Season 2 of Syfy’s hit series, Krypton premiered appropriately on DC Comics “Superman Day” with a fast paced, engaging episode that promises the same level of awesome that Season 1 delivered. Kal-El’s grandpa is back and this time he’s stuck in the Phantom Zone while his friends and family are building a resistance to oppose General Dru Zod, who is currently recreating Kandor City to his liking and preparing an intergalactic army to begin his conquest of the universe.
Krypton Season 2, Episode 1: “Light-Years From Home”
Directed by Marc Roskin
Written by David S. Goyer and Cameron Welsh
Airdate: June 12, 2019
When we last left our fav, Adam Strange, he was back in his own time except stuck in a bottle city on Brainiac’s ship. Audiences were concerned it would take Adam a while to get out, but alas his nifty Zeta Beam got him back in action right quick. After checking in with Val-El, Jax-Ur, and Nyssa-Vex (who is now toting around baby Cor-Vex), Adam is reunited with his bff Seg on the planet Colu. Previously, Brainiac tricks Seg into using the sunstone to get them out of the Phantom Zone and in a fit of rage, Seg splits Brainiac’s head apart. Yikes! So violent. Must be the beard.
I’m not entirely convinced we’ve seen the last of Brainiac or Blake Ritson who plays him to perfection, but while he’s gone, Seg and Adam will have their hands full with newcomer, Lobo, played by the engaging Emmet Scanlan. Though only on screen for a few moments, I have a feeling he’s going to be a fun character breathing a little excitement into our screens. SyFy is already pretty confident in his ability to win over audiences as it was announced prior to the Season 2 premiere that a LOBO spinoff series starring Scanlan is in development.
Meanwhile in Kandor City, Nyssa is desperate to find answers about her past and walks right into a trap. Lyta, who is really towing the Team Dru line, committing acts of torture and brainwashing, kidnaps Nyssa and her baby in an effort to get her to turn on the resistance. Nyssa, who has become somewhat of a reluctant hero on Krypton, stays loyal but who knows how long that will last with the threat to her child. Her child that I am convinced is future Jor-El but we’ll see how that all pans out later in the season. As always the women of Krypton remain the most nuanced and engaging of all the characters.
Lyta, having lost both her mother and Seg has perhaps the most disturbing turn of any character. Sure Jax-Ur lost an eye, but that just made her more bad ass. Lyta has become harder and colder, much like how Jayna was portrayed at the beginning of Season 1and much more like the mother Dru describes. She believes that following Dru is what Seg would have wanted and it will be interesting to see his reaction to all of it once they’re reunited. No sign of Jayna or her brother this episode but they’re sure to come soon.
The season premiere proved that Krypton is still firing on all cylinders with a tight, well thought out story and engaging character arcs to come this season. I appreciate the little things they do to show change and growth and maybe even hint at things to come; such as Adam now sporting a red jacket, hinting that we’re closer to seeing his suit and jet pack! Seg growing beard making him seem older, wiser, and more worn at life. It will be fun to see how the exotic character of Lobo fits in and whether or not we are now in a completely different timeline or there’s still a way to make things right and save Superman.
Krypton airs Wednesdays at 10 pm EST on Syfy.