If Runaways Season 2 were an Olympic sprinter, I’d talk about the improvements they have made since their last race. I’d talk about how, at the beginning of the race, they explode out of their starting blocks sustaining a confident momentum in their quest for victory; while running, they somehow seem much more personal, allowing those watching to get to know them more fully.
I’d even talk about their stylish, shiny, uniform and track shoes that help draw the eye; as this sprinter cruises towards the finish line, these factors make them irresistibly charming. Of course, Runaways Season 2 isn’t a runner but these same characteristics can still apply. Between seasons, Marvel’s Runaways has become a show more confident in every aspect; it successfully balances a speedy plot with satisfying character moments and does so with pleasing flourishes of action and style.
Marvel’s Runaways Is Fast and Furious
While Season 1 of Runaways leisurely (perhaps too leisurely) had its core heroes try to uncover the mystery surrounding their villainous parents, this isn’t the case for Season 2. It begins with Nico, Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly, and Old Lace finally taking the mantle of their titular group name after being framed for murder. While PRIDE desperately tries to get them back by any means necessary, the six teenagers (plus one Deinonychus) operate out of an abandoned mansion working together to try to bring their parents to justice once and for all.
Here, the plot moves like an NFL running back putting the juke on linebackers on the football field; it moves fast and just when you think you know where it’s heading it sharply takes off in a surprisingly alternate direction. Season 1 seldom seemed more akin to a mystery box show, in that it set up plot line questions while prolonging their answers; this season takes the opposite approach. Most episodes end with a nerve-racking cliffhanger, but due to the season’s writers, this is never frustrating. The questions raised throughout the season are almost immediately answered, and, if not, soon afterward; this creates an addictive ebb and flow that will leave you wanting more after each episode.
Marvel’s Runaways Has A Full House
Due to the writing this season the exciting plot has actual weight with an increased focus on the Runaways and their dynamics. Alex (Rhenzy Feliz) must work away from the group in order to support them; Nico (Lyrica Okano) steps up into more of a leadership position; Karolina (Virginia Gardner) seeks to understand the source of her mysterious rainbow powers; Molly (Allegra Acosta) aspires to use her super strength to protect people; Gert (Ariela Barer) struggles with withdrawal from her anxiety medication due to life on the run; Chase (Gregg Sulkin) tries to be supportive of Gert, while providing electricity to the Runaways’ underground base.
In addition to their individual storylines, this season provides ample scenes of the group together; this includes mixing and matching Runaways we didn’t see together a lot during Season 1. In one episode Alex confides in Chase about his decisions for the group during a highly tense situation:
“I want to look like I know what I’m doing out here, but I don’t,” Alex tells Chase. Chase responds glumly, “Me neither. It sucks.”
Marvel’s Runaways Season 2 Finds Its Family
The season presents countless character interactions, such as this, throughout. The well-written scenes really empathize with the fact that the Runaways are not only a team but a newfound family. Helping contribute to this aspect is the incredible chemistry between all six Runaways cast members. Whether the characters are arguing, bantering, or banding together, their exchanges always feel genuine and heartfelt. This season requires that actors and actresses step up both dramatically and comedically, in terms of performance, and each knocks it out of the park. D
This season PRIDE features less prominently than they did in the first. Despite this, the show still remembers what made them compelling previously in that they were partially sympathetic; PRIDE loves their children as parents, but at the same time, they have a duality in their ruthlessness to achieve their goals. Also, like last season, there are constant moments of infighting among PRIDE, which creates a delightful tension among its members.
Marvel’s Runaways Has Flash & Style
Adding to the element of improvement this season is the addition of multiple, fleshed out, action sequences. All of these have an improved visual flair and stylization — more so than anything attempted in Season 1; this double dosage of action fits into the narrative of Season 2, with the Runaways learning to work together to use their powers. The MVP of action set pieces this season has to be Lyrica Okano as Nico, who can be seen in key sequences doing impressive stunt work and fighting choreography herself. Okano always makes her character look like the coolest person in the room — whether flying through the air, fighting with her staff, or casting a spell you know she’s going to kick-ass.
Runaways… Welcome To The Finish Line
Runaways Season 2 outdoes its predecessor in every way imaginable; it’s more confident with its mixture of plot, character interactions, and style making you want to binge all 13 episodes as quickly as possible. As the season sprints through the checkered finish line, after its conclusion, it earns a deserved gold medal as far as sophomore superhero outings.
You can stream all episodes of Marvel’s Runaways Season 2 now on Hulu.