KYLE XY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
A teenage boy mysteriously appears with all kinds of amazing abilities except for being human.
Is it good movie?
Personally, I donít get around to watching many shows on the ABC Family Channel. Not that they make lackluster material or anything, Iím sure plenty of people out there dig it. But even as a kid, I could never stand wholesome shows, anything labeled ďfamilyĒ. I needed something with an edge, an element of danger with no fear of offending. Most shows aimed at teenagers more or less sucked unless they at least attempted to alter the mold. So, when I popped in the first season of Kyle XY, I had some reservations. I had fears. Would the show rise above the very average sounding plot? Would I care about a character minus a belly button? Well, thankfully the producers have tried to elevate it above standard family fare. Ground breaking stuff b>Kyle XY isnít, but itís not bad either.
Now thereís no way of avoiding certain comparisons, namely Smallville and Data from Star Trek. The main character Kyle (Matt Dallas) looks like a dead ringer Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and the naÔveness of Kyle reminded of how Data bumbled around in his attempt to become more human. At first glance, Kyle also reminded me of an obscure 80ís film called Not Quite Human, where a robot teenager is brought into Alan Thickeís suburban home. Clearly, Smallville is the inspiration as Kyle appears out of nowhere (born an adult in the woods) and lacks something odd, a belly button. He also possesses special powers, great reflexes and other such things that mysterious characters from mysterious places need (Superman?). Kyle doesnít know much of anything, as heís naÔve about the world and confused as heís dumped into a suburban family that has typical Full House type problems. Also, Kyle delivers deadpan narration throughout which expresses his exact feelings of disarray. This element actually works great as it helps elevate b>Kyle XY slightly above the family affair. The insights bring the viewer much closer to Kyle and create that bound that all producers hope for. Thereís a ton of cheese (or corniness) in the first season with fascinating subplots like who the daughter is dating, annoying neighbors, and parties that go bad. Oh, and the mysterious man whoís falling Kyle.
So, the question remains. Is b>Kyle XY any good? With all these elements mixed, b>Kyle XY comes off uneven as it canít figure out exactly what the target audience is. Now for a teenager, yes, itís a good show that teaches values and lessons about drinking, sex, dating, etc. Itís lighthearted, interesting, mysterious, and relatively clean. However, if youíre 30, single, and in search of a new show to watch, eh, Iíd look elsewhere. This show is far too wholesome if youíre hoping to get your drink on. Rent Twin Peaks instead.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen- Enhanced for 16x9 TVs. The show looks great.
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Commentary: Actors Matt Dallas and April Matson and writer Julie Plec discuss the series. The actors all came across like average people, which is always refreshing.
Alternate Premiere/Extended Finale: Like almost always, the promise of alternate episodes always disappoints. Just a few different elements here and there.
Kyle XY Declassified: Kyle's secrets are revealed here, well, some of them. I found this a little annoying myself.
A good show for teens who aren't aware of how many times this premise has been done before.