A first Look At Netflix’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’

The first generation of superheroes has kept the world safe for nearly a century. Now their children must live up to their legacy...
Legacy

In Jupiter’s Legacy. The first generation of superheroes has kept the world safe for nearly a century. Now their children must live up to their legacy in an epic drama that spans decades and navigates the dynamics of family, power and loyalty.

Late last week on the 29 April. I was fortunate enough to attend an advance preview screening of the series. Which will be launching later today on Netflix. The show is the first of several projects that has been created by Scottish Comic Book Legend Mark Millar. And gives an interesting insight into a world of Superheroes where Super Families are the norm. And looks at the challenges that the kids of Superheroes go through when trying to live up to the almost impossible standards that have been set by their parents. It’s an interesting premise and much like ‘The Boys’ and ‘Invincible’ it gives us a more grounded viewpoint on the world of superheroes. Making them a bit less god-like and more like human beings when it comes to our failings such as greed and so forth.

[Warning Very Moderate Spoilers Ahead]

What Is to Come…

The pilot episode does a solid job of setting the world up. As we see Sheldon Sampson aka The Utopian (Josh Duhamel) trying to train his son Brandon (Andrew Horton) with the hope he’ll one day take over the superhero business. However, both Brandon and his sister Grace have issues with their parents. They both pretty much feel that they were somewhat emotionally neglected. While their parents were fighting super villains and robots.

We also get some insight into how Sheldon Sampson and his friends who formed The Union, which is a superhero team got their powers. This aspect of the show is done via flashbacks to the late 1920s. I should imagine these flashbacks will be drip-fed throughout the 8 episodes. Indeed, it’s an interesting idea and I really like the sense of legacy that is presented in the pilot. Especially when it comes to The Utopian being insistent that they stick to a code, which sets a really high bar.

 

Big Battles Lay Ahead

As with any Superhero series. You’re going to see big battles and lots of visual effects. In fact, the last 10 minutes of the pilot episode shows us an epic battle with some pretty major carnage on display. But we’ll also see battles as we witness the break up of a family. Indeed when we meet Brandon in the pilot. He’s very much struggling to live the superhero life. Whereas his sister Chloe has pretty much given up the ghost. She is living a celebrity lifestyle as a model. And she is openly hostile toward both her mother and father. As well as resentful of the Legacy that they expect her and Brandon to live up to.

It’s very much an interesting parallel to present-day struggles between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials.

Simply put. If you like ‘The Boys’ and are currently enjoying ‘Invincible’ on Prime. Then you will very likely enjoy what Netflix has done with this show. From what I saw. It’s a pretty good adaptation of the comic and I look forward to watching it all over the weekend.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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