Titans had a surprising MVP in their latest episode - Krypto. Fresh off of last week's tense cliffhanger - which saw Deathstroke send Jason Todd plummeting from a skyscraper towards almost certain death - DC Universe's Titans jumped backward across the timeline. Titled "Conner", the latest installment instead focused on Superboy as he emerged from Cadmus Labs and into the outside world for the first time. With his trusted canine companion (and fellow science experiment) in tow, Conner traversed the country in search of answers regarding his true nature and purpose. All the while pursued by Lex Luthor's private armed forces - led by Mercy Graves (Natalie Gumede).
Guided by the ever-encroaching memories of "his two dads", Conner's journey eventually took him to Smallville, Kansas. There, he encountered not only Eve Watson, the geneticist directly responsible for his creation, but also Lionel Luthor. Unaware of Conner's true nature, the lonely and surprisingly decrepit Lionel invited him in for brandy and conversation. Unfortunately, after Lionel shone a light on the show's version of Lex and the childhood the genius supervillain had experienced, those hunting Conner arrived on the scene. Despite having orders to bring Conner in alive, the soldiers proved increasingly aggressive. After forcing the elderly Lionel violently to the ground, Conner opted to snap back - subsequently revealing the extent of his Superman-inherited powers.
Conner didn't have to fight alone, however, with Krypto stepping up to reveal the extent of his own abilities. Having already demonstrated a level of awareness that could only be described as precognition, Krypto revealed that his powers were strictly confined to mental. As well as physically tackling soldiers to the ground with considerable force, he also melted some of their weaponry with his heat-vision. Arguably the greatest moment (of Krypto's display if not the entire Titans episode as a whole), however, came when a soldier who had remained outside Lionel's home opted to fire an RPG into the building. Sensing it coming, Krypto was ready - leaping into the air and plucking it out of midair with his jaw. Spinning around, Krypto ultimately released it, sending it back out the way it had come. The offending soldier could only look on in shock, with barely time to let out a scream before he was reduced to a bloody puddle of the lawn.
Also known as Krypto the Superdog, he was created by Otto Binder and Curt Swan. Since debuting in 1955's Adventure Comics #210, the canine character has been adapted for various mediums, mostly animation. A version of the character once appeared on an episode of Smallville - but the name Krypto was only teasingly used and the dog's power-set was both limited only to strength and proved temporary. As such, Titans has offered the first fully comics accurate version of the character in live-action. Arguably, the show's version will have even gone beyond what some will have expected from the source material. The closest Krypto has ever gotten to this level of epic is when - in Alan Moore's non-canonical Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow - he bit the Kryptonite Man's throat out.
Were this the world of Zombieland and Woody Harrelson present, Krypto would no doubt have won not just kill of the week but kill of the year. Even Keanu Reeves' John Wick and Halle Berry's Sofia would likely want a canine upgrade. As it stands, Krypto was last seen back in the clutches of Mercy Graves and Cadmus Labs. As such, it remains to be seen how much of a presence he will have in future episodes or whether he will be conditioned to be more of a foe than a friend when he does next appear. Whatever happens, however, Titans fans will always have that brilliant moment Kansas.