Awesome: Chloe Is A Badass, Both Inside and Out
The best part of this show is Chloe, as played by Skyler Samuels, who is excitable, sweet, and relatable as a teenage girl and a person. She isn’t automatically angst-y about her powers (at least until the rules of the Mai force her to be), She fights off villains both real (a creepy homeless guy that she cuts to save herself), and unreal (an assassin that is hired by the head of Rezza, who is Brian, her love interest’s, dad. Oy). She tells her best friend instead of being weird about it (always a good idea because otherwise we get stuck with shots of the protagonist just sitting in her room alone, pondering, instead of talking to someone).
Not-So-Great: The Fighting Sequences Suck
Seriously, I couldn’t see anything and I didn’t know where people were half the time. Either they need a more deft editor, or they need to teach Skyler how to actually fight.
On the Fence: The Dad
Chloe mentions she emailed her dad once but got nothing back. By the end of the episode, she gets a message from him saying. “TRUST NO ONE. – DAD.” It’s ominous and adds mystery to the show, but also—what a jerky thing to do! After leaving years ago and having no contact, there’s no “Hey honey, how are you?” C’mon!
So I guess this show got a 0.5/9. Hopefully it’ll be more awesome next week.