Jupiter’s Legacy, is it any good?

In a world full of many superhero movies, tv shows, books, comics, and video games, comes Jupiter’s Legacy, another show that falls into the superhero genre, trying to set itself apart from the rest, but is it enough? This is a non-spoiler review.

I will start off by saying, I love this genre. Lately, it’s been feeling like the market for this genre is oversaturated, especially when you get pieces of media that simply aren’t interesting enough, or have nothing new to add. There isn’t enough room to play it safe anymore or present a cookie cutter story since we’ve seen so many different iterations of these type of characters and stories. Now, with all this being said, Jupiter’s Legacy does not suffer from this problem, BUT, it doesn’t make the show any better. It’s different enough to stand on its own, but it comes off boring in my opinion. Some of the characters are interesting, but not enough to measure up to the “bigger” superhero shows currently playing. What I cannot forgive though, is that some parts move excruciating slow. This series is only eight episodes long, and still feels bogged down. I think this mostly has to do with the way they set up the narrative. They change back and forth from the past to the present time to tell its story, which is risky in itself, but doesn’t really pay off. Some of the characters in this show are also very annoying, almost to the point where I felt like turning it off every time said character is on screen.

JUPITER’S LEGACY (L-R) DAVID JULIAN HIRSH as R. CONRAD, BEN DANIELS as WALTER SAMPSON, JOSH DUHAMEL as SHELDON SAMPSON, MIKE WADE as FITZ SMALL, and MATT LANTER as GEORGE HUTCHENCE in episode 7 of JUPITER’S LEGACY. Cr. STEVE WILKIE/NETFLIX © 2021

What I did like was the world building. You have the concept of superhero’s debating whether they should uphold a moral code to not kill their enemies, but arguing over when that line should be crossed if ever? It divides the publics view on them, and the super powered beings who have to either let their friends be killed for the sake of the code, or take initiative and stop the villains at all cost. Overall, we’ve got a good set up here. Also, some of the characters in this show have pretty cool super powers, and the way they visually present these are very creative. The actors play their parts well, so this isn’t on them.

So, with so many great superhero shows and media out there, would I recommend this show amongst them? No. I would say pass for now. If this show gets a season 2, I will happily revisit the show to see if some of the problems I had with it are fixed or done a bit better, as I do feel like the show has promise. It’s not the worst show, it’s just quite average, which unfortunately, is not enough.

Jupiter’s Legacy is streaming now on Netflix

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