed her grandson? Jayna’s trust in Seg seems to be more than in her daughter. Will that ultimately seal her fate?
Alex: I believe Jayna would have eventually gotten the upper hand. Having seen Jayna-Zod’s previous fights, I have full faith in that. If anything, I feel it will seal Lyta’s fate more than hers, and her willingness to do anything for her daughter; I foresee her making the ultimate sacrifice for Lyta, and that catapulting the rise of the Zod we know.
Joseph: I think ultimately Jayna would’ve won had Lyta not intervened. If anything, I think Jayna’s trust in Seg will keep her around longer.
Josue: I definitely believe she would have defeated him. She is the only person thinking clearly lately in this show, (up until the last half of this episode when Seg figured out how to surprise Brainiac). Zod can’t be trusted and she kind of figured it out. I hope she survives, but, it’s very unpredictable at the moment.
Evarwyn: Look, I don’t wanna be “that guy” here but…it looked like General Zod was about to tap out there. Which means…his Grandma was about to beat him in a fist fight. Just sayin’. As for Jayna trusing Seg…it seems like it very nearly has, already! Because of her choice to trust Seg over General Zod, and Lyta’s choice to trust General Zod over Seg…Lyta shot her mother! WoW!! We’ll see if Jayna lives in the next episode or not.
Haroon: Yes, she would’ve killed her grandson and let’s not forget that she is doing all this to protect Lyta and for a better Kandor. And whether Lyta like it or not, Jayna and Seg’s plans are far better.
3. Do you think there will be any consequences for Dru now that it seems Seg and Lyta are not “together” anymore? Will there be a reconciliation between his parents?
Alex: To be perfectly honest, I think Dru was conceived that very night Lyta snuck away, otherwise we would’ve had another paradox where Dru would never have come back in time.
Joseph: I think so. Dru-Zod now has forces at work against him since Seg and Lyta aren’t together. As for a reconciliation between his parents, it’s doubtful.
Josue: I believe she is already pregnant. They went out of the way for that scene where they make love. So, it make sense to me.
Evarwyn: Consequences?! Listen…Seg and Lyta need to take their son, smack him right on the bum and send him to his room with NO dinner! How’s that for consequences?
Haroon: To be honest, I have no idea. Let’s wait and find out.
4. Nyssa has become Seg’s only trusted ally. Do you think she will continue being true to Seg’s cause? Does she have any ulterior motives or is she being more open than ever with her true feelings?
Alex: Ugh! As much as I love Nyssa, I expected HER to be the one with the big ulterior motive! I still have trouble believing she won’t pull some big move in the end, but this episode went a LONG way to convincing me she will stay true to the fight.
Joseph: I worried about Seg placing so much trust in her in the episode but she came through, so I think she will be true to Seg’s cause. In the past, I would’ve thought Nyssa has ulterior motives but I really don’t anymore.
Josue: I really wanted Seg to hook up with Nyssa. She seems to be in love with Seg and legitimately looking after his well being. I hope they stay together.
Evarwyn: Oh Nyssa…like an onion, she is. In that she has layers. Onions have layers, donkey. ..well look, its a joke, but is true in her case! You never really know what you’re getting with Nyssa…but I believe (or rather choose to believe) that she is being honest with how she presents herself to Seg, right now. Nyssa has nothing to gain from lying, no angles to work, no political factions to play against…and is wholly dependent on Seg for survival, and she knows that Seg does mean to destroy Brainiac, who has taken over Kandor. So, even if Nyssa has ulterior motives at play, it’s in her best interest to follow Seg from every angle. Also, Nyssa has always been fairly open about her, damn near ravenous, hunger and lust for Seg. I only see that getting stronger
Haroon: I think Nyssa, like you said, is being more open. Seg should keep trusting her and she has definitely proved herself at the end of this episode.
5. The big reveal: Do you think Dru is telling the truth about who he thinks his father is? If so, that means that he is Jor-El’s brother. Is that why he spoke so well of him in the last episode?
Alex: I’m still expecting this to be a trick somehow, and him to have found some way to slip in El blood as he opened the seal. But the him being Jor-El’s brother thing would make sense as well. Perhaps after Lyta’s betrayal, she ends up pregnant but unable to side with Seg again and raises Dru as a Zod, and Seg ends up with Nyssa to have Jor and Zor and this whole war is resentment on a level we never considered before.
Joseph: I don’t think he’s telling the truth about his father. I think it’s a ruse by Zod. Also, though, it goes against a lot of character history.
Josue: Well, it must be true, since he has the blood of both in him and was able to open the Doomsday vault. I’m actually curious as to if Jor-El will know Zod is his brother? This revelation does change everything. Does Jor-El banish Zod to the Phantom Zone despite knowing Zod is his brother, or because he is never told? Or is all this happening because of the changes in the timeline?
