Mutant X - Season 1, Disc 1
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MUTANT X: SEASON ONE, DISC 1
Mutant X takes the useful SF trope of the mutant minority persecuted by the state and adds potentially interesting spins. The charismatic villain Mason Eckhart of the Genetic Security Agency (Tom McCamus) professes an ideology of service and sacrifice for which many mutants fall, unaware of his genocidal and exploitative real intentions--though his habit of dumping failed minions into glass tubes for subsequent vivisection might give them a clue. A quest for redemption underlies the apparent smugness of Adam (Michael Shea), the good guys' mentor, who used to work for the GSA's front, research company Genomex. The pretty central quartet themselves--fierce acrobatic Shalimar, reliable density-shifter Jesse, laddish electro-boy Brennan, and sensible mind-twister Emma--alternately rescue new mutants from Eckhart and neutralize those who are threats. In "The Shock of the New," shopgirl Emma discovers her powers of persuasion have made her the target of murderous Eckhart and his henchman Thorne. Rescued by Shalimar and Jesse, she refuses their offer of passage into the mutant underground and is attacked a second time. Captured rescuing Emma, electricity-shooting Brennan is forcibly recruited into Eckhart's kidnap squads in "I Scream the Body Electric." Can he be rescued or avoid corruption? --Roz Kaveney
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Don't get me wrong... I did enjoy watching the show in its weekly run. Was it the writing? NO. Was it the creative concept? NO. Was it the effects? NO. Was it the storyline? NO. Was it the fact that Victoria Pratt is (in my opinion) the hottest girl on the planet? (embarrassed) yeah... probably.
The first season is pretty cheap and uninventive. Lacks originality. Was without question a ripoff of the Xmen. The powers the main characters enjoy were pretty dull compared to Wolverine, Cyclops, Iceman, Storm and Rogue.
Unfortunately, the fact that Victoria Pratt is flat out beautiful couldn't save this show, and I hope that she hangs onto a career and returns in something better. Lauren Lee Smith is actually a good actress and she deserves better too.
Bottom line though... if they had released these DVDs in a more sensible box set, I would have most likely, foolishly parted with my money. BUT $198 + S&H on all 11 disks, is far far far too much to spend on the first season of this show. Not to mention, buying all 11 disks from Marketplace sellers + S&H would be a pain in the rear.
I'm a sucker for a pretty face, but NOT THAT MUCH OF A SUCKER...
There have already been 13 DVD releases (as of 14 April 3003).
The major difference is that the USA Releases have ADDITIONAL material!!! not included on the previous international releases.
This disc includes:
1. The Shock Of The New
A top-secret human genetics program has gone awry, giving its unwitting human subjects, including Brennan and Emma, incredible special powers.
2. I Scream The Body Electric
The Genetic Security Agency, controlled by the maniacal Mason Eckhart, will stop at nothing to capture emerging mutants. Emma comes to acknowledge her own "telepathic" power and joins the Mutant X team to save her friend Brennan.
PLUS Additional Features:
Commentary for "The Shock of the New"
Character profile: "Adam"
Cast biography: John Shea
The transfer is presented with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, the video is full screen and naturally not enhanced for widescreen sets. Edge enhancement is also a problem and lowers the general clarity of picture. Despite this, the detail is general quite clear, grain is extremely limited, and film artefacts are rarely seen.
The colours seem well rendered, and don't suffer from any bleeding or noise. Aliasing pops up on a couple of occasions, but not to any major extent. Overall it's an acceptable, but middle of the range, transfer.
HOWEVER!!! The show improves dramatically as it goes into season two and than improves EVEN MORE in season three. By season three this is an excellent show with amazing writing, stylish directing, and excellent cast even without John Shea. It is just so cool, it's amazing. Very original execution of a very unoriginal idea!
I recommend waiting for Seaons Two and Three. However, at the state the show is currently in (as I write this, early Season Three), it is so good that it makes the pilot look good, simply because it is based on it. You may want to get the pilot and maybe a few other episodes that move the story along, just to know how it all started for the consequent seasons.
I admit, second season had some stupid episodes in it (one was actually written by Freddie Prince Jr., no joke!) but overall is pretty good. Third season so far, however, is pure quality.
ADV will only change their format and offer their licensed series by season sets instead of a couple of episodes if consumers respond. I know that I will. There are lots of good alternatives--Buffy, Angel, Hercules, X-Files, Xena, La Femma Nikita, Star Trek, etc.--all available here at Amazon in season sets.
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