There’s Another Super Series Going On!
The Scarlet Cougar and The Silver Vox are back to talk about the first season of Krypton, the freshman series brought to us on the SyFy network. The premise of Krypton is pretty simple; but, the first season is anything but simple. The story revolves around the grandfather of our beloved Kal-El, aka Superman, named Seg-El. Following him through his tumultuous few weeks we watch him discover and learn from his grandfather Val-El, build hard relationships with Lyta Zod – yes, that family of Zod – and another interest from the politically motivated family of Vex. Oh, and just to complicate his life a little further, one Adam Strange shows up with a disintegrating cape of Superman himself telling Seg that unless he helps Strange defeat Brainiac and his plans for Krypton, Kal-El will forever be destroyed. You think you’ve got problems!!
The David S. Goyer Krypton-verse
David S. Goyer is the writer of 2013’s Man Of Steel so the current vision we have of the world of Krypton and its inhabitants have been built around his invention. Goyer is also the executive producer of this Krypton series so as we dive deep into the world two generations before Kal-El we get a much broader exposure to the layout of the world, how politics and the military function, and although we know what’s in store for Krypton we are watching the key players come to grip with the unavoidable end of their home.
Karen and I talk about our likes and dislikes of the new Krypton-verse and what the series gains by capitalizing on this world building that Goyer has done. In an interview with Collider Goyer had this to say:
GOYER: One of the things that we tried to do was depict Krypton as a legitimately alien world. So we decided that on Krypton, aside from the fact that it’s got a different gravity, it’s got a different atmosphere than we do, it’s a mega gravity planet, so gravity there is anywhere from four to 10 times the gravity on earth. If we went to Krypton, we couldn’t breathe its atmosphere. The sun radiates in a different spectrum of light. Different radiation and things like that, a lot more UV radiation on Krypton. All these things come into play and they also explain why Superman has the powers that he has. But, we also decided that Krypton has a much more formalized and socially stratified society than we do. So we liken Krypton to if you’d taken feudal Japan, but they had never encountered the West and then continued on in that system for the next 150 years, that’s kind of what we imagined Krypton would be like. It’s very formalized.
So you have your samurai and your — ?
GOYER: Kind of, yeah. Yeah, there’s a lot of different caste systems and guild systems and different people are allowed to do different things. We also decided that they had been civilized for 100,000 years. So, for a much longer period of time. They’d also become a decadent society, and may have become space faring. We’ve been space faring barely for 40 years or something like that, whereas they became space faring 25,000 years ago, something like that.
Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El: Young, brilliant scion of the House of El, destined to be Jor-El’s father and Superman’s grandfather.
Georgina Campbell as Lyta-Zod: A commander in the Kryptonian military guild who is in a clandestine relationship with Seg-El.
Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange: A human from the future who forewarns Seg-El of Brainiac, and tells him of his yet-to-be born grandson Kal-El, better known as Superman.
Elliot Cowan as Daron-Vex: The chief magistrate of Kandor, charged with defending Krypton’s oligarchy.
Ann Ogbomo as Jayna-Zod: The Primus of the Kryptonian military guild and mother of Lyta.
Aaron Pierre as Dev-Em: A commander in the Kryptonian army. He is engaged to marry Lyta-Zod.
Rasmus Hardiker as Kem: An engineer and Seg’s best friend.
Wallis Day as Nyssa-Vex: A junior magistrate and the daughter of Daron-Vex.
Blake Ritson as the Voice of Rao / Brainiac: Kandor’s chief religious figure who becomes infected by Brainiac, a parasitic alien android dubbed “The World Collector” who seeks to destroy Krypton, years before the birth of Kal-El / Superman.
Ian McElhinney as Val-El: Seg’s grandfather, who defied death by going to the Phantom Zone and is a staunch believer in space exploration.
Colin Salmon as General Dru-Zod: The future son of Lyta-Zod and Seg-El.
Cougar’s Comic Corner
I asked our beloved Cougar for good resource material for Adam Strange. He’s pretty new on the on-screen DC universe and I for one had no background knowledge on him. Of course the Cougar knows just what we need…
JLA V1 20-21 “Strange New World” Issue 20, Issue 21, Collected in: JLA (1997-2006) Vol. 3
Adam Strange has captured eight members of the JLA and – with the help of a group of En’Tarans – forces the heroes to rebuild the destroyed cities of Rann. It also seems that Martian Manhunter has joined his cause voluntarily. Steel takes the mother box from Orion and uses it to block the telepathy of the En’Tarans. Thus, the JLA is able to defeat Adam Strange and the En’Tarans.
But now Adam and J’onn explain that Adam’s behavior was a ploy all along to bring the JLA to Rann and to be able to build a large Zeta Beam projector. This will be the only way to stop the invasion force of the En’Tarans, who also have brought Adam’s wife Alanna back from the dead, from using the Zeta Beam technology to conquer even more planets. Together, Adam Strange and the JLA successfully defeat the invaders by using the Zeta Beam projector to teleport them to the prison planet of Takron-Galtos.
Unfortunately, Adam has to leave his wife because he expended all Zeta radiation in his body and, therefore, is forced to return to Earth together with the JLA.
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