Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy Review: The Pressure Of Being Superheroes

Jupiter’s Legacy starring Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter and David Julian Hirsh released on Netflix this week. Created by Steven S. DeKnight, the superhero series is based on Image comic book series by Mark Millar. So how is this superhero saga different from everything that’s already there? Read our full review below.

The Utopian, aka Sheldon, played by Josh Duhamel, is considered the strongest of all and Union superhero team leader in the Netflix series. His wife Grace, aka Lady Liberty, played by Leslie Bibb, is another powerful superhero. They have two kids Brandon (Andrew Horton) and Chloe (Elena Kampouris), who are superheroes just like their parents. In fact, most of the people in the show are superheroes.

Every superhero has unique powers. They fight the most dangerous beings and protect the world. However, they are not like Marvel/DC heroes. They have to follow the CODE – not to kill anyone. During the 1930s, when Sheldon and Grace got the powers, the world wasn’t so evil. However, with time, people became nasty, and threats became bigger. The superheroes lose many of their own because the enemies enjoy killing. So Sheldon’s code started bothering several people, including his children.

While Brandon is carrying forward the legacy and fighting the bad with his parents, Chloe decides to live her life like a normal person. She works as a model and is severely addicted to alcohol and drugs. Basically, her life is a mess. On the other hand, nothing Brandon does pleases his father, who always keeps saying – “Son, you are not ready.”

The plot of Jupiter’s Legacy can be explained in two ways – An old superhero being stubborn AF and wanting to do everything the way he wants. It can also be described as a disastrous world where having too many superheroes is also a threat to the world, especially when they go against each other. The enemies from the outside can be handled, but when it is someone from your clan, it becomes a huge problem. The Boys showed us how sometimes those who swear to protect us have more blood of common people on their hands.

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Jupiter’s Legacy review (still from the trailer)

Jupiter’s Legacy has good actors who have amazing performances, an intriguing story to tell and the series has amazing VFX. Like most superhero movies/series, it’s not all about action. There’s more talking and emotions on screen. Everyone on the screen looks as good as Marvel and DC actors. But it’s hard to watch superheroes trying to think of such codes when we have seen The Boys. The ‘superheroes’ in this Amazon Prime show loved bloodshed, especially Homelander!

In the series, it seems like Sheldon is talking to a therapist and discussing all the problems. It gives rise to the question – when these powerful beings can’t protect themselves, how will they protest anyone else? Well, superheroes do need a therapist. Remember how Tony Stark was dealt with PTSD in Iron Man 3 after the events of The Avengers? How he created Ultron, who led to hundreds of deaths because Stark was too worried about a bigger threat than Loki? (I’m an MCU fan, so don’t be offended).

While showing us the superhero and being good pressure on these Union members, the makers also take us back to when Sheldon was young and how everyone got the powers. Along with the present story, the past narrative takes place till the last episode. Hence, the episodes are quite lengthy and sometimes, the repetitiveness of Code talks, Chloe’s arrogance gets annoying to watch.

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Josh Duhamel as The Utopian (Jupiter’s Legacy review)

Another disappointment in Jupiter’s Legacy for me was the last episode. When all the other episodes were 48-50 minutes, the last one was only 36 minutes. Even after making one revelation, it seemed incomplete. It is sad that nowadays, writers and directors end the show on an incomplete and unanswered note so that audience can look up to the next season. Remember the series I Am Not Okay With This? The show ended like this, and Netflix cancelled it. It’s not fair to play with the audience’s sentiments when digital platforms are not sure if the series will have a future or not.

Jupiter’s Legacy: Is it worth it?

Overall, the series shows us the drama that goes on in the superheroes and their families lives. Everyone wants power, but they are just like humans who feel trapped in a routine when it comes to abiding by the rules. It has some good and some bad points. So you can give it a watch.

Jupiter’s Legacy is currently streaming on Netflix.

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SUMMARY

Jupiter's Legacy is engaging from the start and has a lot of important points to make. However, the series ends on a cliffhanger which seems to have become a norm with TV shows nowadays.
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Pooja Darade
Exploring all kinds of cinema and stories. Superhero and fantasy dramas, comedy, horror and crime thriller are my favourites. I worry that my last sentence would be - 'Sh*t, I forgot to watch that film/show'.

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