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“Krypton” Season 2: It’s Really Just “Hollyoaks in Space!” [OPINION]

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SYFY‘s Superman-prequel-series-with-a-time-twist Krypton returned for a second season this week, and one thing has become pretty clear: it bears surprising similarities to the British soap opera Hollyoaks.

Krypton is about Superman’s grandfather Seg-El in his youth fighting against an oppressive caste system that dominates Kryptonian society. He’s having a secret Romeo-and-Juliet love affair with Lyta Zod, the future mother of General Zod. Then Earthman Adam Strange shows up from the future to tell him he needs to prevent Brainiac from messing up the timeline and preventing the emergence of Superman in the future. Hijinks ensue… then General Zod arrives from the future and even more hijinks ensue.

Hollyoaks in Spaaaaaaaace!

Krypton is hilarious. It’s a very British show. The main cast is British, except for Shaun Sipos. He’s Canadian and plays Adam Strange. He’s the only one on the show with an American accent. The show is filmed in Belfast, probably because Ireland offers some kind of tax credit, which means it probably has several Irish actors in it. Television shows are all about saving money on the tax credits these days. You can’t blame them, really – shows are expensive to make, especially Science Fiction and Fantasy shows set on other worlds.

The Britishness of Krypton is what makes me think the show is really Hollyoaks in Space!

Just What is a Hollyoaks, you might ask?

Why, it’s a British soap opera featuring a cast of very pretty twenty-somethings. Relationships, abuse, drugs, parental and peer pressure, job pressure, mental health issues, you name it, all the subjects you expect from soap operas are present on this show. Every decision is life-or-death – and the subtext of a soap with pretty people is always who’s going to shag whom and when? Pretty much like Krypton, really. Krypton adds “…in Space!” to the ingredients, with time travel, space ships, Game of Thrones-style political intrigue and warfare added because… Science Fiction!

Hollyoaks has been around on British television since the 1990’s. It’s the only UK soap that features cast of mainly pretty twenty-somethings rather than tired middle-aged character actors. For a young actor or actress starting out in the UK, Hollyoaks is one of the few starring roles they can land other than one of the other less glamourous soaps. It’s either that or playing a patient on hospital soap Holby City or a guest spot on one of the cop shows. Only the luckiest ones end up on Doctor Who. Perfect example? Hollyoaks alum Mandip Gil currently plays Yasmin Khan in Jodie Whittaker‘s run on Doctor Who.

There are so many similarities Krypton shares with Hollyoaks:

The hero and heroines are very good-looking and keep secrets… just like a soap!

They have secret love affairs that are forbidden by their parents and society… just like a soap!

They’re under enormous pressure to do the right thing but face temptations… just like a soap!

The hero even has a skinny wisecracking salt-of-the-earth best friend… just like a soap!

To add to my “conspiracy theory,” Wallis Day (Nyssa Vex) is also a Hollyoaks alum.

All the Soapy Tropes!

The most common plot trope in soap operas is a psychopathic villain showing up to make the heroes’ lives hell. This occurred in season one with first the arrival of Brainiac. Then it happened again with the arrival of General Zod from the future. He reveals Seg-El and Lyta are his parents. More soapy angst! Secret children, illegitimate babies, even cloned babies are the stuff of soap operas. Krypton has those in spades! In season two, we’re getting the first live action version of Lobo this season and he has a working class regional British accent!

Krypton doesn’t even bother to hide its Britishness anymore!

Since it’s mostly British people who know about Hollyoaks, it makes sense that this show is called Krypton. “Space Hollyoaks” is a little too obvious and a lot less “brand exciting.” After all, DC Comics and Superman are a much bigger and more famous brand.

So if you watch Krypton, try checking out an episode of Hollyoaks or another British soap opera. It makes it so much funnier – and you’ll see that I’m right.

Hollyoaks is currently streaming on Hulu in the US… I wonder how many people in America actually watch it?

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Surveillance Britain: Police Using Massively Inaccurate Facial Recognition Technology on Ordinary Brits

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Here’s another piece of news that should further worry anyone concerned that Britain is slowly sliding down the tubes towards a surveillance state. The rozzers have launched a pilot scheme for a facial recognition system. They’re testing it out by photographing the fizzogs of ordinary British citizens walking down the streets. And it’s already resulted in one extremely dubious arrest. One man didn’t want to be photographed by the cops, and so he hid his face. The rozzers then pounced and fined him for ‘disorderly conduct’. This was filmed by the Beeb’s Politics Live. It’s completely disgraceful. The man had committed no crime, except to protect his own privacy against the state.

Mike in his article on this points out that there have been a couple of incidents where attempts to compile information on ordinary members of the public have resulted in disastrous mistakes, or deeply worrying infringements of personal freedom. For example, there were the innocent people, who suddenly found themselves with criminal records when their prospective employers started making background checks. Many of them were wrongly left without jobs because of this. And then there’s the DNA genetic database scandal, in which genetic material obtained from the public has been kept by the police, some of which was then illegally passed on for use in genetic research.

