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"No. No, we can't disband the group. We never even gave ourselves a cool nickname."
"How about the Runaways? For all the kids we couldn't save or avenge."
Gert Yorkes and Alex Wilder[src]

The First Season of Runaways premiered on November 21, 2017 on Hulu.

Synopsis

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. But what if they really were? When six L.A. teens stumble onto a terrible secret, they realize their parents have been lying to them all their lives. But what are their parents after? And why? While the kids investigate, the adults start to wonder if their kids are hiding secrets of their own. The parents close in on the truth just as the kids uncover a plan with devastating consequences. Now, this unlikely crew of teenagers must band together to stop their parents before it’s too late.[1]

Plot

Gene and Alice Hernandez realize that certain rocks contain strange properties. Suddenly, there is an explosion, killing the two, but their young daughter survives, but gains super strength. As it turns out, Leslie Dean caused the explosion, sabotaging her friends. She later tells Tina Minoru of her actions.

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Alex Wilder, Nico Minoru, Chase Stein, Karolina Dean, Gert Yorkes and Molly Hernandez are six teenagers who used to be friends but started to grow apart after the death of their friend Amy Minoru, Nico's sister. This tragic event caused the teenagers to barely stand each other, resulting in shattered friendships and loneliness for some of them. Alex's parents Geoffrey and Catherine try to convince Alex to invite his former friends over, which he does with little success.

Still, Alex manages to have all of the teenagers gather at the Wilder Mansion by sending them an old picture displaying them together. The teenagers argue over the fact that they grew separated, but they agree that they have to speak their emotions in order to move on. However, as they go into Geoffrey's office to find some alcohol, they discover a secret passageway leading to a mysterious basement, where they see all of their parents, who belong to a so-called charity called PRIDE, apparently sacrificing Destiny Gonzalez, a young girl picked up by the Church of Gibborim led by Karolina's mother Leslie Dean.

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As PRIDE is alerted by the flash of a picture taken by Molly, the teenagers run away without being seen by their parents, who end up persuaded that the kids did not see anything. From this point, the teenagers decide to investigate in order to find out what their parents really did. Actually, they are unaware that the sacrifice their parents perpetrated has failed and that Victor Stein, Chase's father, was forced to murder Gonzalez himself. Chase and Gert find the empty Dematerialization Box used by their parents in the Stein Mansion, but also accidentally release a small dinosaur from the Yorkes Residence while investigating, with the dinosaur apparently responding to Gert's commands.

Meanwhile, the other children begin to explore newfound superhuman abilities they have begun to display. Nico uses her mother Tina's Staff of One and accidentally causes snow inside the Minoru Mansion while holding a paper snowflake made by Amy, prompting her to call Alex for help. Karolina tries to understand why her body emits light when she takes off her Church of Gibborim Bracelet. As for Molly, the Wilders discovered her hairpin in Geoffrey's office and suspect that she might have seen the sacrifice. Catherine finds Molly in the Timely Coffee, but Molly escapes with her superhuman strength, only to be found again by Catherine, who is eventually convinced that Molly did not see anything.

Gonzalez's body is found on the beach, meaning that Victor's mistake is now revealed and that PRIDE has to look for another person to sacrifice in order to revive their benefactor, Jonah, as they do it every year. They attempt to kidnap a hobo, Murray, but they fail. Meanwhile, as their investigation does not progress that much, Nico and Alex decide to tell what they saw to the police, but they give up when Nico recognizes Detective Flores, who was in charge of the investigation when Amy committed suicide, something Nico refuses to believe she did.

Karolina and Gert find an encrypted file on Leslie's laptop they send to Alex for him to decrypt. As Gert leaves the Dean Mansion and Chase arrives, Karolina decided to tell him about her powers, much to Chase's amazement. Returning home, Chase decides to achieve the creation of his Fistigons and receives the unexpected assistance of his father. In the Yorkes Residence, the dinosaur returns home and nearly attacks Molly before being stopped by Gert and locked up again by Dale and Stacey Yorkes. Alex finally decrypts Leslie's file, which is a list of all the teenagers who were sacrificed by PRIDE. Before they can further exploit it, however, Alex is kidnapped by the Crips, whose leader Darius Davis seeks revenge on Alex's father Geoffrey.

