"No Ordinary Detention" locks key characters in together. Jim, George and Rachel (an Internal Affairs investigator looking for a rogue cop, which is actually just Jim) are held hostage by escaped cons, right in the police precinct, with a whole lot of Die Hard references. Victoria (Charlotte from Lost, which is what I'm going to keep calling her, because I can) sets off a radiation leak alarm which traps Steph, Katie, and a detoxing Joshua in the lab. JJ and Natalie, Daphne, Chris and Bailey Beeyotch are stuck in detention, a la The Breakfast Club. Every super Powell uses his or her newbilities in some way, and there are even some nifty reveals. The characters continue to be accessible and likable. The stories are engaging enough on their own, but it just doesn't work for me. There is too much hand-wavium going on, all the time. There are few consequences for our characters when they do reveal their powers. And there's this relentless feeling that precious little that happens one week -- even the big stuff -- is going to matter next week. I know a lot of sci-fi and fantasy shows suffer from being too serial in nature, so I think I understand why these episodes try so hard to stand alone. But that's not what this story needs, and I think the recent ratings slide demonstrates that. What happens one week has to matter more the next week, or there's no reason to care about it now, or tune in again. I mean, how many times has Jim been found out, or almost found out, by a cop? How can Dr. King still not realize that Stephanie has super-speed? Are any of JJ and Daphne's friends and sweethearts going to stick around long enough for me to care about their stories? I don't know, reader, I'm drowning in futility right now.
Stephanie: Well, then why are you talking about it, at all? We've totally got this. Go get yourself another cup of coffee.
Recapper: You don't have to tell me twice. Thanks, Steph.
Stephanie: Okay, so the hour opens with me making breakfast for my family, but the kids don't have time to eat with me. Jim plans to, but then you-know-who does you-know-what.
Katie: George calls?
Stephanie: Bingo! Before everyone leaves though, I do make it clear that we'll have a family supper tonight, and attendance is mandatory.
Jim: I'll be there with bells on, baby, but right now, I have to go hunt down escaped con Austin Davies and his three fellow escapees. They're on the run from the law... on, um... do I have to tell?