Jupiter's Legacy': television Audit

 Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb star in the Netflix transformation of Imprint Millar's comic book arrangement about a useless superhuman family. 

The penultimate scene of Disney+'s 

WandaVision produced a flood of worship (and unsurprising automatic Twitter reaction) for the line, "What is sadness, if not love persisting?" 

Regardless of whether you don't think the line was a zenith of prearranged contemplations on misfortune, it could in any case be recognized as a perfect and succinct summation of the topics of an often provocative period of television.

In the penultimate episode of Jupiter’s Legacy, Netflix’s new superhero show takes its own stab at something comparably reflective. “I’ve learned that there’s a terrible gift to loss, which leaves nothing left to lose, which means you have everything to gain,” declares Josh Duhamel’s Sheldon Sampson, a musing that’s half word salad, half idiotic mathematical equation, all hollow nonsense.

The title of Jupiter’s Legacy, adapted by Steven S. DeKnight from the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, refers vaguely to the legacy left by a senior generation of superheroes for the new generation of heroes facing a wildly different world. The show’s only actual legacy is arriving in such a superhero-glutted landscape that it’s almost impossible to find a single character or plotline or thematic beat here that you won’t be instantly comparing to a previous show.

Whether Jupiter’s Legacy is found lacking as a vehicle for delving into the way grief can lay even the most powerful people low, as a mismatched superhero team-up in the vein of Umbrella Academy and The Boys and Doom Patrol, or as a commentary on superhero daddy issues like Invincible or Superman & Lois, this eight-episode drama is one of the weakest and most forgettable entries in the busy genre. It’s a derivative bore, without even visual inspiration to compensate

The season takes place in two timelines. In the present, Duhamel’s Sheldon and Leslie Bibb’s Grace have been married for 60 years. As superhero duo the Utopian and Lady Liberty, they’re protecting the Earth, stopping bad guys and following a “code” that dictates that they never kill 

anybody, however evil, nor do they ever attempt to influence policy. Sheldon and Grace got their power in the distant past along with Sheldon’s brother, Walter (Ben Daniels), but somehow there are a ton of 20-something heroes who got their powers in some other way, heroes who aren’t convinced that 

Sheldon’s code still applies. The new heroes include Sheldon and Grace’s son, Brandon (Andrew Horton), struggling to emerge from his dad’s shadow, and rebellious daughter Chloe (Elena Kampouris), who uses her notoriety — superheroes are celebrities in this world — to get endorsement deals and do photoshoots.

In the other timeline, we see the circumstances that led to Sheldon and Grace and Walter and Sheldon’s buddy George (Matt Lanter) getting their powers, an event situated around the stock market collapse of 1929.


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