Mike also shows how this technology is also massively inaccurate. It had a failure rate of 96 per cent in eight trials in London between 2016 and 2018 according to the Independent. The software gave false positives, wrongly identifying innocent people as crims. It was also deployed twice in a shopping centre outside Stratford last year, where it had a failure rate of 100 per cent. This resulted in people being wrongly identified, including a 14 year old Black schoolboy, who was fingerprinted. The cops also stopped people for covering their faces and wearing hoods, and one man was fined for doing so in  Romford. The Independent found that shoppers were unaware their photos were being taken, despite the rozzers’ claim that the tests were overt, and campaigners have said that it’s being rolled out by stealth.

But despite its dangers and massive inaccuracy, the scheme is being defended by the Tories. Police Minister Nick Hurd has said that the technology offers ‘real opportunities’, said we are not a surveillance state, and that they have no intention of becoming one, and so the new technology must be used in a way that is sensitive to their impact on privacy, and proportionate.

To which Mike comments

Fail. It’s not sensitive to privacy and its use isn’t proportionate. But the Tories – and the police – won’t withdraw it, so we can only conclude that we do – indeed – live in a police surveillance state.

Police state Britain: Failed facial recognition pilot leads to fine for disorderly conduct. WTF?

This is precisely the type of information gathering that Privacy International and other campaigners were warning about in the ’90s. When DNA evidence first began to be collected, there were fears that it would be used to set up a national DNA database. In one incident, all the men in a small town where a rape had been committed were asked to supply samples of their DNA. There were concerns about what would happen to it afterwards, and that the material would be retained, even though the men were innocent. There were also fears that the collection of such samples would go from being simple requests to demands, and that anyone who refused, would automatically come under suspicion, even though they may be innocent.

It also reminds of the way the police also started compiling records in the 1980s of people they considered suspicious, as revealed in the Beeb documentary, Secret State. Perfectly innocent people suddenly had police files opened on them and their movements recorded for reasons that reflected the prejudices of the cops, rather than anything they’d done. Like being punks. One teenage girl was marked down as a potential suspect simply because she was pregnant and there was no father.

I am also not surprised by the massive failure rate of the technology at the moment. It seems par for the course that any and all information technology adopted by the state should be seriously flawed. Like all the computer systems supplied to local authorities in the 1990s by outsourcing companies like Crapita.

Black people are particularly at risk from these systems. The I newspaper a few weeks ago reported on the concerns about the massive under-representation of women and ethnic minorities in the computer industry. Only four per cent of employees in one of the big American tech giants came from ethnic minorities. As a result, the pattern recognition system they developed misidentified Black people as gorillas. Which makes you wonder who programmed this wretched system. The Klan?

As for not becoming a surveillance society, privacy campaigners have warned repeatedly about the dangers of ‘function creep’. Once one innovation or strategy is adopted, other agencies will want to use it, and so it will expand. Also, other forms have surveillance have become normalised. There were serious concerns about the use of CCTV cameras when they first appeared. Alan Moore deliberately wrote them into his depiction of a Fascist Britain in the V for Vendetta comic. He thought at the time that this would really shock people. Niall Ferguson shared his fears. He was also alarmed at how ubiquitous CCTV cameras had become here after he returned from a visit to China. But he was also astonished at how his concerns were not shared by anyone else.

And with the campaign by the IT and automobile industries, I wonder how long it will be before we get the repressive police state and its robots described by the great SF writer Ray Bradbury in his short story, ‘The Pedestrian’. In this tale, a man is stopped by a robotic police car simply for taking a walk in the middle of the night.

It’s SF as the ‘literature of warning’. It’s not meant to be prophetic. But somehow that seems to be the future these technologies are leading to.

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Being Human & Doctor Who’s Toby Whithouse Writes #MarvelComics 1000 with Alan Davis

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Toby Whithouse is best known for creating the BBC TV series Being Human. He also created the Channel 4 police drama No Angels, the BBC drama The Game and has written a number of episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood – appearing as a German soldier facing down Mark Gatiss‘ Lethbridge-Stewart in the Christmas Special Twice Upon A Time.

We once caught him totally swiping a classic scene from Alan Moore‘s Marvelman for Being Human. He copped to it as well, bless him.Last we heard, he was working on a Channel 4 proposal for an adaptation of V For Vendetta and the new TV adaptation of Gormenghast.

And in August, he will be collaborating with another Marvelman creator, Alan Davis, for what we believe is a one-page story in Marvel #1000 or Marvel Comics #1000.

Toby Whithouse also may have brought Moore and Davis’ creation The Fury to Doctor Who as well…

Of coure, it could be the beginning of something even bigger….

Many More Creators For Marvel Comics #1000 - Has to Be One-Page Stories #MarvelComics

 

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Well, the fifth series of Line of Duty is finally over and now's the time to release start releasing that tidal wave of merchandise in time for Christmas.

Let's start with this...

Something for all the younger viewers eager for puzzles and morse code breaking challenges.

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