Kyle XY: Leap of Faith (midseason finale)
I must warn you that I decided to not take notes while watching "Leap of Faith." I wanted to watch the episode straight through, as it was meant to be, without pausing to jot down my first impressions. This means my review will be shorter and I may have forgot to mention something below that you think was of importance; if so please mention it in comments. The upside to this, I was able to enjoy the midseason finale and concentrate on it as a whole. Don't worry, when the series comes back, I'll go back to note taking.
Kyle and Jessi set off on their quest for answers. Thanks to Foss' clues, Kyle discovers that the ring is more than a key (and jewelry!), it also contains a map. They eventually arrive at a café where Adam and the woman in the picture hung out a lot. There, an old man recognizes in them Adam and the woman. He makes a few revelations but nothing spectacular. While watching the scenes at the café, I kept wondering why Kyle and Jessi didn't ask more questions to the old man. I envisioned them pretending to be the couple in order to get the old man to dish a bit more.
I really wanted to believe that Jessi, now accepting who she really is, had overwritten her programming somehow. But, in the final scenes, it looks like the program is still very much present and had a sort of fail safe to ensure she would perform her mission no matter what. Jessi says that she couldn't control herself when she connected with Kyle. Was she telling the truth or did she decide to gather the information willingly? The latter opens up many possible paths. Maybe she was in on Madacorp's mission all along and was pretending with Kyle. Maybe she wasn't pretending but as she learned more about herself and Adam, she decided to get the info to give it to Madacorp in exchange for her freedom. Or maybe she was just being a curious teenager.
No matter why she did it, the more pressing question regarding Jessi is about her fate. Is Jessi dead or alive? (I'm putting my money on the fact that she is alive.) What I wonder is why she jumped off. Was she really feeling bad for getting the information in Kyle's brain and wanted to make sure no one would get what she now possessed? Or did she jump in order to get away from Kyle long enough for her to reach Ballantine? Many questions and, sadly, too many months for us to speculate on the answers.
Route 12 not only offered us a Jessi/Kyle showdown, but it was also the setting for a major revelation: Adam is still alive. I was so not expecting to see him in there. I was sure the Jessi-like woman was the one the teens would find in the cabin. Sadly, the episode didn't give us much clues as to why Adam is being kept alive and by whom. Interestingly, Kyle and Jessi note that no one has been in the cabin for a while. Yet, one would expect that someone come here and there to keep an eye on Adam. Not many people can enter the room. We know that Taylor has a ring, Ballantine had one at one point (some people still speculate that Kyle's ring was bought by Taylor and not Ballantine), and the woman in the picture surely had one too. We could also throw in Foss. At first, I didn't think he had a ring because he helped Kyle get Ballantine's ring; if he had one, wouldn't it have been easier to just give it to Kyle? But then, Foss knew about the map hidden within the ring. One could argue that Adam told him about it and that Foss doesn't have a ring. Another could add that Foss disappeared for a while and that he could have helped Kyle get Ballantine's ring because Foss knew he needed his to get to the cabin.
As expected after watching the last scene of "Lockdown," Nicole and Stephen revealed everything they learned about Kyle. It was fun watching the Tragers tap into their inner private investigators. But what was most interesting was them trying to get Josh's "Kyle is an alien" notes. Josh was the first one to think Kyle was an alien, yet, when his family now thinks he may be right, Josh claims that they shouldn't use his notes and accept Kyle for who he is: a Trager. It was really touching to see Josh claim Kyle was his brother. Even if this investigation had the Tragers argue, it helped them get back together and work as a family.
I wished that Declan would have been more cooperating with the Tragers. Was he afraid that the Tragers couldn't handle the entire truth? Or maybe he didn't say a word so Kyle could reveal everything on his own terms. One thing is sure, Declan is a very good secret keeper.
Being the Foss fan that I am, I was really happy to see him end up in the Tragers' living room and confirm to them a few of their leads. At first, I thought it was a bit out of character for him to cooperate with them. After thinking about it, he probably just did it so they would back off a bit. Nonetheless, it was a risky move. Even if Stephen did see Foss in the C.I.R. and heard him defend Kyle, he is not about to become best buds with the man.
Overall, I enjoyed the episode. It not only have the Tragers finally understand more about Kyle and work together, but it also gave us a lot to chew on and ponder. It will be particularly interesting to see what Jessi, if alive, will do with the data she now has.
Questions to ponder on for the next few months
- Is Jessi dead or alive? If she is alive, what will she do with the information now stored in her brain?
- Who is keeping Adam alive and why? Will he ever be revived?
- Will the Tragers really wait for Kyle to return and do nothing?
- Why did Foss decide to open up to the Tragers in the end? Did he really expect them to stop their investigating? What is his next move? Will he go to the cabin or stay put?
- Did Amanda really leave for NYC or did she turn around at the last minute? Will she forgive Kyle?
- Will Andy's chemo therapy work?
- Will Taylor turn on Ballantine?
- What will Ballantine do with the information if Jessi really gives it to him?
- Will Stephen go back to Madacorp?