KRYPTON: THE COMPLETE SECOND & FINAL SEASON – A Blu-ray and Digital HD Review by John Strange

 

KRYPTON: THE COMPLETE SECOND & FINAL SEASON – A Blu-ray and Digital HD Review by John Strange

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-raytm I reviewed in this Blog Post.  The opinions I share are my own.

When I first heard of this series I was intrigued.  Krypton explores a time 2 generations before the man who would become Superman was born.  The first season ended with Brainiac (Blake Ritson) and Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) trapped in the Phantom Zone but thought to be dead by everyone.

General Zod (Colin Salmon), also known as General Dru-Zod, is in control of Kandor City and eventually the entire planet.  Kandor City’s Sagitari, have seen large numbers of personnel added their ranks as General Zod uses them as his troops, both to capture the planet’s various city-states and to control the conquered populace.

I am not sure why but finding out that Lyta-Zod and Seg-El are the general’s parents threw me for a loop.  Then, with Seg-El gone, Lyta inexplicably decides to align herself with Zod and becomes the new Primus replacing her mother, Jayna-Zod (Ann Ogbomo).  The general’s plans do not work out as well as he had hoped, partially due to the return of Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos).

I also have to throw in Lobo (Emmett J. Scanlan), a wild bounty hunter who is perhaps as truly unique as any character debuted in this or any sci-fi series in the last few years.  His attitude, humor, and regenerative ability, along with his Joker-like facial make-up made him both visually and aurally amazing.  His mission in life?  Find and kill Brainiac, to avenge his people.

The second season is extremely chaotic as each side tries it’s best to end the war in their favor.  There are multiple sides involved in this war.  General Zod and the Sagitari, Brainiac (and well, himself), and Val-El and the rebels with Seg-El and Adam Strange.

All in all, if you are a fan of Superman or Adam Strange, this is a great series.  The same goes for the more generalized DC fans.  The writing is excellent, weaving several very good plotlines and characters into a tapestry that can really grab your imagination.  But the talent choices are what can make or break a show.  The showrunners for Krypton have made excellent talent choices.

The last episode is a great setup for the third season that we will never see.  I am disappointed in this as I was really enjoying the storyline, chaos and all, but SYFY has made the tough decision not to renew Krypton for a third season.

Still, we need to talk about the Season Two bonus extras which are slim but worthy.  The first, “Villains: Modes of Persuasion” is a multi-show featurette that Warner Bros. and DC have added to several of the various show’s season offerings.  It is a good look at the psyches of the villains of all these series.  I re-watched it as I really think they did a good job with it though it does spend more time on Gotham than I felt those villains deserved.

The second offering is “The Fate of Superman” which talks about the ideas behind this series.  It’s really good and makes me even sadder that the series will never reach its desired or its planned-for conclusion.

 

Created By:

  • David S. Goyer, Damian Kindler

Episode Directors:

  • Marc Roskin, Julius Ramsay, Metin Hüseyin, Erica Watson, Clare Kilner, Cameron Welsh, Ruba Nadda,

Cast:

  • Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Shaun Sipos, Ann Ogbomo, Aaron Pierre, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Blake Ritson, Ian McElhinney, Colin Salmon, Hannah Waddingham, Elliot Cowan, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Sonita Henry, Kae Alexander, Emmett J Scanlan, Kim Adis, Antony Somers, Faisal Mohammed, Shane Lennon, Ciarán Owens, Saif Al-Warith, Amy De Bhrún, Paul Kennedy, Shobu Kapoor, Isabelle Connolly, Aron Hegarty, Staz Nair, Luke Neal, Celine Abrahams, Danielle Galligan, Kojii Helnwein, Johanna O’Brien, Ciaran O’Grady, Michael Patrick, Rolan Bell, Christine Clare, Toni O’Rourke, Toby-Alexander Smith, Ed White, Dempsey Bovell, Steve Chusak, Eanna Hardwicke, Olga Wehrly, Dave Duffy, Seyan Sarvan, Remi Shore, James Atherton, Jack Morgan, Mark Quigley, Margarita Murphy

Extras:

Blu-ray/DVD:

  • The Fate of Superman
  • Villains: Modes of Persuasion

Specifications:

Runtime:

Feature:

  • 420 Minutes

Enhanced Content:

  • 41 Minutes

Studio:

  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Release Date:

  • 01/14/2020

Region:

  • A/1 (U.S. and Canada only)

Website:

MPAA Rating:

  • TV-14

Selig Rating:

Film Rating:

  • BRAND NEW

Bonus Features Rating:

  • B

Picture Quality Rating:

  • A

Audio Quality Rating:

  • A

 

Selig Rating Scale:

BRAND NEW: Should add to your DVD collection at any cost

SALE ITEM: Worth owning, but try to catch it a sale

SECOND HAND: Plan to get it, but wait to buy it used

RENTAL: Worth taking a look at, but not owning

COASTER: Pick it up at a garage sale and use it for drinks

PULL!: Makes a great Trap Shooting target

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