So now that Naomi (Kaci Walfall) knows a bit about her extra-normal powers, it’s time for her best friend, Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones), to also learn the truth. And, as this preview for next week’s episode of Naomi indicates, her first instinct is to declare her best friend a superhero. But both characters exist in a universe where becoming a superhero is no easy task; doubly so as superheroes seemingly only exist in the pages of comic books there. Will Naomi need to add “world’s first real superhero” to her list of accomplishments?
We’ll be honest: this first episode didn’t grab us like we expected. But, then again, the only CW superhero series with a truly solid pilot is The Flash. There are interesting hooks to be found here, though — from the class struggle in Port Oswego, the various people vying for Naomi’s affection, and the ambiguity about Superman’s existence. Indeed, we were unsure what universe the show took place in until the mention of Superman comics and the classification of the incident in the town square as a “stunt.” Considering the network invoked the word “Multiverse” from the moment Naomi was first in development, we expect further clarification on that front. We just hope it happens with a little more snap in subsequent episodes.
Another point of honesty: we’ve already seen next week’s episode and can confirm the “snap” we’re looking for starts to emerge in the program’s second hour. We’ll go into further detail next week. In the interim, we strongly suggest reading the first Naomi “season” from Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell. It’ll help you to place certain characters and ideas, although it is pretty clear to us that the TV show will be off on its own direction by episode three.
Naomi airs Tuesdays on The CW.