Krypton “Savage Night” Review


KRYPTON — “Savage Night” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Colin Salmon as General Zod, Ann Ogbomo as Jayna-Zod, Hannah Waddingham as Jax-Ur — (Photo by: Steffan Hill/Syfy)

This is truly becoming a test of fate when it is one step forward for these Kryptonians and two steps back. It did them no favors when it took a moment too long to figure out who the enemy was, who they could trust to engage this threat, and what exactly they were up against when conventional means of attack are not close to enough. Urgency may not have been on their side in the weeks leading up to now, but maybe now is the time where a proper fight they can put up.

With that said, everyone seemed to have found their urgency after their wake-up call. I think that was one of the most crucial scenes of this season so far when there is little room to deny the impossible. That is the only way you can get these people who view the world so differently to find themselves on the same page and against a common enemy. I still found the tension entertaining since not everyone was able to set aside their pride. The love triangle between Seg, Lyta, and Nyssa, was never going to die out so fast, so I’m glad they made the moments count where they were just stepping on each other’s toes. Drama aside, this was the best time for Seg to take a step back and consider where he is at currently. He’s the guy who had nothing and now trying to save the world. Not even close to the kind of guy who comes to mind when you think of a hero, but there he is and at the very least less grumpy than he was in episode one.

General Zod and Jayna confronting the leader of Black Zero was long-awaited as well. That was never going to be an easy engagement, and the introduction of Jax-Ur was perfect for the room filled with frustrations. Having to explain the situation that is Brainiac to a group like Black Zero was a gamble. Nonetheless, cool that two Zods could tackle this when they are the most level-headed. It goes without saying that the minute these two met that you could see Jayna being the person to start asking the right questions about the future and what brought General Zod here. I mean if you came back in time to save the future, wouldn’t you have been able to accomplish more?

Now this whole thing with the Voice of Rao has been a point of conflict for me. The beacon was sent, the sentry was set free, but the question is where has Brainiac gone? Again, this isn’t a history I’m familiar with as a comic reader, so I can only see things from a viewer’s perspective. Which forces me to question when they would drop the charade and move on to Braininac trying to take the city as history foresees. The divine acts are cool for the sake of effects, but none of this is really getting us anywhere aside from the grandstanding. On the other hand, what the Voice of Rao did to fight back against the resistance was heartbreaking. It was the kind of action this story was lacking when the only a few losses up to now that you could actually call significant. The second wake-up call was late, but at this point better late than never.

KRYPTON — “Savage Night” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Elliot Cowan as Daron-Vex, Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange – (Photo by: Steffan Hill/Syfy)

The added context to Adam Strange’s mission was welcoming, even if it took till episode 8 for them to get into. His new determination last week was quite the shocker when so deadset on putting a stop to General Zod’s interference. Something you would assume easier said than done when this version of Strange isn’t all too equipped for action like his comic counterpart. I’ll never understand the lack of gear, but I’m sure this was one of those cases where they wanted everything to be grounded upon the norms of Krypton. Moving forward, it was interesting to see who he would turn to for help. Clearly there wasn’t anyone in the ‘active’ inner circle who would hear him out, so things got creative when it came to thinking the box.

Krypton “Savage Night” is one of the stronger episodes when everyone is working towards a singular goal. What hurt before was being pulled in too many different directions and not having enough focus on what is the approaching doom of this planet.This right here was the kind of plot progression we needed on top of some necessary character depth given to those who were too transparent.

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