Marvel’s Runaways: Top 5 Moments from “Kingdom”

Marvel's Runaways - Episode 105 "Kingdom"
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Yup, that was another entertaining hour spent with Alex, Nico, Karolina, Molly, Chase and Gert!

We’re already halfway through the season, and Marvel’s Runaways is a bonafide hit with me. Not only does the cast of colorful characters have a terrific energy, but each actor was perfectly cast in their roles. I love these kids! Many of the puzzle pieces started coming together, with the stakes growing to “save the world” proportions. Series creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have found the secret ingredient to launching a successful show. Marvel knows better than most that when a series disappoints in the first year, it’s extremely difficult to get those fans back. No matter how incredible Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is today, the ratings never recovered after Season 1. Speaking of, if you love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as much as I do, check out my top moments from the latest episode.

Anyhoo, there’s lots to go over in this installment of Hank’s Top 5 Runaways moments… so let’s go!

 

1. Jonah Reborn

Karolina… Dr. Doom is your father. Eeeek! While I loved Julian McMahon on Nip/Tuck, his over-the-top portrayal of Victor Von Doom in the Fantastic Four films never quite worked for me. Hopefully McMahon picked up a few dos and don’ts from his previous Marvel character, allowing him to play the mysterious Jonah much more subtly. When I saw McMahon in that opening flashback scene at the jail, I figured he was going to be a key player. I mean, you don’t hire McMahon for a cameo. That said, I didn’t instantly make the connection with the flaky white guy in the bed. If you read my previous Top 5, you know I did pick up the hint that crusty might be Karolina’s pops. That’s not only been proven true, but Jonah is the big bad behind The PRIDE as well. I also mentioned before that I’m a huge fan of flashbacks, what great insight into Geoffrey Wilder and Darius’ relationship here.

Marvel's Runaways - Episode 105 "Kingdom"
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2. Girl Power!

Listen, the overwhelming majority of superheroes are male. One of the things I love about Runaways is that there are only two guy leads. It was wonderful watching the girls come together to save Alex. It’s just cool to get a dude-in-distress every once and a while. You know? That’s right, let’s flip that trope on its head. Of course, Gert had to sorta ruin the all-girl moment by sending Chase their location and then announcing “help is on the way.” Ugh! Perhaps getting over her infatuation with the cute jock is part of the character’s growth, but for now it’s just irritating. I find myself much more interested in the mythology the writers are unraveling each week. Then again, I’m not a teenage girl, so perhaps those young fans can relate to Gert much more. ?

Marvel's Runaways - Episode 105 "Kingdom"
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3. The Teens Show Off Their Skills

The big “coming out” scene where everyone revealed their powers was truly epic. Molly lifting the van, Karolina shooting lights out of her palms, Chase showing up with his working Fistigons and Nico using the staff to protect the gang from gunfire is no doubt a season top moment. We already know Gert’s got a telepathic link to the velociraptor, but what about Alex? This episode left me wondering if Alex will prove to just be the brains of the operation, or if he’s going to develop some type of powers as well. Sure, he is responsible for bring the teens back together, but if he doesn’t have his “own thing” won’t that make him jealous of his friends? Not having read the source material means I just have to be patient. I’m sure we’ll learn more real soon.

Marvel's Runaways - Episode 105 "Kingdom"
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4. Andre is Sacrificed

The writers focused a little too much on Andre in this episode, which meant he wasn’t long for this world. That brief exchange with Alex definitely meant trouble. We knew The PRIDE needed another sacrifice, and there was no doubt Geoffrey Wilder had found a candidate. Still, it’s just so hard to believe our young heroes were raised by such heartless parents. We now know that Geoffrey had a business arrangement with Jonah, which lead to his eventual money and power. I can’t help wonder if there’s more to it though. It’s like he signed a kind of deal with the devil. Clearly Jonah is some sort of supernatural entity, but is he Lucifer? The PRIDE is feeding him souls, right?

Marvel's Runaways - Episode 105 "Kingdom"
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5. Nico and Alex Kiss

Though I initially sensed romantic tension between Nico and Alex, I’m hoping the series doesn’t become another teen soap opera. Yes, I get that it’s only natural for attractive kids to hook up, but as far as the larger picture “getting it on” seems so trivial. Alex and Nico both deserve a little love, so I’m not against the relationship. I’m just hoping the writers sneak an interesting twist in the arc. The CW’s Supergirl is a great example, with the Kara/Mon-El drama taking over the show. Kara/Supergirl was fiercely independent in the first season, but lately she mopes around the majority of the time. I don’t mean to bash Supergirl, I still enjoy the series, I’m just hoping Runaways does better than resorting to love triangles and tired tropes.

Marvel's Runaways - Episode 105 "Kingdom"
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*Bonus: Future image of LA’s destruction.

I’m just going to leave this last image here. Not sure what it means yet, but there’s little doubt Jonah and The PRIDE are involved. Are our young heroes destined to save Los Angeles?

 

What did you think of “Kingdom?” Is the story taking enough wild twist and turns for your taste? Which character arc is your favorite so far? What did you think of the introduction of Jonah and what type of supernatural beings are he, Leslie and Karolina? Interesting developments between Chase and his dad, right? Let’s chat Runaways in the comments below!

Marvel’s Runaways hits Hulu with new episodes at midnight on Tuesdays and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Showcase in Canada.