Director: Steven S. DeKnight
Written By: Steven S. DeKnight, Mark Millar (based on works by)
Starring: Leslie Bibb, Josh Duhamel, Humberly González
No. of Episodes: 8
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Reviewed By: Pearl
The first generation of superheroes has kept the world safe for nearly a century. Now their children must live up to their legacy in an epic drama that spans decades and navigates the dynamics of family, power and loyalty. – From IMDB
Part touching family drama, part origin story, part superhero action film, this series is trying to be a lot of things. And while it definitely nails some of them, it ultimately doesn’t have the time it needed to fully expand on all the stories that it wanted to tell and because of that, suffers from some pacing issues early on when it is trying to set up all it’s various plot threads. Yes the second half of the series picks up and and the final episodes are pretty damn good. But it is tough to get through the info dump at the beginning.
In a strange reversal for me, it was the flashback scenes in the twenties/thirties, when they are first forming the group, and discovering their powers that I found the most interesting. I cared a lot more about these versions of the characters and their relationships then the ones in the present day. Jumping into the modern world, we see the same actors, in very subpar wigs and beards, intended to make them look older and distinguished, but instead just look very obviously fake, dealing with a great deal of family drama and teenage angst. The writing at times was a little clunky, and made a lot of the lines, especially from our heroes, and extra specially from the Utopian sound very cliched.
Now considering the popularity of Amazon’s ‘Invincible’ which just finished it’s first season, and tries to do the same kind of thing, a superhero story, but with an impactful family dynamic behind it, it’s hard not to compare the two. And to me, Invincible did it better. The pacing was better, the characters had more depth and the story was more engaging from the start. I may have felt differently had I not watched Invincible first, but the two being so similar thematically, it’s impossible not to look at them side by side. The performances however were all excellent, again especially in the flashback scenes. The actors all do a great job with the occasionally dicey dialogue that they have, and for that they should all be commended.
It’s hard to have a bad time with this though, it’s compelling watching even though it has it’s flaws. You want to see the characters grow and learn, even if some of them aren’t the nicest of people. Superheroes are massive money at the moment, and if that is your jam, like it is mine, then there are way, WAY worse things out there to tide you over until the next big release. Just push through those initial few episodes until the series finds it’s feet and you will at least be entertained for a few hours.
Jupiter’s Legacy is streaming now on Netflix.