For television, the summer time has become the perfect time to experiment. It’s like the broadcast and cable (I exclude HBO and Showtime, since they’ve always had summer shows) know that they are not going to get the same ratings that they do during the regular season so they are not as worried if the ratings on their new shows are not so stellar. This leads to shows like Teen Wolf, Switched at Birth, Falling Skies (which I will review Monday), and The Nine Lives of Chloe King.
So far I have enjoyed Teen Wolf and Switched at Birth but neither captured me the way The Nine Lives of Chloe King did last night. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not the next great American TV Show; it’s not even close. It has the perfect blend of action, suspense, humor, quirky best friends, hot guys, a rich evil villain who looks like every other rich evil villain out there, and finally, a strong female lead, played by Skyler Samuels, who is destined to be a star.
The Nine Lives of Chloe King is about a cute, somewhat dorky, teenage girl named Chloe King, who on her 16th birthday discovers that she as supernatural abilities like faster reflexes, claws, the ability to hear things from a great distance, and most of all: nine lives. Eventually we/she learns that she is a descendent of the ancient race knows as the Mai, who has been hunted down by the a group called The Order (how original) for over almost a millennia. Chloe also learns that she is not only a Mai, she is also, the Uniter, the one who is the Mai’s savior and hope for their survival. Because she is the Uniter, she gets nine lives, one of which she’s already lost thanks to an order member with three scars on his face.
Sound familiar? Yes, this show certainly seems to have taken some plot and character developments out of Buffy’s playbook but that’s OK because I think it might work in their favor. The similarities are pretty obvious but they are not obnoxious. Chloe has her little Scooby gang of friends, Paul and Amy, who have personality traits similar to those of Willow and Xander but are not as dark and twisted. Chloe’s mom (Amy Pietz) is more edgier and reminiscent to Lorelai Gilmore than she is to Joyce Summers and it seems that she may already know Chloe’s secret unlike Buffy’s mother. Still the similarities are there but it didn’t bother me as much as it could have. This is a good thing.
Then you have the love interests, because what is an ABC Family show (or any teenage show for that matter) without the love interests? First up we need to discuss that little curse Chloe has with being a Mai. Because Chloe is a Mai she cannot kiss a human, if she does, the human will die, which is exactly what happens to the cute boy Chloe met at a club on her 16th birthday. This doesn’t bode well to the budding relationship she has with the new guy in town, Brian (played by Grey Damon from True Blood and Friday Night Lights, WHO FINALLY SPEAKS! Was anyone else shocked to see him speak?) As if that wasn’t already enough drama, he’s also the son of the evil rich guy who is a part of The Order. Poor Chloe.
But that’s ok because there is still the other love interest (or so I think), Chloe’s classmate and now mentor, Alek(Benjamin Stone), who is also a Mai. Chloe can kiss him because the curse doesn’t apply to her own race. It’s really silly but it sure will make for some good drama. Alek is still a mysterious character to me. We still don’t know a lot about him other than the fact that he has a weird British/Australian accent, blonde, cocky, and has a cousin named Jasmine (Alyssa Diaz) who is also Mai. I am sure as the series moves along we will learn more about them but for now these characters are still up in the air to me.
Overall, the pilot was pretty decent and it kept me very entertained. Skyler Samuels was born to play this role and if the ratings are decent, I am positive this show is going to make her a star. Consider me hooked for the summer. I hope that Pretty Little Liars will give this show a nice lead in because I think really does deserve a chance. I can’t wait to see where the story leads this season and how many times they let Chloe die! She’s already down to eight, so my guess is by the end of the season she’ll be defiantly down to seven, maybe even six! We’ll just have to wait and see!
~I like the cat super powers, it may not be completely original, but it’s different and atleast it’s not werewolves, vampires, or witches.
~ There is a lot of personality in this series, which will defiantly work out to their advantage!
~Seriously, why does every big bad evil rich guy look the same?
So will you watch? Is this series worth your DVR space? Any other thoughts that might have caught your eye? Let me know and feel free to comment in the comment section!