Krypton: S02.E01. “Light-Years from Home”

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the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”
the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”



Co-created by David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler, the Superman prequel series Krypton returned to the SyFy Network Wednesday, 12 June 2019 with the Marc Roskin-directed second season premiere “Light-Years from Home.”

Krypton Promotional Poster
Krypton Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb.com

SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch the second season premiere, you might want to reconsider reading past this point in the article. Return to reading once you have watched “Light-Years from Home.”

The Roskin-directed episode picks up the story six months after the events depicted in the 2018 first season finale “The Phantom Zone.” In “The Phantom Zone,” directed by Ciaran Donnelly, sees Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) racing to save his city from being taken over by the formidable android Brainiac (Blake Ritson) as the bottling of Kandor begins. The bottling is prevented…

Is There a Trailer for the Second Season?

Six Months later…

In the six months since the bottling of Kandor was prevented, General Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) saw the implementation of his vision for Krypton’s future. Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) arrives back on Krypton, back from the future, as Dru-Zod is delivering a speech to the people.

Screen Capture: Shaun Sipos and Colin Salmon as Adam Strange and General Zod, respectively, in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”
Screen Capture: Shaun Sipos and Colin Salmon as Adam Strange and General Zod, respectively, in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”

“Only unity and equality would heal our divisions and secure our future,” Dru-Zod said as he addressed the Kryptonian people. “Because, while I may have led our efforts, it is by your own strength that today Krypton is indeed unrecognisable … and perfection lies within our grasp. We are now ready to claim our rightful place among the stars and fulfil our duty of promoting Kryptonian exceptionalism as rulers of the galaxy. To those anarchic separatists of Wegthor, know through the toil, courage sacrifices of true Kryptonians, we will crush your traitorous rebellion. And there has been no nobler sacrifice than that of my father, Seg-El, who gave his life so that we may all see a better tomorrow.”

Screen Capture: Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”
Screen Capture: Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”

Adam sees a group of Sagitari patrolling the gathering seeking out potential rebel insurgents. As Adam makes a swift getaway, he is taken by Jax-Ur (Hannah Waddingham). Adam is injected with something which makes him collapse.

After the Title Graphic

Immediately after the series title graphic, the opening scene for the episode sees Adam waking up in an unfamiliar location. I know. That doesn’t narrow it down. Many places, even though the human has been to Krypton before, are still unfamiliar to Adam.

Mama Zed (Shobu Kapoor) saw Adam during Dru-Zod’s speech and thought it wise to get him off the streets before the Sagitari became aware of his presence. The rough handling was not entirely her idea.

Screen Capture: Wallis Day and Ian McElhinney as Nyssa-Vex and Val-El, respectively, in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”
Screen Capture: Wallis Day and Ian McElhinney as Nyssa-Vex and Val-El, respectively, in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”

Not long thereafter, Val-El (Ian McElhinney) and Nyssa-Vex (Wallis Day) step into the room. Nyssa is carrying her son, Cor-Vex. To Adam’s surprise, it is the real Val-El that stands before him. It is not the hologram Adam knew from the Fortress. Val-El is back from The Phantom Zone.

Adam explains the world he went back to was not the world he originally left. He encountered a future where Dru-Zod, at some point, had been the dominant force in the universe. “It gets better,” Adam said. Sometime after Dru-Zod’s rise, Brainiac bottled his hometown. For this to have occurred, Val-El correctly surmises Brainiac must have escaped from The Phantom Zone. If Brainiac is still alive, there is a good chance Seg-El is also alive.

In The Phantom Zone

Screen Capture: Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El in the Marc Roskin directed “Light-Years from Home.”
Screen Capture: Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”

Seg-El and Brainiac are both alive. They are in The Phantom Zone. With multiple vortexes swirling around Seg-El, he sees images of a potential future where Dru-Zod strangles Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell).

Meanwhile, on Krypton…

Meanwhile, on Krypton, the real Val-El explains Dru-Zod destroyed the projector. When Val-El tried to rebuild the projector, Dru-Zod seized the Fortress.

Wegthor is one of three moons orbiting Krypton, but it is the only one with a self-sufficient fully sustainable colony. The colony is Krypton’s only city-state not under Zod’s rule. In the comics, Jax-Ur is responsible for the destruction of Wegthor. Will the second season feature the destruction of Wegthor? Dru-Zod, with Wegthorian separatists in his sights, is on a potential warpath footing.

Dru-Zod’s interest in Wegthor lies in its mines. The moon is rich in a compound known as Stellarium. Zod is processing it into warp fuel to fuel the interstellar fleet he has under construction. This surprises Adam. When Adam returned to the future, he saw some of the other planets Zod had conquered. The general is not ruling the peoples of the planets he seizes control of. He’s eradicating them and terraforming them so that they will support Kryptonian life. The construction of the fleet is earlier in the established timeline. If Zod already has his fleet, it’s too late for the universe.

What are is the House of Zod doing?

Screen Capture: Sonita Henry and Georgina Campbell as Raika and Lyta-Zod, respectively, in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”
Screen Capture: Sonita Henry and Georgina Campbell as Raika and Lyta-Zod, respectively, in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”

Even though Lyta-Zod tells Raika (Sonita Henry) she is being made better, it looks more like torture. Lyta-Zod wants to know where Doomsday is. This creature, other than possibly Brainiac, is the only real threat to the general. Raika has no idea where Doomsday is. It looks like Zod wants Doomsday under his control so that he can use the creature against worlds which defy this control.

