By Dave B.
I didn’t expect much from Marvel’s Runaways (on Hulu). I had no experience with the source material and the premise (rich kids finding out about their parents’ involvement in a secret society) didn’t appeal to me at all. I have to admit, however, that I was pleasantly surprised by the show.
That’s not to say that it didn’t have its flaws. The pacing was occasionally inconsistent: It can be a bit annoying when you know something is going to happen, but you have to wait longer than expected for it. The acting also had its ups and downs, but that’s not entirely unexpected in a show starring several actual teenagers. And the romantic arcs generally ranged from uninteresting to actively annoying.
I think what drew me in to the show is that, at its core, it’s about loss and pain and the personal bonds and resilience that can help us overcome these things. The show did a great job of making the point that it can be difficult for people to deal with tragedy alone, without being heavy-handed or overbearing about it. I also (usually) cared about what happened to the characters, the action was ok, the special effects were pretty good, and generally, the episodes did not feel overly long. Marvel’s Runaways is far from a great show, but it’s definitely good and I think it has a solid foundation that will enable it to improve in Season 2.
Overall, I recommend this show. Add it to your list. Just don’t put it at the top of it. 7/10