Friday, November 19, 2010

What I’m Watching: No Ordinary Family

No Ordinary Family: Season 1, Episode 7 “No Ordinary Mobster” (C-)

Fortunately, this episode is much better than the previous horrid grandparents installment, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near good. The risk that presents itself in this episode comes from the main character being impossibly stupid – wearing a mask but not bothering to secure it or ensure that his captive doesn’t pull it off while he’s pinning him to a wall. That risk is additionally negated by the fact that someone else happens to off the guy who could forever change Jim’s life for the worse, once again keeping the Powells completely safe. A new threat has emerged, of course, though I do have to take issue with how that came about. Even though JJ’s newfound power came with the gift of deductive reasoning, apparently it didn’t come with foresight and the ability to predict that his internet chatting plan would lead something in the real world. What doesn’t track at all is that Dr. King’s number one henchman was able to find out that Katie would be waiting to meet someone there when he isn’t able to immediately deduce that the whole Powell family is hiding a major secret. I find that little plot hole more than a little troubling. I was thrilled, however, to see the addition of Amy Acker, most recently seen on “Dollhouse” and the horrible “Happy Town,” as George’s love interest, and I’m so relieved that she wasn’t killed. Hopefully she can inject some much-needed quality into this show and give George something else to do besides hang out in a lair all the time.

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