Teen alien­ation for the iPod gen­er­a­tion

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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.

Steve Creedy

Kyle XY

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