It was inevitable: Kyle would soon have problems juggling between family life and his secret superhuman one. This week's episode was all about that balancing act Kyle must perform. The episode didn't only allow Kyle to work on a new ability and save the say, but also provided Josh and Lori a time to shine. Sadly, "Balancing Act" was XX-less but that doesn't mean that her storyline didn't evolve.
Even though Jessi does not appear in the episode, Emily is there to remind us that XX is close and that the threat is coming. The way Emily lures herself in the Tragers life is genius even a little devilish. At first, I really thought that Nicole had accidentally bumped into Emily but after thinking about it (and seeing more of the episode), it was clear the run in was planned by Agent Hollander. Evil! Yet, really clever. It not only allowed Emily to get closer to Kyle but also opened the door for Nicole to treat Jessi, having her to get closer to XY too.
I'm not sure I like Declan's storyline this season. The Tragers may not be actively searching for answers to whom Kyle is, but we know that they eventually will have him spill the beans. Do we really need Declan then? I don't think so. Plus, now that he and Lori are not a couple anymore, Declan seems to be superfluous. Since Declan stopped being Kyle's confident, I see myself almost want to flip channels when he is on the screen as I know it will be pointless and just put Kyle in some danger that is nothing compared to what XX will soon bring. Even though I think the character has run his course, I'm still interested to see him succeed in his quest. I also want to know who took the pictures. Foss? Will Declan take the threat seriously and is Lori really in danger? If Foss took the pictures, will he really hurt Lori if Declan doesn't stop? Because if he does, Foss can be sure that Kyle will not be a happy camper.
This episode showed a more human Foss. Even though he still is on a mission, the man really cares for Kyle. Learning more about his wife and daughter and seeing how lonely he now is made the character more real. Again in this episode, a tragic event has Kyle succeed at controlling one of his abilities. This time it was Foss who needed help. The event not only had Foss and Kyle connect but also showed that Kyle appreciated Foss and what he does for him. Otherwise, Kyle would have gone to Josh's birthday dinner.
The Birthday Boy
Josh gets a year older and a bit wiser. As it is the case for most teens his age, he has his mind set on one thing: a new car. Sadly, Stephen just lost his job and can't afford a new car. Josh's hopes are crushed but he shows maturity in the way he deals with the fact his father can't give him the gift he promised. Josh also shows maturity in his "relationship" with Andy. I really do hope they start to date. They are already good friends, they connect on a lot of levels, and care for one another. How cool, yet simple, was the gift Andy gave him? It will be a nice male-bonding activity for the three guys to repair the car. Question is, will Kyle find the time?
G, D, C
Let's face it, in Season 1 Lori was a spoiled brat. In Season 2, she is a totally different person. She is truly trying to deal with her breakup with maturity. The scene where she is looking for her guitar clearly showed how much she grew: at first, she bought a lot of stuff and never committed to anything and now she is ready to start something and see it through. Playing the guitar is not easy but it will be a great way for her to express her feelings and escape. Kyle, of course, needs a mere minute or two to learn how to play guitar. Interestingly, the first song he plays is Pachelbel's Canon, which is the song he heard Amanda play on the piano in the first episode of the series.
Family and Friends
In this episode, Kyle learned a lot about family. He sees what the lack of family love can do to a man (see Foss) and he can see the importance of it thanks to the Tragers. Things weren't easy between Kyle and the Tragers this week as XY had a hard time balancing his time between family and training. Josh even thought that Kyle didn't care about them anymore. He had such a hard time being there for his new family that Nicole and Stephen thought that Kyle didn't want to live with them anymore. Kyle will need to better organize his time if he wants the Tragers to not become more suspicious than they already are. Kyle also had to make amends with his friends. It wasn't a done deal with Amanda but she eventually forgave him. As for Declan, since Kyle can't tell him the truth, it'll be a while before the two become best buds again.
"Balancing Act" may be seen as a filler
episode by some, but the episode set a few things in motion while having characters grow.
(Kyle XY - S02E04) Do you think Declan should be written off the show?
|Yes, as you say, the character ran his course.||26 (13.9%)|
|No! I want him back with Lori.||120 (64.2%)|
|Don't care.||41 (21.9%)|