'Krypton' season 2 premiere saw Emmett Scanlan's Lobo steal the limelight with a strong 1st impression
Lobo has been one of Superman's deadliest foes in the comics and cartoons and plays the occasional anti-hero. In the episode, Lobo is pretty much brought in to induce the surprise element
This article contains spoilers for 'Krypton' season 2
'Krypton' season 2 picked up from where it left off at breakneck pace. There were hardly any new character introductions at the start and the focus was on setting the tone for the rest of the series.
Earlier in season 1, the arrival of the grotesque, yet powerful Doomsday was teased, only to be shown very briefly. When it was revealed that Lobo, the intergalactic bounty-hunter would be one of the villains in the second season, the news caused quite a bit of a stir, but the world didn't expect the fast-talking, violent supervillain to make an appearance in the opening episode.
Titled 'Light Years From Home', the episode picks up six months after the events in which Brainiac (Blake Ritson), the evil genius, and Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) are pulled into the Phantom Zone. In the meantime, Superman's enemy Dru-Zod (Colin Salmon) travels back in time and takes over Krypton. Meanwhile, Adam Strange and Val-El, Seg's grandfather, try to figure out a way to get Seg back. Strange gambles by modifying his Zeta-Beam to travel into the Phantom Zone to try and rescue Seg.
Seg and Brainiac, on the other hand, manage to crashland to the latter's homeworld, Colu, after Seg uses the sunstone to open a time vortex and escape the Phantom Zone. The duo try and figure out a way to get off the planet when an alarm sounds announcing, "Sh**head detected...transmitting location". Ignoring the alarm, Seg attacks Brainiac's skull leaving a lifeless body on the ground.
Adam, who's traveled through the Phantom Zone, lands in Colu and their reunion is cut short. They are interrupted by Lobo (Emmett J. Scanlan) - a grey-bodied, red-eyed villain - armed and confounded to see two strangers instead of Brainiac.
Before the two heroes react, Lobo makes quick work of the two by knocking them out before finally introducing himself. He poses two questions, "First question, who are you two sh**-birds, and second question, what are you doing on this sh**-hole of a planet?"
"Frag!" he continues, "Probably should've asked you that first!" He is then seen wrapping a chain around their bodies and dragging them through the woods.
Lobo has been one of Superman's deadliest foes in the comics and cartoons and plays the occasional anti-hero. In the episode, Lobo is pretty much brought in to induce the surprise element. A huge chunk of the first episode did exactly what it was supposed to do - offer an explanation and set the tone for the rest of the series.
The iconic supervillain's introduction makes viewers forget all that happened in the last thirty-odd minutes, specifically General Zod, Seg and Strange's comical reunion, the fate of Krypton and much of the conversation between characters. Lobo looks terrifying in his avatar and the looks on the heroes' faces say it all.
Not only does it remind you of the Lobo from 'Superman-The Animated Series'; he also struts and talks like the character. He makes a strong first impression even with the limited few minutes he gets to shine with a humorous monologue opposite Seg and Adam's unconscious bodies.
And there you have it, one of the most epic characters in the world of Superman finally gets a chance to announce himself and he does so with some rugged panache. We can't wait to see more of the bounty-hunter over the course of the series.
You can read our review of the first episode here.
'Krypton' season 2 airs Wednesday nights on Syfy at 10:00 p.m. ET.