“Each superhero has an origin story. And that is mine,” the teenage title character explains on the outset of “Naomi,” the CW’s newest DC Comics-inspired sequence. However that origin story strikes in sluggish movement, feeling like a standard high-school drama with only a pinch of superheroics offered to drag the viewers alongside.
On the plus aspect, the aforementioned Naomi, as performed by Kaci Walfall, is a likable character, and her coming-of-age problem mirrors that of different heroes in coaching knowledgeable that they’re “not like everybody else,” a wealthy custom if there ever was one.
Nonetheless, the concept of teasing out revelations about who she is and her future at such an arduous tempo proves problematic, at the very least for many who aren’t drawn in by extra down-to-Earth considerations about which of the various classmates fascinating in her she may wind up relationship.
Developed by Jill Blankenship (“Arrow”) with director Ava DuVernay, “Naomi” ties peripherally into Superman, which makes its scheduling alongside “Superman & Lois” (one of many extra nice surprises amongst CW’s current lineup additions) completely logical. Earlier than issues begin getting bizarre, Naomi runs a fan web site dedicated to what everybody thinks is the fictional character of Superman, earlier than an odd incident each shakes that assumption and awakens Naomi to the truth that there is likely to be extra to the story of her personal adoption than she is aware of.
Naomi additionally meets two mysterious adults, Dee (Alexander Wraith) and Zumbado (Cranston Johnson), who harbor data about what’s actually occurring and her broader place on this world. However by the primary two episodes, they’re content material to spoon out particulars and communicate principally in riddles, whereas making references to different quadrants of the DC universe that really feel like small compensation in alternate for sitting by them.
Primarily, “Naomi” joins the record of teen-with-a-destiny dramas — “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” involves thoughts, a relic of the CW’s origins — through which the viewers both buys into the soapy features or zaps by the at-school diversions to get to the nice components. For individuals who lean towards the latter, first impressions recommend the sequence might be a protracted slog.
Constructing “Naomi” round a Black teenager does strike a welcome blow for inclusion. However the present wants to choose up the tempo, and strike extra blows of the superhero selection, if it desires to hold round lengthy sufficient to see her get a lot older.
“Naomi” airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.