Screen Capture: Sonita Henry as Raika in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”
Screen Capture: Sonita Henry as Raika in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”

Later in the episode, Raika walks past Lyta-Zod and her son in the corridor. As they gaze at each other, it is clear Raika has no memory of Lyta-Zod. Even though they smile at each other, the absence of recognition is unmistakable.

Which Vortex Leads Back to Krypton?

An image of Val-El appears in front of Seg-El. Val-El, or at least what Seg-El thinks is his grandfather, tells his grandson there is a way out of The Phantom Zone. Seg-El has all that he needs to open the vortex which will allow him to return to Krypton. The Sunstone will allow Seg-El to open the vortex leading him home. Val-El wants his grandson to “pierce the veil.” As Seg-El pieces the veil, Brainiac drops the illusion of being Val-El and reveals himself to Seg-El.

Grasping for air, Seg-El wakes up in a forest. He is on Colu. This is Brainiac’s homeworld. To get Sel-El to do what he wanted, donning the appearance of Val-El was “a necessary subterfuge.” Brainiac confirms he was not involved with the vision he had of Dru-Zod killing Lyta. That is something which is very must a possibility.

Brainiac’s apparent caring for Seg-El is more self-serving than it is him being selfless. The android requires Seg-El’s assistance. If that were not the case, Brainiac would most likely kill the Kryptonian were he stands.

Since both Brainiac and Seg-El will likely to turn on each other, the Kryptonian suggests they might as well get it over with without further delay.

Could Adam use His Zeta-Beam Device to find Seg-El?

Val-El believes the only way to get to Seg-El is via the Phantom Projector but that has been destroyed by Dru-Zod. Adam suggests using his Zeta-Beam Device. It allows him to travel through space and time. Is it not possible for the device to allow him to access The Phantom Zone?

It’s a Trap!

Nyssa-Vex has a new lead in locating her father, Daron-Vex (Elliot Cowan). Even though Jax-Ur thinks it’s a trap, Nyssa-Vex chooses to ignore her warnings. Her determination to uncover the truth is apparent. Nyssa-Vex promises to be back but there is something about the situation which smells a tad fishy. Mama Zed is going with Nyssa-Vex and her son.

The scene transitions to an exterior shot of a location previously not seen before in the series. It looks like a factory of some description. We then see an interior shot of something that resembles a sewer system. A man with a breathing apparatus on his face is cleaning barnacle-like creatures from the walls of the drainage pipe. At closure inspection, the individual is Daron-Vex. He is distinctly different from the last time we saw him. His circumstances have completely altered. He is no longer the man of power and influence he once was.

Screen Capture: Elliot Cowan as Daron-Vex in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”
Screen Capture: Elliot Cowan as Daron-Vex in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”

Daron-Vex frequently spoke of how much be despised Bokos because he had personal experience of the city. Until discovering Daron-Vex was from Bokos, Nyssa-Vex could never understand what it was her father disliked about the city.

After reinventing himself in Kandor, Daron-Vex ‘binded’ with Nyssa-Vex’s mother. By using her name to gain power, Daron-Vex gained stature and influence. Nyssa-Vex uncovered all her father’s dirty little secrets.

Without warning, the side of Daron-Vex’s head is hit by a combustive blast from a military weapon. With her weapon raised, Lyta-Zod is responsible for Daron-Vex’s death. Sagitari troops are standing by to assist Lyta-Zod.

There is a Traitor in Their Midst

Adam is working on his device to allow him access to The Phantom Zone. Jax-Ur is, I am not entirely sure what she’s doing. She seems to be inventorying weapons. A moment later, Mama Zed returns without the baby. She was caring for Cor-Vex in Nyssa-Vex’s absence.

Val-El wants to know what Mama Zed did but before she could give a clear answer, she is shot in the back by a Sagitari trooper. A gunfight quickly ensues. Adam covers Jax-Ur escape. While Adam did not have enough time to complete modifications on the Zeta-Beam Device, he was left with no choice but to use it to escape the Sagitari. The Sagitari are left puzzled by Adam’s sudden disappearance.

Into the Forest…

Adam materialises in the forest on Colu. It does not take long for him to find Seg-El. He is standing over Brainiac’s body. Will this be the last time we see the level 12-intelligence?

Adam and Seg-El hug like long lost brothers. The human tells Seg-El his entire planet, family and friends have gone. Adam believes Seg-El is the only one that can revert the damage Dru-Zod has done to the timeline. He tells Seg-El about his son Cor-Vex.

Screen Capture: Emmett J Scanlan as Lobo in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”
Screen Capture: Emmett J Scanlan as Lobo in the Marc Roskin directed Krypton episode “Light-Years from Home.”

In the closing minutes of the episode, Lobo (Emmett J Scanlan) shows up. Lobo is the character that is apparently getting his own spin-off series to Krypton. Is this a television series which would interest you?

After stunning both Adam and Seg-El, Lobo proceeds to ask the two trespasses questions. He suddenly realises he should have asked questions first rather than shooting them.

Is Nyssa-Vex a Political Prisoner?

Is Nyssa-Vex another one of the Zod family’s political prisoners? What have they done with Cor-Vex? Where is Lyta-Zod taking Nyssa-Vex? What is the likelihood she will undergo Somatic Reconditioning?

Dru-Zod has Cor-Vex. “Nothing would make” the general happier to return the child to his mother but he wants certain assurances. There is something Dru-Zod needs from Nyssa-Vex before he can return the child. The general wants to see an end to the resistance.

Escaping to Wegthor

Jax-Ur and Val-El are forwarding their plans to escape from Krypton to Wegthor. They cannot wait for Nyssa-Vex any longer. Consequently, they board the transport to Wegthor.