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‘Marvel’s Runaways’ doesn’t seem in a hurry to get anywhere

By in Press Enterprise on November 20, 2017

By Rob Lowman

“Marvel’s Runaways” may be the oddest of properties in its comic-book universe, and not because of any superpower or magical twists.

Maybe it’s because it’s set in Brentwood, and it’s about six rich teens who once were friends but fell apart because of a tragedy. However, their parents have kept in touch.

One night the kids stumble on what seems like their parents committing a ritualized murder. Uh, or doing some cosplay, maybe?

It turns out that the elders have been lying to the kids. The supposed charitable group they run really a secret evil organization known as The Pride.

The first episode offers the story from the perspective of the teens, who are angsty, mopey and snippy. The second episode tells the story from the parents’ viewpoint. If the kids seem less than well-adjusted, their parents are borderline creepy.

One, Victor (James Marsters), is a mad scientist. He literally seems mad all the time, and his son, Chase (Gregg Sulkin), would rather talk football then study, which makes dad angry.

Another parent, Leslie (Annie Wersching), runs a religion called the Church of Gibborim and has a clueless actor husband whose career has fizzled. Her daughter, Karolina (Virginia Dean), is a vacuous disciple.

That is, of course, until she and the others begin to suspect their parents and begin investigating. Based on the comic by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, the secret is – not surprisingly – that everyone has superpowers. The parents are using their powers to do bad things. The kids are just discovering that they have them.

As with so many of these series about “gifted” types, there is a lot to unpack before the plot get moving. It seems even more so with “Runaways.” The show drops a lot of clues that weirdness is ahead, but don’t seem in much of a […]    

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