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The Nine Lives of Chloe King Review: Series Premiere

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The first thing I noticed about The Nine Lives of Chloe King is its similarity to the recent movie I Am Number Four.

That could very well be a bad thing, but Skyler Samuels' Chloe was much more interesting than the lead of the aforementioned movie.

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On the eve of her 16th birthday, she experiences subtle changes that don't go unnoticed by her best friends. However, she merely attributes them to her desire to live a life she has never experienced.

She can stand, without thinking, on the edge of park bench. The guys around her find her suddenly irresistible, her hearing has become well-honed and she can throw a basketball down the length of her high school hallway.

To listen to her chats with her friends, you'd think Chloe was the biggest dork in high school. But, when we meet her, she is so alluring it's impossible to understand why she had never been kissed.

Chloe is cute, interesting and funny. I can only imagine her genetic code was keeping her under the radar until this special day.

When she scratches a would-be attacker with nails that shoot in and out like a feline, you get the feeling there is a lot more to her story than a few new subtle superpowers.

Frankly, the whole premise is like every girl's dream come true. Minus the dying thing, of course. We all grow up with the magical 16th birthday looming as a gift from heaven, and yet it rarely makes any impact on life at all. Here, though, Chlole's entire world changes.

She has always known she was adopted, but having a great mother didn't lead Chloe to question her past. She was satisfied. But when a scary, scarred man is chasing you at every corner and... well, kills you, you start to question your past.

Born in the Ukraine, she is one of an ancient race called the Mai, who at one time were revered, advising pharaohs. Think of all the Egyptian paintings of big cats, wearing jeweled necklaces and crowns. Apparently, they were Mai.

Then, for the bad news: A group called "The Order" is after her, intimacy with humans is fatal for the latter (if only she hadn't had that kiss at 15) and she has eight more chances to die as she plays out her role as the very enigmatic "Uniter" of her people.

Chloe was born as the savior of her race. She had very little information from her mom, but now that she's 16, her dad sends an email to let her know to trust no one. That's a mighty big request with all the changes going on around her.

Overall, the pilot episode was not the best I've ever seen, but the story is a lot more engaging than I expected. Samuels makes for a very interesting lead, and I really care about what happens to her, as well as her two best friends, Amy and Paul; and her new friends, the Mai cousins Alek and Jasmine.

Something tells my all of those agreeable characters won't be such for long. How can a girl who will literally live eight more lives have four close friends? At least one of them will have to turn against her, or her ride will be too easy.

Other thoughts:

  • I loved when she flashed her nails at Amy and Amy screamed. At least it was a realistic reaction.
  • For being a seemingly dorky gal all her life, she took really well to her three-day old powers by the end of the first episode.
  • An ancient race struggling to survive and unknown to the world - and there are three at her high school? Kismet!
  • Since Chloe is already down to eight lives, was The Nine Lives of Chloe King really an appropriate title?
  • I did NOT see kitty hat guy being the son of the Big Bad coming. Very nice twist.

Review

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@Misha its on ABCfamily

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i actually had high hopes for this show and i thought it really had potential. Didn't like the pilot one bit. but i will give it another shot, cuz even though its totally cliche and not believable (they are not even trying to make it look the least bit believable) it is still mildly entertaining and i wanna know more about the whole Mai story before making a final judgement.

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Wondering what channel its on?

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it seems kind of dumb. if you're going to make the girl a loser, at least show it for more than 5 seconds. also, i don't know why, but this whole every guy ever finds me hot makes me like her less; it's kind of annoying. also, the best friends thing is weird. talk about no development- we meet them then the next second she's buying his clothes? lol iunno, i assume it'll get better, pilots are often a bit iffy

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very nice review. I just watched the piolit I agree it wasnt the best but its one i'll continue to want to watch as well as the new show 'teen wolf' the first episode wasnt great either but their going to my summer go tos

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Loved the first episode, cant wait till next week!!

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I too enjoyed it. Amy is any girls perfect best friend! Willing to dump their plans so she could go have coffee with the cute "kitty hat guy" was pretty awesome. However, I hope they tone down the "squealing" Amy does just a tiny bit (just a little over the top). That aside, the "girly" run that she did after clobbering the attacker with the light-stand in the warehouse made me laugh so hard I rewound it (twice). I really liked Skyler in "The Gates" last year, and I am glad to see she picked another super-natural roll to play. I agree she is very engaging to watch! Can't wait to see how things begin to pan-out.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Chloe: Mom? I love you.
Meredith: Implied!

It's like my non-wish birthday wish came true.

Chloe