Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kyle XY - The Lies That Bind (review)

Episode Title: The Lies That Bind
Cost: Free via Hulu

Kyle, and the rest of the family, learn about lies and how they can hurt people. I'm beginning to think that this is more of a show that preaches values and has a bit of a sci-fi drama coating.

Not that shows preaching values is a bad thing. After all, I grew up on The Cosby Show and loved 7th Heaven. But in the end, it's not coming across as I'd expected it to. Meaning, it's not the hardcore science fiction stuff I'd heard about.

Moving on, we see a bit more from the mystery guy from Kyle's past and the mom finally discovers what the little lines mean on the art from Kyle. Took her long enough. Anyway, I'm still going to watch the show. It hasn't exactly hooked me, but it's still interesting enough to keep me watching. Better than some shows I've seen, but certainly not as good as others.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Persons Unknown - The Way Through (review)

Episode Title: The Way Through
Cost: Free via Hulu

I always feel like a quitter when I want to give up on a show. Combine that with a bit of OCD and you have a completest that just can't quite stop watching bad TV shows. And that's where this one is moving, into the bad genre.

It does have its merits, but I can only sing so many praises before the truth begins to surface. So far this is the worst episode yet. It's predictable, borish, and not very entertaining. The next episode promises to introduce the mole or inside man (or woman), but I'm not sure if I'll care much by then.

I guess what I'm saying is that I'll give this show another week, maybe two to pull itself out of the nose dive that it's in. Then I'm jumping ship. After all, I can always find out the mystery's solution on Wikipedia.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Persons Unknown - The Edge (review)

Episode Title: Pilot
Cost: Free via Hulu

I'm not sure how much longer this how will last, both on the network and in my Hulu queue. I think the basic concept is an interesting idea, but they left things open and unexplained. They didn't plant the hook well enough early on to keep you coming back for more. It feels very rushed in how it puts characters in scenarios without much explanation.

So part of the issue is the little things. Like cell phones and computers. Where are they? Are you telling me that everyone that got snatched didn't have one? Why not have it mentioned that they were all taken. Think about how you would react in this scenario. I'd call the cops or get help. And when I discovered I couldn't get out of town and I couldn't get out, take an inventory of the town. And don't give it 2 minutes, give it a couple of episodes. Have them find something interesting.

Another part of the issue is the big stuff. Like the guy that escaped and came back. Are you telling me that the guys that wanted to kill him are just going to let him stand there and talk smack? Seriously?

So aside from the frustrations, both big and small, I'm still giving this story a chance. There are stories I want to hear about and I'm willing to give it some time to come to the surface. But not too much time. And while Hulu is convenient and free, it doesn't mean I should watch junk when there are better shows out there.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kyle XY - Sleepless in Seattle (review)

Episode Title: Sleepless in Seattle
Cost: Free via Hulu

In this episode, we find out that Kyle can't sleep. Ever.

And I learn the show has taken a bit of a campy turn. Nothing terrible so far, but enough for me to take notice of it. We'll see how it plays out, but I get the distinct feeling that this will NOT be a show geared towards adults, but rather teenagers.

And that's okay. After all, I used to be a teenager. So anyway, Kyle can't sleep. The family does all sorts of things to try to get him to sleep but nothing seems to work. In the end he does go to sleep, and in an odd setting (no worries, I won't spoil it for you).

So far I'm liking the younger brother. The character is funny and the actor does a fine job of playing the role. I'm hoping he'll continue his solid performance.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Persons Unknown - Pilot (review)

Episode Title: Pilot
Cost: Free via Hulu

This is an odd show. And with LOST being off the air, I am not surprised that networks are trying to fill the void left by such a strong program. But that would be like trying to fill in for Friends or M*A*S*H. It just is NOT going to happen. In fact, I would guess that it will be at least three to five years before another powerful show is on TV.

Anyway, back to the new show. So far, it is interesting, but I was expecting that. A group of strangers mysteriously wakes up in a hotel in some unknown location. A mother, a soldier, a mystery man, etc. They eventually make it out of the hotel to discover a town of sorts that will not let them leave. That's right, they get to a certain point and collapse. Kind of lame.

Also lame is the supporting cast of people that run the restaurant and sit the front desk at the hotel. I think if I were in that situation, I certainly would have handled things differently. Guns, supplies, water, food, safety, etc. would all be on my list of things to find, but just taking the strangers word that he knows nothing does not quite fit in.

What is not so lame, at least for now, is the mystery behind who did this (kidnap the people), why they did this, and the story behind each of the people involved. So, until we get there, we will just have to wait and see what is going to happen.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Kyle XY - Pilot (review)

Episode Title: Pilot
Cost: Free via Hulu

This series is new to me. It first aired back in 2006 on ABC and features a teenage boy that wakes up in the woods with no memory. As he progresses through the episode, he learns to talk, eat, and go to the bathroom. He displays an uncanny knack for math and physical ability (like catching a snake in mid-strike). We also learn he has no belly button.

During the episode he is adopted by a social worker and her family and goes through some growing pains (as does the rest of the family). There is a bit of a "mystery man" that's following Kyle, and I'm sure we'll see more of him as we progress into the series.

So far, it's an interesting start to the series. I'm not sure how much I'll enjoy it, but I like how the humor joins with the mystery of Kyle.