Kneel before Zod!
Warning! Full SPOILERS follow for the Season 1 finale of Krypton.
Krypton saved its best offering for last with an action-packed finale, titled “The Phantom Zone,” which effectively sets up an intriguing premise for Season 2. Luke’s words to Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi ring true for this episode…“This is not going to go the way you think.”
The Jedi Master’s wisdom is really what Krypton’s first season is all about — shattering expectations. For the most part, Krypton has done a solid job of distancing itself from both Man of Steel and Christopher Reeve’s Superman from 1978. Krypton is telling its own unique story, and that’s what makes it special.
Let’s start at the very end, when General Zod (Colin Salmon) is proclaiming Krypton’s dominance not only over the planet’s city-states, but the entire galaxy. At this point in Krypton’s history, space exploration is a thing of the past, so hearing Zod’s declaration of galactic expansion is significant. When Season 2 premieres, Krypton will be venturing into uncharted territory, which will hopefully mean meeting new civilizations.
It was also exciting to see “future Superman’s” cape change from the El sigil, to the Zod family’s. This revelation raises so many questions for Season 2. For instance, does this mean that Superman is still going to exist, but as a Zod instead of an El? Also, will Krypton still blow up in 200 years now that Brainiac has been defeated? When we see Adam Strange trapped in one of Brainiac’s shrunken worlds, it looks like Zod has conquered Earth at some point in the future. Either way, it would be cool to see a version of Superman with General Zod as his father, instead of Jor-El – like a live-action Elseworlds story.
The Phantom Zone reveal was another surprising twist that opens up a whole new can of worms for the writers to explore in Season 2. We learned that Val-El (Ian McElhinney) traveled through space and time while he was in the Phantom Zone. With Seg and Brainiac both in there, perhaps they too will see different versions of reality, or even the multiverse? And no, we don’t need another Arrowverse crossover. Let’s keep Krypton right where it is.
Blake Ritson’s portrayal of Brainiac throughout the season has been excellent, but it feels like we’ve only scratched the surface with his character’s story. Hopefully, we’ll get plenty more of the malevolent green alien in Season 2. There is one concern, though…
While it’s great to see the writers taking a chance by sending their hero, Seg, into the great unknown of the Phantom Zone, let’s hope there’s not an “easy fix” that will bring him right back in the Season 2 premiere. The Flash made that mistake by not spending enough time with Barry in the alternate reality of Flashpoint. If you’re going to create a new and interesting status quo for your lead, don’t rush through the story. Hopefully, Season 2 will take its time before bringing Seg back to Krypton. Let him linger in the chaos for a bit.
The one aspect of the finale that was underwhelming is the continuing development of the “love square” between Seg, Nyssa, Lyta, and Dev. All of these characters are interesting in their own right, especially Lyta’s inner-turmoil over whether she should trust her mother, or her son from the future. But when the story centers on all of their fickle romances, the momentum suffers. When you have Doomsday breaking out of his cage towards the end of the episode, the hormones of beautiful young twenty-somethings don’t quite pack the same punch.
Overall, Krypton’s first season was enjoyable, especially after the writers began to stretch their creative wings as the series progressed, with fascinating reveals of characters like Doomsday, and General Zod traveling through time to save his home planet. Now that the series has built a solid foundation for itself, Season 2 has the potential to be even better.