By Mario Wario
Warning: this article contains heavy spoilers for season 1, episodes 1-9 of Krypton.
With Krypton’s first season finale about to air in a few short hours, and Syfy greenlighting season 2, this is a perfect time to recap the previous episodes and highlighting the main plot points. A lot has happened to our hero, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), since his television debut back in March.
The series reintroduces us to the planet Krypton, 200 years before the birth of Superman. Seg is the grandfather of Ka-El. As a child, everything is not rosy for our main hero; the House of El is in shambles, because Val-El (Ian McElhinney) warned a corrupted Kryptonian council about not being alone in the universe. This led to the grandfather of Seg being mocked and sentenced to death for heresy. 14 years later, Seg is an adult living in a dark, antiseptic world called Kandor City (think Prometheus for the dark areas of the city, without any xenomorphs; and Blade Runner for the high tech/rich areas). There are multiple classes throughout this city, based on rank.
Seg later meets up with a character named Adam Strange, who is from the future and from Earth. To get to Kandor, he used his Zeta Beam device to travel through time, to warn Seg that the timeline is under attack by a major threat. He presents Superman’s cape as evidence, which is slowly disappearing from time.
A new Fortress of Solitude is revealed to our hero by his mother, yet by doing so, his parents faced the ultimate price: death. Seg, who is in a relationship with another Kryptonian named Lyta-Zod (Georgina Campbell), now determines to restore his family’s honor, and befriends many more characters along the way. The threat known as Brainiac must be stopped at all costs.
Through trial and error, and dealing with Kryptonian house drama, Seg builds up evidence that his grandfather, Val, was correct about Brainiac’s impending attack. The Voice of Rao is hiding a dark truth, meanwhile. He is Brainiac’s sleeper agent!
Yet another time traveler from the future has arrived: his name is Zod! Seg knows about this fellow’s history (thanks to Adam), yet with the Brainiac threat having a higher priority for both Seg and Zod, they decide to join forces in order to find the ultimate weapon that could save Krypton. Although in doing so, Zod later reveals that Seg is his father.
The ultimate weapon, meanwhile, is called Doomsday. Once finding out the true nature of this weapon, Seg hides it from Zod. He knows that this weapon can’t be freed from his sleeping chamber.
Seg’s Kryptonian friends are having their own troubles, however. Through a series of subplots, the series shows us how each character is dealing with the supervillain threat and some house drama. Luckily, his friends are siding with Seg.
However, Adam Strange sacrifices himself to save Seg and Kem (Rasmus Hardiker) from trouble, with his Zeta Beam device. By doing so, he is transported to another location. His new Kryptonians friends can’t reach him to save him.
Brainiac’s agent is wreaking havoc on Kandor by killing many Kryptonians. Seg tries to unite two fractions (Black Zero and Sagitari), yet it is unsuccessful. They kill each other, thanks to the agent using some mind trick power to control each individual’s mistrust of each other. Seg is unable to stop it. He is left alone to face the agent.
Yet, with luck on his side, Seg is saved by Nyssa-Vex (Wallis Day), who stabs the evil being in the back of the head, with a Superman crystal which Seg got earlier this season.
However, the invasion is not over…Brainiac himself has finally appeared! (The first season finale picks up from this point.)
Phew! What a jam-packed first season for Krypton so far! Thus far, this season has relied on the Superman mythos quite a bit. I believe that the writers have done a fine job implementing that history into this series, by adding certain Easter eggs and/or musical notes that are a direct homage to the Christopher Reeve’s Superman films. This series (so far) has been light on the action and heavy on the talking, and while it does work for certain episodes, it doesn’t for others. As such, with the show being dialogue-centric, the acting needed to be good and I believe that it is.
The dark theme is the dominating force for this season. If you have seen Man of Steel or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it is pretty much the exact same tone: doom. I do wish that this would be tuned down a bit. In Chinese philosophy, Yin and yang describes that the dark needs the light in order for it to operate efficiently on this Earth. Likewise, for the light side. It can’t be all one-sided with bad news for our main hero or for Kandor being this dark, unfriendly place to live in. The Flash series last season ran into this exact problem, which made that run very dull to watch. Hopefully, season two changes things up a little bit. That being said, I do like the Kryptonian set pieces, as well as the CGI, which looks very good for a television show.
Overall, I really like the series and the characters. Brainiac is my favorite villain when comparing him to the other DCTV villains on television. This world has grabbed me in a good way and yes, you don’t need Superman appearing on screen to make a series successful. As such, I can’t wait to see what is next for the Kandor City crew.
Don’t forget to watch the first season finale of Krypton tonight on SyFy at 10pm ET. Of course, if you want to chat a bit more about this season, please visit the FoCC forum by clicking here.