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Having witnessed the kidnapping, Nico alerts the other Runaways while Alex learns about Geoffrey's and Davis' common history. Geoffrey, who has been told of the kidnapping, arrives with two LAPD officers. In the ensuing fight, Alex wounds Andre Compton with a gun he previously stole from Geoffrey. Davis takes Alex away one more time, but he is caught up and confronted by the Runaways. Thanks to Molly's superhuman strength, Chase's Fistigons and Nico's Staff of One, the Runaways are able to defeat the Crips. However, Alex correctly infers that Geoffrey will take Compton for a PRIDE sacrifice. The Runaways run to the Wilder Mansion, but they fail to save Compton, who was actually sacrificed in the Church of Gibborim offices, which revived Jonah.

Despite having failed to save Compton, the Runaways find a camera in the sacrifice room, with its data being transferred to the servers of Wizard, Tina's company. Thus, they decide to infiltrate it, taking advantage of a gala held by PRIDE in the Wizard Headquarters. During the gala, Alex and Nico, who have started a relationship, realize that they have to break into Tina's very office to retrieve the footage, and Nico is surprised that Alex simply guesses the password for the office. However, they have to hide when Tina arrives: during the party, Victor revealed that he knew about his wife Janet having an affair with Robert Minoru, prompting Tina to leave the gala and cry in her office, much to her daughter's surprise.

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Victor, who fainted right after his speech due to a brain tumor he is suffering from, is taken to a quiet room, where the news of his disease is revealed to the other members of PRIDE. The recently revived Jonah then steps in, using a mysterious serum to cure Victor, which significantly and immediately improves his condition. The serum is secretly kept by Dale. At the end of the party, Jonah meets Karolina, who is actually her biological daughter, although he does not tell anything about their true parentage. Karolina herself is quite distraught, as she almost fell from the roof during the gala due to being drunk, only to be saved by her powers, and she was kissed by Chase, something she feels uncomfortable with as she is actually in love with Nico. At the end of the party, Molly also inadvertently reveals to Catherine that she knows about the sacrifice.

Victor wakes up to the sound of his time machine which displays a future Chase who warns him not to put on the fistigons. Meanwhile, Robert tells Nico that he is leaving Tina for Janet. A member of the church, Calvin is dying, but gets healed by Frank Dean using his Healing Gloves. This act upsets Leslie. The group holds an emergency meeting that soon starts an argument when Molly reveals that she accidentally revealed their knowledge of the sacrifices to Catherine. Dale and Stacey experiment with Jonah's serum to understand it. Dale drops it on his arm on accident causing him to experience hyperactivity. Frank looks through Leslie's office and finds a picture of a younger her with Jonah. This both confuses and surprises Frank.

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Later, Frank asks Leslie about the picture. The latter explains that Jonah is the Being from the Book of Gibborim. Victor starts becoming unhinged after the serum wears off. He attacks Chase for being alone in his lab. Victor then puts on the fistigons and prepares to punch Chase, but he is shot by Janet, sending him into a coma. Janet immediately calls PRIDE and alerts them. They decide to get Frank and have him use his healing gloves.

However, Frank's gloves do not work and Victor dies anyway. Jonah soon arrives and announces that Victor is a very important part of the plan and needs to stay alive. He brings out the Dematerialization Boxes and says someone needs to be sacrificed. He chooses either Janet or Chase, but Robert steps in and says he will do it. Tina then uses the Staff of One to destroy one of the boxes so that her husband won't have to die.

Meanwhile, the Yorkes' leave Molly at her second cousin, Graciela Aguirre's house, while they deal with the problem. Nico finds Amy's phone and searches through the logs leading up to her death. They find that Amy hacked into Wizard's servers and found a video of a sacrifice. This is enough evidence to put their parents away. However, upon showing this to the group, Chase smashes the device out of fear of his father's death. Aguirre shows Molly a note left by her parents before their death. After an intense argument over Chase's actions, Gert suggests they go to the school dance together. Molly returns and shows them the footage. The footage is of Molly's parents warning her that PRIDE's actions could cause major damage to California. With this, they decide the best option is to stop the parents themselves. Meanwhile, Frank is now partnered with Jonah. Frank informs him that the kids know of the construction site because he was told by his daughter, Karolina.

