Krypton (S02E01) “Light-Years From Home”

Krypton was a show that I hesitated to watch because of it being a “Superman prequel”. We all know the story of Krypton right? More specifically, its imminent doom which took place when Kal-El was still a baby. However, ‘Krypton’ makes us rethink that stance and ask ourselves — do we?

What happened last season?

The first season of the show proves that Krypton’s history is more complex and intriguing than what I expected it to be. It delivered action-packed storylines which show conflict within the society of the city of Kandor—political tension between the high rankers and the mistreated rankless, as well as a “big bad” who poses a threat to the entire planet.

The finale of the first season leaves viewers hanging with Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) being sucked into the phantom zone along with Brainiac (Blake Ritson), Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) rising to power in Kandor, and Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) returning back to the future to a “bottled” Earth (which seemed to have been colonized by Zod).

Enter: Season 2

In the first episode of the second season, it picks up six months after we left off. Nyssa Vex (Wallis Day), Val-El (Ian McElhinney), Jax-Ur (Hannah Waddingham) are now part of a resistance that the Zods have been unsuccessfully hunting. They plan to stop Zod from getting material in Wegthor–one of Krypton moons–which will enable him to build the intergalactic fleet that he will use to conquer the universe.

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Dru-Zod rules Krypton (Credit: Syfy)

Adam Strange returns to Kandor to prevent his home planet being bottled by Brainiac, as well as being colonized by General Zod. He then reunites with Nyssa, Val and Jax.

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Seg-El and Brainiac in Colu (Credit: Syfy)

Meanwhile, Seg is alive and struggling in the phantom zone before being manipulated by Brainiac who made them both escape to Brainiac’s home planet, Colu.

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Nyssa, Val, Jax and Adam in their hide-out base (Credit: Syfy)

Back in Kandor, Nyssa has been kidnapped after being lured by Lyta (Georgina Campbell) using her father. Then, the resistance was ambushed at their base afterwards. Luckily, Val and Jax escaped, and Adam successfully Zeta-Beamed to Seg’s location, finding him next to Brainiac whom he had murdered.

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Seg and Adam meets Lobo (Credit: Syfy)

The episode ended with Seg and Adam getting knocked out and captured by a new character, Lobo (Emmett J. Scanlan).

The first episode started the season strong, with enough answers to satisfy our curiosity, however, without giving a lot away. There’s plenty of answers I still need which I hope to see in the upcoming episodes. One of which is whether Lyta has been “brainwashed” as she seemed different, more cold and emotionless. We see that Zod has been implementing “somatic reconditioning” which removes an individual’s more deviant behaviors. So it is not unlikely that Lyta went through the same process.

I enjoyed watching Val, Nyssa, and Jax being together, it’s clear that they’ve grown close these past months and I hope to see more of this trio. My favourite character development thus far is Nyssa’s. I didn’t like her at the beginning of season 1, but now she’s one of my favorites. I look forward to seeing her discover her past and what she really is.

Overall, I am satisfied with how this season started and I hope to see more in the next episodes.