WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for this week’s episode of Krypton, “Savage Night,” which aired Wednesday on Syfy.
While some aspects of Adam Strange's story are, shall we say, suspect -- he's not a great hero on Earth, for instance -- this week's episode of Krypton demonstrates that at least one element is true: He's been to the planet Rann, but he's apparently not a great hero there, either. In fact, he's looked upon with disdain by at least two of its citizens.
Introduced in 1958, the Adam Strange of DC Comics fame is an archaeologist who was teleported from Earth by Zeta-Beam to Rann, where he was befriended by the planet's greatest scientist, Sardath, and fell in love with his daughter Alanna. Using Rann's advanced technology, Adam became its champion. As we know by now, the Adam Strange on Krypton, played by Shaun Sipos, is none of those things, but it turns out he does know Sardath and Alanna, even if they don't think much of him.
This week's episode, "Savage Night," flashes back "two weeks" to the events of the pilot, when Adam first appeared to Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), to warn him of the threat posed by Brainiac. When his Zeta-Beam device faltered, however, he wasn't drawn back to Earth, but rather Rann, represented here by a gleaming-white corridor.
Appearing out of midair and then falling to the floor, cursing the "tightwad assholes" who pulled him back from Krypton at such a crucial time. "Assholes? Seriously?" says a disembodied voice later revealed to belong to Sardath. "You steal our technology, you disappear with it for years, and we're the assholes."
So, yes, we can add thief to Adam's growing list of accomplishments, although he would quibble with the wording. "I didn't steal it," he corrects. "I borrowed it." Four years ago, it turns out, but he did come up with the name "Zeta-Beam," so that's something.
Terminology aside, there's the matter of the device itself, which it's merely a high-tech means of conveyance but something that "has the potential to tear apart the fabric of space and time, destroying everything that ever was and will be." Beyond that, Sardath has concerns about Adam's qualifications to save Superman and the very universe, if the story he tells is true. "Have you ever committed to anything in your life?" he asks as Adam begins to plead his case. "I know you Adam, as soon as things get hard, you'll be out of there in a flash.
But Sardath's low assessment of Adam is only the beginning. When Adam asks that for that chance "to be who I should be," Alanna -- her voice, at least -- is brought into the debate. In comic book continuity, she's the great love of Adam's life, whom he eventually marries. On Krypton, she's something else entirely.
"Can he do it?" she asks. "I don't think so. But I've never seen him care about much before, certainly not me." Still, she recommends that he be permitted to try. When he promises that he won't let her down, Alanna responds, "It's way too late for that." Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, he's whisked away before he can wade deeper into what's likely an unwinnable argument.
Still determined to stick to his plan to kill General Zod and allow Brainiac to steal Kandor, thereby allowing the timeline to unfold as it should, Adam throws in with magistrate Daron-Vex (Elliot Cowan), in hopes of saving Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). The uneasy alliance doesn't last, as Brainiac's sentry is at least temporary defeated by Seg, Zod and the others. But Adam returns to Seg's side just when he's needed most, to activate the Zeta-Beam device and shield his friend from the blast of what amounts to a human bomb sent by the sentry/Voice of Rao.
When Adam reappears, he's not in the white corridor we saw previously, but somewhere darker, Nearby is a woman standing motionless, as if in a trance. Although he seems to recognize her, he doesn't say her name. When here eyes finally shift, presumably acknowledging his presence, Adam is startled. However, there's no indication of where he is or who she is.
She may be played by actress Natalia Kostrzewa, listed in the credits only as "Woman." It's certainly possible she's actually playing Alanna, and Adam has returned to a Rann changed, for the worse, perhaps by his actions on Krypton. Did the (momentary) defeat of Brainiac's sentry, aka the Voice of Rao, create a ripple in the timeline? Or did his siphoning of energy from the Genesis Chamber, and the embryos it holds, have long-term effects?
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.