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The Nine Lives of Chloe King Review: "Heartbreaker"

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Well, I did not expect that opening scene, did you?

It never even dawned on me that Brian could be right around the corner of Chloek's kiss, nor that Alek would have such a negative reaction to Chloe saying the kiss "was nothing."

Mother/Daughter Embrace

To top that off, like Batman in Gotham, Chloe heard something, got involved and the police ended up her house, putting Meredith into mama bear overdrive. There was so much unsaid between them to start, including her heritage and messages to and from her father, that Meredith knew something was wrong.

Instead of letting her in, Chloe managed to keep her secrets again, making the chasm between she and her mother just a little bit deeper.

Alek's behavior after Chloe's reaction to their kiss was that of a typical bad-boy with a crushed heart. He did the only thing he could to protect his pride and his softer side by pushing her away and acting with bravado, leaving Chloe more confused than ever.

I am such a sucker for boys who protect their heart by lashing out. "Heartbreaker," indeed, as Chloe had two boys lashing out in self preservation in relatively short order.

When Chloe saved Meredith's life with absolutely no effort or forethought, you had to wonder if it might be the tipping point to Meredith questioning the bigger secrets her daughter had been hiding. Despite Meredith trying really hard not to be that mom, her first thought was drugs. I had to laugh, as anyone who has a mom has heard that same question.

If only doing drugs was the answer to all of life's problems. Seems it would be easier to kick than dealing with some of the real issues, especially the ones Chloe now faces on a daily basis. I'm sure even she wished that a stint in rehab would bring back her old life.

Good work with Brian introducing his obvious date to Chloe as a friend, just moments after telling her she didn't know the meaning of the word. He literally left her questioning whether she did.

I had my hands in front of my face during the scene of Meredith confronting Chloe about her father. There is such love between them, and to witness the pain and distrust gaining ground during the incident really hit me hard. I so wish that Chloe could just tell her mother the truth about everything so they were true allies instead of steeped in secrecy.

I don't see that happening any time soon, especially after Alek shared his own story about telling his adoptive parents he was Mai. The lesson he learned is that once the cat was out of the bag, so to speak, she can never be human again. That's a huge decision to make at 16, even if you have eight lives left to live.

It was so cool when Chloe was hiding on the ceiling as the bad guys wandered below her. And I cannot get enough of that Mai cat stance when they land from high above, one leg bent and the other stretched out to the side. I want to somehow incorporate that awesome position into my daily life. Maybe during a meeting at work? 

In the end, I am still Team Chloek. Brian continues to sort of drift on the outside of Chloe's life, and their differences seem impossible to breach. That is not to say that I wouldn't feel as torn as Chloe.

It's almost as if the two boys represent the two different sides of her life, giving into her Mai heritage or maintaining her humanity. As the Uniter, however, does she really have to choose, or is the process of making that choice the true path of the Uniter?

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I am so for team alek i mean come on brian is not right for her... alek is really sweet and is all the time trying to show her how he cares. i agree with another post on here that it is a nice break from the whole love ya but can't have ya thing.(those are in my own words of corse.)
now its like alek is thinking about protecting her from the perspective of he acctually wants to do it and not just because he has to.

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You are right those ratings do not bode well. Everyone post on Twitter #Ninelives and facebook and let the producers know you want this series to continue. I blog it, twitter it, etc. everyday and I am also mailing and faxing letters to them. With enough of us doing this, maybe?? Go Team Alek!

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I'm off today, so I'm watching the two episodes of Secret Life from the last two days--not one commercial for Chloe, at all--just tons of them for Teen Spirit and The Lying Game and Switched at Birth. That's not encouraging, at all :(

Realdiehl

Those ratings Tati posted are very discouraging. Reality tv shows are taking up too much airtime and causing quality, scripted shows to be cancelled. Reality tv is the devil! It was nice to get a little insight into why Alek seems to dislike humans so much. I must admit I thought he was a bigotted jerk when it came to humans. It sounds like his human foster parents may have rejected him when they became aware of his Mai heritage. Perhaps they forced him to sleep in a small room under the stairs in a home on Pivet Dr.

