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This is an interesting new show set in the DC Universe Obviously revolving around the Superman mythos. Unfortunately much Like the rash of crazed fanboys who continually slated the new Star Trek series (solid 9 by the way, do yourself a favor and binge the whole 1st season before you judge), Many reviewers feel that you should not watch this for yourself, just because they said so.
Yes most of the actors have British accents and yes you will probably dislike some of them but aren't emotions what a decent show is supposed to evoke? It's a good start and yes there's room for improvement but there is plenty of opportunity for good story lines and I for one will finish out the full first season before I make a final decision.
I understand that it's cool to have an origin story to Superman, which is way better than Supergirl, but they needed to think of more plot twists. Possibly the main reason I disliked the show was because of the lack of action. I think the budget and production values are good, but they needed more set-pieces and intrigue than just relying on peoples attention spans. Maybe it's just me, but this isn't as good as other sci-fi programs I've seen. I would had rather seen another series of 'Dark Matter', another amazing show from this company than this.
I'm out on this... won't be coming back for Series 2! Scores (out of 10) Production Design= 8 Acting=6 Visual Effects=7 Script=4 Action=2
Now I will reach across the aisle for a moment and say here that I dislike shows that make PC the center theme of the plot. 'DC: Legends of tomorrow' are notorious for this. I don't need to be reminded every episode that that one character is gay every time she/he hits the screen. I get it, move the plot forward. But when I see viewers beginning to complaining over what a character looks like, especially a character we've never seen or heard of before, then you just need to stfu.
I stumbled upon one such reviewer who claimed to have used "logic" in his/her analysis of 'Krypton.' This user had an issue with the Zod characters being black. "How was Zod in 'Man of Steel' Caucasian but the Zods here are black? Seems very PC to me Lolz."
Apparently this person's "logic" failed them. First off there is no such thing as a "Caucasian Kryptonian" there is no such thing as a "Black Kryptonian." Taking a step back, obvious the characters are portrayed by black and white actors and actress... but haven't you heard of suspended belief in sci-fi? Non of these characters are human. They are ALIENS from an alien society! Secondly, the Zod and El names are house names not family names. Lastly, Kryptonians are born Gatica style. There are no natural births (that we're aware of) until Superman comes around. Kryptonains are adopted into these houses so they can look like whatever they like.
"But... But you don't see no one trying to make Black Panther white though." Well Black Panther is a human being from Africa, not an alien born in a test tube from another planet.
Anyway with that aside. I'd like to say that this show is great for the DC Universe. For one, I like the fact that the same writers who were behind many of DC's animated series are also behind this show. DC animations are excellent in my books, far better than Marvel animations due to the fact that DC animations focus more so on the everyday side of superheroes and their reception to the broader public that they have sworn themselves to protect. I also like how DC villains come off more sinister and darker than Marvel villains.
Whilst hoping to turn a profit on a well worn idea taken from a different perspective seems like a safe bet the reality, as in any business venture, is risk is where real rewards are to be found.
Kyrpton has actors with European accents, I'm guessing to try to step away from the atmosphere of leaden monoculturalism, attached to many US productions. Its hardly a new move but it has been known to work.
That said if you look beyond this not so novel ploy this is just another formulaic series that's been done a thousand times before. Dystopian society, noble family who must rise from the ashes and so on.
Truly successful series work because they offer a point of difference. The idea does not have to be new in itself (few are) but it does need to be different and imaginative enough to hold the viewer.
The other shortcoming in many many modern TV series and this is no exception, is it doesn't challenge the intellect in a meaningful way. It has some bare bones narrative but for the most part its driven by eye candy and exposition.
Until TV execs get the idea that people are not stupid, vacuous or "simply" entertained I suspect this is the future television has to offer. For me it makes the decision to re-visit my books that much easier. A disinterested five out of ten from me.
Don't be fooled by the bad reviews!!! If you like sci-fi's you also love this. There are many series's that are so much worse then this. Especially when you like superman you just need to see this. Enjoy!!!
This is NOT a super hero serie, so if u expect that do not give a bad review just because it is no super hero serie!!!!!
~ Well-written characters and a favourable cast! Honestly, you feel what you're supposed to, concerning the characters.
