It was a clever choice by Syfy to take Krypton back TWO generations from our Man of Steel's time.
It gave them the elbow-room necessary to explore some truly unique aspects of the society and introduce characters known in the DC-verse but not previously fleshed-out in canon.
Although initially there was a strong resemblance to Syfy's OTHER prequel series, Caprica, which chronicled ANOTHER doomed planet peopled with factions and families and feuds, Krypton soon developed a voice of its own.
In the span of ten episodes, we became acquainted with a deeply intricate political/religious system, a complex love story, and a truly galactic imminent danger.
Add to that a few time travel shenanigans, the Phantom Zone spitting out other complications, and an underground cult, and it's not surprising that it all got kind of messy and confusing at times.
So, with Krypton Season 2 premiering on June 12, here's what we'd like to see more of (or less of, in some cases):
1) Make Seg smarter
I know he supposed to be the hero and the future of Superman completely depends on him fathering Supe's dad with some woman yet-to-be-named but OH MY GOD can he please be less of a putz?
He's a terrible strategist, a useless fighter, and an underwhelming boyfriend.
As the last son of the House of El, known for great scientific minds and noble rulers, Seg has been less than impressive in both intelligence and leadership qualities.
He is, however, pretty good at running into dangerous situations on his own with no idea what to do.
Brave without brains usually means dead but Seg's superpower seems to be improbable luck.
Could his time in the Phantom Zone smarten him up? We can only hope. He honestly couldn't get much dumber.
2) More Nyssa and Lyta time
Bechdel scores aside, these two were the best thing on Krypton Season 1, hands down.
Both have issues with their parents and have been expertly trained in their field of expertise.
Also, they are weirdly linked to Seg (and each other) through co-parenthood as they each technically have a son fathered by him.
Nyssa is a political animal, quite capable of changing allegiances at the turn of a screw as long as it suits her long-term goals. For much of Season 1 she exuded self-assured confidence, knowing her strengths, value, and abilities.
So when it gets revealed that she is the clone of the original Nyssa-Vex who died in a skimmer accident when her mother was fleeing her father, it opened up a whole lot of uncertainty in her perfect facade.
I don't think she could ever be a clean-cut hero. It's not her nature. However, she's guaranteed to make interesting choices.
Before Dru-Zod came swaggering onto the scene, the House of Zod had already demonstrated its clear dominance in the field of combat with Jayna-Zod holding the position of Primus of Kandor and grooming Lyta to succeed her in often brutal lessons.
Lyta, as the central love interest, may come across as the kindest of the lot but she is every bit her mother's daughter and far more capable with weapons (or her bare hands even) than Seg or Adam have ever shown themselves to be.
The biggest issue with Lyta so far -- considering her moral compass is presumedly more consistent than Nyssa's -- is how far her allegiances swing.
Whether it's loving Seg while betrothed to Dev or shooting her mother to save her fully-grown son from the future, she's made some confusing decisions.
Since we know Seg's destined to have another son with someone other than Lyta (or Nyssa), it would seem this relationship can't survive.
And, in all fairness, Seg's SO out of his league here. With BOTH women.
3) Get Brainiac to enunciate more clearly
This is assuming Brainiac makes it out of the Phantom Zone, of course. It's not a major leap of an assumption since they'll surely be rescuing Seg; it's not hard to imagine an entity with a twelfth level intelligence will be able to escape, as well.
Yes, he's more algorithm than a biological villain, but the tinny, mechanical filter they laid over Blake Ritson's speech made his lines sound more train whistle than a harbinger of doom. Speaking of which...
4) Don't be stupid about solving Doomsday
Doomsday is, quite literally, the ultimate killing machine, created through horrific genetic experimentation and imbued with an innate hatred for all things Kryptonian.
Now freed, he should, by all rights, be in the process of systematically destroying the planet and annihilating all life on it.
If they double down on making the Phantom Zone into the dimensional junk drawer of all threats to Krypton and get him sucked in there, it'll be such a cop-out.
5) Hands off Kem
Where the series tried to introduce humor and humanity, they tried too hard with Adam Strange and just couldn't get it right with Seg. However, when it comes to Seg's Rankless, bar-owning, perfectly straight-forward bestie, Kem, timing and emotionality flowed perfectly.
That certainly didn't stop them from putting him through hell with the Ona-becomes-a-Raoist-and-then-a-host-for-Brainiac storyline.
Our last glimpse of Kem was him being conscripted into Dru-Zod's Rankless army.
Seriously, Kem is a deal-breaker. He dies, I walk.
6) Godly battles
We learned a lot about the worship of Rao, Krypton Sun God, during Season 1. The culture is very much driven by Raoist teachings, holidays, and traditions.
The religious leader, known as The Voice of Rao, was even targeted by Brainiac as the best choice to use as a host to take control of the planet.
But it turns out there are options on Krypton when looking for religious worship.
The Cythonnites -- worshippers of Cythonna, Rao's anti-thesis -- were introduced on Krypton Season 1 Episode 7 as a secret underground society with a mission to safeguard Doomsday and keep it from ever escaping because [see (4) above].
I'm genuinely curious about the Cythonnites. If Doomsday hasn't destroyed them all, it would be an interesting development to have them come to some prominence.
7) Zod Family Values
By the end of Krypton Season 1, the major houses of Kandor have fallen. The House of El was stripped of rank when Seg was a boy. The House of Vex fell with Daron's overreach.
What is left is the militaristic might of the House of Zod.
Dru-Zod, aka "General Zod" of Superman infamy, concludes the finale with his iconic phrase, demanding all of Krypton to "KNEEL BEFORE ZOD" while his young mother, Lyta, stands at his side.
Meanwhile, we saw Grandma Jayna, wounded by her daughter's shot, escape into the Outlands with her long-thought-dead brother, Vidar.
Did we mention he was thought dead because Jayna, as a child, left him to die during the Zod rite of passage? Yup, families suck no matter what planet you're on.
I suspect he's involved with the Cythonnites but that's pure speculation based on their ability to hide out for centuries from the all-seeing Rao.
Jayna's been an amazing character so I look forward to her development in Season 2.
8) Can we please pick a single baddie to fight?
Krypton's first season suffered from an overcrowding of plot-lines.
Whether that was to distract from Seg's general ineptitude or an overly-ambitious attempt to lay some groundwork for future developments, it was frustrating to follow so many mini-narratives.
Brainiac was (and still is) a formidable villain with a bizarre end-game.
Doomsday, as noted above, is a freaking killing machine.
Dru-Zod has traveled back through time and space to subjugate his home world and use it to conquer the universe.
Jax-Ur, although ostensibly fighting on the side of right here, is a villain in canon and a loose cannon at best.
That's FOUR major antagonists introduced in a ten-episode season. Not to mention, Daron was a force for evil throughout and Adam Strange is a Zeta Beam-wielding nitwit who seems to have an irritated ex-wife and father-in-law who may prove to be problematic.
Give me a clear, well-thought-out, and emotionally-investable conflict anytime over the circus of complications Krypton has thrown so far.
P.S. Enough with the blood locks
Well, that's our wishlist. Did we miss anything?
What would you pray to Rao for this season? Throw your most wished-for developments into the comments!
Diana Keng is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.