Monday, June 20, 2011
TV Pilot Review: The Nine Lives of Chloe King
A new teen supernatural show, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, premiered last week on ABC Family. Based on a series of books, it's about a girl who turns sixteen and finds out that she's part of a supernatural race that's sort of cat-like, and also that she has people hunting her. The pilot was . . . basically as cheesy as it sounds, but not necessarily in a bad way. One thing that made this show stand out was that the teens actually talked like teens, and some of them even looked like teens. Chloe is an engaging and likeable main character, though I thought she accepted "Hey, you have superpowers!" a little too easily. Her best friend was horribly annoying, but the rest of the supporting characters ranged from "forgettable but fine" to "oh, kind of interesting!" The pacing and structure of the pilot made the supernatural mystery plot a little confusing, but it was certainly intriguing. And hey, it's summer. Snarky teens with good hair and superpowers? I'll stick around.