Season 2 picks up pretty much right where the first one leaves off.  Pride is feeling increasingly disillusioned with Jonah and desperate to find their children.  However, they continue to distrust each other and never seem to agree on the best course of action.  Meanwhile the Runaways are, well, on the run and trying to survive without alerting their parents (and the police) to their whereabouts.

This episode also gave as a little bit more insight into what the Pride actually is and how they operate, which will hopefully continue as the season progresses.  It seems that they are a public facing organization that funds a lot of charitable activities in the area.  They also have a headquarters which somewhat resembles a tech start-up you might see in Silicon Valley.  But of course there’s more to it than that since they are an evil organization.  We find out that they have a secret control center within the building where they can monitor all CCTV and social media.  It’ll be interesting to see how this affects the Runaways ability to evade them going forward.

The Runaways may be at a technical and financial disadvantage, but they’re not stupid.  So far it seems like they’ve been doing a great job of avoiding anything that would alert the Pride to their location.  But of course this makes it more difficult to survive on their own.  They’re used to living very privileged lives, so bouncing between homeless shelters is quite a change of pace.  This hits Gert pretty hard since she’s faced directly with the inequality that she’s been so vocal about fighting.  Gert exploring her own privilege could be an interesting thread going forward.

For me, one of the weakest parts of last season was the character Molly.  She seemed to be written like as if she was 6 or 7 years old rather than the 14 year old we see on screen.  It could be the writing or the acting (or perhaps a combination of both), but the character seems to be acting much younger than she appears.  Hopefully going forward Allegra Acosta will be given a bit more to work with, but so far it seems like the character will stay just as childlike as she was last season.

The relationship between Alex and Darius seems to be getting more complex.  Darius’ distrust of Alex makes a lot of sense since he’s the son of an old enemy.  However, Darius recognizes that Alex could be an incredibly useful ally in figuring out what’s going on.  It’s also nice that Darius’ character is being fleshed out a bit more than he was in the first season.  He’s not just a gangster who’s jealous of Alex’s father, he has a family to look out for and motives of his own.   However, his true motives for getting close to Alex remain unclear.

Nico and Karolina also had a bit more time to bond in this episode which I think was sorely needed in the last.  Karolina’s interest in Nico seemed to come out of nowhere and, while I wish that was explored a bit more in the first season, it seems like it will be handled better going forward.  In particular, the scene where Karolina reassures Nico that they’re not their parents and that they’re going to be better was the first time that I actually bought into their relationship.  It was also very well acted by Lyrica Okano (Nico) and Virginia Gardner (Karolina).

By the end of the episode all of Pride is aware that Jonah is trying to uncover some kind of large living creatures and they all agree they can’t let him do it.  However, they have no idea how to take care of him.  Hopefully Karolina will be able to discover some weakness, although the rest of the group may not be so happy about her meeting with him in secret.

VERDICT

4 bicycles out of 5.  

This episode was a great way to start the season.  It did a good job of reintroducing the relationships between the characters while subtly expanding the scope of the show.  There wasn’t that much set up for what’s to come, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  We learned a bit more about the reach that Pride has as well as some hints at what Jonah might be up to.

ONE-SHOTS

  • Alex should definitely tell the group about Darius sooner rather than later.  It also doesn’t make much sense why he’s trying to hide their connection from the rest of the group.
  • I hope the hideout they find at the end sticks around for a while because it looks really cool and has the potential to be a great base of operations.
  • It’ll be interesting to see if they delve into Jonah’s method for communicating with Victor (Chase’s father).  He’s clearly being kept in some sort of futuristic cryostasis, but what affect that’ll have on him remains to be seen.  Although we do learn that Jonah needs to absorb someone soon or he’ll go back to the frail state he was in at the beginning of season 1.
  • Looks like the police captured their stunt doubles!