Trust me to tune into No Ordinary Family on the eve of the season finale. I’ll bet I wasn’t alone though – due to some of the weak early episodes, the series just didn’t make it onto my ‘essential viewing’ list.
However, it was a shock to me how far No Ordinary Family had come in the handful of episodes I’d missed. Katie was pregnant, the family had developed awesome mastery of their powers, George looked like he was sweet on Katie. Lucy Lawless had swapped her Spartacus toga parties to play a hammy corporate villain. I much preferred her in togas, but I digress…
No Ordinary Beginning was jam-packed with action from start to finish. JJ gets kidnapped. Creepy teacher Litchfield gets killed after failing for the last time to get JJ to complete the equations. Dr. King gets fired by Lucy Lawless, briefly sides with the Powells, then SHOOTS JIM IN THE CHEST while Jim is temporarily without his superpowers. Yes, it seems Dr. King has the hots for Stephanie and wants the stocky, bald, love of her life, out of the way.
Elsewhere, there are two Joshuas knocking about – one in the super-prison that JJ’s being held in and the other trying to reconcile with Katie. Guess which is the real Joshua?
JJ also works out the highly-prized formula for making powers permanent – basically pure terror plus airborne trilsettum. Sadly, Evil Lucy takes this knowledge and loads up a plane with convicts to turn them into super-mercenaries. The bigger question is – what makes her think that she can control the convicts when they have powers?
The Gripping Final Showdown
Things get interesting on a number of levels – the Powells break into the facility where JJ is being held and use super-teamwork to bust inside and take out the armed guard. Unfortunately for them, they get taken out by the oldest trick in the book – the sleeping gas in the lift.
It’s actually nefarious Dr. King who rescues Stephanie, JJ and Daphne from execution – but he offers to ‘free’ Jim himself while Stephanie gets the kids to safety. Of course, he uses the opportunity to riddle Jim with bullets, not before declaring his love for Stephanie. And then King wanders off to ‘protect’ her family. It was a fantastic moment – did they really kill Jim Powell? – until Jim strides into the hangar and confronts King.
King takes a dose of trilsettum and becomes super-powered and manages to fight off the family’s attack on him. However, Stephanie races off to retrieve the antidote, and JJ throws the syringe into King’s face. With his powers depleted, King’s cancer goes nuts and chews up his body. It’s a rather gross end, and I really wish Jim had checked that he was really dead! I reckon King could be revived, don’t you?
George ends up trapped on the plane with the convicts – which means that he’s most likely to get superpowers! Cause for celebration! Now, if No Ordinary Family gets renewed, who else is hoping he becomes the Frozone to Jim’s Mr Incredible?
And Katie goes into premature labour after the two Joshuas meet in her house. She has her baby, but it seems to be dead…until a green glow signifies that the baby is alive and well and…possibly superpowered.
Finally, with everyone back at home, the Powells receive a visit from Agent Hawkins. That’s right, the government wants their unique skills in recapturing the now-powerful convicts that are at large. Obviously, this is awesome news – because I think Stephanie might be out of work now and the family needs the money. But seriously, this means that the family can be proper superheroes.
The writers have been careful to load this episode with reasons to renew the series – if No Ordinary Family returns next year, we can look forward to super-babies, super-George and possibly spandex costumes (Julie Benz in spandex? Yum…), though possibly not for Jim. As a season finale, this was one of the strongest I’ve seen in a while, and kudos to the entire cast and crew for turning this into a strong superhero story. Others have tried and failed, and I reckon there’s hope for No Ordinary Family – just give it a second season!