“Danger Close” opens with a flashback of Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) meeting Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell) for the first time. It’s a cute meeting, with Seg stumble-swaggering his way through the encounter, and accidentally binding himself to Lyta in an ancient ritual on Krypton. It’s funny seeing Cuffe clean shaven after having him sport a full beard lately.
It looks like Seg might still have remnants of Brainiac (Blake Ritson) in his head, since the living machine is watching the whole thing.
Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) and Seg are still outside of Kandor, looking to sneak into the city.
We flash to the moon of Wegthor, where the Sagatari troops have been attacked by resistance soldiers that have depleted their oxygen reserves.
The visual impact of Kandor is pretty staggering, with Seg obviously stunned by the changes that Zod has made to the city in the six months he’s been missing. Seg and Adam split up to pursue different missions.
Seg makes his way to Lyta, who has believed him dead all this time. Oh, it’s sexy times already?
Nyssa-Vex (Wallis Day) is having some trouble dealing with her duplicity with Zod, especially the rebels on Wegthor celebrating her as a hero.
Adam meets with Val-El (Ian McElhinney) and relays his fears that he messed with forces he didn’t understand when he gave Seg the sun-stone, which was an early discovery of the El family’s that showed them the power the energy of a yellow sun could have on the physiology of the people of Krypton.
Lyta turns Seg over to Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon), and Seg realizes that something is different about Lyta. It’s pretty subtle acting from Campbell, and it pays of beautifully here. I’m warming up to the more soap-opera like aspects of Krypton. Some of the cast are a lot better at it than others…
The title of the episode, “Danger Close,” refers to an order from Lyta that Dev-Em (Aaron Pierre) disobeyed, trying to protect the lives of hundreds of civilians. There are quite a few flashbacks in this episode of Krypton, which is helping put some of the back story in place.
Did Dru-Zod recondition Lyta? It’s really starting to feel that way. She’s acting way out of character. It’s good to see Dev and Jayna-Zod (Ann Ogbomo) working together!
Oh, here’s Raika (India Mullen) with a bloody nose, and we know she was re-conditioned. Lyta had a bloody nose earlier. And treachoury from the House of Zod isn’t the only thing going sideways here, it looks like a member of the Wegthorian resistance is planning genocide.
“Danger Close” was another pretty strong episode of Krypton, and the first episode this season that flew without the easy appeal of Emmett J. Scanlan’s Lobo. And there where some pretty good surprises, too. It was probably hard for SYFY to pull back on Lobo’s presence after seeing what Scanlan brought to the table, but it was pretty smart to let the show breath a little before he shows up again.
Line of the Week
Kem (Rasmus Hardiker): “Adam? I thought you were dead!”
Adam: “Almost! I was in Detroit!”
Next Wednesday’s Krypton is “A Better Yesterday”, check your local listings to find out when it plays on SYFY in your part of the world!
SUMMARY: Series: Krypton; Episode: “Danger Close”; Script: Luke Kalteux; Story Editor: Lina Patel; Director: Julius Ramsay; Network: SYFY; Airdate: July 3, 2019