Krypton (SyFy) – Premieres 21st March – Renewed
Set about 200 years before the birth of Superman and the destruction of Krypton, this follows the grandfather of Superman, Seg-El. Who as a child witnesses his own grandfather sentenced to death for not bowing down to the new religious leader, The Voice. And finds that his family have been ostracised, leading them to live in the slums and with no chance of redeeming their name.
Moving on a few years, Seg-El is now a twenty-something who makes his money mainly from hustling the patrons of his friends bar. After having an altercation with some of The Voices security forces, Seg encounters Adam Strange, a time traveller from Earth, who tells him that because of his Grandson someone from the future has been sent to destroy Krypton, and hands him a crystal to the Fortress of Solitude.
After almost being arrested while carrying the crystal, Seg is saved by his mother in a stolen vehicle, who reveals that his parents know where the fortress is. She then takes Seg there, where she reveals that his grandfather discovered evidence of an alien presence that is capable of destroying planets, and was possibly heading to Krypton.
When security forces catch his mother for the theft of the vehicle and try to find out who was also with her, she refuses and is arrested. During her trial she continues to refuse to reveal who was with her, and announcing that the theories Segs grandfather had was correct. This leads to Segs father to claim it was him in the vehicle before he could do so, ending with both his parents being killed in front of him.
Returning to the fortress Seg is met again by Adam Strange who shows him Supermans cape, which is deteriorating in a Back To The Future manner, and tells him that when the cape is gone their time is up. Strange then tells Seg about Braniac, and how it will wipe out everything it encounters that he is the only hope of stopping it.
While the show goes along at a decent pace, the way it’s written is reminiscent of DaVinci’s Demons. Which is sort of off putting when it’s all set on a futuristic planet. That said, there are worse ways to burn 45 minutes.