• Mon, Jun 20 2011

’9 Lives of Chloe King:’ 4 Awesome Things, 4 Not-So-Great Things, and One Other Thing

Awesome: Chloe is Kind Of a Big Deal

Apparently the whole nine lives thing Chloe gets is only for the special “Uniter,” who is destined to save the Mai. As Frodo, Harry, Lyra, and any Doctor Who companion will tell you: if you’re going to find out one day that you’re special, it’ll take so long because you’re going to be really, really special.

Not-So-Great: The Lack of Explanation, Followed by Crappy Explanation

Why does Chloe suddenly get all these powers? When she jumps on to a car, she gets this look on her face and then runs around and does gymnastics all around the city of San Francisco. It’s cool, but doesn’t she wonder why she got them? In most other supernatural stories, someone looks up their symptoms (read: superpowers) and finds out what they are—a tradition that the best show on Disney Channel ever, So Weird, immortalized night after night. Chloe just accepts her powers and tries them out. It’s not that she shouldn’t, it’s just that she doesn’t try to figure out more.

Awesome: Chloe Dies.

Yeah, that nine lives thing is no joke. Chloe is pushed off a building in the first scenes of the show, and when they go back to that bit in the sequence of the show, Chloe actually leaves blood behind, but walks away unscathed. It makes me wonder if Chloe’s going to die at least seven more times throughout the show, and if in the last episode, she’ll have one life like any normal person. Also, the fact that she’s a teenager when this happens is actually very spot-on—as a recently former teenager who read (and reads) books about teenagers, one thing that keeps popping up is the fact that teenagers are unfortunately under the false impression that they are invulnerable. Well, Chloe actually is, to a point.

Not-So-Great: The Kiss of Death

Ah yes. This is by far the thing that annoyed me the most on the series. Before Chloe really finds out what’s up with her, she gets hit on by Alek, (about whom Amy says, “London calling!” every time he appears…because he’s British) who is kind of a jerk and bothers her as she talks to Amy. Then, he accosts her in the hallway and starts to kiss her before a girl named Jasmine yells at him.

Turns out, as Jasmine explains, anyone Chloe kisses who is not Mai will die. Which unfortunately includes the boy she kissed the night before her birthday, who is just dead for no reason. Two people die in the pilot, and one was a random guy from a kiss (the other was Chloe, btw)! So that means, since Alek didn’t know Chloe was Mai, he was actually endangering her by trying to kiss her earlier. Dude, what?

Also, this annoys me a to a new level because it means that the love interest Chloe has in Brian, a random college dropout (why is he hitting on 16-year-olds? Ew), is a moot point. Plus, it’s annoying that Chloe’s kiss is one of death. Unlike in Twilight or Teen Wolf, where it’s all about the guy controlling himself, which is problematic also, Chloe has no apparent way of preventing this. It’s not a matter of self-control—it’s set up as an unbreakable obstacle.

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  • Sara

    A lot of these had really good points, but I do want to say that you make a lot of assumptions — ie, Alek NOT knowing Chloe was Mai when he tried to kiss his, Chloe and Brian never being able to go anywhere with their relationship, etc. There’s a lot to explain about the Mai and a lot will not be revealed at once.

    As someone who read the book series, I generally know how things are going to happen (granted ABC Family doesn’t change it too much) and a lot of this is going to be explained.

    For example, the Ukraine is important because it’s one of the biggest Mai settlements in modern day.