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Friday, 18 February 2011
'NO ORDINARY FAMILY' 1.15 - "No Ordinary Powell"
Most episodes of No Ordinary Family tend to elicit the same response from me: entertained but craving something more substantial. But I do enjoy watching these likeable actors play superheroes for an hour, with just enough continuing mytharc to keep me on the hook. "No Ordinary Powell" saw Dr King (Stephen Collins) dispatch shape-shifter Victoria (Rebecca Mader) to snoop on the Powell family and kill one of them, resulting in an hour of false identity mischief as Victoria was mistaken for Stephanie (Julie Benz), George (Romany Malco) and Daphne (Kay Panabaker) as she gathered intel on the Powell's powers.
Frankly, a huge amount of time was dedicated to just watching Victoria sneak around pretending to be members of the Powell family, with the usual rug-pulling tricks we've come to expect from "supers" with this power. The switcheroo's worked in a few instances -- although once it became clear Victoria was involved in this episode, the teaser's flashforward to Stephanie discovering Jim's dead body at home was easily solved, while also spoiling the climactic "Jim vs Jim" fight. (A show like No Ordinary Family will never kill its leading man, let's be honest.)
Overall, "No Ordinary Powell" was an above-average installment; engaging yet undemanding, with some irritations. There was a lot to enjoy in watching Victoria creep around posing as various people, I liked the allusion from Joshua that Dr King's just a small cog in a larger machine (to be explored in the increasingly unlikely second season?), and the balance of comedy and action was great. I just hope the show will stop pussyfooting around and start building to what I want to see in the finale: the Powell family, united as one, fighting Dr King and some supervillains.
written by Ali Adler & Sonny Postiglione / directed by Terry McDonough / 15 February 2011 / ABC