Well, dang! Here is another one of those well produced TV series, with great actors, stunning sets, and a credible plot line - and it gets cancelled. This second season continues the story line, set on pre-explosion Krypton, that began in Season 1. Unfortunately, it's the final season, as well, so events that were set up for Season 3 and beyond will remain unresolved. Even so, unless you are mired in thrall to the mindless "reality" shows that have consumed most TV hours these days, it is still worthwhile to catch these two seasons of this show.
Krypton is a fascinating series in its premise - a chance to explore the distant history and mythology of Superman's home planet. That isn't what the first season (or second, really) is about but the second season comes much closer to that than the first did.
The first season was deadly dull for...well...all of it. Even when things ramped up around episode 6 or 7, it then fell apart into a series of soapy "I love him I must betray my family" nonsense. Who. Cares? There's plenty of stuff where people can get THAT kind of storytelling. C'mon hollywood, creating stories and characters that audiences connect with doesn't always have to be about the same ol' same ol'.
I understand budgets, and I understand TV Shows have them. But work within your budget so everything doesn't look like a cheap set recreating earth (this IS an alien planet, right...lol) or an animated movie (not that there's anything wrong with animated movies but this isn't one...it just sometimes looks like one...lol).
You have Krypton two generations BEFORE Kal-El, and all we do with it is populate the show with...current superman supporting characters and villains.
Adam Strange shows up in name only. He steals a zeta beam and ends up in the past on krypton? Ok...not Adam STrange. Just some guy with the same name (Adam Strange could TOTALLY work and is so needing some sort of show, animated movie or feature film...c'mon...he's cool in a 1950s sci fi way...).
Doomsday?? he isn't even a great villain.
Lobo? Ok, Lobo is awesome and portrayed well. He could work...he has a really long life span perhaps. LOL. Honestly, Lobo being in this season is what elevates it.
Zod? Via time travel??? Zod isn't a household name. He isn't a huge draw. If you don't want to pay for existing licensed IP that fit into the timeline (and why would you?) than create your own characters. Develop stories around them and make it uniquely Krypton. Kinda...like the name of the show.
I sound harsh, and I don't mean to be. Honestly, the show is entertaining if a bit slow and a lot cliched. The problem is that this is such a huge opportunity to develop mythology for the Superman Character in a way that will be relevant (you COULD tie in current superman media to it or leave it disconnected, after all Baby Kal-El didn't really spend much time on Krypton so his enculturation is very limited). You could create something exciting and unique that reflects issues of our time but in a safe manner allowing (and even challenging) people to think about things.
This show is simply happy being a soap opera using names of superman characters. It does it well enough, but it's a shame because it could have been so much more.
Of course it ends. On a cliffhanger. You lose a star for that...lol.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Bettter picture than cable
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I will admit I had been putting off the purchase (not just because the series was not renewed) hoping for a lower price. I actually bought two copies to have a gift for a friend of mine. The picture was better than when the series was broadcast on SYFY (on SPECTRUM). The true ending of the tale is left to one's imagination.
I was actually very disappointed with the character development in season one but season 2 definitely improved on that and improved on other aspects of the show where season one failed. It's a shame that there won't be another season.
A solid show that unfortunately brought no closure
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
The second season of "Krypton" ups the ante with the introduction of several familar character in the DC Universe including Lobo & Doomsday while expanding on the Superman mythos. Unfortunately the series was cancelled as the a possible third seasons promised a potential interesting storyline involving the Thanagarians. The second season comes recommended for fans who purchased the second season but newcomers looking to get into the series may not want to dive in as it brings no closure.
What a crime that this is the swan song for the series. I almost didn't pick up season 2 because the first season was just so-so. Some of the acting and special effects were hit or miss. Everything improved in season 2 will bigger set pieces, much better effects and better writing. It just pains me to know we will never see more stories from Krypton and the origin of Superman's parents.