No Ordinary Family

Season 1 Episode 20

No Ordinary Beginning

2
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 05, 2011 on ABC
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The mysterious Mrs. X kidnaps JJ for his super brain while George is imprisoned on a doomed plane. Meanwhile, the Watcher and Katie reunite, and Jim and Stephanie turn to King for help finding their son.

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  • beautiful ending for season,but season two please!

    9.5
    Wow!this is the best like d ending because it left me wanting for produce season see how George reacts with supers in the the super family works with the government,how global tech Ceo uses d super powerful freaks n how she eventually katie n joshua's child grows up as a up with something!I'm an inspired writer too!
  • Never has a phenomenal cast and a good plot been combined with such shallow characters, flat dialogue and moronic twists.

    3.0
    The episode started with a nicely packed 'previously on' which proved the plot was moving in a great direction. The finale of No Ordinary Family has an end game that was truly engaging. The twists and turns it had to make to get there were ridiculous to say the least. On paper, the kidnapping of the son, the various characters being thrown in life threatening situations, the return of a missing character and the final showdown between this seasons villain probably looked like the next Christopher Nolan film. The execution of it all isn't worthy of that name. In no scene did the cour four have any kind of chemistry. Many shows die because the main family doesn't feel like a family. When this show flunks, it will be because there isn't a split second where you wish at least one of these four would be killed off so that the rest can get some depth. They are miserable stick figures without feeling, depth or growth. The words they utter resemble those of people who see each other after a long separation while hating each others guts. It feels icky, unreal and pushes the horrible setting into the grave.

    The story isn't all bad. A big corporation that tries to copy their powers, the family gathering to save one of their own, the pregnant girl being held hostage by a copycat. It's good stuff, so why does it fail to be translated to the screen? Perhaps it's the many cliches that the writers mistake as curveballs. The lame diversions they see as twists. I don't know why, but a fifth grader could deliver this script. In fact, NOF feels like the next Spy Kids, aimed at children who settle for anything that moves with bright colors. Only without the cool kids. This is no ordinary garbage. It's just embarrassing.moreless
  • Liked it, but didn't love it.

    7.5
    I'm sad that the programme ended so soon, but I liked this finale. Well-written and nice way to answer almost all questions.



    It's a shame, though, that they conveniently forgot about Stephanie's newly-acquired ability to travel in time, that could've been handy!



    The big question was left unanswered though: why are all those super-villains afraid of Lucy Lawless? Because I don't see any logic there: if she's got a superpower like, let's say, screaming like Xena and causing a 20 sq mile are to implode, she wouldn't need criminals working for her and could do everything herself; and if she's got no superpowers, why doesn't one of those villains rebel and become the new big boss?



    Anyway, very good episode and fair finale.moreless
  • What felt like a very unnatural ending for the season. or possibly the series.

    5.0
    First the good:

    This episode answers most of the lingering questions that have been going on for most of the season. The action they did end up showing was good and the hook for a new season works well as a hook.



    Now the bad:

    While all the questions are mostly answered it didn't really feel satisfying. It's as if they realized they made it to the end of the season and forgot to build on a few things before that like Joshua's dad having a thing for the mother which I always saw as him wanting to use her not actually wanting her.



    This means that while the action in the story is still good, unlike other episodes it's just a means to an end. they didn't end up with a big fight with the real bad guy so the false bad guy suddenly decides to turn on the people who saved him and they kinda work as a team to stop him.



    And the Hook was out of place, mostly because they crowbared in a new plot point in the last minute literally that pretty much make the entire point of the last episode mute meaning they could have used it to help build this episode up better since only the baby subplot was handled well. the writers really dropped the ball here.moreless
  • Not the best ending

    6.0
    At least you can watch the whole show with most of the questions answered. But the answers how and why they have powers were a bit lame. The questions left arnt to hard to fill in,so at least the fans are happy if it's cancelled. I do feel they ran out of ideas as the show went on, having the shape shifter popping up all the time was a bit bland, so much more could have been done. And as for the very last scene, maybe the worst in sifi historymoreless
John Rubinstein

John Rubinstein

Dr. Klein

Guest Star

James Ellis Lane

James Ellis Lane

Special Agent Hawkins

Guest Star

Lucy Lawless, MNZM

Lucy Lawless, MNZM

Mrs. X/Helen Burton

Guest Star

Rebecca Mader

Rebecca Mader

Victoria Morrow

Recurring Role

Jason Antoon

Jason Antoon

Mr. Litchfield

Recurring Role

Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

The Watcher

Recurring Role

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