The Joy of Being Ordinary: Extraordinary review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ten years ago, everyone over the age of 18 got a superpower- everyone except Jen (Máiréad Tyers) who is still waiting to get one at 25. Adrift in the world and armed with a smidgeon of hope, a lot of desperation and her flatmates, Jen begins her journey to find her maybe-superpower.

Extraordinary is anything but ordinary with a familiar comedy setup of a group of twenty somethings with different personalities living together in a flat share but it immediately sets itself apart from superhero and typical comedy set ups. When everyone has a power, the typical normal becomes the standouts. Obviously, powers are the main plot but seeing how normal the most extraordinary powers are is a refreshing new take. There are the powers that are, typically, more impressive than most such as flight, laser eyes and shapeshifting but since everyone has a power they do not matter as much. For instance, someone who can channel the dead is an underappreciated legal secretary while those that fly typically work for the in the  skies version of Uber. 

Jen (Mairead Tyers). Photo credit: Natalie Seery/Disney+ © 2021

The series is silly, and often ridiculous in its blunt humour but it is self-aware and thrives in not taking themselves seriously and creates some genuine moments that will have you laughing out loud. The comedy is sharp with a satirical take on superheroes, possibly a comment on how normalised it is and how oversaturated the superhero market is.

 Jen, her misfortunes, and selfishness provide comical situations and punchlines flawlessly delivered by Tyers. Carrie (Sofia Oxenham) can channel the dead but nobody wants to talk to her. She has some of the thoughtful scenes as she tries to find  worth outside her power and getting people to notice her, not her ability. Kash (Bilal Hasna) can rewind time but is unemployed and seeking more from his powers with Hasna stealing scenes he is and providing some comedy gold with his band of vigilantes. Then there is Jizzlord (Luke Rollason) who will have you in stitches with his natural comedy and some moments that stick with you. On top of their individual moments, the cast have a natural chemistry that fits together nicely and play off each other effortlessly that helps the comedy thrive.

Kash (Bilal Hasna) and Jizzlord The Human (Luke Rollason). Photo credit: Natalie Seery/Disney+ © 2021.

When things start to get a bit dry or repetitive, the cast and writing work in tandem at keeping it fresh and interesting. Despite how great Hasna is, the vigilante scenes can take away from the series but it always manages to find its way back. The storyline is one of simplicity, an outcast tries to fit in. It helps keep the show grounded and focused on what it wants to be with the quirky superhero powers equally contributing. Both changes work in tandem with each other and make a stale overdone plot refreshing and updated.

If you are sick of superheroes, still give this a chance. It is a satire with blunt and sharp comedy and a cast that keeps it compelling. The cast land every joke and situation their characters find themselves in and the array of superpowers and how they are used creates a fun watch. 

Jizzlord takes the title of MVC for how strange but also captivating the character is. Not only is he funny, can steal scenes but has a charm about him that refreshes the series when it starts to feel stale. 

Jen (Mairead Tyers), Carrie (Sofia Oxenham) and Mary (Siobhan McSweeney). Photo credit: Natalie Seery/Disney+ © 2021.

The first season was screened for review. 

Extraordinary premiers 25th January on Hulu and Disney+


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