Netflix The legacy of Jupiter is the first screen installment from ‘Millarworld‘- comic book creator by Mark Millar, perhaps one of the best comic book writers and creators of his generation. Some may be familiar with his work, which involves Kick, Kingsman and Superman: The Red Son. His Millarworld the titles were “hit and missed” – ranging from brilliant originals such as Huck, to some extremely forgettable tariff like Chrononauts. Therefore, given that Netflix is losing Superhero weapon race, no new Marvel shows (e.g. Daredevil, Punisher) and only a few originals above the average as Umbrella Academy – acquisition Millarworld makes sense.
After watching the show’s first season, I have a feeling that the acquisition could be a “bottom barrel” scenario for the streaming giant, especially when Disney + puts its MCUs heavily in streaming and Amazon Prime Video puts a market corner against characters with The boys and Invincible.
The legacy of Jupiterthe premise is simple: Superman-esque Utopian (Josh Duhamel as Sheldon Sampson) is the leader of Union, a group of superheroes that have existed since the 1930s. Now that their next generation is taking power, veterans must face the challenges of inheritance. These include adherence to the idealistic utopian Code, in an increasingly morally gray world and the desire of the new generation to straighten its own path. The children of Utopia Chloe and Brandon are examples of this mystery. While Brandon is forever trapped in his father’s shadow, Chloe flatly rejects her identity as a superhero in exchange for fame and hedonism. Utopian and his wife Grace (Lady Freedom) try to orient themselves in this family drama, while defending a world they do not recognize – supported by Sheldon Walt’s brotherBrain wave“Sampson.”
Meanwhile, Hutch,, the son of the astonished member of the Union, George Silverfox Huttons, is on a series of missions that make him cross paths with Chloe. The show also has a parallel storyline that takes us back in time as Sheldon brings together the original members of the Union during the Great Depression of the 1930s for a mission that will give them their powers. That’s a little Guards, a little of Kingdom of Elate (comically) sprinkled with a little The boys and Umbrella Academy.
The slippery, boring and frankly disappointing season 1 of The legacy of Jupiter takes only in the last episode, delivering action and verification. The only other bright spark is the occasional Insta-quote worthy dialogue broadcast during the season.
You see, the comic itself wasn’t really original or paving the way, but what made it work was Frank Tycho’s art and Millar’s frantic step. We are at the end of the first season and we have not even reached the main point of the plot, which begins the story of the comic. Instead, the show meandered through relationships, shallow socio-political commentary, therapy, drugs, hedonism, side missions, and everything else that made the source material enjoyable. The effort may have been to present a “more human” story about the superhero – but the show stretches the original premise so thin that it feels equivalent to using chewed gum as a soft shell for your hybrid sedan. The results are as ridiculous and meaningless as the analogy I just made.
The problems of the show do not stop there. With just a few sympathetic performances from the likes of Matt Lanter (Silver fox) and Ben Daniels (Brain wave), most of the cast seems to be walking around the show. The visuals don’t help either – turning the CW superhero shows into comparison looks like a big budget and a big screen. In some places, the green screen mapping of actors to background visual effects is so ridiculously bad that you’re willing to forgive the costumes and choreography to combat “stop motion.”
The slippery, boring and frankly disappointing season 1 of The legacy of Jupiter takes only in the last episode, delivering action and verification. The only other bright spark is the occasional Insta-quote worthy dialogue broadcast during the season. There will be a lot of work for season 2, and I suspect we may need to “fast forward” or “hard reset” to redeem this uninspiring mess. In the meantime, if you’re willing to go on the show just to prove me wrong, I’d recommend the strongest coffee blend you can find.