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Kyle XY: Season 2.0 -- Revelations
Season two of Kyle XY is an emotionally satisfying drama swimming in intrigue. I enjoyed it thoroughly, just not nearly as much as I enjoyed the first year which I consider to be one of the best TV series of all. (No doubt I'm in the minority as ratings soared higher for season two over season one.)
After finishing the superb first year of Kyle XY I had to wonder where the production could go to go from there. The answer, it turns out, teeters on the brink of 'The Adventures of Super Kyle.'
The writers step everything up a notch with the introduction of Jesse XX, a female counterpart to Kyle, but is she friend or foe? The twisting landscape shifts in disparate directions from show to show without losing too much focus, at times the situations are a tad predictable but happily the series never settles into any ruts.
While not on a par with the first season which can be enjoyed wholly on it's own, year two is a trippy extension of the storyline that can still excite and even raise a tear or two. There are flashes of brilliance even if all too often the mid-season shows play out like just another high school drama. So, then, is Kyle XY comparable to Veronica Mars? The third season maybe.
Actually, some of the actions of the normal teens stretch credulity further than some of Kyle and Jesse's super-heroic manifestations. We're supposed to believe that teens would readily embrace a rogue prom night with a gay theme? I mean, I don't know any high school kids, but I find this a bit much and the whole 'what's wrong with same sex couples?' meme in that episode was too 'After School Special' for my taste.
The cast is a strong one, more than able to take us to lofty heights. Funny thing is, Kyle looks like he's aged 5 years, a result of the lower key lighting this season no doubt.
I don't want to sound like the old guy grousing about entertainment that's not aimed at his head. At the end of the day, I loved Kyle XY with all its faults. I can watch episode after episode, it's a engrossing soap opera that I hope will continue for at least another couple of years if they can keep it fresh - I just don't see how.
As a high school superhero fantasy Kyle XY works wonderfully, I can't imagine anyone in the ABC Family demographic not enjoying this top flight production. It manages to be life affirming and family affirming television, for that alone Kyle XY deserves a note of appreciation and a tip of the hat. Bravo!
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