The strongest episode of the season had two massive issues going for it. It was essentially the most plot-dense episode of the season, and it was a loving homage to 40 years of New Gods lore that may be a blast to see on display.
“Past the Grip of the Gods” has three predominant plot strands. Probably the most revelatory is the beginning of the payoff to Conner’s ghost journey. We’ve lengthy suspected Phantom Woman phased him into no matter dimension she shifts to when she turns into intangible, but it surely didn’t turn out to be clear that dimension was the Phantom Zone till Weisman lampshaded the season title within the interview. Right here it turns into express: Conner meets a stranger who tells him his hallucinations are Phantom Illness and helps him get previous it.
Probably the most sinister plot thread comes on Apokalips. Ma’alef’ak is rooting out peasants with disloyal tendencies and usually humiliating himself, when Darkseid calls him in for a particular mission. This story twists round Conner’s as we discover out the title of the particular person main Darkseid’s mission: Lor Zod. Son of Normal Zod. Who simply discovered Conner within the Phantom Zone.
And whereas the plot motion is a reasonably large deal, the true pleasure of the episode occurs on New Genesis. Rocket, Jay Garrick (on his first League mission) and Forager head to Supertown to get Highfather to signal a treaty with the League to assist their battle with The Mild. And from the second they make video contact with Orion on New Genesis, this story turns right into a love letter for all issues New God.
Supertown, capital metropolis of New Genesis and residential to the New Gods, appears wonderful. It’s not a platform topped with some vaguely Kirby-esque buildings; it’s a Mobius strip metropolis, twisting round on itself.
New Genesis’ premier himbo, Lightray, will get extra dialogue and motion right here than he has wherever however the comics, and whereas it’s not fairly sufficient to confirm his himbo credentials, he’s actually shut. Antinoos and Celestia, two throwaway characters from excessive factors within the New Gods’ historical past (Antinoos from Walter Simonson’s slept on Orion and Celestia from a Lightray flashback in Jack Kirby’s New Gods #6) pop up in a warehouse collectively.