In spite of my What I’m Watching list, I decided to check out Kyle XY. Mostly it’s because I’ve been watching so many other ABC Family shows so I figured I’d give it a shot. Plus, the entire series is up on hulu, which is a huge plus.
Kyle XY tells the story of a teenage boy who wakes up in the middle of the woods with no clothes and no memories. He’s taken in by a psychologist, her husband, and two kids (Josh and Lori) who slowly teach him how to fit in with regular society (he lacks all semblance of social skills, originally even lacking speech, though he learns this quickly). The series follows Kyle as he adjusts to life as a regular teenager and tries to discover the secrets of his past.
I’m only up to episode 5 so far, so I can’t speak for the show in its entirety just yet, but I have to say I’m somewhat disappointed:
- As a general rule, I dislike voiceovers. For them to be worthwhile, they have to be both informative and used sparingly. otherwise they become irritating. A good example of well used VOs is Grey’s Anatomy: they lead you in with cues of what the characters are struggling with and ends with what they’ve taken from the cases they’ve dealt with. A poor example of VOs would be Sex in the City where they continue throughout the show, are rarely informative, and are mostly redundant with exactly what you will see in a second. In Kye XY, the voiceover is mostly redundant. We can see that Kyle doesn’t know how to answer the history questions, we don’t need him to tell us that.
- The entire gimmick of the show is that Kyle is not normal (he has no navel, he woke up in the middle of nowhere with no clothes, he remembers nothing but feels most comfortable sleeping in a bathtub, he’s freakishly smart). And while we do see a lot of Kyle being unfamiliar with the world around him, in five episodes we have yet to see or hear any possible hints towards his origins. Instead, the drama around him is learning to become part of high school (which because of his voiceover is less funny or more solemn) and worrying about a murder that he may or may not have witnessed.
- As far as a show about normal teenagers trying to navigate through high school goes, the show does a decent job. It’s certainly nothing special. Just the standard teen issues of finding friends, dealing with “the chill,” and trying not to look stupid in front of friends…
For now I’m going to keep watching, to see where it goes and if anything changes, but if nothing happens soon, I think I’m going to give up.
See part 2.
Interesting in owning the series:
Kyle XY – The Complete First Season – Declassified