Hostages, executions, double-crosses, mindgames...just another dark day on Krypton

How dark is it in this episode? Even this image had to be lightened significantly to be legible

This episode opens with Seg-El (Superman/Kal-El’s grandfather) mourning the violent execution of Lyta Zod at the blade of Jax-Ur. Both sides, Zod’s authoritarian rule and the Rebellion, are now guilty of killing members of the opposing side.

Jax-Ur’s rogue decision to kill Lyta to punish her son General Dru-Zod (it’s a long story) seems to be placing her firmly on the same path her character walked in the comics, where she became the biggest mass murderer in the history of Krypton, responsible for the destruction of Wegthor, one of Krypton’s moons, and all its inhabitants.

Colin Salmon, the actor playing Gen. Zod continues to be a forceful, intimidating, and unstable presence, and a true threat to Krypton.

Sci-fi fans will be impressed by the world-building on this show. It’s a monumental and expensive task to design and create every building, every vehicle, every piece of clothing, every weapon to look like it is from another world, and this show does a wonderful job of it. You feel immersed, like you are really on Krypton.

My only complaint of late is the oppressive darkness of all the visuals on the show. Yes, I know that the rebels live in caves, and there isn’t much available light, but even in the city where Zod rules, rooms aren’t very well lit. The vast majority of scenes are so underlit it can be difficult to see what is going on. Perhaps this is an artistic choice, to psychologically impress on the viewer how dismal things are everywhere on Krypton. This ep is best watched in a dark room.

Meanwhile, a small spark of Brainiac continues to live on in Seg-El, taunting and guiding and tempting him, mostly taunting. Will this spark grow into a flame, or will Seg find a way to completely purge himself of it?

Krypton airs Wednesdays on SyFy.

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