Posted December 1, 2017 by Katelyn Barnes in Reviews

REVIEW: Runaways S01E02 – Rewind

Episode: S01E02 – Rewind
Air Date: 21 November 2017
Executive Producer: Rodney Barnes, Brian K. Vaughn
Created by: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
Starring: Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Angel Parker, Ryan Sands, Annie Wersching, Kip Pardue, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Brigid Brannagh, Kevin Weisman, Brittany Ishibashi, James Yaegashi, DeVaughn Nixon

Runaways takes it’s time in its second episode, “Rewind.” Rather than concentrate on the kids, who, at the end of the first episode, are fleeing the scene of their parents’ joint venture into ritualistic murder, the episode, um, rewinds; telling the story again, from the parents point of view, letting us get to know the characters while teasing us with its many mysteries.

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We do get a bit of present frame. The kids run out the passage, with the help of Molly’s super strength, and the parents are puzzled by the flash. To cover, Alex turns the power on and off, and the parents are fooled. Must have been the weird murder coffin sucking all that energy!

Flash to earlier that day. Chase’s mother is trying to placate her son. Sure, Victor can be rough, but he hasn’t hit Chase in “awhile,” she says. One must forgive him, she continues. He’s a genius. Oh, Janet. No. Chase sighs and kisses her goodbye and soon, she gets a call from… a lover? Who will be at the Pride meeting later? Hmm. She heads down to Victor’s lab. He’s busy with the murder coffin and is frustrated that the lab rat he has in there isn’t going anywhere. It’s something about “dematerialization problems.” The rat escapes and Janet catches it. He tells her to get rid of the animal. “It’s useless.”

Over at the Church, two lackeys come running to Leslie. Destiny is missing! They track her down to a bus station and Leslie asks why she would possibly leave. Destiny says she’s on her feet now, the Church has really helped and she really wants to go home to see her three year-old daughter for her birthday. Oh, but Destiny! It’s your time to level up in the Church! It’s time to “go Ultra.” Destiny takes one last look at the bus and gets in the car with Leslie and her women. Freaking cults.

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Meanwhile, Leslie’s husband (though, it seems unlikely he is Karolina’s father) is having a meeting with his agent…err, former agent. Frank is hardly acting anymore, the man says. He was every teen girl’s dream once, but now, now’s he’s all about that that Church. Focus on the Church, Frank! Frank admits that the Church and all its earnings belong to his wife. Former agent is stunned and Frank is thoughtful. Maybe he could talk Leslie into letting him “go Ultra?”

Nico’s parents, Tina and Robert, are arguing about the sanctity of Amy’s room. When Robert suggests Tina should just admit how much she is hurting, she seals him into the room with her weird… shield staff. He talks her down to a padlock and she lets him go.

Gert and Molly’s parents, Stacey and Dale, are chatting in their minivan as they pull away from the school. Stacey reminds Dale of their Pride meeting that night and Dale is all, “aww man, do I gotta?”

Over at Alex’s house, Catherine and Geoffrey are discussing their plans for the day when Geoffrey gets a call. His former gang members, principally a Darius (DeVaughn Nixon), have taken over a Pride school building site and are demanding ransom from Geoffrey. He goes to the site, hands over his phone to Darius’s lackey, and does hand over a sealed metal briefcase, but Darius gets suspicious and opens it. And, surprise! It’s a live video feed of Darius’s grandmother’s house! Don’t mess with Geoffrey, y’all. He knows where your grandmother lives.

Darius admits defeat, his lackey hands Geoffrey his phone and they leave, but um, surprise back! Darius just wanted to get discreet access to Geoffrey’s phone!

And it’s the Pride meeting. Leslie shows everyone Destiny’s file. She’s a “strong candidate.” Geoffrey is visibly concerned. Isn’t anyone else tired of this? The girl’s the same age as their kids! Everyone else is, but they drink it off. Leslie’s got her mantra down; these kids had nowhere else, no one else, no future, they were “living on borrowed time.” Well, that’s certainly untrue of Destiny, now, isn’t it?

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So, down they go, off to sacrifice poor Destiny to the glowy murder coffin. And its super disturbing to watch, so I’ll just say, she goes into that box unwillingly. And then Molly’s phone flashes and we’re back in the present.

The kids decide to act normal, they want to figure out what’s going on. Is it Victor’s time travel experiments? Does it have anything to do with the dinosaur in Gert and Molly’s basement? How about Amy? Where’d she go again? So, they act like they’ve been having a grand ol’ time and eventually the families go home and deal with the revelations of the night in their own ways.

In the last few minutes, we see Frank attempting and failing to get into Leslie’s “meditation room” where the desiccated man lies, Nico watching her mother with the shield staff, Geoffrey picking up a telltale barrette just outside the secret passageway, and Victor, opening the murder coffin, only to find Destiny struggling to get out. “You’re not supposed to be here,” growls Victor.

And that’s that. “Rewind” was a fantastic episode and I am, once again, eager to see what happens next.

Runaways is available Tuesdays on Hulu.

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Katelyn Barnes is a fast-talking, karaoke-loving, geek of all trades. If she isn’t belting out the best of Foreigner, then she’s got her nose in a book. She often does both at once. She is also a true devotee of all things geeky in television. It began, long ago, with Buffy, and now encompasses the best sci-fi and fantasy shows television has to offer. Born in New England and raised in the American Midwest, Katelyn has earned degrees in English and History. She spends much of her time writing and traveling to as many new places as she possibly can.