Kyle XY (2008) - The Complete Second Season

Genre(s): Drama / Mystery / Science Fiction
Buena Vista Home Video || NR - 994 minutes - $39.99 || December 30, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-12-31


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Eric Bress & J. Mackye Gruber (created by)
Cast: Matt Dallas, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Marguerite MacIntyre, Bruce Thomas, Chris Olivero, April Matson, Kirsten Prout, Jaimie Alexander


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 8 Episode Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending
  • 3 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

“Kyle XY” was a surprise hit for ABC Family, especially after the failure of "Beautiful People" that aired previously on the channel. Kyle (Matt Dallas) is a sixteen year old (or at least we think he is) who was initially found in the forest covered in pink goo and was eventually brought to a juvenile detention center. There, he caught the eye of Nicole Trager (MacIntyre) who is intrigued by a kid who has no identity and can't speak. Nicole brings him home to meet her family which includes husband, Stephen (Thomas) and two teenage children Lori (Matson) and Josh (Bilodeau). The first season goes into how Kyle came to be and his relationship with the Tragers. Overall, Season One was a good starting point that most had hoped would carry into Season Two... which is debatable.

Season Two drops some of the "teen drama" from the first season (which I admit, was a bit ridiculous - especially Lori's plot) and instead spices things up with more of a Sci-fi twist. Now, not all the teen drama is gone - - Kyle still pines for Amanda, Lori is still unsure if she wants to be with Declan, and Josh finally finds a girlfriend who is very much like him (although she has a deep dark secret).

One if the biggest changes for Season Two is the introduction of Jessi XX (Get it? XX and XY? Genius) who is the Yang to Kyle's Yin. Born of a similar fate, Jessi (Alexander) is unsure of what she is and who she wants to be. Is she good or evil? Can she trust Kyle? This takes center stage for most of the season as Kyle and the Trager family battle with Jessie unknown if she can be trusted or not. Regardless of the reasons, I think her addition the show is important and I've grown to enjoy her character even at times when she goes into the same loop of good/evil.

With the addition of Jessi comes even more clues to Kyle (and her) true origins. Most of the second half of the season delves deep into this mystery with a mysterious song that captivates Kyle as well as a picture of him back in the early 80's...at a time where Kyle was simply not alive! Soon the truth comes out and the end of the Season leaves us with a cliffhanger... that will finally be resolved in early 2009 when the show returns (after being off for nearly 10 months).

Most fans of the show agree that while the Second Season started off slow (ABC broke it up into two "volumes" airing thirteen episodes first, and then another ten several months later) it quickly picked up and brought the season to a very strong close. I very much look forward to the return January 12th.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This season includes a very attractive embossed slip cover.

Commentaries on the following episodes: "The Prophet", "The Homecoming", "Ghost in the Machine", "Leap of Faith", "House of Cards", "To C.I.R. with Love", "The Future is so Bright I Gotta Wear... Shades" and "I've had the Time of my Life"

27 Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending for "Leap of Faith" – A selection of scenes trimmed for time. Nothing hear is anything special, must fluff or something that would drag the plot of a certain episode on a bit longer. I dug the Alternate Ending though.

Livin with the X's (12 Minutes), Facing the Future (7 Minutes) and Science of Kyle XY (7 Minutes) - A mixed bag of features are available for fans. The first is probably my favorite, which features Jaimie Alexander and Matt Dallas on their daily routine. Man I love her! Facing the Future is odd, as it’s a preview of future episodes for Season Two (more on this below) and Science of Kyle XY is a look at some of the "science" used in the show.

Originally, ABC Family was going to release episodes 1 - 13 of Season Two as a separate DVD set and then release the final part of Season Two as a "2.1" release that more and more shows are moving towards when their seasons are split in half. For whatever reason, the studio nixed this idea and that's the reason why we get the odd featurette that "looks forward" at episodes on Disc 4, 5 & 6. Better bang for your buck now, at least.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Kyle XY Season Two” is presented in 1.78:1 with all 23 episodes on 6 DVDs. Like the other recent ABC Family DVD releases, it looks stunning up-converted. Colors are incredibly vibrant and blacks very dark. I don't know what Buena Vista did, but these releases look excellent.

Buena Vista has included an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track for this release. Dialog is very clean while rears are frequently empty. This is not a bad thing as the show is so dialog heavy. Besides a few noises here and there, you wouldn't even know you were listening to a 5.1 track.



.::OVERALL::.

While the show is not for everyone, even at my age I was able to enjoy “Kyle XY” and have watched it since its premiere on ABC Family a few years back. Sure, there is some of the normal teenage drama, but the Second Season is filled with far more Sci-fi than the first (kind of like what they did with "Roswell" on UPN/WB). This set is also loaded with special features that will keep any fan happy.