Jupiter’s Legacy enters the fray of superpeople shows at a time of maximum density. The Umbrella Academy, Legion, Superman & Lois, Wandavision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, The Boys, Invincible, The Flash, Doom Patrol, and the Titans are all running or recently had a season. If you like all that flying and punching and laser-eye-zapping, then you’re alive at the right time.
Many of those shows above are fabulous, and some can stretch outside the genre, like The Boys and Wandavision. It’s a bounty of quality like TV hasn’t ever seen. Jupiter’s Legacy most definitely joins at the top of the list with a unique approach to super-powered people and a compelling backstory that runs parallel 90 years apart.
The 1930’s storyline could have been a whole series season by itself. Often, a superpower emerges by a radioactive spider, or a chemical accident, or a space anomaly, or just by being from some other planet or dimension. Not so in this show, because in Jupiter’s Legacy, the team has some work to do. And that journey in and out of the madness of getting the power is fascinating.
There is a medium amount of big-boss super-fights with interesting outcomes that drive much of the story. We get clones, mind-melding, space and time warping, speed, and ridiculous levels of strength. None of the superpowers seems unbalanced or misplaced. The CGI is B+ level, but still very good for TV. Casual viewers won’t notice or think twice about the manufactured realism of what they are seeing.
There are, of course, a few critical notes. The story at some times drags a bit, and just fewer lines of dialog or a bit shorter thinking pauses would be welcome here and there. But there is one big missing piece that may be intentional and maybe not, but the backstory or arc of the secondary characters with superpowers is not well explained. It’s clear the children inherit similar and different powers, but it remains foggy. Also, the episode running times are odd, ranging from 56 to 36 minutes.
Josh Duhamel is excellent in both eras of the story, and Matt Lantner shines in the 1930’s story but is mainly missing from the present-day timeline. None of that spoils the show, and it’s clear from the start something is up with the team. Leslie Bibb, playing Lady Liberty, has some of the best lines in the show and delivers. Andrew Horton needs to find his rhythm and voice for Season 2, and he needs better scenes and lines.
Let’s hope Netflix orders many seasons of Jupiter’s Legacy because the comic book series source material covers a lot of ground that the show doesn’t come near. I think it’s a home run show, and you should give it a watch for yourself.