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#21 of 252 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted October 02 2010 - 05:37 AM

I enjoyed it overall and I laughed out loud more than a few times. The scenes up to the crash were a little too Disney Channel for my taste but it improved after that. The daughter annoys but maybe that is the teen angst talking. Hopefully she will be written a little more three dimensionally.


I don't know if I will be able to keep up with the show week to week but I will keep it in mind when I have some down time.


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Posted October 02 2010 - 09:43 AM


Originally Posted by Mikah Cerucco 

As for why someone with the power to teleport is robbing banks with a mask in broad daylight, if we take what Nightcrawler said to heart, he can only teleport where he can see. There are distance limitations. So no teleporting inside bank vaults. If, when it closes, the bank gets locked down and he can't see inside, no teleporting even inside the bank. Either that or it's less expensive to shoot daytime scenes.


l didn't mean to imply that the monster of the week should have used his teleportation skills to rob banks since it wasn't established what he could or could not carry with him, but if he did have a power like this, why is he wasting it by robbing banks in broad daylight?  Since he could teleport with a gun and wasn't adverse to killing people, he could have become a hitman at the very least.  But no, he robs banks, specifically because it makes no sense.  That way, they can surprise you with the reveal of his powers later.  That is lazy, brainless writing.


And I can already see the glowing goop baddies coming week after week like the kryptonite MOTW in Smallville.  Because that's the path of least resistance.  And this is not a smart show.



#23 of 252 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted October 02 2010 - 01:59 PM

It was okay, but on my low-priority viewing list for now.


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#24 of 252 OFFLINE   Spero D

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Posted October 02 2010 - 02:57 PM

The show IMO was terrible to.



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Posted October 03 2010 - 12:01 PM

Enjoyed it. The pilot was rushed, cramming a lot of development into just one hour. It wasn't emotionally honest but it's done and the show can get on with its superhero antics. I'm hoping it continues to be fun.

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Posted October 05 2010 - 09:29 PM

It's entertaining, but it's really pretty dumb.  Superspeed isn't going to make the vacuum pick up dirt any faster than it normally can, and driving a car into a human brick wall is a good way to get killed.  George is lucky Jim wasn't able to make the stop.  I wasn't too happy with the rapid healing, but it's early enough that I can't say they're just dropping in new powers out of the blue.

If I was the kid, I'd have told the teacher to put a problem on the board and solved it in real time.  Lot of unlikeable secondary characters, from this teacher to the PTA mom and her husband, who seems to be the cop who likes to ridicule Jim for being a sketch artist.



#27 of 252 OFFLINE   Mikah Cerucco

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Posted October 06 2010 - 12:54 AM

If only I could determine what makes for a successful show and put it in a bottle. I basically agree with everything Greh_S_H said above and I still like the show. And I generally hate stupid shows. Perhaps it's just something about a predisposition to grant comic book stories a lot of leeway. I've seen superman stand on the ground and catch someone falling from a building without the person being hurt. And even if you allow for the fact that he's not rigid, but "gives" during the catch, the person is still going from terminal velocity (say 120mph) to 0 in the distance of about a foot. Any way you slice it, that's some incredible deceleration forces. You just ignore stuff like that when reading/watching comics. Artistic license? Besides, it's a kind of innocent/fluff/family show. That's one of the things I like about it.


The secret is getting out quickly. Already a DA and a cop know. I'm not completely sure how I feel about the kid wanting to keep secret that he has brain powers so that his father credits his educational improvement to something other than superpowers. It seems an unnecessary secret, but he's a kid. I'll leave it at that.


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#28 of 252 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted October 06 2010 - 02:16 AM

The biggest thing that hurts this show is the husband and wife scenes. There's something especially artificial about them. The scenes with the husband off fighting crime work, most of the kids' scenes work, the lab scenes with the wife sorta work. Part of what makes the family scenes fall flat is that they've thus far just stood around talking about their powers. Once the powers become part of the status quo, we're likely to get slightly more interesting family drama.


I do like getting to see the superpowered flubs, the kind of things that would be ironed out in a five-minute training montage in a movie but can be an ungoing journey here. In a way, the daughter's storyline is most interesting to me. We've seen shows about strong, bullet proof people before. We've seen shows about superfast people before. I'm not sure we've seen an ungoing series about a high school girl that can read minds. I really liked the scene at the end where she was beginning to figure out how to filter thoughts, and you hear all of these serious problems that all of her classmates are going through boil up to the surface. Talk about developing empathy for others.



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Posted October 06 2010 - 06:14 AM

I'd settle for husband/wife dialogue that doesn't have the wife stating matter-of-factly that upon meeting a criteria of her choosing, she's going to "make" her husband give up the only thing that's made him feel special in a long time (his powers). Just once I'd like to see him stand up to her (assertive, not aggressive) like the adult he is instead of acting like another of her children. However, it's consistent writing. He's a pushover at work too.