~ Reminiscent of Man of Steel (2013) and even Superman (1978), especially the music... obviously, that's all intended, especially the connection to the DC cinematic universe, to some extent.
~ Powerful soundtrack.
~ The CGI and production (sets, mainly but the costumes as well) are "super" impressive!
~ An enthralling plot with excellent pace that keeps you wanting more... so much that I audibly groaned when the episode ended!
AT LEAST WATCH IT FOR YOURSELF BEFORE DECIDING.
"Hey, I've got this story idea, kind of a 90210 knockoff with plenty of love triangles. It's not very good. But comic book shows are trendy now and I think we can sell it if we stick and S on it and call it Krypton."
Acting is bad. Writing is bad.
Best part of the show is the Irish accents.
I have now watched episode 2, as i feared 2 was probably worse than 1, The show is set on Krypton, why are they talking as though they are all from some cliched readon small English / Irish town. half a star
Krypton is pumped up with cliche and therefore plain boring storytelling, all the characters are prototypes of the cosmos of "heroes" and mediocre acting and some good CGI-tricking can't disguise the fact that the show belongs to the kingdom of Ultimate Boredom. And yes, if already the first episode is cliche all in and already worn out for decades, well I don't believe in wonders (regarding movies and books), so my bet is, the show won't improve. Flash Gordon (Buster Crabbe!) compared is Nobel Prize worthy stuff.
Well, even Superman, one of the most boring (my opinion of course) superheroes of all time deserves imo a better "prequel".
Show for an audience of 10 years and younger. Unbearable for a mature audience and recommendable only as a substitute for a sleeping pill. I had to do some squats or the mighty Morpheus would have rescued me to his kingdom..
***warning - reviewed by a analytical mind. if logic means nothing to you this review might not be helpful. (yes, sometimes it is OK to suspend logic such as core elements like superheroes or space/time travel but the basics?)***
ok, so from the commercials going in this show already had a negative. so both the main actor and some director or producer type was trying to pander that this is not a prequel? eh? what the what? but it's superman's grandpa? alrighty then. and then they say we don't know what will happen and that superman might not even come into being? uh, if superman doesn't come into being then who cares about this show? or this story? there is NO crappy krypton show without there being a superman not to mention the dude going "back" in time to give them the crystal with the family crest & the cape. here's a pun, "super" dumb way to try an advertise the show. "super" dumb way to try to get people who are actual fans interested. here's another clue, don't try to pander to the audience who isn't even into super hero stories. sorry to burst your bubble but a super hero who has been a main stay for generations is a hard sell to try and suspend belief that he might not be. without him the name Krypton means NOTHING. you can't think and know the name Krypton withOUT thinking and knowing SUPERMAN. smh you can't think or know the name Brainiac or Kandor or Zod either, duh, without thinking of him. duh.
all of the above is minus the weird accents, the PC bs (SMH, what is with DC and this? they really are overdoing and overselling it. BTW so how was Zod a Caucasian? or are we saying in this story line the AA is the bad guy? isn't that a cliche some people won't care for?), stealing names and "borrowing" story lines (but remember, there might not be superman so why would these stolen names or story lines mean anything?), the villian incest? injection? or whatever the cross breeding with the Zod family is supposed to be (really it just taints the guy we're supposed to not think of. awesome job!), and in episode 2, really? why is it EVERY show everywhere someone has to cut their palm for some reason or other? I rarely ever read that in actual comics stories unless that's a new thing in the last 2 or 3 years. it sure is a thing on TV (and movies) stories over the last decade give or take though. but back to Krypton, uh, they're an advanced society right? so there wasn't some finger tip prick method or what not that would fit better?
one of the main problems is they are trying to do a show connected to a SUPER HERO MINUS the super hero? because on Krypton everyone is normal so to speak. since this IS the case you should have just copied Knight of the Old Republic and went back even further where none of your story would be connected and have potential non-sense and contradictions that stand out. it's like the writers are trying to work with a clean slate when they didn't really clean it. and I didn't even get into grandpa's disinterest or lack of questions to the stranger with the family heirlooms and strange insignia (I know it's Detroit) on his baseball cap.
the one small thing Krypton has in the + column is SYFY never seems to skimp on the special effects. oh, and as one of the other reviewers stated I do agree that one episode in it appears to be better than the crap theCW dishes out. then again Arrow was decent the first season so...