The Nine Lives of Chloe King

ABC Family’s newest sci-fi/fantasy adventure (the likes of which we haven’t seen since Kyle XY) is another book to small screen series following Chloe King, a seemingly regular teenager who discovers that she descends from the ancient race called the Mai. She has catlike abilities (night vision, claws, cat-like reflexes, etc) and nine lives, which makes her unique even among her people. She may be the warrior mentioned in a prophecy, meant to save Mai and humankind and stop an impending war between them and the Order, a group dedicated to destroying them.

Skyler Samuels plays Chloe, which for me is the biggest negative to the show. The first time I saw her, she was in The Gates as a teen discovering she was a succubus. I didn’t particularly like her then–she has this sort of whiny, needy persona–so I wasn’t thrilled to see her starring in this series. I don’t like her much better in this new role, though she is perhaps a little less annoying.

The best characters on the show seem to be everyone besides Chloe herself. Her non-Mai friends are entertaining, her Mai friends are interesting and intense. I’d like to get more of a look into the Mai world, which we haven’t really gotten at all yet. I’m sure it will come with time and a few episodes.

At this point, the show leaves something to be desired, but I’m willing to stick with it for longer to see how it develops. Other ABC Family shows leave me hopeful.


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