The ABC family action-fantasy television series “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” (TV-14) ran for a single season (from 14 Jun 2011 to 16 Aug 2011, Tuesdays at 9/8c) with 10 episodes before its cancellation was announced in September 2011. I hadn’t heard of this particular series before May 2012. As a matter of fact I probably still wouldn’t be aware of the series if the summary hadn’t recently caught my eye on Netflix.
“On the brink of her 16th birthday, Chloe King discovers she was born with unique feline superpowers in this action-fantasy series. Linked by reincarnation to an ancient race, the teen now finds herself hunted by baddies. Good thing she’s got claws.” – Netflix
After reading that extremely brief summary it did sound like something I might be interested in watching. After watching the series pilot I just had to watch all of the episodes. I managed to watch all 10 episodes (around 40 minutes each) over a span of 5 days. After watching the season finale / cliffhanger (or rather many cliffhangers rolled into a single episode) I was hooked. I went searching for the second season only to find on Wikipedia that the series had been cancelled. That is a very sad ending to such a fabulous story.
What is so likeable about this series?
The only way that I can comparatively describe this super hero series is that it is an interesting cross between Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a dash of Beverly Hills, 90210. The twist is that the supernatural beings are descendants of Egyptian gods – at least in the first season. This is a rather nice change from the many television series about zombies, vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, aliens, bugs and fairy tale creatures.
The cast are beautiful people, nicely dressed and well spoken. Their makeup and hair styling are also done spectacularly. The landscape and scenery shots are very clear and vivid with an impressive number of outdoor shots that appeared to be near perfect days and nights. The crew did a fine job of landscaping and scouring the areas to remove litter and any other camera angle distracters. The inside of the businesses and homes were bright, neat and clean. Chloe’s room had just the right amount of knickknacks’ for a teenager’s room and even the clothing in her closet were nicely spaced.
A great deal of work and pride went into the making of this series and it shows. It’s precisely what many of the younger audience (remember that it is TV-14) would want to see and adults as well. Hopefully the series returns soon because there is a finite amount of time before the young actors youthful charm fades and they need to move on to more adult oriented roles (or even change careers entirely).