I have an official new favorite television show: Marvel’s Runaways. Given that I was a huge Marvel comics buff when I was a kid (um..OK…so I still am…) and love pretty much anything to do with superheroes, I was excited to check out this new show — even though I did read the storyline years ago in the Runaways comics but can’t remember at all how it went.
The storyline is thus: Six teenagers from very different backgrounds and a rocky past come together and inadvertently discover that their parents are evil super-villains (collectively known as “The Pride”). Yes, I know we all think our parents are evil when we’re growing up. But in this case, it’s true! Learning their parents’ secret is just the beginning, however, as our teens experience all manner of twists and turns and at times, are not quite sure where their loyalties truly lie. Though they have their differences, they six kids come together to unite against their evil parents in this character-focused drama.
Our six teens are:
- Alex – a nerd who wants only to reunite with his childhood friends who broke apart after “The Event”
- Nico – a gothic-appearing Wiccan, still trying to recover from her sister’s death, who discovers a family heirloom with mysterious powers.
- Karolina – a young lady raised in an uber-religious household (complete with its own church) discovers that she has strange powers (picture glowing rainbow lights). . .and oh, she can fly.
- Gert – A social activist who has the strange ability to communicate with dinosaurs.
- Chase – Handsome lacrosse player by day, a brilliant scientist by night.
- Molly – The youngest of the group who one day discovers she has super-human strength — I’m talking “pushing a semi truck into a hole” kind of strength.
We also learn all about their parents: why they do what they do, what makes them tick and how they’re being controlled by a single, powerful, (and evil?) force. I’m not going to tell you much about them — half the fun of this series is figuring them out once their secrets begin to reveal themselves.
All in all, there are well over a dozen main characters in the show (it seems like a lot at first, but surprisingly, it works) and multiple storylines, resulting in a complex, gripping and captivating teenage mystery/drama complete with teen angst, family secrets, murder, kidnapping, super-heros and super-villains — all resulting in a compelling mystery with a dash of the supernatural (well, maybe more than a dash)
Now I will admit, after I watched the first two episodes, my initial reaction was lukewarm. A friend asked me what I thought, and I responded with “Meh”. But by the third and fourth episodes, I was hooked…bad. So bad in fact, that I binge-watched the rest of the season over a couple of days. So yes, it is a bit of a slow start but it’s worth it. The season gets better and better with each episode, leading up to the exciting season finale, which definitely left me wanting for more.
The first season of the series consists of 10 episodes was and was originally released on Hulu in November 2017. As far as I know, Hulu is the only way to watch it. I’m also delighted to announce that the series has been renewed for a second season. Yay!
So if you have Hulu and are looking for something fun and original to watch, Marvel’s Runaways just might be what you’re looking for.
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