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ABC's No Ordinary Family; A Review
Ok, so i was scanning through available videos to watch on Netfilx streaming the other day and I ran across this show, called "No Ordinary Family". Usually I only watch T.V. series only when I am in the mood to watch old favorites or I am in the mood to watch something good but have no clue what that is. The whole idea of a normal family becoming super heroes kind of appealed to me so I decided to give it a try. I was immediately hooked. I finally reached the 20th episode and final one for the season tonight. I went to ABC to see when the next episode would be airing but could not find anything. However, when I checked out the video's I wanted to add to this hub, I learned why that was...As usual and with no sane or reasonable clue as to why...ABC canceled the show. Yet if you read the comments on the blooper video you will most likely come to the same conclusion as I did...it was a very popular show. This is another reason I don't watch television anymore...why get hooked on an awesome show, someone will just up and cancel it on you.
So, now that I vented...I will share with you why I loved this show. The ordinary family this circles around was obviously not so ordinary after all. And not just because they suddenly discovered they had super powers either. The chemical reaction that took place in them also took place in many bad guys, albeit in a different way. It took what was at the core of their being and brought it out. So if you were exposed to it and at your core you were a bad guy, your powers only made you a super villain. While if you were good, it made you into a super hero. Of course, in real life it is much the same way. If a person is good at their core, then life's adversities only serve to make them better, stronger, more compassionate and so on, while if you are bad it tends to bring out the worst in you.
This show did a wonderful job of blending three ingredients together for a very smooth and enjoyable show. Those ingredients were reality (creating a family that can be found anywhere in this world today in real life), Drama (dealing with real life sort of issues, the father being a police sketch artist, etc.), and Fantasy (or is the Sci-Fi? I always get those two mixed up), the super powers, bad and good. Each episode ended in such a way as to make you wait with keen anticipation for the next one.
Once again I will never know what happens next. Each of the episodes, especially the last few, showed great potential for many new episodes/stories. I especially wanted to know more about Katie's baby. And then there was George, his fondest wish come true, and we will never know what he will do with it, or exactly what it is even.
I guess I will never understand what decides a show remains going or gets canceled. I used to think it was Nieslon Ratings, but I am not so sure anymore.