Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy is an interesting twist on the super hero concept. While the series may drag at first and be a little difficult to get into, the last two episodes make it all worth while. Check out the details in my parents guide series review.
Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy drops on the streaming service today, May 6th. The series is based off of Mark Millar’s comic book of the same name and stars Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb. Like the comic, the series takes a realistic look at the flaws of superheroes. Check out all the details in my parents guide series review.
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Jupiter’s Legacy Parents Guide
Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy follows the story of the world’s first superheroes who received their powers in the 1930’s. In the present day they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.
Jupiter’s Legacy Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Lets take a look at what parents need to know before allowing their kids to view Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy.
Language: The series contains some harsh language with profanity used throughout with words including: f*ck, sh*t, a**h*le, b*tch, damn, bastard, g-d damn, piss, hell and “screw you.”
Sexual Content/ Nudity: The series contains some partial nudity and sex scenes between couples. There is also a masturbation scene and heavy kissing and making out scenes.
Violence: The series contains extreme violence with a good versus evil vibe and super heroes battling villains. There are death scenes which can get gory at times, stabbings, gun shots, and murdering. Some of the super heroes commit some of the murders, so parents may want to be aware of this before allowing very young children to view this series.
Jupiter’s Legacy takes a new spin on the superhero world by humanizing super heroes in ways we have rarely seen them. These heroes have families, struggle with parenting, get hurt or possibly lose their life, and yes, even grow old as we see a gray haired Josh Duhamel playing the gray haired Utopian. The series presents such an array of different ideas which is way out of the norm of what we always knew of super heroes. This is particularly explored in Chloe Sampson, daughter of The Utopian, who has super hero powers like most of the children of these heroes. But, in lieu of following in her parents footsteps, Chloe takes a different path as a model/celebrity.
As far as action scenes go, Jupiter’s Legacy does not disappoint, and the entire series felt like a big budget production. In fact, I preferred many of the actions scenes in this series over many Hollywood Blockbuster super hero films of the same genre. They are raw, bloody, shocking, and the CGI effects are outstanding. The action and fight scenes lead to some exceptionally shocking moments which will have viewers picking their jaws up off the floor!
Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb give stellar performances as Sheldon (The Utopian) and Grace Sampson (Lady Liberty). The series jumps back and forth from present time to the past before the heroes received their powers. Duhamel undoubtedly has the look of an aged hero along with exuding the wisdom of one. Bibb was by far my favorite character in Jupiter’s Legacy, and while she matches Duhamel’s chrisma onscreen, I enjoyed the many facets of her character, especially when her viewpoints differ from that of her husband.
Where the show excels in character development is with the super heroes and super villains children. We witness the turmoil within these kids, who not only had to grow up in the spotlight of their parents but also with the added pressure of living up to their parents legacy. While viewers observe Brandon Sampson having an internal battle of living up to The Code, juxtaposed is his sister Chloe who has gotten as far away from the super hero life as she could, yet constantly grapples with this legacy following her. Their struggle reminded me of the struggle children of celebrities are forced to deal with; constantly under the microscope of the public eye.
Jupiter’s Legacy isn’t a perfect series by any means. As much as I enjoyed the idea of the plot points and humanization of the characters, I found the series difficult to get into. The first half definitely dragged and was a bit confusing as the storyline jumped back and forth from the past to present day. While I understand the character development and backstory of these heroes are central to the plot, it also resulted in a muddled storyline. In saying this, I am glad I forced myself through it because the last half of the series, particularly the last two episodes, made it all worth while. The series ended on an amazing cliffhanger, which leaves the series open for a season two!