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Krypton: Season 2 Premiere 'Light Years From Home' Review


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It’s good to be back on Krypton…

This is a (mostly) spoiler-free review for Krypton’s Season 2 premiere, titled “Light Years From Home.” For more on Krypton, check out this hilarious Season 1 blooper reel and learn more about Syfy’s plans to develop a Lobo spinoff series.  

It’s good to be back in the imaginative world of El’s, Zod’s, and Vex’s in the Season 2 premiere of Syfy’s Krypton, titled “Light Years From Home.” The episode’s tight pacing doesn’t allow time for a refresher course, with the story picking up six months after the events in the Season 1 finale. And now that the series is in its sophomore year, its characters appear to be evolving in new and fascinating ways.

At the beginning of the episode, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) is still trapped in the Phantom Zone with Brainiac (Blake Ritson). The reluctant hero has become more emboldened and a bit more sullen since we last saw him. Cuffe effectively channels his character’s darker mood with the help of a new beard and a devil-may-care attitude. Ritson’s Brainiac and Cuffe’s Seg are a dynamic pairing, even though our time with them in this particular episode is limited. One of the best relationships in Season 1 was between Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) and Seg, but thankfully, Brainiac makes for a capable companion too. Their banter is both funny and enlightening, especially when we learn more about the green alien’s mysterious origins.

Back on Krypton, Colin Salmon’s General Zod has (mostly) cemented his rule with the help of his mother – Lyta (Georgina Campbell). Salmon was born to belt out tyrannical speeches about glory and legacy. Zod has gone full bad guy here, and even though there doesn’t appear to be as much emotional nuance to his character this time around, Salmon remains engaging with his graceful delivery.

Lyta, on the other hand, doesn’t feel like she’s quite earned her Rogues Gallery member card quite yet. Sure, six months have passed since we last saw her, but it’s difficult to buy her “tougher than nails” routine. And maybe that’s the point? Lyta may not have fallen completely to the dark side like her son… Time will tell.

Wallis Day’s Nyssa-Vex is another memorable figure worth mentioning. Now that she’s freed herself from her father’s influence, Nyssa is growing into a more interesting character as she struggles to balance her responsibilities as both a new mother and member of a rebellion against Zod. Her connection to Hannah Waddingham’s Jax-Ur is also compelling, as the two begin to form a kind of mother-daughter relationship.

Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) and Val-El (Ian McElhinney) also make appearances in the episode. With Seg light years away and in a very sullen mood, Sipos’ Strange is left to pick up the show’s comedic slack. And with all of his companions in less than stellar moods, Adam’s jokes feel out of place. His comedic tone would probably have achieved its desired effect if he wasn’t the only goofy character. Sipos still imbues his character with a lot of charm, but without Seg by his side, the Earth-man is lost in space.

The Verdict

Krypton is bigger and bolder in its Season 2 premiere, with complex and interesting characters like Nyssa, Seg, and Brainiac. Colin Salmon’s General Zod may have lost some of his emotional nuances, but going full bad guy here suits him well. In the wake of the Season 1 finale, Lyta-Zod and Adam Strange seem out of place among their counterparts, but it’s not a dealbreaker in what is otherwise a very entertaining return to Superman’s birthplace.

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