TV shows led by superheroes have been more of a rarity on Netflix lately. Successful customization of the program Umbrella Academy With the exception of productions aimed at superpowers, there has been little on Netflix since it canceled its latest interconnected Marvel TV shows in February 2019 – a strange exception, like Melissa McCarthy’s critically focused Thunder Force.
As the rival superhero shows, including Amazon Boys and Disney Plus’ WandaVision, to raise large viewership figures, Netflix demanded its own world of superheroes. The acquisition of Millarworld – author Mark Millar’s comic book empire – in August 2017 was Netflix’s attempt to flesh into an increasingly congested superhero market, and its first television offering is now ready to rise.
Jupiter’s legacy is Netflix’s next post-Marvel superhero company, and based on the first season, it’s a real challenger. Jupiter’s Legacy offers a new grip on an established superhero formula with an unusual setting and unique characters, and does so without neglecting what has made other superhero live action apps so popular.
Days of the past
Based on cartoons created by Millar and Frank Quitley, Jupiter’s legacy tells the story of the Union, the world’s first superhero group.
After a century of protecting humanity, the remaining members of the Union – the Utopians (Josh Duhamel), Lady Liberty (Leslie Bibb), Brainwave (Ben Daniels) and The Flare (Mike Wade) – are struggling to hand over their responsibilities to their unprepared great children. .
As the next generation fights in the same way for the high demands and legendary reputation of their parents, tensions arise between the groups – and it won’t be long before loyalties are actually tested when a seemingly unsolved mystery threatens to ignite a superhero civil war.
The legacy of Jupiter is not a typical story of the origin of superheroes. Yes, the series reveals how the Union took over their capabilities, but it does not do so schematically. This part of the series is told as a setback that takes place around the Great Depression, and they are intertwined with today’s events over the eight episodes of Season 1.
The world of Jupiter’s Legacy then differs from Marvel, DC and other superhero movies and TV shows that audiences are used to. It’s more “What if Superman and Wonder Woman had kids, but they don’t trust them to follow in their footsteps?”, And don’t seem to duo at the peak of their powers. It’s a distinctive angle of superheroes that, like Zack Snyder’s Batman match, shows that even superheroes can be tired of the world after years of fighting for the common good.
While Jupiter’s legacy tells the story of his first heroes in decades in his career, it doesn’t forget themes that are familiar to viewers. Legacy, family, and guilt are just some of the topics the series covers, and they resonate with the audience regardless of its superhero.
However, if there is one major problem in the established universe of Jupiter’s Legacy, it throws viewers into the deepest characterization and setting of story threads.
The series feels like a cartoon-style structure, especially when today’s events are combined with retrospectives, and should be commended for this approach. This is, after all, a cartoon-based TV show, so anything that goes back to the panel structure of the source material is welcome.
Still, it’s likely that many viewers haven’t read or even been aware of Millar and Quitley’s original works. The first episodes may feel like a whirlwind for beginners, with numerous characters and a modern plot that is quite breathtaking. Things calm down as the series progresses, but even then, it can be difficult to keep track of Jupiter’s legacy from many locations – placing place names can be useful to the screen – and individuals.
This is especially true for its actors. Most have little screening time, and in some cases, the superheroes are brought out in a particular scene and are never seen again in the series. It is true that there must be a balance between moving the story forward and presenting these side characters to muscle the world. However, it is difficult to know these people in emotional or dangerous moments when you do not remember who they are or whether they are meant to be good or bad.
If the original stories or character presentations are hard to follow, what about the action? Jupiter’s Legacy series are good, if not particularly breathtaking, and do a great job of presenting the unique abilities of each hero or villain.
The battles are brisk and relevant, so don’t expect any Marvel or DC battles from the third play here. In the first episode, there’s one long battle that feels like Infinity War’s Avengers vs. Thanos shooter, choreographed and explored the consequences of being a superpower.
It’s a shame this is the biggest and best battle of the series. While other showdowns make fun watches, they feel more like struggles than physically demanding matches. Sure, Jupiter’s legacy is primarily a drama, so its action will always be secondary, but a couple of extra serial productions would have been nice to see.
The CGI elements of the presentation complement their action and are largely stunning. There will be a few moments in later episodes when the use of blue or green screen technology is noticeable, but fortunately these are not due to superhero VFX components. The transition from practical images to superheroes is also seamless, and while it should wait for the Netflix production of the tent pole, it’s nice to see the brand hit.
The actors in the series are usually also stunning. Jupiter’s Legacy game actors do a great job of showing how their individual characters are weighed with different expectations, and Duhamel is particularly fascinated by the Superman-Captain America hybrid.
What do we think
Jupiter’s legacy takes place in a fascinating space in the superhero genre. Telling a story that focuses on the twilight years of the world’s most beloved superheroes, it stands out from the corresponding film and TV features. It’s also a welcome change from the usual origin stories that the audience already knows, even though it still feels familiar in a few ways.
There are flaws in previous episodes, but those flaws, the lack of large-scale action, and the character presentations aside, are ironed out as the series progresses. When they are, Jupiter’s legacy reaches its full potential through morally questionable characters, intelligent plot, and philosophical themes. If the second season is coming, Jupiter’s legacy may be the answer to Netflix’s post-Marvel TV prayers.
Jupiter’s Legacy Season 1 is now available streaming exclusively on Netflix.