Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) is not a good person. He’s not terrible, but he’s selfish, and clueless, and values material wealth and status over all else. And he’s beginning to realize that those things aren’t making him happy—in fact, he’s fairly miserable. Just when things seem to be at their worst, he finds himself tasked with an unbelievable mission… saving the world. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, is a unique one-hour drama, filled with hope, heart and a good dose of irreverent humor. (abc.com)
I’m sure we’ve all questioned our purpose in this world once or twice. What if your purpose was to literally save the world? And what if God sent a messenger (via meteorite) to help you accomplish that task? That’s exactly what happens to Kevin Finn in Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. Of course, Kevin doesn’t believe what is happening to him at first… especially since he doesn’t believe in God, but the Messenger manages to convince him. Now, Kevin has the task of strengthening his Faith by being kind and selfless. Then, he must find the next generation of righteous souls so that the world doesn’t lose hope. Kevin also has to try not to look crazy to his family and hometown friends. Seems simple enough.
I’m not sure what I was expecting with this show. Jason Ritter and the plot piqued my interest. So, I gave it a shot, and I’m not disappointed that I did. The show is cute and endearing. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Kevin and his niece, Reese. She recently lost her father, so I have no doubt a special bond will form between these two. I’m also loving Jason Ritter’s portrayal of Kevin. I’ve only ever really seen him in Parenthood, and this role is way different. You can really see a lot of his late father, John Ritter, in him. I also believe this show will really teach a lot about what it means to be kind and selfless. I think that’s something we can all agree that the world needs right now.
While there’s a lot I enjoyed about the series premiere, there’s also a few things that was a bit much in my opinion. The whole meteorite turned messenger from God was pretty cheesy. Also, when the messenger literally protects Kevin from getting hit by a truck by easily sending the truck flying over him and landing perfectly back on the ground was weird too. However, the theatrics weren’t bad enough to turn me away from the show. Typically, I’m like okay that’s lame and turn the channel, but not with this show. In fact, maybe it’s just cheesy enough to make it intriguing?
Overall, I give Kevin (Probably) Saves the World a solid A on the grading scale. Even though some of it was a bit cheesy to me, it still seems like a solid show. I think the show will ultimately be a good, light-hearted show with a deeper meaning of kindness and selflessness. Hopefully it sticks around for a while because there’s not really any show out there like it.
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC!
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