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Naomi

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Naomi
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Genre: Action
Adventure
Drama
Superhero
Running Time: 41–42 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: January 11, 2022 – May 10, 2022
Network(s): The CW
Created by: Ava DuVernay
Jill Blankenship
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Kaci Walfall
Camila Moreno
Mary-Jones Charles
Alexander Wraith
Daniel Puig
Will Meyers
Aidan Gemme
Barry Watson
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 13


Naomi is an American superhero drama television series created by Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship which is based on the comic book series of the same name co-written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker and illustrated by Jamal Campbell. It premiered on The CW on January 11, 2022, and concluded on May 10, 2022. In May 2022, the series was canceled after one season.

Plot

A young teenager, Naomi McDuffey, discovers that she is an alien with superhuman powers. Now seeking to master these powers and learn her heritage, Naomi learns that an intergalactic villain named Brutus seeks to kill her while another alien trains Naomi to use her powers.

Why It Sucks

  1. Some unlikeable characters, including the titular Naomi, who is a typical Mary Sue who rarely faces major problems or conflict.
  2. The plot jumps around countless times from Naomi learning of her parents, to fighting Brutus's men, to training.
  3. Naomi's powers are only used as useless plot devices, only activating or being upgraded right when a problem occurs.
  4. Numerous plot holes and subplots, including how they got the disc back after it was stolen for two episodes and why Naomi's parents' essence knew they were betrayed, but not sure how they died.
  5. Any subplot that doesn’t relate to Naomi is rushed to the point they are forgettable and are usually solved by the end of one episode.
  6. The villains are incredibly idiotic and overhyped.
    • Brutus, the main villain, was hyped as being one of the most powerful enemies in the show, only to be defeated by Naomi almost immediately. Not helping is the fact that he only appears in one episode.
  7. The big twist of Naomi's adoptive parents being aliens who betrayed her parents so they could use her to stop the tear comes out of nowhere and makes no sense.
    • Why didn’t they tell Naomi about her powers if they wanted her to use them her whole life?
    • Why didn’t characters like Zumbado or Akira recognize them, since they mentioned working with Naomi’s parents?
  8. Unbelievable Cliffhanger: The big twist with Naomi’s adoptive parents being villains is never resolved since the series was canceled.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Zumbado is probably the best character in the show since his twist as a hero was genuinely surprising and he gets the most character development.
  2. The acting is pretty decent.

Reception

Naomi was given mixed-to-negative reception from audiences and was panned by critics. It has a 4.5 on IMDb. and a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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