The Nine Lives of Chloe King (which I will reference as NLCK) premiered last night on ABC Family. The show centers around Chloe King (played by Skyler Samuels), who was born in the Ukraine and adopted by an American family. Chloe’s mom, Meredith (played by Amy Pietz) is a single mom (Chloe’s dad left them 10 years ago when Chloe was 6) and seems to have a solid relationship with her daughter. Chloe’s closest friends are Amy and Paul (played by Grace Phipps and Ki Hong Lee respectively) and they have all been friends since they were little. At the start of the show, we see Chloe running from a man with scars on his face. At this point, we don’t know what’s going on but you know the man chasing Chloe isn’t looking to take her to Starbucks for a latte to get to know her better. Chloe runs into a tower and runs to the top. At this point have to stop the recap and ask the same question that is on everyone’s mind. If you are running away from someone, why do you run to the top of a tower where there is no where else for you to go???????!!!!!!!!! How many times have you seen this in a movie or TV show? It drives me up a wall!!!! Anyhoo, Chloe stares out of the tower to see two people in black running around as well. It’s safe to assume they are working with the man with the scars to find Chloe….or is it? When Chloe turns around, there is scarface (no it’s not Al Pacino, he’s actually played by Kiko Ellsworth) and he pushes her out the window and she’s dead at the bottom of the stairs. And that concludes the series. Thanks for watching!!!! Oh come on, you know that can’t be it!!! Now comes the ubiquitous, “Two Days Earlier” on the screen.
It’s Chloe’s 16th birthday and she is wishing for something better….different…to happen in her life. She has always been the good girl and for once she would like to take a ride on the wild side! So she decides she wants to go to a club with her friends, meet a cute boy, maybe get kissed for the first time, and dance her little heart out. She meets Xavier and the hit it off instantly. The night ends with numbers being exchanged and as Chloe turns to leave, she rushes back and kisses him. Ah, I remember those days!!
The next day, she is telling Amy about Xavier (Amy and Paul left early because they hooked up unbeknownst to Chloe) when a group of popular kids, led by Alek (played by Benjamin Stone), come over and start messing with Chloe and Amy. Chloe grabs his basketball and hurls it all the way down the hallway and into a trash can. We are starting to see little things like this that make Chloe stand out a bit. Alek notices this too and starts to talk to Chloe, alone. As he leans in to kiss her, Jasmine (played by Alyssa Diaz) shows up and yells at him not to kiss Chloe. We assume this is his not so happy girlfriend but appearances are not always what they seem.
Little by little, Chloe is starting to notice more things about her that are different. She’s running a little faster, she’s jumping really high, she is able to balance on the tiniest of areas, her hearing is very acute. She’s not sure what all of this means but she is loving it because she feels she is starting to develop these “super powers.” She also must have garnered some super man attracting powers because she meets ANOTHER guy who she connects with named Brian (played by Grey Damon). Man this girl went from no dates to player in about 30 minutes!! She really connects with Brian and decides to go on a date with him (especially since she hasn’t heard back from Xavier.) Unfortunately in the middle of their date, a dog starts barking at her wildly and she takes off. Later, Chloe is attacked by a homeless man and scratches his face pretty badly. When she looks down at her hands, she sees claws coming out of the tips of her fingers. Well that would certainly freak me out. These changes aren’t so cool anymore are they?
At one point, when Chloe is running away, she runs into Alek and his girlfriend who wants to talk to her about her “transformation.” She is wondering what the hell he is talking about (so am I quite frankly.) He tells her that first Jasmine is not his girlfriend but a fellow Mai assigned to protect Chloe. A fellow what? Mai. We learn that the Mai are an ancient race that are facing extinction at the hands of The Order. Both Alek and Jasmine are also descendants of the Mai. They are assigned to protect Chloe. They start to tell Chloe about the Mai and what all this means and you can see this is starting to be a little too much information for Chloe to absorb. It gets worse when they tell her she can’t kiss humans because a kiss from a Mai to a human can be fatal. She remembers her birthday night and how she kissed Xavier and hasn’t heard from him. They rush to his apartment to see the cops taking him away in a body bag. Chloe is full of tears and completely devastated. I would be too. She tells Alek and Jasmine to stay away from her and to leave her alone and that she wants no part of this. Oh Chloe, I don’t think you have a choice.
Flash back to the tower and Chloe gets pushed off. She’s dead at the bottom but when scarface gets to the bottom, he sees she is gone. We also learn that the two hooded figures Chloe saw at the bottom were not part of scarface’s team but were Alek and Jasmine, following Chloe to protect her. When Chloe walks away from the fall, scarface, Alek, and Jasmine all realize something huge…..Chloe is the Uniter, savior of the Mai race because she has nine lives. Chloe was brought about to save the Mai race so Alek and Jasmine do everything they can to keep her safe. But scarface is on a mission. He meets up with a man in a limo who tells scarface that he doesn’t care how many times she has to die…kill her until she is really dead! Alrighty then mystery evil man.
Chloe doesn’t know what to do, that is until her friend Paul gets kidnapped by scarface. Amy is with her so they go to rescue Paul. Chloe tells her friend to wait in the car and when Amy asks if she will be ok, Chloe flashes her her claws and says she’ll be just fine. For the record, Chloe had been telling Amy about her new-found “super powers” so the claw thing probably wasn’t as shocking to Amy as it could have been. Chloe finds Paul and then scarface shows up then……FIGHT SCENE!!!! Meanwhile Alek and Jasmine land on Amy’s car scaring the crap out of her and ask where Chloe is. Amy tells them and follows them in. A&J help Chloe with her fight while Amy starts talking to Chloe. “Not now Amy” Chloe tells her while still kicking scarface’s ass. Alek releases Paul and both he and Amy try to help Chloe, Alek, and Jasmine. Eventually scarface flees the scene but not before trying to throw a ninja star at Chloe, to which Jasmine steps in front of her and takes the shot. Alek carries her off to his house to heal and Chloe, Amy, and Paul head out.
At the end of the episode, Jasmine is recouping while Alek stands guard outside Chloe’s home, Brian goes to tell his father about the awesome new girl he’s met and we realize Brian’s father is the head of The Order who is trying to wipe out the Mai race and especially Chloe, Meredith is going through Chloe’s adoption papers, and Chloe receives a mysterious email from someone. The email simply says “Trust no one, Dad.” DAD????? I thought he left 10 years ago? You know what though, I knew since they were mentioning him so much, he had to be in the picture some how. So is “Dad” also a Mai and knew about Chloe all along when he adopted her from the Ukraine? Is Dad not a Mai but still knows who/what Chloe is? Did Chloe have any contact with her father before this email? Can’t wait to see where that is going!
So what did you think of the premiere? I liked it. The cast is good and so far the premise is interesting. It’s a little predictable and unoriginal but I still like it. I instantly liked the character of Chloe and the actress playing her. Seriously though, who doesn’t like an ass-kicking teenager? Buffy anyone? The only thing I don’t like is the best friend, Amy. Quirky is one thing. She’s down right annoying. Her voice, her mannerisms, everything quite frankly. I hope they can tone her down because every time she was on-screen I wanted to scratch my eyes and ears out with Chloe claws.