NO ORDINARY FAMILY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

A typical family has special abilities.

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

In this action-packed drama, Jim and Stephanie Powell and their teenage kids, Daphne and J.J., are transformed after a mysterious plane crash and struggle to strengthen their sometimes fragile family bonds while mastering their new super powers.

The added element of family also seems to give it a little bit more life. Where as Heroes didn’t last very long due to overblown stories and too many characters, Family could last long enough if it takes care to stick to it’s core of the family and their problems. Essentially, this is a family sitcom without the comedic focus and with super powers. It’s a good combination, even if you’re not particularly a fan of the genres. The acting is quite good on the part of Julie Benz and Michale Chiklis as the parents. The kids are adequate, playing the typical teenagers with teenage issues.

The show is lighthearted but there are some dark moments in it that really made it intense and kept my attention until the last few minutes of running time. The acting was for the most part above average, but it’s the sense of intrigue that really makes the show; showing a family in crisis that are struggling to find common ground and I think that’s one of the main themes in the show that makes it work. Heroes did this to a considerable degree but failed miserably in it’s later seasons and I hope the show doesn’t suffer that fate.

The DVD comes with a handful of deleted scenes and bloopers. The A/V Quality is strong enough for recent TV on DVD. However, it fails to impress when you scrutinize similar shows getting proper HD treatment. That being said, it actually got special features and a decent bitrate for being a cancelled syndicated series. Oh well, it’s worth a rental.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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