Marvel’s Runaways Season 2 Review
Recently, I binge-watched the first season of Runaways and last week, Hulu released all thirteen episodes of the show’s second season. If you don’t already know, the show’s about a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are actually moonlighting as super villains one night a year under the guise of an organization called PRIDE, which fronts as some kind of charity. If you want to read a more in-depth recap of the first season, read all about in my blog. But here’s a very simplistic look at all of the characters and their relationships on the show that Marvel Entertainment’s YouTube Channel released recently:
The kids struggle to survive on the streets at first because they’d all previously been spoiled rich kids, but they fortunately but unrealistically find this abandoned mansion. It was also nice to see Alex have a love interest this season, even if it was only during the beginning and parts of the end of the season because he just got the short end of the stick in the whole situation with Nico and Karolina.
Figuring out Jonah’s true intentions of wanting to take his ship and family that’s underground at the dig site and go home (which is presumably somewhere in space) was interesting because we never really knew what it was before. In the first season, it just seemed like he was having the parents kill a runaway every year so that he could be immortal but it didn’t make all that much sense because he’d spent the majority of those years in recovery. It was also interesting to see that Jonah and his alien family weren’t actually killed or destroyed, but their energy was just simply dispersed into the air and went into some of the parent’s bodies, most notably Jonah’s energy went into Chase’s dad. I’m most excited to see more of Jonah now in Victor’s body because of James Marsters; he was great as Brainiac in Smallville, so seeing him as (more of) a villain in the upcoming season is something I’m excited about.
We’re also introduced to Xavin, who is a gender fluid alien who believes that she’s betrothed to Karolina, who’s already in a relationship with Nico. Now, Xavin is in the comics, but the story’s very different. I haven’t read the entire comic series yet but I did watch a summary of the story, thanks to Comic Drake on YouTube. The story’s vastly different in terms of the love square between Alex, Nico, Karolina, and Xavin, but I do like how the showrunners have changed the story because the original plot was a little insulting to the LGBTQ+ community. But with the introduction of Xavin, I’m still wondering what plans the writers have for the character because they’ve already established that Karolina and Nico are together (opposed to Nico rejecting Karolina, as she does in the comics), and I doubt that the writers would split them up after keeping them together for the majority of this season.
The second season of Runaways, much like their first season, escalates at the end of the season in terms of the plot and the action, but it’s a much bigger cliffhanger this time around because now, Jonah (now in Victor’s body) and his siblings (now in Stacey and Tina’s bodies) now have Karolina, Chase, and Janet in their custody, wondering which one they should sacrifice. At this point, all of the kids are scattered, the parents are still acting pretty nefarious, even though they no longer answer to Jonah, Leslie Dean (Karolina’s mom) is pregnant and now living with whoever’s left (Alex, Molly, and Nico), and Chase, Janet, and Karolina are stuck and unconscious in some type of strange clear incubators.
What did you think of the second season of Runaways and what do you want to see happen in the series? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @mzsnguyenthai.
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