I’m not going to lie. I’ve had MANY reservations about this season of Krypton. As I said before, they hyped season two up to be bigger and bolder. However, bigger and bolder is risky when it comes to a show so complicated. It’s like Game of Thrones on an alien planet. So in essence a lot of things going on that seems a bit more than they can handle. It probably wasn’t until the end of last week’s episode where that feeling ever started to dial back. With storylines now converging, you could finally see a clear direction for where these characters are headed in the fight for Krypton.
One thing that surprisingly never let you down in this season is this story arc for Seg. He’s had a lot of things going for him, and much of it holds your attention whether it is seeing Dru-Zod for who he is, realizing what he would do to save Lyta, and once more coming to terms with the fact that Brainiac is still inside his head. All of these things made for a crazy hour for Seg. Especially when pushed to the limit by Dru. Love Dru or hate him, but he does know how to bring out the best in a character. Only someone so self-determined and driven to get what he wants could challenge someone to go the extra mile to get to where he is. It was inevitable that he and Seg were going to have a face down again, and that did not disappoint since both finally made it clear that it was all or nothing. An important message received since it was obvious that this hostage negotiation that could end the war on Krypton had to be because something with Lyta didn’t go as planned.
In turn, I also appreciated the little dissection they made with Dru-Zod. For everything we know about Dru, many others were still unaware of what goes through his mind. I was shocked by who finally began opening the right mind to this, but all the same it was about time that someone could look at him and see the game played which took advantage of everyone else’s lack of ambition.
Like I said last week, I would say that this was the first time that the rebellion really felt significant. Didn’t take a moment too long either when all of these moving pieces are starting to cross paths. The best thing about the direction they took this week was the fact that Jax finally took control of the rebellion. Up to this point things were getting too predictable. Exactly the kind of things you come to expect when someone with too much of a heart tries to start something but doesn’t have the guts to cross lines for results. A rebellion is a rebellion, but sacrificing everyone to keep to your ideals is just as bad. That tension between Jax and Val produced the results we needed to force big moves to be made.
Jayna and Dev taking action this week was definitely one of the highlights of the episode. It was a little heartbreaking to see their struggle to get people to see past who they used to be, or to have trust in them. Yet, we knew what kind of mission this was always going to be for them. That is what made it so intense when the time for build-up had passed, and it was time for them to get things done. They couldn’t have chosen a better time to do so as well. Even if one could have called their timing convenient. Regardless, it was a thrill to see two who made their choice and knew the kind of game that had to be played. They weren’t Seg, or the rebels. There was one singular goal for them, and the only thing that could get in their way is what happens when reaching their destination. That was a bit surprising, but it was the thought in the moment which mattered most.
As for everyone else, it was engaging to see where their heads were at when it was time to make a choice. With all of these paths converging, every move made after a certain point had a big impact upon everything else to follow. This included Adam Strange and Kem who you knew were not simply going to sit there and allow things to get worse.
Credit where it is due, this was probably one of the best episodes of Krypton so far this second season. “A Better Yesterday” challenged everyone’s hearts with so much on the line. While I may not have liked the build-up to where we are now, I can appreciate the destination. These characters got to where they needed to be, to make the hard calls, or the ones that mattered when the time came. Not to mention we got one of our best action sequences from Seg in the series. Hes definitely looks more formidable with a gun in hand, than relying on his fists.