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Krypton: Every Superman and DC Comics Easter Egg in Season 1

Krypton is here! I never thought I would be this happy to see a show set on the world Superman came from, 200 years before it exploded, but they really managed to put this one together. Krypton is packed with more love and care for deep (and I mean DEEP) Superman mythology than any version of the legend to make it to the screen. Since I majored in Kryptonian Studies in college (disclaimer: I did not), I am uniquely qualified to over-explain virtually every minute of this show. But what also helped was a visit to the set of Krypton early in the production of the first season (more details on that here), where I got to see a few details up close and personal thanks to executive producer/showrunner Cameron Welsh and the cast and crew. Even a lifelong Superman fan like me was surprised and amazed by the pieces of lore that the creators are mining. I'll be updating this every week with new info from each episode. READ MORE...

Krypton Season Finale Ending Explained

Wait...what the hell just happened at the end of the Krypton season finale? We have all the answers for you. SPOILERS! Well. It’s a safe bet that nobody saw that coming. Your eyes do not deceive you, General Zod is now in charge of Krypton, and from the looks of things, he is on a path to expanding their sphere of influence throughout the galaxy. Adam Strange is trapped in a living hellscape. Seg-El is trapped in the Phantom Zone. Talk about a cliffhanger. Krypton showrunner Cameron Welsh was kind enough to give us a call with an eye on helping everyone make sense of that crazy Krypton season finale. READ MORE...

Krypton Episode 10 Review: The Phantom Zone

Thank Rao there's a second season of Krypton! The Superman prequel series ended its first season with its strongest episode yet, proving that this show is at its best when it goes big. If you need any evidence of that conclusion, look no further than the season finale's opening moments, which see Brainiac's beautiful ship (vaguely reminiscent of the protomolecule ship recently seen on The Expanse) drifting into Kandor air space in a stunning visual of the quality that is unlike anything I have seen on superhero TV before. The ship moves like a ghost and, in many ways, that's what it is: a ghost spaceship filled with entire cities and worlds frozen in time if not in consciousness, filled with people who are condemned to a life with no real future. Frankly, it's horrifying. READ MORE...

Krypton Episode 9 Review: Hope

It's a good thing the El name means "hope" because, after the arrival of Brainiac on Krypton, it's pretty much all Team Seg has going for them. In what was a last-ditch attempt to defeat the Sentry/Voice of Rao, Kandor City lost most of its manpower when the Sentry/Voice of Rao got Black Zero and the Sagitari to turn on one another. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. "Hope" begins with Kandor City in chaos, unsure what to do in the wake of the Voice's disappearance. It is in the midst of all of this that Seg and Lyta come together and, yep, create a child. It's a pretty cool reveal that Dru-Zod is not only Lyta's son, but Seg's—it doesn't seem to phase Dru very much, however. He still hates the House of El... even if it is a part of him. READ MORE...

Krypton Episode 8 Review: Savage Night

Damn, Krypton. You did not pull any punches with that ending. Since she showed up halfway through the season, Ona has been the innocence and heart of this show, and of Krypton as a society. She is a representation of the very people Seg and, I suppose, Adam, are trying to save. So, when Brainiac's Sentry uses her as a bomb in an attempt to take out Seg and co., yeah, it's pretty darn demoralizing. It's not totally clear why it happened. Sure, the Sentry wants to take out our friends, but does he really need Ona, someone he seems to like, to do it? No, this felt more like an opportunity for Adam to prove his loyalty to Seg and his commitment to his cause, then it did something that furthered the themes of this show, or the machinations of Brainiac. Doesn't mean it wasn't effectively heartbreaking, though. READ MORE...

