Runaways: Gimmie Shelter
December 28, 2018 11:25 AM - Season 2, Episode 1 - Subscribe

The kids struggle with their new lives as Runaways and Alex returns to Darius for help. PRIDE handles the fallout of their kids leaving and plan what to do about Johan. Meanwhile Jonah initiates a plan to build a new Dematerialization Box.

I had to change the post description because the official synopsis is more spoilery than I expected.

AV Club: Look, Runaways season two really does hit the ground running, okay?
posted by numaner (7 comments total)
 
I liked this premiere. It really reminded me of how fun these superhero shows can be (I also really like Cloak & Dagger but man that one needs some morale improvement, same for Titans). I also thought that Mike on the Bike was Black from Workaholics (like seriously did they get that guy because they couldn't get him?), and him dealing with the fists was hilarious. I wanted Karolina to power up and take him down, but that would expose them, and also no need to blow that special effects budget on the premiere.

I'm excited that Janet is going to get a bit of spotlight after Victor admits they need her help for a new Dematerialization Box (I don't know if they ever said the name of those boxes on the show, but I'm going by the wiki). And also Tina is just scary af.
posted by numaner at 11:32 AM on December 28, 2018


I liked it, but "oh, we just happened to find an underground abandoned mansion" or...um, whatever that was?... I like that they have an HQ and they need it when they gotta house a dinosaur, and yeah yeah I know it's comics, but that was still weird.
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:46 AM on December 28, 2018


I liked it, but "oh, we just happened to find an underground abandoned mansion" or...um, whatever that was?... I like that they have an HQ and they need it when they gotta house a dinosaur, and yeah yeah I know it's comics, but that was still weird.

For whatever this may be worth, "I know it’s comics" is too generous to the show and not fair to the comics. In the comic series, Chase had learned about the mansion from a book in Victor's library when he way younger and had searched it out and been visiting it for years prior to running away, going so far as to put up signs indicating that the site was contaminated in order to keep passersby and urban explorers from visiting it. It was his private space that he would go to when he needed to avoid his father. Falling into it right when they needed it was one of the many changes from the comic book that have left me baffled, but there are a lot of things about this show that make me suspect that the writers don't care because they don't think the audience will, either.

I did not notice a Lyft in this episode but Molly's laughable claim about the public transportation only running during rush hour makes me think that they're still getting that Lyft money. Los Angeles Metro doesn't have a Yellow Line, Molly (she probably meant the Gold Line).

There are still a lot of things in the show that I like, but there's a lot that makes me cringe hard. Gold star for cringiest moment goes to Nico’s "Wiccan ritual" for Graciela, with the homeless encampment respectfully standing witness.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 4:28 PM on December 28, 2018 [1 favorite]


Thanks, Parasite Unseen! That actually makes good freaking sense there.
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:01 PM on December 29, 2018


My best guess about their hideout is that someone vaguely remembered the Nazi compound that's roughly around that area of the park and decided it should be a mansion full of stuff for plot convenient purposes, but it definitely doesn't make sense for it to be unoccupied given how intact it is. Glad to hear the comic version was more sensibly written.

In general, all of the Wiccan stuff is also weirdly ill researched, but I tried to chalk that up as a teenager's rendition of stuff she read on the Internet one time.
posted by tautological at 4:09 PM on December 29, 2018


My best guess about their hideout is that someone vaguely remembered the Nazi compound that's roughly around that area of the park

If the Hostel on the show is located in the same place that it is in the comics, then it is at Bronson Canyon in Griffith Park. The Nazi compound (Murphy Ranch) is about thirty miles away in Pacific Palisades near Will Rogers State Park.

I imagine that the Hostel's location in Bronson Canyon is a reference to the entrance to the Adam West Batcave being located there, although it also could have been any number of other science-fiction shows.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 8:24 PM on December 29, 2018


In general, all of the Wiccan stuff is also weirdly ill researched, but I tried to chalk that up as a teenager's rendition of stuff she read on the Internet one time.

That seemed actually appropriate to me--hell, we were all 12 years old reading "Teen Witch" once. I thought it was a rather sweet that she tried, actually.
posted by jenfullmoon at 10:34 PM on December 29, 2018


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