Signed up the 28/03/2017
Krypton is yet another addition to the TV series roster at DC/Warner Bros. that proves that DC has an upper hand when adapting for television over most studios. Krypton serves as the prequel to the era of Superman, as we follow a young man named Seg-El, who is said to be Superman's grandfather.
Seg-El is the only living legacy of the House of El, as he's the only one from that lineage left in the entirety of Krypton. Subsequently, Seg is left tasked with the cause of saving his clan name, as he is expected to reintroduce honour to the House of El and also bear heirs to ensure a future for the house. This so that there may be many more honourable Els in the future, just as the El ancestors have prided themselves with over the years.
In the midst of tribal wars, corruption and governmental affairs, police brutality and Seg's own tribulations, lies a creeping threat in the form of Braniac. Braniac is explained as a collector of worlds, who's made a habit of spying into certain lands before he deems them worthy of being "eaten" or total engulfed and thus annihilated by himself.
Krypton as a series would seem pointless at first, but the creators of this show put effort into proving that it is something we never knew we needed until we got it. I've seen a few comparisons of this series to the legendary Game of Thrones, and I'd have to at least agree that it embraces similar themes and can be regarded on the same altitude with coming seasons. The story itself is handled as an ancient lore and is visually depicted as such, which works perfectly because we're immediately made to feel like we're in the past working up to the future and we instantly become okay with this, as well as the inevitable destruction of Krypton.
Character development is at the centre of this series as all vital characters get enough screentime for us to care enough for their contribution to the story. It's also pretty amazing that Jayna-Zod and Lyta-Zod are Black women put at the forefront of the plot. You don't see something like this happen often, especially if the original material is generally meant to pander to white consumers.
The setting, aided by the stunning visual effects, is one of the best you'd find on a reasonably-budgeted TV series. It might even be on the same level as Game of Thrones, even though we know GoT spends millons on their production. Krypton is depicted as a haunted fantasy land, much like the settings in The Lord of the Rings, and that's perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of the show.
During all the chaos and the adventures of Seg-El's heriocs, the show touches on themes such as consumerism and capitalism, poverty, blind faith, religion, societal hierarchies, totalitarianism and tribal wars. The themes are explored as fairly and engangingly as possible, being sure not to intentionally exclude or target any groups, or even simply bore the audience with politics—which is by the way so easy to do, I'm looking at you Arrowverse.
Overall this is a show worth the weekly investment from anyone who is able. From the awesome characters, the engaging storyline and the thrilling setting, right down to the jaw-dropping costume design and combat choreography, Krypton leaves no room for doubt that it is not only one of the best comic book TV adaptions, but one of the best television shows period.
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