Interestingly, each episode of Jupiter’s Legacy seems to be structured as having two concurrent storylines, one in the past around the time of the start of the Great Depression, and the other in the present.
And despite the title suggesting this is about a next generation of heroes, it does seem like the focus here is entirely on the founder of the Union.
Now, to be fair, there’s a lot going on here, but the main focus seems to be on the Utopian, the man who gave the others the Code by which all heroes are supposed to live. We’ve seen he can be very judgmental with his children to the point where nothing they do seems to be good enough. That means one thing to rebel daughter Chloe, but it means something else entirely with Brandon, the son who actually is trying to live up to his father’s expectations and never quite getting there.
It also extends to the general public when Sheldon “The Utopian” Sampson learns public opinion thinks Brandon was right to kill that Blackstar…I’m gonna say “clone” for lack of a better term. He will berate them too…on live television.
I did wonder why so many people knew how that battle went down despite it being way out in the middle of nowhere, even with the Union being celebrities and all and a few of them dying in the process of fighting that thing, but then it occurred to me Sheldon’s code wouldn’t let him keep something like that a secret. Of course he would tell the world what Brandon did because it might be less than honest. That’s my personal head canon, and I am sticking to it.
However, when the show slips into the past, just after Sheldon’s own father committed suicide, the thing I noticed most was Sheldon was every bit the idealist back then as he is in the present. I wrote in the first episode write-up that Sheldon and his dad were the kind of rich guys that are too benevolent to exist in reality, and apparently, the show agreed with me after all. Turns out Papa Sampson was raiding his employee’s pension fund to pay for the company expansion. That came out first in a socialist newspaper in an article written by…Sheldon’s future wife? Sure, why not? Sheldon believes that to be a lie and goes down to the newspaper to tell off those no-good commies, only to go back and learn from pragmatic brother Walter that, well, his father had raided the pension fund, and the company is so broke, they have to lay off everybody at least temporarily.
Except, when we see Sheldon at both the past and the present funerals, he has these seizures, collapsing both times under what looks like conflicts in his own morality, not recognizing that people can’t live up to his ideals because, well, people are flawed. If anything, his collapse in the present is shorter in duration and less worrisome…unless you consider how he didn’t even know the real names of the guy whose funeral he was attending. He only knew him by his superhero name, not by how he was Brandon’s best friend.
Then again, he might be a little mentally ill since in the past, he heard his father’s voice urging him to go to some mysterious island.
Yeah, he sounds like he’ll make a mentally sound superhero, husband, and father…