Teen alienation for the iPod generation
KYLE is, not to put too fine a point on it, weird.
He’s a kind of uber-dork trying to navigate the pitfalls of modern life without any real knowledge of the rules. And he does this armed with a battery of emotional responses ranging from perplexed to even more perplexed. This may well be explained by the fact he was found wandering in a forest without any clothes or memory of who he was.
The initial response to this is to assume Kyle is from up there, particularly given that he has no belly button. It is reasonable to assume he is a stranded alien or a human abandoned in the forest by those grey-skinned aliens whose main form of entertainment seems to be putting unpleasant whirling things up people’s nostrils.
But there’s another possibility: he also may be GM. I can already hear the well-oiled minds of our financially savvy readers purring into action. Aha, you’re all thinking, a diabolical plan by cash-strapped General Motors to wipe the minds of unwanted workers and dump them in the nation’s forests to avoid pension liabilities. But you’d be wrong.
To begin with, this would create a substantial ecological upset by stuffing the forests of the US with dorky ex-General Motors workers. And, second, Kyle is a teenager and much too young for a pension.
What we’re talking about here is someone who is genetically modified or possibly even designed from scratch. Does the XY in the show’s title refer to chromosomes?
In any event, Kyle has been taken into a middle-class American family and is attending the local high school,
All-American alien boy: Matt Dallas stars in where he is forced to grapple with teenage angst and the moral dilemmas of growing up in the 21st century.
Life is further complicated by the fact that he has what the Americans like to refer to as powers.
The full extent of these is not revealed in tonight’s episode but it appears to include the ability to shortcircuit electrical equipment. Just how useful this can be is unclear, but one assumes that the thought of a fried iPod is as frightening to a gen Y bad guy as the entire League of Superheroes was to previous generations.
Kyle XY comes complete with a moral lesson. Tonight’s centres on homophobia and the reaction of the school when two girls ( who aren’t lesbians) are denied the cheaper option of buying a joint ticket to the school dance because of policy against same-sex partners.
It also introduces a lady dork with suspiciously similar characteristics to Kyle and whose sister works for a nearby technology company. ( Say no more!) Notwithstanding the fact that Noah was a lad when we were teenagers, we can see how the pimpled hordes may enjoy this one.