SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Ghost in the Fire," the latest episode of Krypton.
Seg-El has superpowers, but they have nothing to do with a yellow sun. In "Ghost in the Fire," the latest episode of Krypton, Seg displayed new abilities, ranging from telekinesis and telepathy to enhanced deduction -- but there's one major catch. Brainiac has taken up residence in Seg's mind, and he hopes to take over his new host sooner rather than later.
Seg and his companions Adam Strange and Lobo noticed something amiss when Seg started to get oddly specific about distances and time. As he led Lobo to Brainiac's body, he let them know exactly when they would arrive at their destination -- down to the nanosecond. "We're not much further now. It's about 7.29 minutes," he said, without thinking twice about it.
Then, when Lobo asked what's so great about Krypton, Seg provided some information he had no way of knowing: "Well, for a start, it's 19.138 million light-years from here." Even Lobo seemed taken aback by the preciseness of Seg's reply and dropped his joke about Krypton's name for a moment.
When they reached Brainaic's body, Lobo produced a device that confirmed Brainiac was no longer inside the shell he left behind. At that, Seg realized what had happened and tried to communicate that to Adam, but Lobo interrupted. Because Seg and Adam were unable to produce Brainiac for him, Lobo felt no obligation to uphold his end of the bargain to let them go. He hurled his blade at Seg, who thrust out his hand. The blade changed course mid-air, embedding itself in a nearby tree.
With that motion, Lobo's device fell at Seg's feet and confirmed that Brainiac had found a new host. Lobo attacked Seg with the hopes of killing two birds with one stone. Seg used his newfound telekinesis to deflect Lobo, even as other powers began to manifest; at one point, he accidentally unleashed telepathy on Adam.
Overconfident, Seg attempted to engage Lobo in hand-to-hand combat. This didn't work out well for Seg, who ended up at Lobo's mercy for a moment. As Lobo went to strike the killing blow, Seg's eyes turned black. Suddenly imbued with new knowledge of martial arts, Seg fought Lobo off, but his advantage didn't last long. Fortunately, Adam managed to get a hold of Lobo's gun, which he used to shoot Lobo and buy them some time.
Because of Lobo's healing factor, he wouldn't be down and out for long, so Seg and Adam took off to find Adam's Zeta Beam. "I don't know if I'm going to be able to hold him off much longer," Seg told Adam, revealing he had only 2.37 hours before Brainaic's takeover was complete.
Adam was able to locate his Zeta Beam device, but Seg stopped him from taking them back to Krypton. "You can't do that," Seg said. "I can't go back to Krypton. Listen, if we go home with Brainiac still in here, then he's going to come with us and we can't risk that. It must end for Brainiac here."
Reluctantly, Adam agreed. "Okay. We'll figure out a way to get him out of you, and then we go," he replied.
"Either that, or you kill me," Seg added, to Adam's horror. "Adam, this is bigger than me... I need you to promise." The episode cut to credits after that, but not before Seg's eyes went totally black.
Since Seg has only about two hours until he loses himself to Brainaic, Krypton is on track for a speedy resolution to his hitchhiker problem. Unfortunately, that means he'll likely lose those powers in the process -- and thus the only advantage they had over Lobo.
Airing Wednesdays at 10 pm 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.