In Review: Kung Fu (S1 – Ep8) Destiny

Nicky and the Shens deal with the fallout after a family secret comes to light.
Destiny

Synopsis: In ‘Destiny’. Nicky and the Shens deal with the fallout after a family secret comes to light. Althea prepares for her bachelorette party.

 

The Story

Having learned the truth about her destiny as a warrior. Nicky winds up having to deal with the aftermath as her father leaves her mother for having lied to him. Furthermore, while trying to reunite both parents. She also has to attend her sister’s Bachelorette party and keep Althea in the dark until after the fact. However, this proves quite difficult when Althea’s future sister-in-law gets herself into trouble, which sees Nicky having to go after her.

 

The Acting

We get a lot of solid acting performances in general from the cast. Firstly, the standout performances come from Tzi Ma as Nicky’s father Jin. He has some wonderful scenes in the episode. The most notable ones being when he bonds with his son Ryan (Jon Prasida). Jin expresses his regret about having not dealt well with the news that Ryan was gay and apologizes to him for that. It’s a really nice scene and the fact that the two bond afterward over basketball is just the cherry on top.  I also quite enjoyed the scene toward the end of the episode when Jin tells Nicky that he found her at the Shaolin Monastery, but chose not to visit her because she seemed happy.

Chelsea Clark does a pretty good guest stint as Althea’s troubled sister in law Chloe Soong whereas Richard Harmon is criminally underused as Chloe’s friend and general villain TJ.

As ever Olivia Liang does a fantastic job of leading the story as Nicky.

 

Overall

A fairly good episode. If I have one criticism it would be that they tried to pack a little to much content into the one episode. The story thread involving Chloe and her involvement with TJ’s gang felt very underdeveloped. I also felt that the writers didn’t really do enough with Richard Harmon’s character to justify having the actor come out to play. Especially when you look at the brilliant work he has done elsewhere. His character was very much cartoon villain of the week.

The episode’s strengths lie mainly in the scenes where Nicky and her family are dealing with the aftermath of the big family secret that was revealed in the previous episode. I look forward to seeing how this all develops.

9.2
Kung Fu (S1 - Ep8) Destiny
  • Story
    8.8
  • Acting
    9.7
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.3
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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