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Posted October 06 2010 - 09:10 AM



Originally Posted by Mikah Cerucco 

The secret is getting out quickly. Already a DA and a cop know. I'm not completely sure how I feel about the kid wanting to keep secret that he has brain powers so that his father credits his educational improvement to something other than superpowers. It seems an unnecessary secret, but he's a kid. I'll leave it at that.

Just the DA now.  The boy obviously isn't naturally smart, so his mistakes at using his new mathematical (& more?) understanding is believable.  I wonder what else he can learn.  The show has been fun and I think halfway through the season things will be quite a bit different than they are now.


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Posted October 06 2010 - 09:26 AM

Fun second ep but I do agree that the scenes between the husband and wife is very clunky and sounds recycled from a million things I've heard a million times on Smallville but otherwise it's a fun show.


I'm wondering how the wife escaped a 600 MPH wipe-out on pavement with only minor scrapes, since she doesn't have super strength that should have effectively peeled most of the skin off of her body but ah well, it's a TV show.


And could the kid's teacher be more of a dick?


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Posted October 06 2010 - 09:30 AM



Originally Posted by NeilO 
Just the DA now.



I'm not sure about that.  The actress was only contracted for the first two episodes, and I won't miss the character in the slightest, but I think they left the door open by having the guy not watch the execution.  If they decide to bring her back, one of the other supers could easily have gotten to and saved her in that moment.



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Posted October 06 2010 - 09:39 AM

More super-powered bank robbers!?!


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Posted October 06 2010 - 11:17 AM

I like it so far.

The actress who plays the wife is creepy. I didn't even recognize her.

She seems to have altered her face everytime she appears in another show or movie.


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Posted October 06 2010 - 11:49 AM

That bothered me too, although I was more bothered by her use on stiletto high heel shoes. 600 MPH and not a broken heel or worn away sole. Of course I've always wondered why Clark Kent's shoes were not worn away after one of his cross-country runs. Maybe Mrs. Kent made him special shoes.

Originally Posted by Inspector Hammer! 
I'm wondering how the wife escaped a 600 MPH wipe-out on pavement with only minor scrapes, since she doesn't have super strength that should have effectively peeled most of the skin off of her body but ah well, it's a TV show.



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Posted October 06 2010 - 12:00 PM

Regarding the shoe issue, I always assumed that with Clark he runs so fast that his feet cease to even touch the ground, I mean going that fast your bound to get airborne even if it is just an inch or two.


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Posted October 12 2010 - 06:08 PM

Even though this show still had serious problems, each episode has been better than the last. Characters are slowly starting to emerge from the cliches.



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Posted October 12 2010 - 11:42 PM



Originally Posted by Adam Lenhardt 

The biggest thing that hurts this show is the husband and wife scenes. There's something especially artificial about them. The scenes with the husband off fighting crime work, most of the kids' scenes work, the lab scenes with the wife sorta work. Part of what makes the family scenes fall flat is that they've thus far just stood around talking about their powers. Once the powers become part of the status quo, we're likely to get slightly more interesting family drama.

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The wife, as a character, is among the top individuals in the nation. Gorgeous. Brilliant. Mannered. And driven Type A to get it *all* done.

And he's...a schmoe.


They're a preposterous couple.


Regardless. The second episode was even more fun than the first. The husband's getting his thing worked out. The wife's a hypocrite, but through that gains empathy for her her husband. The girl make some progress coping with her cursed power; so there's hope she won't be driven stark raving mad. And the boy can do Trig. Which is, practically speaking, the superpower I'd personally benefit from most, but is not especially compelling TV yet.


The lady cop is dead! The DA is Mr. Sidekick with the bat cave. The wife and her assisstant really shouldn't walk-and-talk her superpowers in the halls of her research lab, but it's TV. And her President is somehow in the business of developing supervilains.

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I think I'm an episode behind. Too many shows backlogged on Tivo to keep up. My wife was hoping NOF would get worse so we could stop watching. But it's still enjoyable.



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Posted October 13 2010 - 08:36 AM

I'm reminded of the Buffy episode "Earshot" where she nearly went mad because she could hear everything people were thinking.



At least they've given her the ability to turn it on and off.


It's goofy ridiculous, but at times fun.  I laughed hard when the "bad guy" was flung down 5 stories into the windshield of an incoming car... and was alive.


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Posted October 14 2010 - 06:14 AM



Originally Posted by mattCR  It's goofy ridiculous, but at times fun.  I laughed hard when the "bad guy" was flung down 5 stories into the windshield of an incoming car... and was alive.


Too bad Jim didn't see that, chomp down on a cigar, and say, "I love it when a plan comes together."