Kyle XY – Season 2/3
At the end of season one we saw Kyle going away from the Trager family to live with his supposed “real” folks only to be meet with his creator Adam Baylin. Baylin explains Kyle where he came from and that he’s got a lot to learn in order to fullfil his destiny. Together with Tom Foss, Kyle starts training but when one day Baylin gets shot and Foss blows up Zzyx in an act of revenge, Kyle decides he wants to go back to the Trager family to get a somewhat normal life again.
What Kyle doesn’t know, however, is that the destruction of Zzyx caused the liberation of Jessi XX, another experiment just like Kyle and that Zzyx mother company, Madacorp, wants to use her to get to Kyle. And if that isn’t enough, the Latnok scientists also haven’t lost interest in Kyle yet…
Sound and Vision:
The image is decent for a tv series but at times it’s a bit soft and could use some more detail. We’ve seen better. Compression errors are down to a minimum though.
The sound comes with a 5.1 Dolby Digital track which does its job but nothing more. The surround speakers are used in a subtle manner for background music and the sorts, but the emphasis is clearly on the front speakers and more specifically the center speaker for dialogue.
– Audio commentary
– Deleted scenes
– Life with the X’s
– Facing the Future
– Alternative Ending
– Deleted Scenes
– Audio Commentary
– The Science of Kyle XY
Each “season” has one feature that’s really worth checking out if you’re a fan of the series. “Facing the Future” is pure promo and doesn’t add much.
Before we talk about the series I want to make something clear: what Disney releases here as “season 2″ and “season 3″ is in fact just season two in two seperate boxes! Yes, you’ve read that right, two boxes for one season and they’re trying to make you think it’s two full seasons. In fact, the first box contains episode 1 – 13 from season two while the second box has the remaining episodes 14 – 23. The REAL season 3 – which is the last in the series – will probably be released later on and over here get titled “season 4″. Or we might get a second “third season”. Only God knows how mysterious Disney’s ways can be I guess.
Anyway, this second season continues the lines laid out in the first and keeps the very high levle of “The OC” present. Teenage drama, spiced up with a little superhero flavor. Indeed, it does sound like Smallville, doesn’t it? Well, eventhough there are a lot of resemblances with Smallville, Kyle XY is clearly a lot cheaper to make (visual effects are a dead giveaway) but strangely enough it keep you interested to know what will be next.
The acting has improved compared to the first season and the red line that keeps everything together (Zzyx, Madacorp, Latnok, …) is unveiled just enough to keep you coming back for more. In the meantime, you do have to put up with all the psychological teenage blabber but although it’s sometimes a bit over the top, it never gets so intrusive that you want to stop watching.
All in all it’s a simple series that somehow manages to keep you interested. A bit like you know pizza isn’t top food but it’s a nice taste now and then.