WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for this week’s episode of Krypton, “Transformation,” which aired Wednesday on Syfy.
Although Krypton's focus this week is, understandably, is on the quiet invasion by Brainiac, who's taken control of religious leader the Voice of Rao, and the unlikely resistance formed against him, the most relatable thread of "Transformation" belongs to the dejected Adam Strange. Not so coincidentally, it's also the one that strengthens the Syfy drama's connections to the broader DC Universe, and hints at the potential introduction of another superhero.
It's been clear from the very beginning that Krypton's Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) isn't exactly the sci-fi adventurer from the comic book source material. He's a cigarette-smoking college dropout who exaggerates his own reputation back on Earth, and is very likely gay or bisexual. And, as Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) was dismayed to learn in last week's episode, he's also a liar, even if it's by omission: In his call to stop Brianiac, save Krypton and ensure the legacy of his unborn grandson, the future Superman, Adam somehow neglect to inform Seg that his home world is destroyed anyway, in another couple of generations.
Adam's perceived betrayal not only creates a chasm between him and Seg, it puts another crack in the Earthling's already-crumbling story. He traveled across the galaxy, and 200 years through time, based on a message he very well may have misinterpreted. If wasn't sent with Superman's disintegrating cape by the Man of Steel, as he previously stated, then why did Adam come to Krypton?
The answer becomes apparent as Adam, with a bottle of booze in hand, returns to the Fortress of Solitude, in hopes that Seg's grandfather Val-El (Ian McElhinney) can fix his Zeta-Beam device, permitting him to leave the planet. He finds in the sophisticated hologram not only a capable repairman, but also a confessor.
Swigging from the bottle, Adam first apologizes to what remains of Superman's cape, and then confides to Val-El, "I was an idiot to think I could save him. Big Blue, the Boy Scout, the Man of Steel. Man, he's got a lot of nicknames. You know why? He's a hero. Heroes get nicknames."
Asked about his nickname -- after all, Val reminds him, "you're a great hero of your planet" -- Adam confesses, "I lied. Apparently that's my superpower, lying. No, I'm a wannabe, a D-lister. Can't fly, have no super-strength, no power ring. The only thing I had going for me was that Zeta-Beam device, and now that's broken. God, I suck."