There was a lot to be impressed with in this week’s Krypton. The first half of the episode divided the characters into a variety of two person scenes, each allowing for solid character development. Then the latter half brought the characters and plot lines together, building to a bloody and surprising climax.
But what I really want to talk about is Rondor piss.
I’ll just let that sit there for a moment. Acting-wise, I have to hand this episode over to Hannah Waddingham, who plays Jax-Ur. Over the course of last season and this one she has moved seamlessly from freedom fighter to terrorist, sympathetic rebel to lying butcher. She has been fortunate in having Ian McElhinney as Val-El to act against for much of this season, but I don’t want to slight her performance in any way. It would have been so easy to make the viewer either root for her or hate her. Instead, she has developed a truly fascinating character whose actions are almost beyond judgement, provoked by the situations she finds herself in.
And, as I said in my review of last’s week’s episode, it really feels like everyone is on top of their games, acting-wise. Cameron Cuffe commands the spotlight easily as Seg-El, while I find myself increasingly engaged in the plot thread of Jayna Zod and Dev-Em, thanks to the performances of Ann Ogbomo and Aaron Pierre.
There is a really really big event that takes place at the end of this episode. I hope they do not back down on it, undo it somehow. That would be such a disappointment.
Ok, that’s enough about that. Now onto the Rondor Piss!
The phrase is a bit of a throw away, and I imagine most viewers didn’t even catch it. It’s used in a bar scene, in the middle of a conversation, and it’s pretty obviously the Kryptonian equivalent of saying “bullshit.”
But for those of us who live and breathe comic books, it was a wonderful Easter egg. The Rondor was a rare Kryptonian animal, somewhat like a boar or a rhino, with a horn that had strange healing properties. It was introduced in a Fabulous World of Krypton back-up story in an issue of Superman from 1974, as we were told the tale of a man, Nam-Ek, who killed one in order to get the horn, hoping to gain immortality from it. He did, although it also hideously transformed his body. His immortality meant that Nam-Ek survived the destruction of Krypton, floating aimlessly in space for decades, although he would later wind up on Earth, and create problems for Superman and Supergirl.
None of that is really important, in terms of the tv show. I doubt we are going to get introduced to Nam-Ek. It was a throwaway line.
But it showed some damn good research, and a desire to work in the long and elaborate history of Krypton that has been established in the comics. It was also done in such a good way. Anyone who knows nothing about the comics wouldn’t even have realized they were missing a reference, while those who got it were thrilled. At least, I was thrilled. And since I am writing reviews of the series, clearly it matters to me.
And if you don’t care about it as much as I do, well, that’s just Rondor piss to me.