Warning: Significant spoilers ahead for season 1 of Krypton. The first season of Syfy’s Superman prequel Krypton focused on the denizens of Kandor, the Kryptonian city bottled and preserved by the malevolent alien AI Brainiac in Superman canon. But even before Brainiac (Blake Ritson) arrived, the show felt claustrophobic, with almost all the action relegated to a few sets that primarily showed off the city’s rigid caste system. That’s changed in season 2, where the show feels uncorked. The characters are now taking to the stars, as part of a story that continues exploring the politics of Superman’s home world, while also examining its place in the galaxy. By embracing the potential of the show’s science-fiction setting, Krypton’s writers have made the show stand out in a market packed with comic book adaptations, and they’ve shrugged off the inherent limitations of a prequel — the sense that the entire story is just rote prologue for a better-known story. Season 1 ended on a particularly dramatic note, with Superman’s grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) saving Krypton by trapping himself and Brainiac in the Phantom Zone, a prison outside time and space. Seg’s time-traveling future son General Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) then shattered the Phantom Zone Projector, to ensure that sacrifice wasn’t undone. That pyrrhic victory changed history, but not the way time-traveling Detroit native Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) hoped it would. The show’s most irritating gimmick, a time-displaced Superman cape that was slowly fading out of existence like Marty McFly in Back to… [Read full story]
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