Kyle XY (2006–2009)
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I personally think Kyle XY has found the *it* factor.
Imagine taking a 17 year old kid who is from a different country and is suddenly plunked down in the middle of America with no means of communication. Well then, you've got Kyle. He is about as strange as they come. A human shaped being and no belly button and no information to draw from as to how to interact with other beings.
Now it would be boring to just watch a show about a kid who is seemingly another life form and doesn't know how to communicate, just as it would be boring to watch a foreign exchange student during your lunch period right before chem class. The interesting thing about this show is that the voice overs done by Kyle walks the audience through his emotions and his thoughts as he is remembering his first days as a human.
It is the most beautiful experience; almost as if you looking at the world through a newborn's eyes. You see what they see and you hear what their first thoughts were. Beautiful.
Since ABC doesn't really have a good Friday line up coming in the Fall, I'd like them to keep this show around to see what comes of it. It sucks you in with wondering what Kyle is.
We start with a basic mysterious boy story - he has some exceptional abilities, no memory, a caring psychiatrist, a newly acquired family to take him in, and a mysterious stalker - within which setting he must try to discover his identity.
This premise sounds pretty boring and even overdone in movies and TV, but the show grew on me, and I was hooked by the end of the season. Though many comments complain about the poor script and wooden acting, I beg to differ. Matt Dallas is well cast as a juvenile and naive character. He is supposed to have that doe-eyed-in-on-coming-head-lights look. I have to admit that some of the overall dialogue approaches cheesiness at times, but for the most part, the story stands well on its own and makes up for that.
I also thought this had nowhere to go after the first season, but the writers managed to put in a decent finale that will keep fans interested for the next season.
Some people have complained about the "adultness" of the material. I suppose this isn't the type of show for children to watch if they aren't yet familiar with typical teenager topics like sex, drinking, relationships, drugs, and general mischief; all the stuff that I'm sure many parents want to turn a blind eye to. Is it appropriate for ABC Family channel? You be the judge. Try it out, though. I think you'll enjoy the series. 7/10
What I don't get is Kyle XY hit record viewers in it's 3rd season even the users rating on here was 8.6 yet ABC boring Dancing with the Star has been on a serious decline and this site users rating is 5.2 yet that useless show wasn't axed and still boring us as we speak almost daily. Then there is Carnivàle this site rating was 9.0 and it still got axed, I'm certain that Eureka (seeing I love the show) will get the same treatment very soon as Kyle XY and Carnivàle It just goes to show you that the TV network just don't care about its viewers anymore and its getting worse every season, all they care about is reality TV shows so that they can save a buck. Its up to US the viewer to protest networks when they show us crappy Reality TV shows. When a reality show comes on just change the channel, maybe then WE the viewers will get our shows back.
I for one sorely miss the days of quality TV, Kyle XY was was very good, it had a great story line to it and it had great acting. Its shows like that that I miss instead they are showing US CSI,s and Law and order from every city in the US, they are showing us trash people it's time to wake up and take a stand and that time is now. If not you will be watching Jay Leno 24/7 if it keeps going, sure I like Jay but this new format just plain sucks especially as a prime time show.
The show has several story threads: sci fi adventure with an evil cabal, high school drama and family dynamics. They weave together to hit all the entertainment buttons.
Kyle, the brilliant fish out of water, is played perfectly by Matt Dallas who manages an endearing innocence as he discovers his powers, how life works, and the secrets of his past. He gives a non-judgmental Buddha-like narration, but his character is by no means emotionless.
One of the strongest relationships in the show is the mother/son relationship between Nicole and Kyle which is convincing enough to make this mom tear up.
The teenage themes are universal, so probably expected, but when seen through Kyle's eyes they are fresh and entertaining. I was most impressed by the emotional maturity that the characters brought to the resolutions of their situations. Some reviewers found that unrealistic, but I found it refreshing and extremely satisfying.
Character development unfolds over the course of the series as new life experiences bring the characters new choices and growth opportunities.
Younger brother, Josh, provides most of the comic relief and also shows great growth as a character and great acting from Jean-Luc Bilodeau in spanning the emotional arc.
While this review may sound a bit clinical, it was actually fun, action filled, heart-felt and funny. What's not to like? (except ending the series midseason with a cliffhanger!)
The best part was probably the scene at the party where Kyle takes on the cop one on one. It was interesting seeing someone who supposedly has limited motor skills and no social skills humiliate a trained cop with ease.