Evarwyn: The writers of the show definitely want us to believe that General Zod is Seg and Lyta’s son, that’s for sure. I’m a bit skeptical, simply because that’s a really big “ask” for the show on behalf of Superman fans here. To “ask” the Superman fans watching the show to accept such a relationship between General Zod and Jor-El (even Superman!) really casts this “soap opera” light on all the battles we’ve seen them in…and I don’t think it adds anything positive to the experience. In fact, I think the idea of Superman being related to General Zod only takes away from the stories they’ve appeared in together. That’s just my opinion, though. I can understand how others would disagree.
Haroon: I think Dru is lying (again!)
6. Where is Daron-Vex going? Will he be a thorn in the side of Seg and Nyssa’s plans? Or is he running like a coward?
Alex: Daron-Vex has proved a coward before, and I think he’s strictly looking out for number one. However, I would expect that in his plans for survival, he may run into Seg and Nyssa again, and might prove problematic if they stand in the way of his escape or survival.
Joseph: I think Daron-Vex is searching for Val-El’s fortress and I think he will try to screw up Seg and Nyssa’s plans.
Josue: A truly useless character like Daron-Vex will always be a thorn in Seg’s side. He is the worst of Krypton in my opinion and we have not seen the last of him.
Evarwyn: You didn’t hear the Kryptonian Ice Cream Man outside Daron’s jail cell? Where is he going? He’s about to get himself some soft served Kryptonian ice cream on a waffle cone! And yes…I think he will continue to be the cowardly pain in the ass he’s been this entire season.
Haroon: At first I thought Daron is running to serve Brainiac (which may not be the case) but it looks like he knows something that others don’t.
7. If Brainiac is able to take over Kryptonian minds so easily, how do you think they will try to defeat him? What does Val-El have that Dru-Zod thinks will help them, him, in his goals?
Alex: I feel like it’s going to come down to a matter of wills. I honestly don’t WHAT Dru thinks Val will be able to provide, unless it’s secrets on the El family he hasn’t been privy to due to his upbringing, and his real mission still rests in bringing down Kal-El, not in saving Kandor.
Joseph: It seems the key to defeating Brainiac may lay on his ship, so I think they’ll try to get to it. I think Dru-Zod wants the knowledge in Val’s fortress.
Josue: I believe that going by the title of the finale, The Phantom Zone, Zod would like to use it either to send Brainiac there or save the Kandorians. It is possible that Val is in the Phantom Zone and know how to access it. In my opinion, of course.
Evarwyn: I think Val-El is going to use Brainiac’s mind controlling technology against him and upload the entire database of Porn Hub into Brainiac’s head! That’ll keep him busy on that cold, lonely and dark skull ship, he’ll forget all about Krypton!
Haroon: Doomsday (ugh I know) but they have to find a way to have no Kandorians near the big fight.
Seg-El is betrayed by almost everyone he trusted. Doomsday may be unleashed on Kandor and Seg just learned he is Zod’s father!
As Seg tries to find hope in the events of the past episode, Lyta decides to trust her son to the betrayal of Seg. Doomsday is behind a door that can only be opened with combined blood of the House of Zod and House of El. Seg-El refuses to help Dru to open the door. However, Dru doesn’t think he needs him because he believes Seg is his father, and proves it by opening the door himself. This is a huge revelation for Seg-El, who now believes he has a son.
More revelations come with the Dark Zero leader Jax-Ur who has Daron-Vex at her mercy. We learn she was Val-El’s protege and created the Genesis Chamber and the Codex. She was afraid when Val-El was executed that she would be next. With the help of knowledge she gained from Daron, she finds a chamber of clones of the most elite families in Kandor. One of the words used to open the chamber: Flamebird; a DC comic character who fought alongside Krypton’s hero Nightwing in Kandor.
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Dru-Zod wants control of Kandor and it seems he will go to any means necessary to get what he wants, even challenging his grandmother to a fight to the death. Jayna is about to win but Lyta shoots her and Dru accuses her of preventing him from having an honorable fight. Jayna escapes and is found by her brother Vidar.
Great turmoil is happening in Kandor. Doomsday could escape at any moment and Brainiac is now on Krypton. The last remaining forces against Brainiac seem to have destroyed themselves and Seg’s allies are separated and wounded or have betrayed him. The episode is named “Hope” as we learn that even in the face of insurmountable odds, Seg-El will still walk in to certain death to save the people of Kandor, for he doesn’t want anyone else to die.
Lyta betrays Seg to follow her son to Doomsday. Seg allies with Jayna who is shot by her own daughter. It seems Seg’s only ally he can trust is Nyssa. Will it be enough to defeat Brainiac and stop Doomsday from being unleashed?