Jupiter’s Legacy season 1, episode 3 recap – what happened in “Painting the Clouds With Sunshine”?

By Daniel Hart
Published: May 7, 2021
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Netflix series Jupiters Legacy season 1, episode 3 - Painting the Clouds With Sunshine


Episode 3 continues to build the characters and the plot — while some of what’s to come are predictable, the delivery of the story is well-served.

This recap of Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy season 1, episode 3, “Painting the Clouds With Sunshine,” contains major spoilers.

By now, you are likely either very invested in this superhero series, or the usual tropes switch you off. However, I think there’s something in this — so far, as I write this recap, I like Jupiter’s Legacy.

Episode 3 opens up with a group of criminals planning a heist; however, Skyfox‘s son Hutch wants to go at it alone. He uses technology to evade the robbers on the scene. The Utopian arrives to stop the robbery. Hutch uses his device to teleport back to his loft, knowing that he has failed. When he returns to his friends, they tell him that they should have helped. Hutch gets a call from Big Man, who asks where his money is and is then approached by two men who want to rough him up. Hutch looks at them and says, “to the Big Man,” and uses his device to teleport away.

That teleport device is convenient.

1929 — Concerns over Sheldon

Since his father has died, the story has flipped on its head — is Sheldon are raving lunatic or is he about to navigate his destiny? I think we all know the answer to that.

In 1929, Walter and Jane were concerned about Sheldon, so speak to George about it. They think whatever is happening to him is not physical and hasn’t eaten or slept in days. Jane pleas with George and asks him to visit. George visits Sheldon, and he can hear him talking to someone. Sheldon can see his father in the room. An emotional Sheldon, who is feeling tormented, hugs George. George tells him that he’s grieving, but Sheldon is still hurt that his father killed himself in front of him. George talks about the death of his parents, and he wondered what life would have been like if he had his own siblings. By this point, an exhausted Sheldon falls asleep. As he sleeps, George takes a few of Sheldon’s drawings.

Present-day — a new assignment by Big Man

Hutch visits Big Man, who seems to be feasting on someone in the bathroom. He asks where his Quantum Modular is. Hutch says he will get it, but Big Man threatens to rip apart his crew one piece at a time. Big man tells Hutch about the Kulokav Brothers who are delivering a briefcase at the Hun, and he wants Hutch to take it off their hands.

Present-day — bumping into Chloe

And more characters begin to entwine in episode 3 as season 1 of Jupiter’s Legacy continues to character build.

Hutch tells Jacinda and Gabby that he has a lifeline by Big Man. However, Jack is not up for the mission, believing that the Kulokav Brothers will kill them. Hutch uses emotional manipulation and tells Jack that Jacinda and Gabby expressed that they need him. The scenes flit forward to the crew driving away from the Kulokav brothers, and Jack has been hurt. Their van ends up hitting Chloe, but it hurts the van more than her because she’s superhuman. When Jack leaves the van, he attacks her, stating that she’s “Utopian’s kid.” Jacinda gets in on the action to try to stop her. Gabby punches her but again, there’s little effect, and Chloe uppercuts her into the sky. She showed her true power here.


1929 — Sheldon’s drawings

After looking through Sheldon’s drawings, George finds him well and mentally stable with Jane. Sheldon claims that George’s words impacted him and that he can no longer “see” the past anymore. He thanks him for his help. When Jane leaves the room, Sheldon tells George that he thought about jumping off the roof himself.

Sheldon sees George has his drawings and tells him to throw the “crazy doodles” in the fire. George does not believe the drawings are crazy and states it is a puzzle that needs to be solved. He believes it is a memory. Suddenly, Sheldon can see his dead father again and has a seizure. He sees flashes of a windmill and multi-colors and a group of people facing it. Sheldon flees.

Walter is furious at George for giving Sheldon meaning in his drawings — he explains that his brother has lost his mind. Jane overhears the conversation and gets upset, knowing Sheldon is missing.

But what’s interesting is how George was drawn by the drawings and Sheldon’s visions as well — he’s the instigator for whatever happens next to this group of interesting characters.

Present-day — recruiting one of Big Man’s men

Hutch is approached by the Big Man’s men — he explains that Chloe Sampson hurt them and took whatever was inside the case. The men tell Hutch that their friends will be in trouble now. He teleports one of the men into shark-infested water. Hutch reveals that the device only listens to him — he explains that the world is changing and that he needs to change with it. He tells the other man (Linus) that he needs him to do something for him and offers him an advance. Later on, Hutch meets a man that gives him a device that is extremely powerful and could wipe out whole cities.

At this point, you can be forgiven for underestimating Hutch — he’s a different animal, and he’s not to be crossed with, and the Netflix series does well to hide his slippery and tactical ways.

The ending

As the episode draws to a close, in 1929, George becomes a little emotional while talking to his servant Cuthbert. He’s tired of the lonely life that has been handed to him, regardless of the wealth he has inherited from his parents.

In the present day, Hutch works on the device in his workspace — he says, “Almost there pops, almost there,” and the classical music of “Painting the Clouds With Sunshine” plays, showing a photo of George ahead of him.

Jupiter’s Legacy season 1, episode 3 continues to build the characters and the plot — while some of what’s to come are predictable, the delivery of the story is well-served.

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