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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Krypton Season 2 Episode 5: A Better Yesterday

July 11th, 2019 by Todd Black Comments

See? Now this was what I was waiting for. Krypton has been going steady for a bit, but “Better Yesterday” brought all the pieces together for a very combustible situation that had some big payoffs, and shakeups.

First and foremost, with Seg now free, Zod had to pay for he did to Lyta. Or at least, that is what you would expect, but Krypton kept fans on their toes by Lyta getting kidnapped by Jax-Ur (using an epic laser eye) and putting a new spin on the situation.

Still, the father/son bits between Seg/Zod were compelling. The father trying to get his love back, the son trying to save his mother while also protecting his “vision” for Krypton. Colin Salmon continues to show the determination and will of Zod even in the face of true pain and adversity. Even going so far as to almost kill Seg.

But, as last week showed, the Rebels aren’t fully blameless either. The rift between Jax-Ur and Val-El was nicely handled. With Val and his hope for a better tomorrow using the right means, and Jax-Ur wanting to show Zod that they’re willing to go as far as need to get him out of power. Usually this dichotomy would be a bit heavy-handed in the way of the “light” person being right. But, after what happened to the Rebels, you kind of sympathize with Jax-Ur, she’s tired of Zod’s dirty tricks and tactics and she wants to use some of her own. Which she did…with her epic laser eye and her “killing” of Lyta.

Now yes, I feel that Lyta is alive, somehow. the knife could’ve been a fake, the cut could’ve been shallow enough just to show blood and prove to Zod that Lyta was “dead”. There’s a lot of ways this can go. Plus, since Lyta “died”, that would mean that Zod is no more. Which wouldn’t really work (unless we’re using Endgame time travel logic…), so I’m suspecting another twist.

Speaking of which, dang I love Brainiac! It would’ve been so easy for them to just make Brainiac a voice inside Seg-El’s head, but instead, he’s helping Seg stay alive in totally epic action hero fashion! The looks on Jayna and Dev’s faces when he starts blasting everyone without even a look in their direction was both epic and hilarious. I look forward to seeing where this is going.

“Better Yesterday” delved deep into the motivations of all the players, and it really paid off. Almost everyone got a chance to shine here, and that is why Krypton continues to do well in this second season.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!