I definitely recommend this show to anyone who likes a good mystery show. I'm excited to see where this show is going to go from here.
As Kyle grows and comes to learn that everyone and everything seems to have a place in society, possibly a purely human-developed psychological structure designed to make one feel accepted, he begins to wonder what his own place is and where his acceptance lies. He then changes from a happy, glowing wax figure, one who is afraid or doesn't know how to outwardly present his own feelings, to someone who will uppercut a guy in the jaw through a window because his family was threatened; the gamut of human emotion is always there, Kyle learns, like a catalog of feelings your body is ready to open up and show you when necessary, however unexplainable they may at first be.
It is very refreshing to see that it is not only one character whose personality makes noticeable shifts in the life of the show, but nearly every character that has a shelf-life long enough and with enough exposure to Kyle to be affected by him, unafraid to break its own stereotypes so that characters truly do seem to grow as the show progresses. That the show is unafraid to and does discuss the themes of family, love, identity and acceptance like it does, to show that they are at the same time infuriating, heart-warming, manipulative, kind, forgiving, loathsome, pitiable and a whole myriad of other descriptions leads to some very touching moments.
Kyle himself didn't seem to be progressing at all but it is quite apparent at the end of season 3 that Kyle's own mannerisms and the way other characters begin to recognize his predictability was all leading up to a big change in him, starting with him punching someone and threatening his life. It's just unfortunate the show ended before we could discover where this self-revelation would take the character.
Many, many people are outraged over the cancellation of this gem. However, only a portion of those upset know that there is a campaign going to revive Kyle XY! United we stand, divided we fall.
Those interested in joining the fight to save Kyle XY, feel free to join. There are several websites where fans are gathering. Any fan of Kyle XY who would like to be a part of the campaign please visit savekylexy.com, savethetub.com, and kylexy.net.
Now if only some network would realize that... and pick it up!
i can't wait for the next season.
But this is not about John Doe it's about "Kyle XY" Kyle XY begins in a heavily wooded area, Kyle awakes and looks at the world with new eyes, he is naked and dripping with a strange purplish goop. As he sits up and looks around at his new surroundings a strange rattling sound catches his ears, he turns around and sees a strange creature lying inches away from him. A rattle snake ready to strike, his tail sending a warning message he strikes, only to be stopped by Kyle's gripping fist. He looks at it confused about what this thing is and why it tried to attack him. He looks deep into the creature and places it back on the ground; it turns and leaves looking for an easier prey. As he stands he can hear voices a strange "red creature with two voices" that you and I know as a tent catches his eye. Through the small opening in the zipper he sees a man and a woman making out, the woman screams in shock.
In the city Kyle looks around at all the faces staring and pointing at him. He's confused as a woman shies her young daughter away from the bizarre young man, he continues to look around amazed at what he sees when a police car pulls up. The officers step out and speak to him, but he is unable to understand what he says as the man places a blanket around him and handcuffs on his wrists.
Soon he was taken to a new place, with fences and sad faces. Shower blasts water in his face cleaning him, now dressed orderly guides in into a bathroom and leaves, Kyle looks around and then leaves not knowing what he should do. They give him a sign to hold "Juvenile Holding, Washington State, John Doe, 763464". He looks on in wonder as a flash startles him.
Inside a quant home, a woman named Nicole Trager calls for her daughter Lori to get out of bed, Lori rolls over opening her eyes she sees her boyfriend Declan still in her bed, as her mother nears the door the phone rings giving the boy ample time to escape unseen. On the line is Lou Daniels an employee at juvenile holding who tells her that she has to come in right away and see the new arrival. Back at the house a young man Josh Trager enters the kitchen and picks up a pancake and takes a bite. As his sister enters as he mocks being startled "it's alive!" to which his sister replies, "Bite Me". He fires back "No thanks, that's Declan's job" their father Stephen Trager enters wiping something off his hands. "Declan, what happened to Mike"? "Old news!" Josh replies. "Declan's the new flavor of the month, or week in miss skanky's case!" The father looks at his son "Knock it off!" as Lori sits at the table she fires her brother an icy stare. Nicole enters and kissed her husband on the cheek after apologizing about missing Sunday breakfast she leaves. Kyle begins to question his origins, and discovers some strange things about himself, to figure out the truth with him tune in to "Kyle XY" June 26, 2006 on ABC Family or download the Pilot for free on iTunes.