Krypton: Season One – a review

 

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Since my entertainment cup runneth over in this new glorious age of superhero television, I decided to trim a few shows from my viewing schedule when the cycle begins anew in the fall. This show was not one of those culled.

I liked the first season of Krypton. Liked, not loved yet, but liked. At first I was afraid that this would be the Superman version of Gotham, a Superman series in which Superman never appears. It is that, in a way. The central character in this series is Seg-El, Kal-El’s grandfather. He is an interesting character, without superpowers, of course, since Krypton circles a red sun. I’m sure Cameron Cuffe was chosen for the role because he is Superman-like. It’s not hard to imagine that this was one of our Superman’s ancestors.

The series, so far, has been an in-depth study of what life on Krypton, and specifically Kandor, was like in the years prior to Krypton’s destruction. There is a strict caste system and a controlled eugenics program. We have a society separated into military, religious, legal and science guilds. There is corruption and court intrigue, internal power struggles and treachery.

In fact, the show this series most reminds me of is HBO’s Game of Thrones. If you’re a GOT fan like I am, this is not an insult at all. But, Krypton includes a time-travel twist that ties all of the present-day series action into the future existence of Superman. Adam Strange, a real DC Comics B-list character, travels to the past in order to ensure the existence of Superman in the future. Brainiac is threatening to destroy Superman even before he’s conceived. Strange has brought along one of Superman’s capes that is beginning to vanish like Marty McFly in his old photograph.

As the series continues from establishing the milieu of Kandor, we get introduced to General Zod, who also traveled to the past by way of the Phantom Zone, and we discover that Doomsday also exists here. Brainiac eventually takes over Kandor and is threatening to take it as one of the specimens he keeps on his creepy heavy metal spaceship. It’s up to Seg-El and his band of friends and allies to keep that from happening.

I’m not going to spoil what happens, just in case you’ve been on the fence about watching the series and have saved it up on your DVR. It’s a good show. The production designers have used a lot of stuff from the comics in their set designs. I see hints of John Byrne in a lot of it. Since I was a huge John Byrne fan, that makes me happy.

The show looks good, the effects are impressive, and the story builds to a rousing finale that makes me want to watch more.

At only 10 episodes, it is the perfect length for the story arc, with no filler stories. An appetizer for what’s to come. A hearty recommend from me. Enjoy.

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