Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What I’m Watching: No Ordinary Family

No Ordinary Family: Season 1, Episode 8 “No Ordinary Accident” (C-)

In this episode, we do have some stakes, but that doesn’t mean it’s a quality hour. The intermittent functionality of Jim’s powers seems somewhat convenient since he never actually runs the risk of being discovered or hurt, and I’m appalled that he manages to walk around mask-less after last episode’s close call while taking out criminals and fully demonstrating the use of his powers. JJ’s teacher is a preposterously stupid villain, haughtily bidding his student “good day” and delighting at being able to take him down with the newly discovered hacking evidence. The way this storyline was handled also felt too clean and simple, since JJ saving his teacher by assisting his mother’s super-fast surgery should have resulted in JJ facing disciplinary action since he wouldn’t be able to confess to being the one to save his life. Daphne manages in this episode to be even dumber than her brother, using her powers to win her crush’s eternal affection and promptly undoing all her not-so-hard work by blurting out the truth. I wouldn’t be so bothered by her actions if she actually got somewhere with them. Katie’s budding romance is going according to plan for her seducer, and if this were any other show, I’d say it wouldn’t be long before the Powell family secret starts unraveling and danger begins to loom. I haven’t mentioned it before, but I’ve felt that the happy tone of the opening credits has been incredibly inappropriate over the past couple of weeks. To give “Heroes” a rare compliment, the eclipse music worked much better for any type of action that was occurring.

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