Friday, March 30, 2018

Krypton


I've now seen the first two episodes of SyFy's new superhero/science fiction series, Krypton. Set 200 years before Krypton blows up, it's the story of Superman's grandfather and how he tries to stop Brainiac from prematurely destroying Krypton - warned by Superman's friend Adam Strange, who's journeyed through time and space to prevent this warping of history.

While the production values, costume design, and special effects are excellent, the writing and worldbuilding are utterly by-the-numbers. For some reason, Kryptonians all speak with British accents, and their supposedly "alien" culture appears to have been lifted from Game of Thrones and other fantasy series, with an impoverished underclass ruled over by rival families locked in a generations-long struggle to rule the planet.

Maybe it's unfair to judge after only a pair of episodes, but there's really nothing new or interesting here, except perhaps Brainiac's looming threat. 

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