No Ordinary Family: Season 1, Episode 10 “No Ordinary Sidekick” (D)
As if this show didn’t have enough issues already, now we have two entirely ridiculous plot developments that I simply can’t defend. The first has to do with Detective Cordero’s sudden 180-degree character transformation. It’s a heinously unbelievable shift on par with, though hardly as weight as, Luke’s sudden change from huge jerk to nicest guy on the planet midway through the first season of “The O.C.” Even if Jim did save Cordero’s life, that doesn’t mean that Cordero completely goes from being a grumpy, obnoxious commander to a sap willing to wait hand and foot on the sketch artist. The second unconscionable twist is the Watcher’s revelation to Katie that he wasn’t actually her date but just saw her sitting alone and went up to her. That in itself isn’t problematic. What is far more disturbing is that Katie doesn’t seem to take issue with the fact that he was using a fake name for the entirety of their relationship thus far, making him ridiculously untrustworthy. He seems to have made his own mistake, however, by wiping all of Daphne’s memories since she got her powers rather than selectively taking out her memories of him. I guess his powers are more like the device in “Men in Black” that just takes everything. Dr. Chiles’ demise is more of a relief than anything, and I will commend one performer – and a surprising one at that – for his appropriately chilling and effective performance, and that’s Stephen Collins as Dr. King. One strong performance does not a show make, however, and I’m hopeful that this series can really improve when it returns in 2011.