So Krypton has been cancelled. I am much more upset about this than I would have been at the end of the first season. The second season saw such an improvement in the show, in pretty much every way.
Not to say it was perfect. I was more than a little disappointed at how the series wheedled out of the death of Lyta Zod (Georgina Campbell). It had been such a powerful scene, and the episode that followed did an exceptional job of showing how that death affected the various characters. To go back on it so quickly felt like a betrayal of the audience’s experience.
And, I also have to admit, not everything in the season finale really worked for me. The big climax, as Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) and Lyta confront General Zod (Colin Salmon), felt extremely stage-y. Shakesperian, but not in a good way, with characters making long speeches to crowds that stand around taking no action until all the speeches are completed. The physical fight between Seg and Zod that followed seemed almost to pander to the need for some sort of action.
General Zod’s storyline came to a faster conclusion than I had been expecting, but that was clearly to allow time for set-ups for season three. Adam Strange (Shaun Sipon) wound up with a suit that somewhat resembles his classic outfit from the comics, while Nyssa Vex (Wallis Day) absconded with his zeta-beam, sending herself to Rann, only to find that planet in the process of being invaded by Thangarians.
After a full season of excellent character development, Jayna Zod (Ann Ogbomo) wound up sharing a kiss with Dev-Em (Aaron Pierre), the former boyfriend of her daughter. I would love to see that twisted situation develop, the pair of them are both such good performers.
Even Lobo (Emmett Scanlan) made a return, making a deal with Seg to hunt down Brainiac (Blake Ritson) and retrieve the baby Jor-El from the conqueror’s clutches.
So despite some minor failings, the season finale left me with strong expectations for next year. It was sad to discover, a day later, that the series had been cancelled. I’m not as devastated as I was by the cancellation of Swamp Thing, but I’m not happy about it, either.
My hope is that this series winds up making its way to either the DC streaming service, or Warner Brothers forthcoming one. It certainly merits continuation.