Jupiter's Legacy Season 1 Review

Jupiter's Legacy Season 1 Review

This is a review for Season 1 of Jupiter’s Legacy. All 8 episodes are currently available to stream on Netflix. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] In an era when comic book TV shows like Amazon’s The Boys and Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier subvert genre expectations by addressing topical issues in America, Netflix’s adaptation of writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and illustrator Frank Quitely’s (All-Star Superman) Jupiter’s Legacy graphic novel opts for a more unambiguous approach to its storytelling. While not as illuminating or inventive as those previously mentioned series, Jupiter’s Legacy delivers plenty of exciting superhero action, compelling stories, and memorable characters thanks to strong performances from its leading cast. Jupiter’s Legacy centers on the world’s first superheroes and their children, who have mostly inherited unique abilities of their own. The Season 1 arc spans nearly a century, bouncing back and forth between Great Depression-era America and the present. This storytelling approach keeps the show’s momentum going strong throughout its eight episodes, but at times lessens the impact of the events taking place in the present day, especially when it comes to the younger generation of superheroes. [poilib element=”poll” parameters=”id=9f3b3553-037d-41d0-85ce-f3b2ac4aef1e”] The events during the 1930s focus on the origin stories of the founding members of The Union (think the Justice League). It’s in these flashbacks that we get to see the fascinating character transformations that the founding members go through, as their eventful journeys take them from mere mortals to godhood. Sheldon Sampson, aka The Utopian (Josh Duhamel), works alongside his brother Walter, aka Brainwave (Ben Daniels). Duhamel delivers an impressive performance, effectively transforming his character from the handsome and carefree son of a millionaire into a disheveled shell of himself that no one wants to be around. Sheldon’s psychotic break eventually leads him, his brother, and an unlikely band of misfits on a quest that feels very akin to an Indiana Jones-esque adventure involving strange symbols that need translating, graves that need pillaging, and even a daring captain that needs hiring for a trip across treacherous waters in search of an island no ones ever heard of. Sure, this is all par for the course when it comes to adventure stories such as this, but it’s all told in a way that’s fun to watch, thanks in part to sharp writing and endearing characters. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=jupiters-legacy-gallery&captions=true”] The other members of the troupe include: George Hutchence, aka Skyfox (Matt Lanter);…
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