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Extraordinary review: It stands out from the crowd compared to other superpower shows


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Extraordinary is a superpower show on Disney Plus (Picture: Disney+)

There are so many superpower shows knocking around that sometimes I wish my superpower was wiping out all superpower shows so that TV writers have to, you know, take a tilt at the real world.

But every once in a while there’s a superpower show that promises to breathe fresh life into the over-exploited arena and Emma Moran’s fresh comedy Extraordinary, which slyly exploits the genre in much the manner of The Boys (with way less budget), stands out from the crowd.

Based on a deceptively simple idea (everyone gets a random superpower on or near their 18th birthday… except that an unlucky few don’t), Extraordinary plays on the idea of what does or doesn’t make us special and how much of who we are relies on what we DO rather than who we are.

That makes it sound heavy, but Moran has a light touch so some of the powers on show here are delightfully absurd. Let’s just say that being blessed with the ability to give your partner an orgasm with just a touch of your hand is not the blessing it sounds written down.

The central character is Jen, who feels like one of the Derry Girls’ older sisters – I can pay no higher complement – played with just the right mix of feistiness and frustration by Máiréad Tyers.

Jen is one of those unfortunate few who, now 25, has had to stand back and watch while all around her turn super-strong, turn back time and channel the dead – go on, you can choose your own – while she remains resolutely power-free.

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Even worse, she has to suffer people quoting RuPaul at her – ‘if you don’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else? – at her by way of compensation. We feel Jen’s pain every step of the way, while laughing along with her.

And that is Extraordinary.

All episodes available on Disney+

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