Krypton Episode 7 Review: Transformation

You can tell a lot about someone when they have their power stripped from them. Take Daron-Vex, for example. When the cards are down and his life is on the line, it turns out he doesn't believe in anything more than his own survival—not even the life of his own daughter. In the wake of his failed coup against the Voice of Rao Who Is Now Brainiac, Daron-Vex is asked to pledge his allegiance to something. He chooses Brainiac, and gives up Nyssa and Jayne in the process. He is even willing to shoot Nyssa to prove his loyalty. It's not that I don't think this is a realistic character trait—most people like to think they would be a hero if their life were on the line, but survival is an instinct, too—I just wish that Krypton had done a bit more to make me believe that Daron would choose it. Thus far, I read Daron's main priority as the pursuit of power and he kind of seemed to like his daughter. Now, I don't know what to make of the dude. Because cowering at Brainiac's feet doesn't seem like much of a power play. He gives up any upper hand or ally he might have had in order to ensure his survival. It's understandable given how frakking scary Brainiac is, but not a good look for the character, on either the in-world or meta level. READ MORE...

Krypton Episode 6 Review: Civil Wars

Would you trade the future of your planet for a grandson you've never met? This is what Adam Strange inarticulately asks of Seg in "Civil War," a dramatic irony-laden, intensely suspenseful episode of Krypton that addresses some of the lingering time travel tensions in complicated, character-driven ways. If you've watched the episode, then you know Seg doesn't choose to side with Adam. Instead, he chooses to trust General Zod, aka Lyta's son. While I can't understand why Seg would trust the man who tortured him and so callously killed his own people, I understand why he doesn't trust Adam. Even if Adam is telling the truth (which we, as Earthers, can presume he is), he doesn't do a very good job explaining the stakes or making an argument for why his future must be preserved. Adam openly admits that he doesn't know which timeline is the "correct" one and didn't even tell Seg what he does know when he had the chance. READ MORE...

Krypton Episode 5 Review: House of Zod

Parents and children, amirite? Krypton doubles down on the theme of what parents will and won't do for their children, and how that affects those children long after they've grown into adulthood. In other words: most of these characters have serious daddy and/or mommy issues. The exploration of the parental theme is centered in House Zod, a group of characters (OK, two characters) that continue to be the strongest, most fully-realized part of this show. We begin with a flashback to Jayna's childhood, one that gives us more insight into how her character can treat her own daughter, Lyta, so harshly. This episode really belongs to Jayna and the choice she must make: should she sacrifice her commitment to honor and the Zod name to save the life of her child? READ MORE...

Krypton Episode 4 Ending Explained: Who is the Voice of Rao?

It took Krypton until its third episode to become the show we hoped it would. It's less concerned with teasing elements of future Superman mythology than it was in those first two episodes, and instead telling a compelling story of its own, one that just happens to be set on the world of Superman's birth. Krypton episode 4, "The Word of Rao" was another fine example of how the show is moving its pieces around the board, while engaging in the kind of worldbuilding that has made it so interesting from the start. But there's a moment at the end of the episode that will have repercussions for the rest of the season. The Voice of Rao, the creepy, robed, many-faced mask wearing ruling theocrat of Kandor has been around since the first episode, gesturing broadly, speaking in imperious, spooky tones, and generally making everybody nervous. Earlier in the episode, the Voice of Rao theatrically takes the orphaned Ona under his wing, initiating her into the order, so she can train to become a member of the Word of Rao. READ MORE...

Krypton Episode 4 Review: The Word of Rao

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." That is one of the most often paraphrased quotations from Karl Marx, and it's an idea that, especially as our own culture becomes less religious, is often represented in pop culture. It's also on full display in "The Word of Rao." While we have only gotten glimpses of the Voice of Rao up to this point, "The Word of Rao" takes his mask and robes off, though still only allows the viewer glimpses at his face. It's a visual representation of the episode's quest to peel back some of the figurative layers of this character. We now know that the Voice of Rao does not, in fact, sleep in that shiny mask. We know he has handmaidens who seem to know him better than anyone else. And we know that he is desperate to hold onto his power. READ MORE...