Krapopolis – Season 1 Episode 2 “The Stuperbowl” Recap & Review

“The Stuperbowl”

Episode 2 of Krapopolis Season 1 sees the namesake city hosting three other cities for a Worldwide Inter-City Sporting Championship…or something of that sort. Tyrannis’ big plan is to woo the respective emperors into forging an alliance and creating a multi-city empire where the cities could remain at peace and enjoy mutual benefits. Owing to pressure from his mother, Tyrannis is forced to name the tournament Deliria Games.

The emperors in attendance are Papatonis, Zika, and Petra, who are all merciless tyrants according to Killass. He believes that Tyrannis has made a mistake inviting them to these games.

A murder takes place in the marketplace just as Shlub teaches Hippocampus to preserve his image in front of the human folk. The raging scientist wants to take the body back to his lab but Shlub discourages him. All the half-human half-manticore creature wants is sex, so he goes along with his son’s shenanigans.

The games begin but the people get bored seeing them. They’re ill-thought-out, anticlimactic, and have no excitement until Stupendous gets into a fight with another “muscle man” on the battlefield.

Although this goes squarely against Tryannis’ plan, the Deliria Games attract interest from the gods. Hermes reports that Aphrodite and Broseidon are among those in attendance.

The games have now turned into a rugby-style rock-collecting endeavour. Tryannis gets a whiff of what is going on and sees this as an act of betrayal on Stupendous’ part. He tries to stop it but Deliria prevents that from happening. Shlub thinks Hippocampus is the murderer on the loose. But the scientist has a theory. He profiles the killer in a crafty way that he coins “forensic science.” He also theorizes that the Blacksmith is the killer.

The games are in full flow with commentators, advertisements, and even Mexican waves. But Tyrannis puts a stop to all of it by interceding. He tries to shape the games to his vision but Broseidon starts off a riot and mayhem ensues. The entire city is lit on fire. Tyrannis is hiding out in his secret riot shelter where Deliria consoles him. She encourages him to go out and calm the situation down; not for the sake of the city but so that her “ass-kicking” closing number can woo everyone.

During the conversation, Tyrannis realizes he has been approaching the entire thing wrongly. He has made the games about trying to prove himself right. He wants to assert moral virtuousness and superiority over others. Meanwhile, Shlub gets himself “horseshoes” from the Blacksmith, who tries to kill him. But Hippocampus arrives just in time and his scientific worksmanship pays off as it saves Shlub’s life. The father is proud of his son and even promises his cadaver to be used for more experimentation.

Deliria flies Tyrannis to the surface and leaves him with Stupendous. The younger brother apologizes to his sister for taking away her moment to shine. She understands that the way of diplomacy and enterprise will shape the future and her regressive barbarism will be frozen in time. But for now, Stupendous wants the crowd back in the stands to finish what she started. Deliria helps with that and the games are finished in style.

However, Tyrannis’ plan to woo the other leaders fails miserably as they are murdered by the freaky blacksmith. Deliria isn’t able to leave her mark on the games and Tyrannis has to take his victory in that notion for now.

The Episode Review

Episode 2 was certainly less terrible and hideous-looking than the first episode. Is there a method to this madness after all? Perhaps a little but Krapopolis has a long way to go. The episode’s central arcs are beginning to take shape – an ambitious and disregarded prodigal child smothered by his overbearing mother looking to make a difference in a world that doesn’t know any better.

Patterns like Tyrannis and Deliria’s back and forth, and the new, emerging dynamic between Shlub and Hippocampus will help us relate better to the characters. These subplots will also build them up into reliable pockets of exposition to support the storytelling.

I still do not like the satirical take on barbarism versus progressivism. It only slows down the momentum of the episodes while adding very little to understanding Tyrannis’ character. The cheeky one-liners mocking modern norms are not exciting enough to be accepted as social commentary, something the writers are clearly going for.

Krapopolis has a lot of problems to sort out before the next episode airs.

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