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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews The Krypton Season 2 Premiere!

June 13th, 2019 by Todd Black Comments

While the MCU may be the hallmark of how to do a movie universe, DC Comics has well and truly been killing it in regards to their ever-expanding TV universe. And while the idea of Krypton seemed like an even worse idea than the origin series of Gotham (which turned out pretty well if you read my reviews), it turned out to be pretty great. This look at the origins and plights of Krypton and its people pre-destruction was very compelling. Especially with its time travel elements. And with a very epic cliffhanger with Zod taking over and Seg-El being trapped with Brainiac in the Phantom Zone, you could only guess what Season 2 had to over.

And true to form, “Light-Years From Home” helped set up Season 2 rather well. It brought us back into the fold by showing us a Krypton basically transformed under the rule of Zod. In just six months, Zod has taken over and rebuilt Kandor and the planet in his image, and he’s ready to leave the planet to embrace the stars to ensure that the future he knows doesn’t come to pass. But, naturally, the good guys aren’t going to let that happen. Val, Nyssa, Jax-Ur and others are building a resistance, and the return of Adam Strange only adds more pressure to the already bad situation.

The episode did a good enough job moving the pieces together, all the while stripping them apart in regards to Nyssa and her child. As well as showing how far some of them have gone, like Lyta being compliant with Zod and his tortures of the Kryptonians. I do wish it slowed down just a bit, but given that the series is shorter than other shows, I can understand the need to get things moving.

Which of course brings us to Seg-El, whose time in the Phantom Zone has definitely tempered certain parts of his personality, while not dosing others. The Phantom Zone was stunning in its visuals, and its teases of the future was also appetizing. Again, I wish we could spend more time within it, but I understand that we don’t have it.

Thankfully, the benefit of getting out of the Phantom Zone was getting more time with Brainiac, who again is one of the MVP’s of the show. Ending up on his home planet of Colu was a wonderful twist, and hearing him talk about his origins was fun. Granted, his “death” is an obvious feint, and the teaser for the rest of the season basically spoiled the “twist” that we could honestly all see coming. But still, it was good. And having Seg react like he did to Adam Strange’s return to him was honestly rather touching.

Oh, and Lobo is hear too. And I must admit, they got a really good guy to play the Main Man. I look forward to seeing how he plays a role in things to come.

While not the perfect way to start the season, “Light-Years From Home” was definitely a solid start. And this season is aiming to be even better than the first one with its expanded look and history.

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!