TV: Extraordinary (Season 2)

In today’s climate of superhero fatigue, season two of Extraordinary is a breath of fresh air, leveraging an overdone genre’s anything-goes inventiveness toward day-in-the-life sitcom shenanigans. The show centers on Jen (Máiréad Tyers), a misfit sadsack in London who—in a world where everyone receives a coming-of-age superpower—she is still without one, wondering if it will ever arrive. Unlike Jen, the close circle of friends in her life have received their powers, not that it makes their lives any easier. Jen’s boyfriend Jizzlord (Luke Rollason) is an eccentric amnesiac who can turn into a cat. Her best friend Carrie (Sofia Oxenham) and her recent ex Kash (Bilal Hasna) haven’t exactly mastered life either, despite impressive abilities. Even so, they muddle along together, trying to support each other and Jen’s ongoing attempts to trigger her untapped skill—which, this season, involve engaging in psychotherapy with George (Julian Barratt), whose abilities enable them to visit Jen’s inner psychological landscape in search of answers.

Extraordinary is a solid follow-up to a promising inaugural season, driven by a handful of well executed throughlines. Jen’s personal striving within her own headspace with George provides an anchoring A story, while elsewhere Jizzlord is confronted by unexpected relationships from his pre-amnesia past and Carrie and Kash work to move on after their break-up—something Kash’s time-travel powers complicate, especially when they start to go haywire. This show is certainly no masterpiece, but as a light, diverting comedy, it’s unchallenging but rewarding fun.

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