With so many Marvel shows on today, I think we’ve gone into terminal overload. Most of them started out good, but now, more and more often, they’re just bad. Because it’s just Marvel properties being thrown at the screen without any quality control. It’s like DC does with their movies. They give someone money and the right to make a show and no one is watching over their shoulder to see if what’s being done is actually worth doing. This, unfortunately, is one show that was just terrible. So let’s look at Marvel’s Runaways and see what went horribly, horribly wrong.
Six teenagers, former friends, come back together when they discover that their parents are part of a criminal group called the Pride. When several of the teenagers discover they are developing super powers, it only leads to more unanswered questions about what the Pride is and how they can stop them.
I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t give this show a chance. I got about 10 minutes into the first episode, to where Gert starts talking about SJW nonsense, I just turned it off. I had no interest in watching her pontificate on the patriarchy or other regressive left wing bullshit. And I didn’t come back to the show for at least 2 weeks because I really had no interest. Eventually though, I did sit through it, purposely skipping that scene, and it got a little better. The SJW crap didn’t come up very often, but I still hate Gert with a burning passion because of it.
Really, I hate all of them. There isn’t a single character on the show that I can identify with or sympathize with. I really don’t care if any of them live or die and that’s the problem. The kids are all stereotypes and the adults are all rich assholes. I can’t look at any of them and say “that’s someone I’d like to know”. It’s more like “they’re all someone I’d want to avoid”.
The other problem is that the Pride, for a supposed criminal organization, doesn’t actually do anything all that bad. Sure, they supposedly kill a couple of people, but from the perspective of the kids, all they saw was someone get put into a box and then later she winds up dead in the ocean. They don’t actually see them do anything wrong. The audience knows they do but the kids can only suspect. And what’s the point of all of this? Who knows? For most of the season, we have no idea what the purpose of any of it is. They’re not mustache-twisting villains, in fact, other than being creepy, most of them are engaged in charity work and just being filthy rich scumbags. There’s plenty of reasons to hate them, but being criminals? That’s hard to pin on them.
Then you’ve got Joshua, the creepy magic man that got regenerated by the sacrificed teens. Yes, we find out that the rest of the Pride is being manipulated by him… but why? Yes, he has some powers, unexplained though they may be. Yes, he’s supposed to make them rich, but they’re already rich, so who cares? But why would they do anything for him? Why did they care when he was a rotting husk? They could have, and should have, let him die.
Really, I wish I could like this because I liked the comic, but this is an exercise in stupidity. At least the comics made the kids more than mindless stereotypes. The TV show makes them all detestable idiots, no more identifiable than their parents and certainly no more worthwhile. I know this already got a pickup for the second season, I have no idea if I’ll bother with it. Maybe I’ll give the first episode a shot and see if they learned from their mistakes. I’m not holding my breath.