SDCC Offers Up New Trailers for 'Krypton', 'Inhumans', and a 'Stargate' Prequel Series

Friday, 21 July 2017 - 12:24PM
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Friday, 21 July 2017 - 12:24PM
SDCC Offers Up New Trailers for 'Krypton', 'Inhumans', and a 'Stargate' Prequel Series
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It's SDCC, the world stage of geek culture, and everything from Star Trek to Pacific Rim are competing to blow the most minds. With that in mind, we have trailers for a bunch of upcoming sci-fi television shows that might be the most exciting crop of new properties we'll be seeing in the near future.

First up is Inhumans—we've already had a trailer for this show, which has somewhat failed to impress viewers who are curious as to why a futuristic city on the Moon looks so suspiciously similar to a concrete parking lot. This new trailer is a lot more jazzy, and gives us some more special effects—such as Medusa's hair—while attempting to justify the unorthodox move to premiere the show in IMAX.



This trailer is cut together a lot more like the ones for Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy, with a catchy pop song tying together a lot of quick action beats, but it's still painfully obvious that this show doesn't have a huge budget. What's more, the choice of Rag'n'Bone Man's Human as the song for the trailer may fit the theme of the show, but it was also used for sci-fi video game Mass Effect: Andromeda's launch trailer, and that game tanked so badly that the franchise was put on indefinite hold. Human might not necessarily be a bad omen, but it is now associated with rushed, awkward, lackluster space operas, and this might not be a connotation that Marvel wants to steer towards.

It's eye-opening to watch the new teaser for Krypton immediately after the Inhumans trailer to show just how much better Marvel's show could be. While the teaser for DC's extraterrestrial answer to Gotham isn't overly long, it shows a much more distinct and interesting design style than Inhumans, and manages to look a lot more exciting. Perhaps that's in part because anything that features a planet blowing up in reverse is going to grab the viewer's attention a little more.



There are no concrete slabs on display in the Krypton trailer (although it is in fairness a lot shorter); instead we get caves, ancient ruins, and sprawling CGI cities filled with flying machines. We did get a glimpse of some of this footage when the teaser leaked online earlier this year, but this new cut looks all the more impressive. Without a good look at the show's characters, it's hard to know for certain how engaging Krypton will be, but it certainly looks pretty, and for a twenty-second trailer, that's the most important thing.

Then there's Stargate: Origins, a new prequel show that debuted a teaser trailer at SDCC, but which has gone even further in the direction of style over an actual content reveal. Still, you can learn a lot from what footage MGM has chosen to use here.



There's obviously no actual footage of Stargate: Origins to show off, which is why the teaser instead uses a single piece of concept art, as well as clips from a previous story set in this universe. Instead of reaching for SG1 or even Atlantis, though, the teaser goes right back to the start of the franchise, showing us a scene from the original Stargate movie.

This is an interesting choice, not least because the Stargate television shows have a far larger, more devoted fanbase than the movie that spawned the series. Over the course of SG1, the entire premise of the franchise morphed dramatically, so doing a prequel that ties mostly into the movie isn't necessarily going to appease fans—especially when we've all been denied a big screen revival of the franchise that would have been a better avenue for expanding on the original film's premise.

Stargate: Origins is going to be experimental in a lot of ways, though. MGM is opting for an online streaming distribution method similar to Star Trek Discovery. Considering how very basic the teaser is, there's every chance that the studio is merely testing the water at this point to gauge people's reactions, and will tailor the project depending on what feedback they receive.

It would probably be unfair to rank these three shows based solely on their SDCC offerings, but at the same time, it's difficult not to find some of these trailers more enticing than others. Kypton looks pretty cool, Stargate: Origins is an enigma that's intriguing if a little vague, and Inhumans continues to feel a little cheap and tacky.
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