While the penultimate installment of Marvel’s Runaways Season 1 provided some answers, it seems like there are still way too many dangling plot lines out there to wrap up in the finale. This season jammed a ton of information, possibly too much, into its first ten hours. On a positive note, this episode did pick up the pace and we finally learned not only what Molly’s parents knew, but who killed them. Frank turned out to be a snitch, though we hoped he might side with his daughter. The power within his reach is just too tempting to pass up. Chase seemed to understand their parents were all in over their heads, yet no one connected PRIDE to the mysterious Jonah. Here’s hoping the villain survives the finale, since there is still just so much we don’t know about him. Besides, I’ve really enjoyed Julian McMahon’s performance on the series. There’s just one more episode left this season, but first let’s touch on the top moments from “Doomsday.”
1. So That’s Who Killed Molly’s Parents
Leslie planting the bomb wasn’t as surprising as learning that Molly survived the blast. Huh?!? Do her powers come from the mutant rocks? Everyone mentioned her folks died in a fire, but I certainly wasn’t expecting their lab to go up in flames courtesy of a bomb. Did the authorities not investigate and come to the conclusion a bomb was responsible? Did PRIDE pay off the police department? For each reveal we get three new questions. Either way, if little Molly playing with those rock gave her powers, shouldn’t her parents also have acquired some super strength? It’s not possible she survived because she was hiding in (what was that?), a lab cart. I mean… boooom!
2. The VHS Tape
The writers did a good job of connecting Jonah’s construction site plan, the giant drill, with the Hernandez parents discovery. Clearly by digging that deep in California you might just hit a fault line. Though most of the PRIDE members thought they were involved in something beneficial for mankind, Molly’s parents knew better. They shared part of their discovery with the Yorkes, who even commented that they believed the dig had “jack shit to do with renewable energy.” They also saw the mutant glowing rocks, so you would imagine they’d have become more skeptical. Did the Hernandez murders simply scare them into submission? I did love the way Stacey Yorkes treated Jonah during the meeting. She just can’t be evil, right? Once the teens understood PRIDE’s plan would lead to catastrophic earthquakes, their focus shifted from jailing their folks to stopping this thing altogether. Do they fail? Is that the future we spied in Victor’s device?
3. Gert Gets Her Man
If you’ve been following my Top 5 posts this season, you know I haven’t been a fan of the whole Gert crushin’ on Chase thing. That said, the “nerd girl gets the hot guy” trope worked for me here. With Chase realizing that Karolina just wasn’t into him and watching him begin to appreciate Gert’s eccentricities, it wasn’t a stretch to believe he always “saw her.” It’s the classic Danny Zuko/Sandy dynamic from the film Grease. Cool jock guy has to play the part and can’t date outside the high school’s popular clique. Now that Chase has realized his former life was bullshit, taking the next step with Gert made sense. Of course, she had to ruin their big moment by labeling it a one-night stand later at the dig site. Karolina confessing her feelings for Nico was sweet too, though I’m not sure Nico feels the same way. There were some fun relationships twists this season. I’m curious to see where everyone ends up in Season 2.
4. Where Are Your Children?
Can you believe Frank blabbed everything Karolina shared with him? What a slimeball! Sure, PRIDE has messed with his memories (and life), but remembering Jonah slept with Leslie should be a red flag, no? Why is the former actor trying so hard to ingratiate himself to Jonah? Is this all part of his master plan to take Jonah down? Does he imagine he can use Jonah to move up in The Church of Gibborim to attain more power/control? Right now, the guy just seems like a major a-hole. So, the cats officially out of the bag with all the parents realizing their kids have been conspiring against them… which led to the face-off in the hour’s final moments.
5. Construction Site Showdown
I kept wondering how a bunch of teens planned to destroy that ginormous drill at the site. OK so using the Fistigons to fry the thing’s computer was a good start, but what did throwing that truck in the hole accomplish? Would Nico’s staff really have been able to fill that deep hole? Though the kids failed to do much more that cause a minor setback, the confrontation with their “evil” parents is a definite game changer. Everything is now out in the open, include Karolina and Molly’s powers. Will the “Runaways” finally runaway in the season finale? Do you think everyone will sit down and hear each other out? If the parents fully understand the ramifications of Jonah’s plan, would they turn against him? What’s down in the hole, an alien spacecraft?
What did you think of “Doomsday?” Did the way Leslie took out Molly’s parents surprise you? What’s the deal with those mutant rocks anyway, and how are they connected to Jonah? Can you believe the season is almost over? Let me know what you think of the story so far, and if you’re all-in for a second season. It’s time to talk Runaways!
Marvel’s Runaways hits Hulu with new episodes at midnight on Tuesdays and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Showcase in Canada.
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