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At the dance, Nico discovers that Amy was warned of an intruder just minutes before her death. Gert and Chase discuss their feelings towards each other. After, they walk into a separate room to find Nico and Karolina kissing. Although surprised, they move on and go to the construction site. When they arrive, Nico tries to use the Staff of One to fill the crater, but it flies out of her hand, back to Tina. The rest of the parents arrive to convince them to stop, but Karolina removes her bracelet revealing her true powers. They prepare to stop them.

A fight ensues, Dale shoots Old Lace with a tranquilizer gun which prompts a return shot by Chase's fitigons. The parents urge Jonah to not hurt the kids, but he doesn't listen. Karolina orders the group to flee without her as she knows Jonah wants her. Jonah proceeds to show off his powers, which are identical to Karolina. He easily beats the unskilled Karolina. At the Church Office, Jonah reveals to Karolina that he is her father.

Meanwhile, Tina finally reveals that Leslie was behind the Assassination of Gene and Alice Hernandez. The parents then decide to work together to defeat Jonah. Now in the woods, the group decides their next plan which is to rescue Karolina. Alex tells Gert that they have to leave Old Lace in order to stay discrete. They proceed to break into the office and save her. After finding out, Leslie goes to the construction site where Dale and Stacey are studying the crater. They find that a mysterious life form is at the bottom of the hole.

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Leslie meets with the rest of the parents and tells them that she in fact did kill the Hernandez's. She also confirms that she knew that Jonah killed Amy. Enraged, Tina threatens to kill her, but knows it's better to keep Leslie alive so they could kill Jonah. On the run, Alex gets a gun and other supplies from now ally, Darius Davis. He meets back with the group at the bus station where they watch the news which states that the teenagers killed Destiny Gonzales and they are now wanted. Despite being framed, the teens are forced to run and become Runaways.

Cast

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Episodes

Image Title Number Airdate Writers Directors
Runaways Teaser Trailer 21.png Reunion 1.01 November 21, 2017 Josh Schwartz &
Stephanie Savage
Brett Morgen
A group of six Los Angeles teens, fractured by a tragic loss, reunite only to discover that their parents may be hiding a terrible secret that turns their world upside down.
Rewind pic.png Rewind 1.02 November 21, 2017 Josh Schwartz &
Stephanie Savage
Roxann Dawson
A retelling of 101, as seen from the parents’ perspective. Everyone’s on edge, but after tonight, should all go as planned, they won’t have to worry about their obligations again.
Destiny pic.png Destiny 1.03 November 21, 2017 Kalinda Vazquez Nina Lopez-Corrado
The kids are reeling following last night’s events. As an investigation begins, they discover their parents may have more to hide than they could have imagined.
Fifteen pic.png Fifteen 1.04 November 28, 2017 Tamara Becher-Wilkinson Ramsey Nickell
The parents try to find a solution to PRIDE’s problem, and the kids grapple with a new discovery that yields more questions than answers.
Kingdom pic.png Kingdom 1.05 December 05, 2017 Rodney Barnes & Michael Vukadinovich Jeffrey W. Byrd
After their not-so-fearless leader is taken, our kids spring into action. Alex discovers long-buried secrets about his dad, as the kids uncover new truths about themselves.
Metamorphosis pic.png Metamorphosis 1.06 December 12, 2017 Kalinda Vazquez Patrick Norris
During PRIDE’s gala, the kids set in motion a new plan to take down their parents for good. As the evening unfolds, everyone’s personal drama threatens to derail their plans.
Refraction pic.png Refraction 1.07 December 19, 2017 Quinton Peeples Peter Hoar
At Atlas’ Open House, our parents and kids are thrown together following the revelations of the gala. But for one family, the school event is only the beginning of the drama.
Tsunami pic.png Tsunami 1.08 December 26, 2017 Rodney Barnes & Michael Vukadinovich Millicent Shelton
PRIDE tries desperately to clean up their latest mess without involving Jonah. But can they handle this on their own?
R109 Runaways watching the Hernandez tape.png Doomsday 1.09 January 2, 2018 Jiehae Park & Kendall Rogers Jeremy Webb
The Runaways are feeling more fractured than ever when Molly arrives with a devastating message from her parents. Now the kids have to stop their parents before it’s too late.
Hostile pic.png Hostile 1.10 January 9, 2018 Quinton Peeples Marc Jobst
The Runaways face off with their parents. But when Jonah arrives unexpectedly with a new game plan, the kids realize they are in over their heads.

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