Tuesday night’s newest No Ordinary Family episode entitled “No Ordinary Anniversary” was almost living up to it’s title, but ultimately failed by episode end. For those not aware of the show, the series itself has a unique idea for television although, done much better as per the amazing Brad Bird Film from early 2004, The Incredibles. Like the Incredibles, the show follows a normal family of individuals, but, they are ‘no ordinary family’. See, they have super powers from a freak accident.
There is Jim, the loving and doting father and husband (played by Michael Chiklis) , the always to busy with never enough time Stephanie (Julie Benz), and their two kids Daphne (Kay Panabaker) and J.J. (Jimmy Bennett). Jim is the crime-fighter in the group for the most part, and at first it seemed No Ordinary Family was going to live up to the hype, with eerie big bad Stephen Collins as the evil Dr. King, but it seems the show is on overall slow burn. While it is entertaining, as a whole, the show fails, at least to me, as appointment television, something I’m dying to see.
This week’s episode teased to actually be entertaining with Stephanie and Jim teaming up, and on their anniversary no less. Jim is full of super strength and usually patrols in most episodes for crime, never has Steph been included in that as a team, at least, not ‘in the field’ so to speak. No, Steph is usually the one at home being worried, and looking after the kids and not wanting Jim to be the hero in most episodes, so it was really refreshing to see her get involved.
The city it seems is being bothered by another mutant, this time, a fire starter (almost like The Human Torch from the Fantast Four movies, but an evil version). And the person who gave him his powers? Baddie Dr. King. Jim and Stephanie happen to run into him on their anniversary night, and decide to team up to stop him, where Stephanie realizes the thrill and rush that Jim talks about when fighting crime. It was pretty neat, minus a few problems I had which is a common super hero/villain discussion when it comes to powers, but it was very entertaining. Even the sub-plot of the kids being home alone while their parents spend the night away was pretty entertaining, it’s only at the end of the episode does it seem to undo everything that came before it, with Stephanie saying between the lines that she won’t team up with Jim again, leaving him to doing the super hero stuff.
While that’s fine, the show got a nice jolt when they did team up, and unless in following episodes, we see Steph trying to chase the rush she got fighting the mutant from tonight’s episode, the ending of tonight was a dead on dud.
Almost like NBC’s Outsourced, which I reviewed a few weeks back, the cast and characters keep bringing me back but for now the show is not hitting the target just yet. No Ordinary Family mostly gets by from the chemistry of it’s cast, especially Chiklis who is never dull on screen. The show also thrives on the ‘best friend characters’, such as Jim’s best friend D.A. St. Cloud played by Romany Malco and Stephanie’s confident and co-worker Katie played by Autumn Reeser. While the show isn’t appointment television just yet, the show does have it’s strengths, and there could be a worse way to spend an hour of your Tuesday evening.
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