Krypton | S1 Review by Caroline Buendia

MV5BMTkxNDM1NzkyNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjg2MzU4NDM@._V1_Approximately 200 years before the birth of Superman, Krypton follows the story of Superman’s grandfather Seg-El, whose House of El was ostracized and shamed. He fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

Krypton premiered on March 21, 2018 on Syfy. It has already been renewed for a second season. We all know the story of Superman, so Krypton is definitely refreshing and exciting. It’s dark, which is one of the things I like about it. The first season of Krypton starts us off with Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) as a child watching his grandfather, Val-El (Ian McElhinney), being executed for treason, while Seg-El and his parents are striped and banished to the lower-class slums. We get a look at the way life works in Kandor which really helps build the world and sets the story of Seg-El. Seg-El grows up to be a badass with a sarcastic personality that makes him likable from the first episode. He also has best friend who is basically his ride or die. Seg-El is set to be binded/married to Nyssa (Wallis Day), the daughter of the chief magistrate, Daron-Vex (Elliot Cowan), who was also the one who executed his grandfather! The whole marriage thing works different in Krypton, there’s no recreating for love but Seg is in love with Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell), who is already set to be binded with someone else. Drama! But with a quick blood sample, Seg and Nyssa have a child in the Genesis Chamber. We are introduced to many diverse and well-rounded characters, most who are cold-blooded and powerful. The biggest is Jayna-Zod (Ann Ogborno) who beats up her daughter Lyta-Zod while training to make an example, “Never ask for mercy!”

Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) not only has the coolest name but many in Kandor don’t know what to make of him. He is from the future and tells Seg that he has come to stop a cosmic evil that seeks to erase Superman from existence. He gives Seg a Sandstone and tells him to find the Fortress of Solitude and he does along with his mom, but then both of his parents are executed by Jayna who’s a Sagitari, part of the army of The Voice of Rao (Blake Ritson). This puts distance between Lyta and Seg. Nyssa gives Seg his parents ashes to manipulate his trust. There’s a whole lot of deaths and darkness.

Seg finds out that Brainiac (Blake Ritson) is the one who wants to destroy Krypton and goes on a mission to stop him and kill Daron for his family’s murder. Lyta kills Quex-UI in order to become commander of the Sagitarus and try to stop the unnecessary deaths of the Rankless when pursuing Black Zero agents, who are basically terrorists. She’s kind of a hero to the poor and defenseless. Brainiac, is able to infect people to use them as hosts. He infects Rhom, Seg’s neighbor but he takes her down.

The Voice of Rao is the leader of Kandor but he’s not just or good. There’s a lot of people who want to overthrow him because of it, Nyssa and her father are one of them. Rao makes Lyta his scapegoat for the atrocities he does. Nyssa helps Lyta by talking to her mother and asking for help with overthrowing Rao, but she might also actually care about Seg too.

Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) then pops into the picture as the Commander of Black Zero, but he was really only using them. Lyta learns he’s her son and Zod discovers what goes on between her and Seg, and that he might also be Seg’s son. Doomsday also comes into the picture as the weapon that can be used against Brainiac, but Adam, knowing what it is, warns them that it is a killing machine. Zod causes Seg to doubt everything Adam says when he reveals that Brainiac’s removal from the city of Kandor causes Krypton’s demise in the future. This leads to Seg and Lyta beging to listen to Zod instead.

The Voice of Rao is then possessed by Brainiac, making him more dangerous. He kills the traitors who want to end him with his horrific tentacles. Daren then is found to be the one behind the conspiracy, and he reveals that his daughter is also in on it so she can die with him. No fatherly love there! But Seg helps Nyssa for having helped Lyta.

Brainiac arrives to Kandor in his ship ready to kill and destroy, but Seg traps him in the Phantom Zone, although his plan works, he gets dragged in with him. Superman’s cape, which Adam had with him, changes to the crest of Zod. Adam then sees an altered future, making us think that he probably made matters worse for trying to help. The season leaves us not knowing what happened to Seg or the future.

Krypton is very ambitious. There’re conspiracies, twists, betrayals, backstories and a lot of things happening all at once. It doesn’t give much room to breathe to its characters, plot or to the audience. However, Krypton’s characters are what drive the storyline, which is always good. The show also brings in many elements that Superman’ fans will be excited to see and uses them in new ways that serve the story. Krypton is no doubt interesting and a must watch to any Superman fans because it’s basically the story about saving him. The second season is set to premiere somewhere in 2019.

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Release Date: March 21, 2018

Starring: Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Shaun Sipos, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Aron Pierre, Rasmus Hardiker, Colin Salmon

Distributor: Syfy

Genre: Science fiction. Comics.

Audience: 14+

Rating: TV-14

Runtime: 1 hour

Official Website: www.Syfy.com/Krypton

Official Social Media Pages:

IMDB Page: @KryptonTV

Wiki Link: @Krypton(TVseries)

Season 1 | Episode List:

  1. Pilot
  2. House of El
  3. The Rankless Initiative
  4. The World of Rao
  5. House of Zod
  6. Civil Wars
  7. Transformation
  8. Savage Night
  9. Hope
  10. The Phantom Zone

fullsizeoutput_3eCaroline Buendia | Writing Contributor & Film Producer
B.A. | TV, Film & Media | Cal State Univ – Los Angeles
Caroline is a senior at CSU-Los Angeles. Next up, she’ll be chasing her Masters. She’s a passionate storyteller, writing and directing are her tools to do it. You can find her stamp in anything she does as carolbcreates. She writes as much as she reads, meanwhile pursuing her goal to have her works on TV, Film, and published. She loves adventures and her stories always take her there. As a proud Latina, Caroline is ready to take on any challenges that may come her way. If it’s easy it’s boring. And she doesn’t do boring. | Instagram @CarolineBuendia| View My Articles

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