WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for this week’s episode of Krypton, “House of Zod,” which aired Wednesday on Syfy.
The time-traveling Adam Strange of Syfy's Krypton isn't a carbon copy of his comic book counterpart, the Silver Age sci-fi hero introduced in 1958. Played by Shaun Sipos, he's a bit rough around the edges, more likely to hold a Luthorello’s cigarette than a retro ray gun, and prone to exaggerate his accomplishments and reputation. He's also not an archaeologist, having dropped out of college after his first year.
This week's episode, "House of Zod," hinted at another significant difference between the two versions of Adam Strange: their sexual orientation.
While the two main storylines deal with the looming execution of Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell) on trumped-up charges of treason in Kandor and the efforts by Segl-El (Cameron Cuffe) to escape his abductors in the Outlands, they intertwine with Adam. Stumbling around the icy wasteland, Seg finds a way to boost the signal on his communicator to contact Adam, and record a message to pass along to the love of his life. With the charges against her abruptly dropped, Lyta is restored to command of Fourth Squad Sagitari. It's at the barracks of the elite guard that Adam delivers Seg's message, intended as his dying words.
Predictably, Lyta springs into action, intent on saving Seg, and orders Adam to follow her, into the unisex locker room of the Sagitari. What begins as a minor moment of comedy, with Adam declaring "Whoa!" as he spins around to avert his gaze, soon turns into something else. As Lyta enlists a soldier to accompany them on a search-and-rescue mission to the Outlands, the camera pans to a nearly naked, tattooed male Sagitari whose attention is drawn to Adam. He smiles, making eye contact with Adam, and then walks away, throwing the towel over his shoulder as he goes. The camera lingers on his bare ass, before returning to Adam, who certainly appears to appreciate the view. Heck, he only turns away when no-nonsense Lyta tosses Sagitari gear to -- or at -- him.
The implication of the 10-second exchange is unmistakable: that Krypton's Adam Strange is, quite likely, gay or bisexual.
It's another departure from the comic book source material. There, he was whisked away from Earth through a Zeta-Beam to the planet Rann, where, in pulp-hero tradition, he becomes its protector and falls madly in love with Alanna, daughter of the world's greatest scientist. They eventually marry and have a daughter together.
Given the number of changes Krypton has made to Adam Strange, perhaps this tattooed Sagatari will end up being his Alanna, the alien beauty with whom he falls in love. Or, hey, maybe they're just two guys who liked what they saw, and took a moment to silently acknowledge that. Whatever the case, hopefully Lyta will provide Adam with the Sagitari's name and contact information -- that is, if they survive the mission to the Outlands.
Airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy, Krypton stars Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El, Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange, Georgina Campbell as Lyta-Zod, Elliot Cowan as Daron-Vex, Ann Ogbomo as Jayna-Zod, Rasmus Hardiker as Kem, Wallis Day as Nyssa-Vex, Aaron Pierre as Dev-Em, Ian McElhinney as Val-El and Blake Ritson as Brainiac.