Marvel's Runaways

2018-05-04 15:16
 
A scene in the series Runaways

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:

A group of six Los Angeles teens, fractured by a tragic loss, reunite only to discover that their parents may be hiding a terrible secret that turns their world upside down.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

Despite being a Marvel fan girl from a very young age, I didn’t really know about Marvel’s Runaways, but I will watch anything Marvel throws at me so here we are.

Going into this not knowing anything about it was such a great way to watch this. After the first two episodes I had no idea what the heck was going on but I was there for it! The mystery was so well set up that I just wanted to know more.

The show centres on a group of teens, who used to be friends a long time ago. After one of their group dies, the group fracture and they all go their separate ways. But despite their different backgrounds, the kids are quite a close bunch. There’s the nerd Alex, the goth girl Nico, the pure princess Karolina, the jock Chase, the social activist Gert and the awkward Molly.

The kids are all friends in the first place because their parents are all friends through the Pride organisation that presents itself as a charity organisation. These people are such an unlikely group of friends that you wonder how they even got to be in cahoots with each other, because half the time it doesn’t seem like they even like each other. But as they say, all will be revealed. It could have been a painfully slow reveal but the writers have done such a good job of pacing the show.

In the first two episodes the kids discover that their parents are part of a secret cult, called Pride, which partakes in human sacrifice, mostly in runaway teens. The kids are understandably freaked out and band together to stop them. They also uncover the truth behind the death of their friend and the truth behind the Scientology-esque church that Karolina’s mother is the head of.

During the course of the season the kids each discover that they have special abilities, which I won’t spoil because each one is not only a fun reveal but the way the rest of the group react to the discoveries are so real and how you’d probably react if you found out your friends had super powers.

I didn’t expect to get hooked on this show as I did. It’s wonderfully done and each episode has you wanting to know more, to know what’s going to happen next. The characters are easy to get invested in and you’re very soon rooting for your favourites.

It’s such a great premise though, parents vs. kids and the inevitable showdown that happens is both satisfying even though it doesn’t go as planned. I’d highly recommend this show. It is easily my favourite new superhero show of the year.

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