Ahhh, I love the fall. The autumn. Though, really when watching new shows, the U.S’ fall = Aussie spring. Doesn’t matter. September/October is an exciting month in televisionary terms.
And in the interest of creating a buzz, and backing it up with content – rather than just a few teasers, ABC’s website gave viewers the opportunity to watch the pilot of No Ordinary Family, more than a month early of its premiere on September 28th – for the first 5,000 viewers that got to it. *rubbing hands together* Excceeeellllent.
Think of the Incredibles – think of it as live action, and with an exciting cast led by Michael Chiklis & Julie Benz, with supporting stars Romany Malco and Autumn Reeser. Its a family adventure, of finding super powers in a society when there is no such thing.
The pilot itself isn’t short on excitement, and doesn’t dwell too much on exposition. Its a family drama, with the marriage between Jim & Stephanie not as exciting as it used to be, whilst the teenage kids JJ & Daphne experiencing the usual trials and tribulations of being a teenager. Then, cue a relucatant family holiday then turns to near tragedy – no radioactive spiders found here.
Cue, the action and discovery of super human powers, and testing them out.. which is totally the fun part!
The cast banters and bounces off each other beautifully, especially Jim, and best friend, partner in crime George who test out Jim’s newfound super powers playfully, whether it be catching a bullet, or leaping off a tall building. Not quite succesfully the first time around.. It has to be said, Chiklis could be reprising his exact role from Fantastic Four – its just this time around, you don’t have prosthetics. And he talks normally, no grunting.
This is definitely one to keep an eye out on, with such an exciting vibrant cast, and a family drama entwined with superpowers? I’m in.