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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 21, 2018
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  • Summary: The fate of the planet Krypton is in the hands of Superman's grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) in this sci-fi series from David S. Goyer and Ian Goldberg also features Brainiac (Blake Ritson) and Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Craig Byrne
    Mar 20, 2018
    80
    Syfy, Warner Bros., and DC took a big swing with this project, but it seems like the time and money were good investments. This Superman fan is happy with how it’s starting, at the very least, and there’s a lot of potential here.
  2. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Mar 21, 2018
    75
    Krypton is a show split between two different concepts, and that lack of commitment shows in the first five episodes. But those unfamiliar with the comics will find plenty to enjoy, as the plot gets twistier and twistier.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Mar 21, 2018
    70
    Krypton is nowhere nearly as nuanced--“Battlestar” frequently wasn’t either, for that matter--and in its opening hour trains much of its focus on building a soap opera bridge to the ancestral history of Earth’s greatest champion. But it is heartening to see a Syfy series take advantage of our ongoing fascination with the DC Universe, and other comic book properties, to attempt to make a statement about where we are and the possible dangers that lie ahead.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 16, 2018
    50
    The series eventually begins to click but the pacing is slow, the action is sporadic and the special effects are, well, not all that special. ... Campbell and Ogbomo, and the battle of wills between daughter and mom, are consistently more interesting than Seg-El’s machinations to restore his family honor.
  5. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Mar 21, 2018
    50
    There's a compelling narrative here, but the drama lacks the fireworks and color to keep things engaging.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Allen
    Mar 20, 2018
    50
    The idea of focusing on Supeman’s grandfather, instead of his father, Jor-El, might mean there is a lot of room for story with this series and its lineage. But the show’s first few episodes have a nagging inconsequential air to them, as I wonder might be the overall case if Krypton doesn’t start putting its good intent toward a more innovative cause.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 16, 2018
    30
    Krypton is the kind of series where you wonder what direction is being given to, well, everyone. Any series that looks and feels, at least 50 percent of the time, like a spoof is already in a pretty bad spot. But if that series gives off the vibe that the characters inside it look completely uninspired, then you have a whopper of a problem.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15
  1. Mar 24, 2018
    10
    A treat for all supes fans! They had a great look to Krypton, believable slums, and that look for Brainiac was PERFECT! I can't wait to seeA treat for all supes fans! They had a great look to Krypton, believable slums, and that look for Brainiac was PERFECT! I can't wait to see whats ahead! Expand
  2. May 10, 2018
    10
    It is a great sci-fi show! I can not figure out why some many bad reviews! Don't bother, there is no mistake give Krypton a chance. Maybe theIt is a great sci-fi show! I can not figure out why some many bad reviews! Don't bother, there is no mistake give Krypton a chance. Maybe the comic fans didn't like, I'm not a hardcore comic fan and I'm really loving the show! Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2018
    8
    The show definitely has potential. It gives an interesting look into the caste system used on Krypton and introduces the potential forThe show definitely has potential. It gives an interesting look into the caste system used on Krypton and introduces the potential for alternate time lines through the meddling of Adam Strange. The show could quickly fall back to formulaic angst filled drama with no direction or it could become a masterpiece. At this stage it's too early to tell but I like what I've experienced so far. Expand
  4. Apr 25, 2018
    3
    If the CW and SyFy channel produced a baby thru anal sex it would be called Krypton
  5. Apr 7, 2018
    2
    disappointing, more trash written for teenagers that need stories spoonfed to them. Cliched, poorly scripted and average acting, barely madedisappointing, more trash written for teenagers that need stories spoonfed to them. Cliched, poorly scripted and average acting, barely made it through the second episode, certainly won't be watching a 3rd. Expand
  6. Apr 14, 2018
    2
    Ok I have tried to give this series a chance and see how things progress, but it has failed to improve on the Pilot, Now on Episode 4 stillOk I have tried to give this series a chance and see how things progress, but it has failed to improve on the Pilot, Now on Episode 4 still waiting for something to happen, the script is poor and acting is course and amateurish in parts, the visuals look good but some scenes the lighting seems a little to dark and dull. We all know how this ends if you are a fan, but will Krypton be Syfy's kryptonite or will they fly up up and away? We will see Expand
  7. May 17, 2018
    0
    I've stuck through to episode 9. Honestly, I wanted to love this show as a Superman fan, but it’s just really bad and it all comes fromI've stuck through to episode 9. Honestly, I wanted to love this show as a Superman fan, but it’s just really bad and it all comes from creative decisions made around the mythology the show is choosing to cover and subsequent poor writing.

    The cast is charming and they perform well given their material but fans will be turned off by iconic roles being miscast. In fairness the show is trying to be inclusive by having as much diversity as possible, but race and gender swapping iconic characters is not the solution and it turned me off and will likely put off many other fans. With a whole world being built, it would have been wiser to represent in these new characters and write them well enough for people to get invested in them as much as characters they may be more familiar with. The implementation resulted in casting a black guy as a villain... but at least he wasn't made an alien monster using prosthetics and makeup like usual?

    The dialogue frequently references earth culture on an alien world. In jokes and references that don’t make sense in an alien culture at all and ultimately break immersion in this world. It seems like a small thing to mention but they pop up just when you’re getting into the world and they snap you right out of it. Characters are often written out of character too. For example a Hologram character has discussions as if it wasn’t a hologram and the dialogue treats the audience as if it doesn't know what a hologram is at times too.

    The most recent episodes are resorting to long lost family members showing up, turning it into a soap opera and a recent climatic scene with the antagonist took liberties with the character’s abilities pushing the direction of the narrative and outcome of the scene into absurdity and alienating fans of the source material in the process.

    Ultimately, the show suffers from the exact same problems the movie universe does. The writers are not familiar enough or do not respect the source material enough. Or they just don’t believe in its value and make shallow attempts to make it cooler, edgier, modernized and appeal to a demographic outside of the core demographic. Which in turn alienates the core fans who would provide a base and positive word of mouth. Forest for the trees as they say.

    The costumes are notably good. Sets are well done also. That's all the show has going for it otherwise.
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