Realdiehl

Not gonna speculate too much about the upcoming fight scene since seeing it out of context makes it impossible to tell who's right and who's wrong. My guess is that it all developes from some kind of misunderstanding. I will say that unless Alek controls himself, Brian's going to end up in a lot of pain. I not only like the character Amy, I'm impressed with the actor, Grace Phipps. I've noticed that even when the camera is focused on someone else and she's in the background, you can tell from her reactions and facial expressions that she's totally involved and really helps sell the scene. Kudos to Carissa for downplaying the "Cat out of the bag" pun. LOL! With all the secrets between the show's characters and the fact that the Mai are Cat-like beings, it was bound to come out sooner or later. I'm still wondering if the fact that both Alek and Chloe were born in parts of the former Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine) has any signifigance in the show's main storyline.

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I just read the ratings for 18-49 adults was .3, with less than a million viewers. This doesn't bode well, AT ALL, for a second season. I don't understand why they are using adults for these ratings, though--didn't think that was the target demo? I'll be very disappointed, if we don't get a second season. The characters and the plots are JUST starting to gel; there's a lot of story, yet to be told--at least one more season's worth, at any rate!

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I totally agree with every one on team alek but matt is right too so he's on our team so everyone go go go team alek

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@kattt, I read Matt's post as saying that he previously thought that Alek's interest in Chloe was because she was the Uniter, but that he's now changed his mind, due to Alek's changing behavior toward her. There is SOME truth, though, to the statement about people wanted Chloe with Alek because if THEY had a choice, they'd choose Alek LOL Fantasizing while watching TV isn't unheard of...

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@Matt
Way to generalize. Not everyone likes Alek for Chloe because THEY want Alek. That is just a stupid thing to say. And Alek doesn't just want her because she's the Uniter either. That might be your OPINION, but canon evidence doesn't support that at all. He showed attention to her before he even knew she was the Uniter. And before that, of course he wouldn't talk to her. You know how loyal he is to his pride and how he feels about human/mai relationships. He thinks it's dangerous and reckless. But as soon as he became suspicious of Chloe being Mai, his full attention was there again. I don't know where you're getting that he wants her for a trophy. He does anything to protect her no matter the circumstance. Even when she broke his heart he was still there, no questions asked. He constantly puts his life on the line for her even when he doesn't have to. That seems like more than just wanting someone because of their title. And I agree with you, i'm sure Brian WOULD be there if he could do the things Alek could. But that doesn't make him the better option for Chloe. Brian/Chloe is cliche for me. They met and "fell in love" far too fast and it just doesn't seem real to me. Chloe/Alek is a more slow burn realization. It's something that's building with every episode, getting stronger and stronger. Just because it's not "love at first sight" (which is ridiculous) doesn't mean it isn't meant to be. Brian isn't good for her because Chloe isn't human anymore. Plain and simple. Her life is going to continue on as a Mai and there will forever be things that she goes through that Brian will never be able to understand or participate in. If they were to be together, it could never last. Brian represents her old life, one she's trying desperately to hold on to. Alek is everything she's trying to push away but will soon realize that it's exactly what she needs and wants.

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Chloe is definitely leaning toward Alek FOR NOW, but as indecisive as she is it could change at any minute. I don't like that Asshat Brian and I dont mind saying so. I dont know what she sees in him, it has nothing to do with who I think is cuter, because looks dont matter what matters is what is inside of a person but Brian has no substance. I loved the opening of the episode where he witnessed the kiss. I was hoping Chloe would see that she has a great guy right in front of her. Someone who cares for and understands her and would do ANYTHING to keep her safe. The talk with Jasmine was nice and Jasmine was right, Alek deserves someone who loves him for who he is and will put him first. She should have seen that by the end of the episode when he put his feelings aside and helped her yet again. I am still not comfortable with the age difference between her and Brian, because she is only 16, it creeps me out a bit that he is preying on someone so young. And the preview for next week when he hits Alek took my hate for him to a whole nother level. Im going to be so mad if she does not rip him a new one. Alek would never hurt her and what happens between them is none of his damn business.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

It's amazing how many girls find a little bruising sexy.

Alek

Chloe: I don't suppose you have any thoughts on the Brian, Alek of it all.
Paul: Nope, not a one.