Damn, never thought I’ve be quoting Kanye. But, it seemed like the exact sentiment that I had tonight after watching a television show. Is anyone out there watching, “No Ordinary Family” on ABC? Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I’ll let you know that MrTDJ was very interested in seeing this show from the moment he saw the first fall preview. Me? Not so much. It didn’t look bad, just not great, ya know? There’s already way too much tv and not enough time to watch most of it. Another show? An 8am family show? Um, yeah, dude, our son is only 2, we don’t need to start watching family shows do we??? Apparently he thought he did. **deep sigh** Ok, some things aren’t worth fussing over, so I took the L and set the DVR to tape the show.
I was at least mildly amused by the preview since a few actors that I liked from other shows were reappearing in this one. I love the show “Weeds” and the character Conrad, played by Romany Malco was one of my favorites. He’s such a cutie and he can act! Once he stopped appearing in later seasons of the show, I wasn’t nearly as interested in watching. Also joining the cast for “No Ordinary Family” was my boyyyyyyyy, Vik Mackie aka leader of the Strike Team aka Micheal Chiklis. I was never into his first tv show, “The Commish”, but “The Shield”? That show was ALL THAT and a bag of chips. It filled the void that MrTDJ and I had after “The Wire” went off the air. And rounding out the cast was the wife from “Dexter”. Well geez, they kinda stacked the deck, so I could see why MrTDJ was drawn in.
Anyway, on to the show itself. It’s damn good! We’ve been pleasantly surprised. The basic premise is that a family takes a vacation to the Amazon, they survive a plane crash and return home to realize that they’ve each acquired super powers. The dad has super human strength and the ability to leap tall buildings, the mom can move faster than the speed of light, and the son has developed genius like intellect. The powers that the daughter possesses are the most intriguing to me. She can read minds, plant thoughts into the mind of another, and when she touches you, she can get a mini movie of your past.
Wow. The power to read minds? Amazing. Before she learned how to focus her thoughts, she had to wear headphones 24 hours a day because she was being bombarded with thoughts from every individual that she encountered. The second power that she realized was her ability to influence and plant specific thoughts into someone else’s mind. Whoa. That’s major. Individually and collectively, both of those abilities are pretty darn powerful. But the last? That one tips the scale from amazing to hella scary. If she touches you, she can see your past. Specifically, she can see a mini movie run through her mind of the significant events from your past. For real? For real. So far, she’s done amazing things like solve a 20 year old cold murder case with the most unlikely of suspects. But, she’s also seen into her boyfriend’s past to see some things that she didn’t want to see.
Seems like way too much information, responsibility or power for any one person to hold. Sometimes, there are things that should be left unsaid and thoughts that should remain private. Once you’re privy to someone’s inner most thoughts and emotions, what are you left to do with that information? Sounds like reading someone’s diary, feeling compelled to act in some way, but being conflicted as to what that action should be. Once you discover, learn or see something, there is no way to turn back time to undo it. As you hear in courtroom drama’s all the time, “You can’t unring the bell.”
I don’t know, but it seems like way too much power for any human to possess. What do ya’ll think? Is that the kind of power you’d like to have or does it freak you out just a little? If you could pick any super power to possess, what would it be?