Now that's how you finish a season! If only the series had started off this strong, we might not be staring likely cancellation in the face.
I was absolutely riveted throughout "No Ordinary Beginning." Everything the season had been building towards came to a head, including the first family power team up. Finally, each of the Powells had a moment to prove formidable in his or her own right, from Daphne's near-mental throwdown of a particularly stubborn guard to Stephanie speed thrashing a room full of armed sentries to J.J.'s geometrically-correct toss of a hypodermic needle into the eye of his father's would-be killer.
J.J. in particular showed himself to have his father's fortitude when standing up to GlobalTech CEO Helen Burton the way he did. Though I can't suppose it would take super intelligence to feel superior to someone so out of touch that she actually brought in circa 1981 video games, including Centipede, to entertain a 15 year old child of today.The final showdown between King and Jim was epic, and one I'd been waiting for all season. Dr. King's revelation that he can't die, thanks to the trusty trilsettum, came as no surprise as I've been touting he had some kind of ability since early on in the season. What was a surprise, though, was that he had developed every ability that the Powells possess. A little convenient, but Stephen Collins demonstrated here, more than ever, that he makes for one menacing villain so I'm not going to quibble over something so minor.
If this isn't the end of the series, it definitely appears to be the end of King (I see no way he can come back from a skull-rotting bout of insta-cancer) so I take my hat off to Mr. Collins for chewing every morsel of every scene he had all season. Well done, sir.
The ending definitely set things up for what could be an exciting second season, with George developing an unrevealed ability of his own after that plane crash (what do you want to bet it's flight?) and the eighty some odd criminals all with now-permanent powers.
I don't know about you, but having the Powells provide support to the government as they hunt down these super villains definitely entices me, even if we didn't exactly find out how the NSA came to know of their abilities in the first place. And despite the earlier hinting of a possible George/Katie romance, I'd actually like to see Katie and Joshua as they attempt to raise a super-powered baby.
Should the ride end here, I'll be sorely, bitterly disappointed. No Ordinary Family started out a story of a family who had lost their connection, but ended with them stronger than ever before, proving that no challenge is too strong for any family to endure, as long as they have faith in one another...and, of course, a measure of super abilities don't hurt.
Whatever happens, I have to say I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the Powells and seeing their journey this season. I applaud the work done by Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett, Stephen Collins, Autumn Reeser, Romany Malco, Josh Stewart, Rebecca Mader, Lucy Lawless and everyone else involved in the series.
Here's hoping for a season two.
Jeffrey Kirkpatrick is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.