The premiere is pretty good, for what it is. And what it is is the setup. It has to introduce six different characters, their relationship, the mysterious death that drove them apart, two different emerging superpowers, and of course, the revelation of the show’s premise - that all 12 of their parents are part of a secret, evil cult.
That’s a lot for an hour, and Runaways handles it deftly, for the most part. Yes, all six characters fall mostly into Breakfast Clubby tropes, updated for 2018. A nerd, a jock, a goth, a pretty girl, an activist, and a dancer. But the pretty girl is also part of a Scientologesque religion, the jock used to be a nerd, and everyone else gets some bits that show that they’re at least a bit more than their trope would have you believe.
I’m looking forward to the rest of this, and have my fingers crossed that I can get through the whole thing in the next few weeks, since they just announced that Jessica Jones II drops on March 8.