Runaways: Double Zeros
December 29, 2018 5:56 PM - Season 2, Episode 3 - Subscribe

The Runaways practice fighting as a team. Alex gets closer to Livvie, but trouble is coming. Janet gets closer in PRIDE's efforts against Jonah.

Seriously, who's writing the Hulu show description? They're both inaccurate and full of spoilers.

AV Club: Runaways makes its bones in a fast-paced episode
posted by numaner (4 comments total)
That was action packed! I like that they kind of figure out their roles in just a simple fight to rescue Alex, but not really melding all the way, with Nico just now figuring out the staff (to be fair her mom could've said something, because that's a big point about a command only working once ever). I feel pretty sorry for Alex though, basically losing faith in all parental figures now with Darius betraying him. But at least he has the kids as his family now.

some notes:
- After Nico gets with Karolina, Alex still has her as his first speed dial, but changed her name to "Not The One", and after his disappearing act Nico changed Alex' name in her phone to "Asshole"
- Janet pointing out that Jonah is a condescending asshole just like Victor, "down to the custom cufflinks"
- So we might start seeing more friction between Catherine and Geoffrey with Darius' death
- I don't read the comics so I'm not familiar with Topher, but he seems like an unlikable douche
posted by numaner at 6:09 PM on December 29, 2018

This was the first episode of the season that really worked for me, although it still had a couple of missteps.

  • The special effects for Karolina's powers look a lot better than they did last season. The Old Lace effects are still very early-seasons NuWho.
  • I did not love Livvie's mildly scornful response every time Alex was trying to be careful about consent, even if I do mostly like Livvie so far and I appreciate that her relationship with Alex takes some of the edge off of his reaction to Nico/Karolina (which I was worried was going to make watching the show a problem for me).
  • Does anyone else think that Ajiona Alexus (Livvie) looks distractingly like a young Janet Jackson?
  • I'm going to miss Darius, even if a lot of the time I can physically feel the whiteness of the writers in the words coming out of the POC characters' mouths (to this episode's credit, it was written by Kirk Moore, who is black).

posted by Parasite Unseen at 8:40 PM on December 29, 2018

Yeah, Topher has "I'm just here to cause trouble" written all over him. Sigh. Whee. Not looking forward to seeing how that plays out.

Poor Darius, to some degree.

The airport scene was coooooooool.

The Staff Of One Spell Only would make me absolutely crazy to have to deal with. I know it's better to have a power limiter but god, I'd be all "is there any way I can not waste this one spell idea on this issue right now, or...."

Poor Gert.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:44 AM on December 30, 2018

Time to memorize a thesaurus. Though technically another language should probably work and she does speak Japanese right?
posted by gryftir at 10:00 PM on January 5, 2019

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