TV-MA |Action, Adventure | TV Series
CinemaScore Rating: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 39% Rotten (Critics) | 71% Fresh (Audiences)
Writers: Julia Cooperman, Steven S. DeKnight, Henry G.M. Jones
Stars: Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Andrew Horton, Elena Kampouris
IMDb summary: 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.
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JUPITER’S LEGACY SEASON ONE REVIEW
At first glance, I wasn’t too sure what to think of Jupiter’s Legacy. Was it going to be the “same old” stuff we’ve already seen a dozen times before? Do we really need another superhero TV show? I mean, we’ve already got ‘The Boys’ and we’ve got DC’s version of ‘The Boys’ – Titans, which coincidentally is one of my favourites. We’re getting enough more than enough superhero content, and we don’t really need more.
It took me a while to warm up to Jupiter’s Legacy, but once I had watched the first few episodes, I became a lot more interested in the story behind these superheroes and where it was taking me as a viewer. It was enough to pique my curiosity for more, and after one and a bit of viewing (on my second viewing as I write this), Jupiter’s Legacy has claimed my loyalty as a fan (not an entirely easy thing to do). As a prospective fan, you should check this out, if only to compare it to what you already know and love. The interesting thing about Jupiter’s Legacy is that it’s not about mutants or aliens that have landed on Earth. It’s about a group of ordinary people looking for something and ending up finding their destinies changed forever.
The quick spoiler-free synopsis is Jupiter’s Legacy is primarily about a family unit of superheroes and spans decades. The first part of the TV show covers the “how” – how these ordinary people (a group of six friends) became superhuman. The group consists of the lead characters, who are Sheldon Samson (played by Josh Duhamel), his brother Walter Samson (played marvellously by Ben Daniels) and Grace (played by Leslie Bibb). The other group members are minor characters that only appear a few times throughout the first season. At the end of their journey together, they are transformed into superheroes with superhuman abilities. This part of the season is set in 1950s New York.
The second half of the season is set in the modern-day and focuses on the family unit with Sheldon, his brother and his wife Grace and their two children who are now in their early 20s; rebellious Chloe (played by Elena Kampouris) and her brother Brandon (played by Andrew Horton). Walter features a lot throughout this season, and his relationship with his brother is a highlight of the show. The emphasis on family bonding (or breaking as the case may be) is what drives this season to much greater heights than I expected. It’s a unique take on the entire superhero story as we know it, and this is where the show excels.
However, a few things, mostly minor hitches, should be pointed out because they may be important to anyone interested in watching this show. The group of superheroes call themselves ‘The Union’. Sheldon is the head of the group with his brother, Grace, his best friend, George Hutchence (played by Matt Lanter), another friend, and Sheldon and Walter’s coworker. Walter’s powers reminded me way too much of Charles Xavier’s abilities (although Walter’s are not exactly the same). Some of the characters and their names took some getting used to, such as Sheldon, who is known as ‘The Utopian’, Grace, who is ‘Lady Liberty’ and their son Brandon who is Paragon. Their uniforms are also quite interesting, but then I remembered how I felt the first time I saw Homelander from ‘The Boys’. The Union also have a code they must uphold at all costs (which Sheldon believes should govern every aspect of their lives), and they have a hidden building where they all congregate for meetings as they sit around a round table (a little bit like the ‘Knights of the Round Table’ perhaps?).
The casting for this show is also hitting the ball right out of the park with Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb and Ben Daniels as the principal characters. They are all exceptionally talented actors who put everything into their roles, particularly Josh Duhamel and Ben Daniels. I’ve been a fan of Ben Daniels since watching him in the TV show that should never have been cancelled ‘The Exorcist’, and he is just as good in his role as Walter Samson. Josh Duhamel really surprised me as Sheldon Samson. While I am not a huge fan of his work, the role of Sheldon Samson was made for him, and he nails it completely.
Jupiter’s Legacy is deserving of your time. While an entire season may seem like a lot, once you get through the first few episodes, the show really gains momentum, and you will find yourself rooting for certain characters over others, finding your favourites and wanting more. The best way to describe this show is it’s a mix of ‘The Boys’ and ‘Succession’. If you’re a fan of either of those shows and you’re a superhero fan, Jupiter’s Legacy is the show for you.
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