NO ORDINARY FAMILY “No Ordinary Ring” Review

No Ordinary Family (ABC) - No Ordinary Ring

NO ORDINARY FAMILY “No Ordinary Ring” Season 1 Episode 3 – Do the powers themselves put the Powells in NO ORDINARY FAMILY in more danger? They likely would take more risks, but then they also would have more ability to protect themselves from the consequences. Do their powers allow them to be more the person that they want to be? According to Jim in this episode “No Ordinary Ring”, the answer to the latter question is yes. Yet he’s still the caring family man that he has always been; and his noble desire to be useful to society has not gone very far.

After Stephanie’s ring is stolen by thieving wedding crashers, Jim and George are motivated to follow the thieves’ trail. At work, Stephanie is informed that she has won a grant for her plant research, but would be required to undergo a physical for insurance purposes. Katie attempts to keep Stephanie’s secret under wraps by submitting her own blood for examination, which they then have to surreptitiously replace. Dr. King suspects something is up. Daphne and JJ deal with normal teenage experiences with the aid of their powers.

George is still the funniest character in No Ordinary Family, although it took me a second to process his comment, “a little less black eyed, a little more peas”. He is endearing in his earnestness and adorable in his idiocy. But he gives bad advice. No wonder that Jim still doesn’t have a handle on his powers. His training consists of advice from an ADA who hardly ever works, comic books, and dance lessons. On the other hand, Stephanie already seems to be in full control of her super speed. And Katie is a completely adequate assistant, if not slightly boring. She is definitely more knowledgeable and helpful to Stephanie than George is to Jim, at least when she is aware of the entire situation. The scenes with Daphne and JJ are quite good. At this point, I actually enjoy them more than the superpower scenes with the parents. Daphne and JJ are blending their powers more naturally into their daily lives. Their powers are more easily hidden; I grant you that. But their reactions to their powers also have seemed more real than the matter-of-fact approach of the parents. Daphne and JJ don’t just completely embrace their abilities like their parents. They benefit from them, but also suffer angst because of them. The kids’ emotions are more complex which create a more interesting character with inner conflicts. Plus their teenage dilemmas are simply more entertaining to watch, when compared to seeing a person jump really high or run really fast over and over again. When will JJ finally admit he has powers? Will Daphne and JJ ever confide in a peer about their secrets? How long before Jim catches a criminal? What will Dr. King do when he finds out about Stephanie?

How are you enjoying No Ordinary Family? What are your thoughts on episode 3 “No Ordinary Ring”?