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TV Review: Jupiter’s Legacy S1E5 What’s the Use?

Jupiter's Legacy "What's the Use?"

What’s the Use?” feels like it’s getting Jupiter’s Legacy back on track in some ways. The episode circles back to the death of the fake Blackstar. You know, the rather important plot point from the first episode that’s been ignored up to this point. That includes Brandon who has been awol for the most part up to this point.

In the past, Sheldon is doing what he can do to gather the individuals he needs from his vision. It features some ok sequences and moments though overall the plotline feels very dragged out. There are some interesting moments where individuals question Sheldon’s sanity or outright don’t trust him. Who is chosen and what the pitch is all make for some interesting viewing but overall it could have been sped up and condensed.

As a whole, the series is dragging out the origin of the heroes. I can see what they’re doing, timing their gaining their powers with the end of the season, delivering a dual narrative. But, its a mystery that’s interesting and has some impact on the present. Getting to that point and then showing its impact would make for a more compelling season and also have the two narratives play in together with their themes.

In the present we finally get Blackstar’s death back in focus. The mystery deepens as hints as to who behind the attack is hinted at. There’s also Utopian wanting to speak to Skyfox and needing Hutch to do that. There’s also Chloe and her romance. It’s all the various threads dancing around each other and works in some ways but also feels a bit too tied together in ways as well. Not everyone has to be connected with each other and not every plot has to tie into each other. There’s a point it becomes too silly.

“What’s the Use?” isn’t a bad episode but it also creates a world that’s a bit too small in some ways. Characters have relationships that feel a bit random and other directions would be far better ways to handle things. Still, the series feels like it’s bringing things together and getting to the point.

Overall Rating: 7.5

TV Review: Jupiter’s Legacy S1E4 All the Devils Are Here

Jupiter's Legacy "All The Devils Are Here"

All The Devils Are Here” keeps it simple in the episode exploring Chloe’s world as well as Sheldon’s pursuit. Jupiter’s Legacy delivers a stronger episode with a character out of control and one that feels like he’s losing it.

“All The Devils Are Here” keeps things focused on these two storylines delivering one of the stronger episodes. It does some solid work tying in Chloe’s story with some other things. But, the main point is we get a better sense of her. She’s plagued by the shadow of her father. She also is ostracized by some for not being a part of the other superheroes. We also get a sense she’s struggling because she thinks her social life exists because of who she is and what powers she has. We understand her better.

Sheldon, back in the past, is on a mission to figure out his visions. That takes him on a journey where he discovers a little more about what he’s being driven to do. It’s a little deus ex machina and a series of events than discoveries but it moves things along nice.

Josh Duhamel stands out for his confusion attempting to piece everything together. Elena Kampouris as Chloe also stands out as she spirals.

“All The Devils Are Here” is another example that when the show keeps things simple and focused, there’s something there. When it attempts to deliver action filled superhero battles, the series stumbles. The characters, and their clashing, is where things are interesting. Here’s hoping the series figures that out.

Overall Rating: 7.5

TV Review: Jupiter’s Legacy S1E3 Painting the Clouds With Sunshine

Jupiter's Legacy "The Clouds With Sunshine"

Jupiter’s Legacy‘s third episode, “The Clouds With Sunshine“, is an intriguing one making a bit of a detour from the first two. The episode begins to focus on delivering some more solid villains and a larger meta-story and does so in a mix of ways.

A large chunk of the episode focuses on Sheldon’s breakdown and getting the “origin” of the heroes rolling. We’re introduced to George Hutchence, a wealthy friend who’s a bad take on Ozymandias from Watchmen. Matt Lanter plays the character with a playboy arrogance, part Bruce Wayne and part douche. Sheldon is getting messages from beyond the grave of a mission he must take to a mysterious island while George begins to put together some of what Sheldon claims he’s seeing.

It’s a slow origin and playing out the basics of the series. As a plotline it feels dragged out and plodding, a bit of a clash with the more modern time and sequences. With it and the more modern times, we have dual stories in what feels like dual series.

In modern times, we meet Hutch. Part of a crew, they’re on a mission to steal something for a powered individual. While Hutch himself doesn’t have powers, he does have a device that allows him to teleport. It’s maybe the one cool special effect on the show and looks the least cheesy.

Once again, it’s the special fx where the episode starts to fall apart. A battle between Chloe and our new villains has a look that feels like a cheap 90s superhero show on The CW. There’s a silliness to it all in both execution and the look. The series stumbles when it goes down that path creating a distraction from its more intriguing aspects.

One of those intriguing aspects is that theft and Hutch and what’s hinted at towards the end. The series continues to do best when it keeps things simple. Unfortunately it hasn’t found its balance between its super and grounded aspects. “The Clouds With Sunshine” is an ok episode, better than the debut, but it still has its eye-rolling moments.

