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December 05, 2017 at 08:00 AM EST

Marvel's Runaways

TV Show
Teen Drama
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Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta
We gave it a B+

It’s time for the Runaways to accept the fact that their parents are horrible people. What other explanation is there for why they do horrible things?

But even if there isn’t a better, more…acceptable explanation behind why the Pride does what they do, “Kingdom” still tries its best to explain how horrible people are made. Geoffrey Wilder, for example, went down the path he did after he got an offer he couldn’t refuse — and when his greed eventually got the better of him. Eighteen years before the events of Runaways, a mysterious, sharply dressed man played by Julian McMahon visits him in prison and literally hands him an opportunity to become a real-estate mogul, now that some of the land he inherited in South Central L.A. has the potential to turn a profit.

After discussing with Catherine, then his lawyer, Geoffrey decides to go through with it and get out of jail early. He ropes in Darius — the man who threatened him back in episode 2 — to confess to Geoffrey’s crime and promises to make sure Darius’ family is set for life.

Turns out that agreement didn’t work out for either side. Geoffrey is indeed a wealthy man now with Catherine as his wife and a murder library in his basement, but Alex is in deep trouble, having been kidnapped by Darius, who brings him to his nana’s home to illustrate just how Geoffrey failed to elevate Darius’ family. Darius claims that Geoffrey never held up his end of the bargain, before calling Geoffrey and bribing him into bringing more money or losing his son.

Instead of bringing the green, Geoffrey brings gunfire to the meeting point, shooting Darius’ men out of the way and — when Geoffrey’s threatened by Darius’ henchman Andre — causing Alex to pull the trigger on the gun he stole from Geoffrey’s study. Darius grabs Alex anyway and makes it out with his prize still in tow.

Meanwhile, Team Find Alex has concocted a plan. After putting their heads together, Nico, Karolina, Molly, and Gert — Chase is still in the lab with Victor — track Alex via the Staff of One, with Nico wielding the magic, Karolina driving like a madwoman, and Gert calling Chase. When they reach Alex, they combine their powers to rescue him from Darius. Molly finally gets to demonstrate her super-strength to her friends, lifting Darius’ van and forcing him and Alex to exit the car. Karolina distracts Darius’ men with her lights, and just when they need him, Chase arrives and knocks Darius away with his activated fistigons. When Darius gets back up and starts to shoot, Nico commands the Staff of One to create a shield that protects them. Eventually, Darius runs out of bullets and drives away.

The night’s not over just yet: Alex ditches to check on Geoffrey, and finds that Andre has survived the bullet and Geoffrey will be taking him away from the site of the shootout. Geoffrey tells Alex he can’t come with him, however, and Alex knows Geoffrey’s lying to him about the fact that Andre will be okay. After Alex finally walks away, Geoffrey talks to Catherine, telling her that he now has a live sacrifice for the Pride.

That’s good news for Leslie, who’s yet again in the white “meditation” room with Gross Flaky Guy, telling him that their quest for another sacrifice isn’t going well. But it’s bad news for the Runaways: When Alex reports his suspicions about what Geoffrey might be doing to Andre and says they need to save him from whatever happened to Destiny, Gert points out that they have too much going on, too fast. “Many of us have just exhibited superhuman abilities after learning there may be a Chinatown-level conspiracy run by our parents,” she says. “My head is exploding.”

If anything, though, at least now they all know they’re freaks. (Molly reveals Gert’s connection to their basement dinosaur between naps.) Congrats, kids! Now all you need is an official team name. (Next: A ritual and a revelation…)

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