The Nine Lives of Chloe King debuted last night on ABC Family. It's the story of a teenage demi-god who battles both Big Bads and boy trouble in the vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Find out if it's worth watching after the jump!
Oh and, lest I forget, spoilers, Sweetie.
So, here's the rundown: Chloe King is a teenager living in San Francisco. The girl was adopted from the Ukraine as an infant and she and her single mom know very little about her past, including nothing about her biological family nor the exact circumstances of her immigration. She and her mother were abandoned by her adopted father ten years ago. Chloe has two close, lifelong friends but mainly blends into the background at school. The arrival of her sixteenth birthday marks the appearance of her superpowers. She has the reflexes of a cat, the capacity to unsheathe claws, eight more lives and, inexplicably, what seems like the power to allure the most attractive young men in the immediate vicinity. (That last bit might just be the writers giving her the Mary Sue treatment.) Turns out Chloe is also the
The Bad: The Nine Lives of Chloe King has big shoes to fill. The show is debuting in a genre that has already seen a number of television series focusing on ass-kicking feminist young women who manage to land as many clever one-liners as they do punches, Buffy the Vampire Slayer being the most notable. The thing is, Nine Lives isn't as funny or as smart as Buffy was no matter how hard it tried, even when the pilot reached its stride halfway through.
The Good: When Nine Lives finally made it through the uncomfortable back story portion of the pilot, the episode metamorphosized into a fun supernatural young adult show. We rarely remember that Buffy didn't begin as funny or as smart as Buffy ended up being. Go back to the very first season and, chances are, you'll be cringing through a good portion of any given episode. It may not become as groundbreaking or as nuanced as Buffy, but I'm betting The Nine Lives of Chloe King will be one of my favorite shows of the summer.
So, what did you think of the show?