Wasn't what I was expecting it to be; however it was really good. I expected more the life and history of Kal El's family for the previous three generations or so leading up to the destruction of Krypton. Instead it is a Superman centered story about them. I did still enjoy it and the look of the world as a whole.
I had been originally dismissive of this show. I am not a Superman fan and I thought that it would be another paint-by-numbers superhero tv show aimed at teenagers. It's anything but. Krypton is actually a space soap opera and political drama.
The show takes up threads from the first 20 minutes of the Man of Steel film, but I also see echoes of the Dune mini series, Brave New World, Spartacus Blood & Sand as well as the Martian society in the tv show the Expanse.
The Krypton is a harsh rugged planet where most of the populace live in 8 dome covered city states. As was hinted at in MOS and Brave New World Kryptonian society is divided into a caste system.
Resources are so limited that the population is genetically engineered and grown in birthing stations. Everyone has their place. There are those who belong to noble houses..or houses that fall around certain functions of society such as law and order, military and science. Those who don't belong to a house are considered rankless and live in slums and do menial jobs for the aristocracy.
The show takes place 200 years before the birth of Superman and features Superman’s grandfather. Seg-El a young man whose family has fallen out of favour due to a choice that his grandfather made as a child. As a result his family has been stripped of their guild and are rankless.
The cast is predominantly British and I find that it gives the show a greater weight. British actors have always been good at portraying duty/responsibility and strength. In the best tradition of British drama, they have some very strong female protagonists who are strong and feminine as opposed to angry and shrill.
Each episode builds on the previous one, and there are a lot of unexpected twists and turns. Unlike many shows that start strong but fizzle into contrivance and predictability this one does not.