TV Review: Marvel’s Runaways S1E5 Kingdom

After their not-so-fearless leader is taken, the kids spring into action. Alex discovers long-buried secrets about his dad, as the kids uncover new truths about themselves.

Marvel’s Runaways continues the mystery and the action as various plotlines come together. Alex was kidnapped in the last episode by Darius and we find out what the deal is between Darius and Geoffrey. Who’s going to save Alex? Will it be his father or will it be his friends?

It’s a solid episode in that it moves plotlines forward and at the same time reveals a lot about the various characters. And it allows the characters to discover more about each other too. In that sense, we see them finally come together as a team and the reaction is what you might expect from teenagers as they discover one can do magic and another can lift cars. Up to this point the series felt like acquaintances coming back together but this is the moment we see them as a team.

With all of that comes a lot of character growth and changes. Alex has realized how bad his father is and is forced to perform an action he didn’t expect stealing his innocence away in a quick moment. But, that loss of innocence is realized and accepted by everyone.

Molly – “Why would our parents do horrible things?”
Gert – “I guess, because they’re horrible people.”

While the above might seem a bit silly to say, it’s a moment of realization that puts it out there as to where all of the kids are. Their parents have a lot they’re hiding and aren’t the good people they thought they were. It’s that moment of the movie where someone states they need to “rescue their friend” or “stop the evil plan.” We know that’s what’s coming and what they’re thinking but it needs to still be stated in some ways.

The acting and production value still is great and the fact this is airing on Hulu bows my mind. It’s all the equal of Marvel’s Netflix releases and is at times better than the movies. Each episode looks fantastic and what should come off as goofy at times has worked in every instance and exceeded expectations. The cast too has gelled in a way that others haven’t. They really do feel like long time friends who drifted apart and have come together. Their parents balance both approachable and scheming. It just all comes together in a fantastic package.

This episode is the one that really gets things going especially with an ending reveal that’s fascinating, mysterious, puzzling, and exciting. The series continues to impress and is the one live action comic adaptation I’m excited for each and every week.

Overall Rating: 8.95

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