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The Nine Lives of Chloe King (TV Show Thoughts)

June 17, 2011
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 I first heard of The Nine Lives of Chloe King through IMDB.com while searching through actors and what they were up to. At the time, there wasn’t much information on the show, but I liked the actors involved and I really appreciated the fact that it was based on a book series by Liz Braswell. As it got closer to the show’s premiere, more information became available and the more I got excited, especially when I saw the trailer.

Too often movies, books, and CDs don’t live up to my hype, which stinks, haha. But having seen the pilot, I can now say that the show has so far lived up to my excitement! The pilot starts off with a sort of prologue, a hint of what’s to come later on in the episode, and this started the show off with an intense, somewhat mysterious bang. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the cast of characters and the overall premise. The mythology is, in my opinion, rather refreshing and I can’t wait to learn more about Chloe’s role in it all.

I had read a small review of the pilot prior to seeing it and the reviewer asked something along the lines of, “Could this be the new Buffy?”. My answer? Yes, I think this could be a new “Buffy” in the sense that it has an interesting mythology, action, and enough romance to appeal to “Buffy”‘s audience, at least the younger members. Do I think “Chloe King” will have the same depth and address social issues like “Buffy”? No, but it’s on the right track to be entertaining, fun, and a guilty pleasure. 🙂

I was also pleasantly surprised by the acting in the pilot. Skyler Samuels gives a quirky, relatable, and all around enjoyable performance as Chloe, and having seen her on “The Gates”, I know she’s going to be able to carry this show on her shoulders. Ki Hong Lee and Grace Phipps play Chloe’s best friends and are, much like Skyler/Chloe, extremely likeable. I appreciate the fact that Chloe’s friends know about her “powers”, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they all work together to unravel the truths about Chloe’s true nature. And I can’t go without mentioning Grey Damon, who plays Brian. He and Skyler have a natural chemistry and I’m sure Grey will have many fans swooning over him and his character.

All in all, “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” is an extremely enjoyable show so far and I’m eagerly awaiting next week’s episodes. I hope this show lasts and that people give it a chance. I’m looking forward to the books, too, which I would never have heard of if it weren’t for the show. And you know how much I love finding new books to read!

Catch “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” on Tuesday nights 9/8c on ABC Family! For more information on the show, please visit the official website!

For those of you who watched the pilot, what did you think?

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6 Comments

  • Reply ~Valen~ June 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    personally, I do not believe this can be the new BTV because even though mythology is involved, the mythology of Chloe and her cat comrades doesn’t make a lot of sense. For Buffy there is a Chosen One destined to defend the world against evil. In Chloe, there is a girl who is the descendant of an Egyptian Goddess. What about all of the other Gods? Unless they make an appearnce or at least their Demi children, then the story will have no consistency. Plus, Buffy always had great acting, Chloe was -eh, not so great, but I understand what you mean about it having the same ‘destiny’ feel. I really want this show to succeed though and to get better, so I will watch it until (if) ends. I also hope it delves more into the darker feel it had, when Chloe realized she killed that guy with her lips…shes like a Dementor or something! %*)

  • Reply Jasmine (The Reading Housewives) June 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I absolutely loved it! I really enjoyed her in The Gates, so I was excited to see she was starring in this show as well. It’s such a cool and different story. I went out and bought the bind up, so now I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  • Reply Erika June 19, 2011 at 2:43 am

    OH MY GOD DJ! I missed another show I wanted to watch!!!

  • Reply Kelley Vitollo June 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I wanted to watch this, but I forgot!

  • Reply Heather June 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I agree with what you’re saying. I was a little bit of a Buffy fan, but got into it late. I played a little catch-up in order to follow better.
    When I find out something is based on a book, I usually like to read the books first, which I did for The Nine Lives of Chloe King. It strays quite a bit, but I think it flows better than the book did. If you read the books, she basically is “The One”. One person commenting said that it didn’t compare there with Buffy. There’s a group out to catch and kill Chloe because of her destiny, which we find out later as she learns more about who she is.
    And you forgot to mention her sexy cat friend ;]. I’m kind of loving that accent :].

  • Reply Kaylan July 13, 2011 at 12:01 am

    As an older view (I’m guessing this show is directed at teens by the look and script of it), I have enjoyed Chloe’s acting in the show. I also like Ki Hong Lee as her friend who knows about her abilities. I don’t seem to think there is a real connection with the other characters for some reason. They just don’t “click” when they are interacting with Chloe but that may be the dialogue and not necessarily the actors chosen. Honestly, from an older persons perspective, the show is really simplistic and a bit boring but I stopped to watch the show several times because of Chloe. It is probably due to her innocent yet searching behavior which is appealing. Once they turn her into something more mature, it will lose my interest. I didn’t realize the show was based on goddess mythology. I did get the “cat” connection and thought maybe “aliens?” so I’m a bit disappointed in that. I normally wouldn’t watch something along that line.

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