Krypton Season Finale “The Phantom Zone” Review
Between Brainiac’s arrival, Lyta’s betrayal, Zod’s identity, and the potential for Doomsday to run amok, there has been a lot going on and to anticipate for this season finale. I’m still pretty shocked that Krypton debuted as Syfy’s best series premiere in more than 3 years. That says a lot about what can be accomplished when you think outside the box a bit for these superhero shows. Quality comes from staying true to what people know, and giving viewers a bit more to keep them at the edge of their seat when translated to the silver screen.
With the conclusion of last week’s Krypton, the time has finally come for Brainiac to make his grand entrance. That of course means that the time for petty things has been set aside (hopefully) with nothing more than the future at stake. This started with the grand entrance of Brainiac which they spared no expense in effects. The dropping of his ship, the panic spreading across the city, all of it set the tone for what felt like the beginning of the end. The tension among everyone to get on the same page even added more to that atmosphere. Whether it was our main characters or the rest of the citizens, each had their own way of responding to this new danger. Anger, fear, hopelessness, all these emotions clashed and made it that much harder to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yet at the same time provided some notable characters to find their moment to show what they stand for. If there was anything to look forward to most, it was who could rise to the occasion when all seemed lost.
It was only the added help from someone unexpected where you could see some glimpse of hope. It was also where we could come to understand where that line exists between what can be changed and what cannot. This also proved what was to be assumed about General Zod. Through the events of the past few episodes leading up to this finale, it was the smart move that they didn’t sugarcoat who Zod is and why he was someone so hard to trust. Any other day I would roll my eyes at a character like him, but this version was more cunning and straightforward. He didn’t always tell the truth, but when he did he certainly made it hard to argue with his point with what is at stake. The tension caused made sense since
Brainiac did not disappoint once it came time for him to live up to the terror. Well he did when it came to feeling like anyone major was in any danger. When you’ve seen different versions of this situation or read it, there was some expectation to what it meant for Brainiac to get what he wants. Both the explanation of the inevitable and the visual were executed perfectly. The visual in particular since everyone needed to know what they were in store for should they fail. When it came to his capabilities, that did not disappoint either. Could they have done more with the drones and actual process of bottling Kandor? Sure, but this was good for what they had to work with. The effects overall for this finale was stunning. For as great as most of the settings, effects, and props were, it was worth saving everything for the end. That aside, how they dealt with the threat of Brainianc both changed everything you thought you knew about this story, and where we can look forward to the second season taking us.
The flashback of what happened with Seg’s grandfather was appreciated context given to where everything went wrong for the House of El. It was cool to find out that not everything was as it seemed. As I have said from the start of this season, world exploration means everything for a show like Krypton. Especially when this episode lives up to the name “The Phantom Zone”. I certainly wasn’t expecting us to be exposed to this place so soon, but all the same another familiar element of Kryptonian history that we could look forward to seeing properly on tv.
Now the one twist to the Codex was not something you could prepare yourself for. With little room for pettiness or politics as I said above, that left room for other discoveries that were a refreshing change of pace. That aside, it did sting a bit that Adam Strange’s big part was something already long gone when he stopped that bomb. If any character really needed to find that moment to shine, it was him, and he let us down.
The Krypton season finale “The Phantom Zone” leaves us with a new world that rises from the chaos. Some characters get what they want, while others do not. What is known is that the future indeed takes its own form. I think we can all agree this is one of those times when it is possible to overlook the differences. After the announcement of a season two, you had to wonder what more story there is to tell, and a lot of this came off like a set-up towards what we should anticipate on this planet and beyond.