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December 19, 2017 at 08:00 AM EST

Marvel's Runaways

type
TV Show
genre
Teen Drama
run date
11/21/17
performer
Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta
broadcaster
Hulu
seasons
1
episodes
13
We gave it a B-

Are we sure Victor’s last name isn’t Franken-stein? He’s created a monster — except in this case, the monster lives in him.

Decades before the series began, Victor was a different person. He chats up young Janet after a college lecture, finding a kindred, curious spirit in her as the two of them talk about the possibility of time travel. Years later, they’re married, and have Chase — who Victor says is “the only thing that matters.” Fast-forward again, and there’s Victor chiding adolescent Chase for tossing his athletic gear in the backseat instead of the trunk before beating him for talking back.

And so it’s curious why Victor is the way he is now. Waking up inside his lab, he hears future Chase’s voice on his time machine radar, telling him that whatever happens, he shouldn’t pick up the fistigons. But why would Victor do that anyway? At this point, he’s still generous, amicable Victor, who greets his son by hugging him and lets jabs about how bad he smells roll right off his sweaty back. In fact, Chase isn’t even angry at Victor; he’s more angry at Janet for her affair and walks away after she explains why she did what she did.

The Steins aren’t the only ones walking on eggshells around each other. Over at the Wilders’, Catherine and Geoffrey search Alex’s room while he’s in the shower and, after he leaves, realize they need to be “up in his business,” as Catherine puts it. At the Minorus’, Nico is at first accepting Robert, telling him that he just needs to do the hard work and ask for Tina’s forgiveness, but when Robert explains that he doesn’t actually want to continue being with Tina, Nico gives him the cold shoulder. And finally, in a room at the Church of Gibborim, Frank interrupts Leslie’s ritual with a dying follower and uses healing gloves Jonah gave him to revive an old man. Leslie is disturbed by Jonah’s gift to Frank, telling him that he has no idea what he’s doing, especially as stunts like these could draw attention to him as some sort of savior. But that’s exactly what Frank wants.

Things aren’t any easier at school. Frustrated with herself and with her friends’ bickering about the looming Open House night — an event during which parents get to meet with their teachers and check out the clubs and goings-on at Atlas Academy — Molly ends up telling them all about how she had accidentally let slip to Catherine that she had seen them during their murder ritual. The older kids are appalled, and Molly, feeling extra guilty, winds up walking away from the group when she feels like she’s being reprimanded and running straight to the dance team, for which she had only partially auditioned. She asks if she can join now, late, but the captain just smiles an offers her a position as the team manager, which is a lot less glamorous than it sounds. Dejected but desperate, Molly accepts, and begins collecting the team’s dirty towels just as Karolina walks over and comforts her, telling her that they’re still friends, and Molly doesn’t ruin everything as she thinks she does.

Meanwhile, the Yorkes have begun examining Jonah’s serum, which Dale pocketed while Jonah was saving Victor. They’re astonished to find that it’s capable of healing, but when Dale goes in for a hug with Stacey, he drops a little bit of the sample onto his arm, where it gets absorbed into his body. (The Yorkes are clumsy scientists, it seems.) Dale starts growing lightheaded, and soon after Stacey returns from grabbing food for them, he’s tripping, babbling about eternity and how they can use the serum to “change everything about history and life.” Just then, the Wilders arrive to talk about Molly knowing more than she should, but with Dale running around crazed, Stacey turns them away, promising to talk later at the open house.

Back in her private meditation room, Leslie interrogates Jonah about why he gave Frank healing gloves. She says she can’t allow her husband to ruin the legacy of the church, but Jonah reveals that the church will go down eventually, because it’s not what matters. Instead, Pride is the only thing that matters, telling her to focus her energy instead on drawing the group back together — a group that doesn’t include Frank, who’s now taken his new job in stride, hiring Vaughn as his assistant to take objects of importance from the church for his personal use. While rummaging through storage, he finds the desk that had belonged to Leslie’s father, the founder of Gibborim, and discovers a photograph inside a drawer of Leslie in 8th grade, holding Jonah’s arm. Only thing is, Jonah looks exactly the same — which makes the flashback Frank keeps having of his wife and Jonah in bed together even more disturbing. (NEXT: Open house, open minds)

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