When Krypton was first announced, many people dismissed it as a simple prequel starring Superman's grandfather. Then it was revealed that the stakes were much higher: Brainiac had gone back in time to attack the planet and prevent Superman from ever being born, while space adventurer Adam Strange travelled back to stop the villain. But last night's new twist - honestly, "twist" barely does it justice - was next-level bananas.
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It can be easy to immediately dismiss Krypton, the new Syfy series premiering tonight, as another TV prequel for a beloved DC Comics superhero, just like Gotham. Since the alien planet is best known for exploding, most people might think they even already know the show's plot. But despite being set 200 years before baby Kal-El was sent to Earth, Krypton isn't ever going to be waiting for Superman to be born.
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Syfy's Superman prequel Krypton already has a bit of a loopy, time-travel premise - acting as both the history of the House of El before Krypton went kablammo and a timey-wimey story of how DC hero Adam Strange has been tasked with going to the past to secure Superman's present. Apparently, Krypton is doing that by the way of... Back to the Future?
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Krypton is often depicted as either a lavish, ornate world at the pinnacle of its opulence, or as a utilitarian utopia. But rarely, if ever, is it considered as a place where people actually live their lives -- eat, drink, work, maybe even have a family. Syfy's new drama, Krypton, has put a lot of thought into how to change that.
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