Spoiler-Free Review of “Kung Fu” on The CW: Meet Nicky Shen

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“You make the path that you live…”

Kung Fu premiered on The CW on April 7th 2021 and it will feature episodes that air weekly. The series stars Olivia Liang, Shannon Dang, Gavin Stenhouse, and Tzi Ma. Each episode runs for approximately 42 minutes.

Inspired by the 1972 series of the same name, The CW’s Kung Fu introduces us to Nicky Shen, who ends up running away from her family to become a Shaolin monk. After her mentor is killed and a mysterious sword is stolen, Nicky returns home and encounters several new threats along the way while trying to make things right with her family.

Here is the trailer:

Kung Fu has a lot to offer and its female heroine is likable enough, but there is a lot going on in the pilot episode which has me wondering about the true direction of this series. However, is it worth the watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A female heroine to root for.

Olivia Liang portrays our main character, Nicky Shen and she is already doing an incredible job. Nicky Shen is extremely likable and I’m all for a female lead who can kick some serious ass!

I also really like that our main character doesn’t have any special/magical abilities. She doesn’t find herself embedded in a forced upon destiny. Rather, she makes her own decisions and tries to do what is right while still piecing together who she is and making mistakes along the way, which makes her feel like someone you can easily relate to.

Good balance of family & action.

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While The CW’s Walker failed to meet this balance in my opinion, I think that Kung Fu is already doing a better job of giving us enough fight scenes and action while still focusing on Nicky’s own personal journey. The scenes with her family are relevant and really paint a picture of who Nicky is and where she comes from without overdoing it.

Plus, I enjoyed a lot of the scenes filled with some humor and pop music as well so that the show didn’t feel heavy and overwhelming. It really was a nice touch.

The Cons:

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A lot going on…

The pilot episode is really busy with set-up, love possibilities, family issues, and a journey of self-discovery with some awesome fight scenes sprinkled in. I liked everything going on, but I was a little bit overwhelmed and I think that as long as the show doesn’t sacrifice character development to further a busy plot, it can find its true path without losing its audience in the process.

Watch out for tropes.

I wasn’t a fan of the voice-over narration, but I can live with it. I also think that the show needs to be careful about its supporting characters falling easily into many tropes we often see especially with some of the DC shows on The CW’s line-up.

Again, there is enough content going on and really enjoyable characters, but we need to allow each one to give us layers so that we become invested in them.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I actually really enjoyed the show and I really want to root for Nicky Shen. I think the show has a lot of redeeming qualities and it can really become a part of my regular line-up, but it needs to make a few tweaks over the next few episodes to keep my interest.

As long as the show can lean on character development more than a busy plot and avoid relying on tropes, I think it can actually do really well and I’m looking forward to watching more episodes.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Kung Fu in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 14 episode 1 season premiere: “What Do You Want?”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 1 season premiere, the wait is finally over and we get to catch up with the Winchester brothers.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  A lot happened last season, but to quickly catch you up, Michael is currently residing in Dean’s body, Jack has lost his powers, Lucifer is dead, and Bobby is alive.  Well it’s not our Bobby, it’s a Bobby from another dimension, but you get the idea.  In last night’s season premiere, “Stranger in a Strange Land,” we learn that Michael is travelling all over the world to find out what holy men want.  Meanwhile, Jack is trying to adjust to life without his powers, Sam and Castiel are trying everything to track down Dean, and Lucifer’s vessel, Nick, is still alive.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 14 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“The other one.  The better one.”

In the beginning of the episode, we catch up with Dean, or rather Michael, who is still sporting his Newsboy cap with style.  We learn that Dean/Michael has been travelling all over the world and has been speaking to holy men, asking them what they want.  Dean/Michael interrupts a man who is praying to Allah and asks him what he wants, but quickly breaks down the facade and shows him what a hypocrite he has been.  Dean/Michael explains that, “you’re lost and not worth saving.”  Michael is looking for a better world, but what extreme measures will he take to create it?

4

“I don’t understand how Lucifer could die and I could live.”

I’m not really sure either Nick, but I am excited to still have Mark Pellegrino on the show.  Seriously he’s the best.  Sam explains that he is not too sure either, but tries to see if Nick has held on to any important information that could help him track down his brother.  While Nick doesn’t seem too useful just yet, you have to wonder if Lucifer will somehow come back from the dead and raise hell.  I mean it’s not the first time he has done this.

3

“It ain’t how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Good advice parallel world Bobby.  Jack hilariously asks him if that was Ghandi and it’s great to see that Jack hasn’t lost his unintentional humor along with his grace.  Jack has been trying to adjust to life without his powers, but it is a lot for him.  Jack desperately wants to help his friends and family and Bobby is a good mentor for him.  Bobby has been trying to train him on fighting, but Jack still has a lot to learn.  I’m confident that he will find his place sooner or later, especially since we know his heart is in the right place.

2

“There will be no new king of hell.  Not today.  Not ever.”

Sam is not messing around, as his number one priority is to find his brother.  Castiel consorts with a demon, trying literally everything to find his good friend.  The demon even jokes to Castiel, “I thought you two were joined at the everything.”  The demon holds Castiel hostage and gives Sam a call, who arrives with plenty of backup.  The demon explains that “hell is in a bit of a pickle” and he wants to make a deal with Sam.  Demons do love their fair share of deals.  Well they aren’t really fair about it, but they definitely know how to stick to a contract for sure.  The demon tells Sam that he wants the “Crowley deal” and Sam had me cheering out loud when he says, “But you’re no Crowley.”  No this demon is definitely nowhere near the level of our old frenemy, Crowley.  The threat is eliminated and Sam tells the other demons that there will be no new king of hell and that anyone who thinks otherwise will need to go through him directly.  While I appreciate Sam’s words, it got me thinking about a new potential king of hell.  We know that the demons are not going to just sit by because a Winchester told them to.  So many other characters have come back from the dead.  Is it possible that we may see Crowley again?  Fingers crossed!

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“You got me.  You have all of us.  You have your family and we are going to find Dean and beat Michael…because that’s what we do.”

I have to admit that I have missed the Supernatural  pep talks quite a lot.  Jack is feeling defeated after he merely just got punched in the face and Castiel hilariously points out that pretty much everyone got punched in the face.  Jack is feeling useless and doesn’t know how to help.  Castiel reminds him that his grace will restore itself eventually, but that he has him in the meantime and his entire family, which is a touching moment.  Castiel, Sam, and Dean have been like fathers to Jack and they have all been influencing him and helping him discover who he is along the way.  I’m looking forward to seeing Jack’s character develop even further and I have a feeling that he will make a difference in the world without his grace.  At the end of the episode, Sam receives a call from Sister Jo and she tells him that they have a problem, revealing that she received a visit from Dean/Michael earlier.  Dean/Michael visits with a vampire and recognizes that this creature knows exactly what it wants.  Is Michael about to form an alliance with vampires?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but I’m not sure that Michael has the best intentions for his “better world.”

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

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