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Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Nine Lives of Chloe King season review

We were both pretty hesitant about this show when it started. We didn't like the lead actress (mostly because of her annoying laugh), the mythology was both too complex and too childish, and it just wasn't interesting. Now that we've seen the first season, our initial opinion has changed.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King is about a young girl (the titular Chloe King, played by Skyler Samuels) who, on her 16th birthday, discovers she's a member of an ancient race of supernatural beings (Mai) with cat-like powers. She's actually their "Uniter," a person who is supposed to unite humans and Mai. This proves to be difficult. The first season deals with Chloe coming to terms with her Mai heritage, including learning the rules and improving her powers.

While we said in our first post for this show that Skyler Samuels wasn't good in this role, we'd like to officially reverse that opinion. Throughout the course of the season, she has added so much to the character of Chloe that we actually find her likable now. In fact, she's probably one of the best things about Nine Lives. In general, we like most of the acting on this show, and we especially like that the high school-aged characters actually look like they could be in high school (Jasmine being the obvious exception - but we like her, so we cut her slack). Another thing we enjoy about this show is their willingness to take risks. This applies mainly to the finale, so if you haven't seen it yet, ignore the rest of this paragraph. We were seriously impressed with the show's choice to (possibly) kill off Brian, Jasmine, and Valentina. Obviously, we won't know for sure if any of those characters are dead (and we highly doubt Brian is) until next season, but, unlike when Pretty Little Liars makes us think a beloved character is dead, we think this show might actually do it for real.

We really enjoy this show, and we'll be watching next year when it comes back. However, there's one glaringly bad part of this show: the relationship between Chloe and Brian. We've already mentioned how much we adore Skyler Samuels in the role of Chloe, and some of our readers know how much we loved (and still mourn) Friday Night Lights, the "true love" just doesn't ring true. We don't blame the actors, we blame the writers. They kept telling us how in love Chloe and Brian are, but why? Seriously, if any of our readers understand how she is madly in love with him after going on like one coffee date, please explain it to us. We much prefer Chloe with Alek.

Our final verdict: if you gave up on it after the first two episodes, we don't blame you. But we think this show really started to hit its stride in episode five, so stick with it until then.

Season Grade: B+

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