Overall Rating: 7.5

TV Review: Jupiter’s Legacy S1E2 Paper and Stone

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With the death of the fake Blackstar, Utopian and the heroes are in the focus. The public’s support of Brandon’s action throws Utopian into a difficult spot to decide what to do. In the past, we learn more about the stock market crash and its impact on the Sampson’s delivering a deeper picture as to who Sheldon Sampson is as a person. “Paper and Stone” pulls things back for Jupiter’s Legacy focusing on the characters. It’s also a strong episode than the debut.

Bouncing between Sheldon’s past and present we learn more about the man, with both focused on his dealing with death and loss. It’s juxtaposed in a way with Brandon and his reaction to the death of his friends. It’s an interesting comparison and follow up from the debut’s focus on Brandon’s attempt to step in his father’s superhero shoes. In a way, Brandon surpasses his father delivering a speech that’s heartfelt and touching. It shows he really cares and feels responsible for his actions and inactions. You can feel the weight on his shoulders.

“Paper and Stone” is an interesting episode. We get to see Brandon and Sheldon and how they both feel responsibility for the actions of others. Sheldon in the past for the action of his father. Brandon for the death of his fellow heroes. The episode also continues to draw the line between Sheldon’s beliefs in not killing and Brandon crossing that line. The times are changing in both periods and everyone must deal with that.

The episode also kicks off the Indiana Jones like origin of its original heroes. Like the superhero moments of the present day, it’s a bit cheesy. But, it sets things up and gets that plot rolling.

“Paper and Stone” is a much better episode than the debut. It steps away from the tights and debates the morality of everything that has happened and what it means to be a hero. That’s where the comic was strongest (from what I remember) and it seems the show is too. It moves away from bad special-fx allow its actors to shine. Here’s hoping for more of that to come.

Overall Rating: 8.0

TV Review: Jupiter’s Legacy S1E1 By Dawn’s Early Light

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The highly anticipated Netflix and Millarworld series Jupiter’s Legacy has arrived and the result is a bit of a mixed bag. The debut, “Dawn’s Early Light”, sets things up nicely but also delivers the cheese with special effects and action that feels a bit outdated and stale.

Bouncing between two eras, Jupiter’s Legacy tells the tale of the world’s superheroes through multiple generations. As the title hints, it’s about legacy, both that of the original heroes and their children. Based on the comic series from Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the television series feels like it does a decent job of adapting the original material. It’s been a while since I read the comic but the show hits the themes I remember. It’s a show about old vs. new, legacy vs. modern times.

Josh Duhamel is the center of the show as Sheldon Sampson aka The Utopian. Having grown up in the early 1900s he’s a man out of time in a way. He holds traditional ideals, likes simpler things, and holds altruistic views. He has that “hero” sense that we think of in the simplest ways. And that makes things complicated for him. He attempts to hold those ideals and impart them to the next generation of heroes including his son Brandon, aka Paragon, and daughter Chloe.

Brandon, played by Andrew Horton, is a son who is in the shadow of his father. He’s focused on his legacy of stepping into his father’s boots and become the ideal that others look up to. Chloe, played by Elena Kampouris, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with it all, preferring to model.

The conflict and the root of the show is good. It sets things up well introducing us to the key players and the conflict to come. Where it stumbles are special effects that look a bit cheesy. Fights are against clear green screen with a weird transition from sets to clear soundstage. The movements of characters feel stiff and unnatural. The at times gruesome results looks like bad makeup and dummies. The costumes at times make the actors feel stiff like they’re literally restricted by their outfits. For as good as things are elsewhere, the superhero aspects fall short.

Duhamel steals the show in the debut. He plays a man out of time well and as the center of a dysfunctional family struggling with how to raise his children, he does well. This is a moment for him to really show we’ve missed out as him as a hero. And he pulls it off. “Dawn’s Early Light” overall though, feels like it still needs polish and to shift its focus from its clear weaknesses.

Overall Rating: 7.0

Lady Killer is Coming to the Screen Adapted by Diablo Cody and Starring Blake Lively

Academy Award Winner Diablo Cody will adapt the screenplay for a film based on the Dark Horse Comic Lady Killer. Lady Killer was written by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich and illustrated by Jones. Blake Lively will star in the film from Netflix.

Lady Killer takes place in the 1950s focusing on Josie Schuller, the perfect housewife. Josie also secretly works as a hired killer for the mafia who finds out about her double life and decides to have her killed.

The comic series debuted in 2015 running for two volumes, each five issues, and wrapping up in 2016.

Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment and Blake Lively and Kate Vorhoff for B for Effort will produce the film.

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Netflix and Hasbro Unveil New My Little Pony Characters!

This Saturday, April 10 is National Siblings Day and what better way to celebrate than to say hello to the newest siblings in the My Little Pony universe:  the royal Pegasi sisters, Pipp Petals and Zipp Storm! This is the first time the characters’ names, images, and relationship have been officially revealed.

Pipp Petals and Zipp Storm will join previously unveiled characters Hitch Trailblazer, Sunny Starscout, and Izzy Moonbow in the new My Little Pony movie coming to Netflix this fall.

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