ABC's new show NO ORDINARY FAMILY premieres this Tuesday at 8pm and I recently had a chance to preview the pilot. So is it worth adding to your DVR? Here's my take on the first episode.
What the show is about
No Ordinary Family is about the Powell family, who seem to be going through a bit of a crisis. Stephanie (Julie Benz), mom and research scientist, is overwhelmed by the strain her demanding career puts on her relationship with the rest of the family. Jim (Michael Chiklis) is a great dad, but he feels disconnected from Stephanie and unsatisfied with his work as a police sketch artist. Their teenage kids, Daphne (Kay Panabaker) and J.J. (Jimmy Bennett), are typical angsty, text messaging teens. Jim decides the whole family could use some bonding time, so they tagalong with Stephanie on a business trip to Brazil. On the trip, their plane crashes into the Amazon. They survive seemingly unscathed, yet when they return home, the family discovers that they each have a superpower.
Much to his delight, Jim discovers he can stop speeding bullets and leap tall buildings in a single bound. His friend George (Romany Malco) helps him make the most of these powers. Stephanie is thrilled that her new superspeed will help her to become supermom. She confides in her assistant Katie (Autumn Reeser) and they start researching the source of the powers. Not everyone is happy, though, as Daphne is horrified by her telepathy and what it means for her social life. And then there's J.J., who is wondering what power, if any, he will have.
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