REVIEW: MUTANT X – SEASON 2

Starring

Forbes March (As the World Turns)
Victoria Pratt (Cleopatra 2525)
Lauren Lee Smith (The Shape of Water)
Victor Webster (The Scorpion King 3 & 4)
John Shea (Lois & Clark)

Lauren Lee Smith in Mutant X (2001)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Michael Easton (Total Recall 2070)
Soo Garay (Foolproof)
Stephen McHattie (300)
Karen Holness (Scooby-Doo 2)
Lindy Booth (Wrong Turn)
Christopher Jacot (Slasher)
Scott Hylands (Night Heat)
Jeff Wincott (Blue Bloods)
Noah Danby (Bitten)
Sandrine Holt (House of Cards)
Gabriel Hogan (Condor)
Bree Williamson (Private Eyes)
David Sutcliffe (Gilmore Girls)
Melinda Deines (Earth: Final Conflict)
David Lipper (Full House)
Jenya Lano (Blade)
Michael Copeman (Highlander: The Raven)
Christina Cox (Arrow)
A.C. Peterson (Shooter)
Rachel Hayward (Jingle All The Way 2)
Steve Bacic (Andromeda)
Anna Silk (Lost Girl)
Lyriq Bent (Saw IV)
Gary Hudson (Road House)
Sebastian Spence (First Wave)
Lawrence Bayne (Big Wolf on Campus)
Megan Fahlenbock (Resident Evil: Apocalypse)
Nigel Bennett (Cypher)
Tom McCamus (Ginger Snaps Back)
Alan Van Sprang (Reign)
Janet-Laine Green (Bullies)
Lauren Collins (impulse)
Daniel Kash (Mama)
Martin Roach (Cube Zero)
Eugene Robert Glazer (La Femme Nikita)

Victoria Pratt in Mutant X (2001)

For a TV Series the special FX’s were decent given the budget at hand. On the other hand the launch of the airship the double helix uses the same footage every time. The same footage is used every time we approach Genomax and many other sequences give one a feeling of deja vu. The settings in Toronto are not readily identifiable but then most people have never been to the former Downview Airforce Base though they may have walked there for a papal visit. Scarborough Bluffs provide the setting for Sanctuary, the actual space inside is miles to the North-West. Aside from their mutant abilities all but Emma are remarkable martial artists. Their abilities mean that they don’t pack a lot of weapons.Mutant X (2001)Watching this second season on DVD with episodes back to back one develops a sense of the tension developing between members of the team and their leader Adam. Leaders maintain their position by controlling the flow of information and the reasons for the decisions they make. Increasingly the members of the team demand a more collaborative approach; they come to resent the paternalistic, patronizing methods used on them when they were children. Season 2 does have less story-arcs, and Mcihael Easton’s villain Gabriel is short lived despite being set up as the next big bad. Victoria Pratt and Lauren Lee Smith in Mutant X (2001)

Season 2, has it’s ups and down but the week to week adventures of team is fun and enjoyable. If you like comic book shows this is one to  watch. A Hidden gem

REVIEW: MUTANT X – SEASON 1

 

Starring

Forbes March (As the World Turns)
Victoria Pratt (Cleopatra 2525)
Lauren Lee Smith (The Shape of Water)
Victor Webster (The Scorpion King 3 & 4)
John Shea (Lois & Clark)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Douglas O’Keeffe (The Andromeda Strain)
Cedric Smith (X-Men: TAS)
Tom McCamus (Street Legal)
Dylan Bierk (Andromeda)
Ross Hull (Are You Afraid of The Dark?)
Laura Vandervoort (Bitten)
Monique Ganderton (Smallville)
Anthony Lemke (White House Down)
Kevin Jubinville (Miss Sloane)
Reagan Pasternak (Sharp Objects)
Joy Tanner (House at The End of the Street)
Greg Bryk (Bitten)
Deborah Odell (Godsend)
Ralf Moeller (Gladiator)
Andrew Gillies (Orphan Black)
Anne Openshaw (Narc)
Guylaine St-Onge (Earth: Final ConflicT)
Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold)
Art Hindle (Black Christmas)
Emily Hampshire (12 Monkeys)
Larissa Laskin (John Q)
Chris Owens (The X-Files)
Paul Popowich (Cracked)
Callum Keith Rennie (Jessica Jones)
Michael Anthony Rawlins (Blade: Trinity)
Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe)
Krista Allen (The Final Destination)
Ted Whittall (Suicide Squad)
Jim Codrington (The Ladies Man)
James Gallanders (Bride of Chucky)
Michael Easton (Total Recall 2070)
Kim Schraner (Saw 3D)

Victoria Pratt in Mutant X (2001)Mutant X was a brilliant, and totally original, syndicated series that had genre fans tuning in faithfully week after week. Drawing from the timely topic of genetic research and engineering and experimentation on human DNA, Mutant X tells the completely original story of a group of outcasts with genetically engineered super-human powers and abilities and their attempts to evade capture or destruction by the ultra-secret, evil government agency which created them.Lauren Lee Smith in Mutant X (2001)Mutant X is the highly litigated syndicated series, created by comics veteran Howard Chaykin (writer for Earth: Final Conflict and Viper) and Avi Arad (executive producer of X-Men). With a totally straight face, they insist that this new show has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the X-Men. Both of these guys know the comic industry and Arad obviously is familiar with X-Men, and yet they expect us to believe that cashing in on the popularity of the X-Men wasn’t in their minds at all while developing this series. They can’t even seem to recognize the similarity. Heck, forget similarity. Try blatant rip-off.Forbes March and John Shea in Mutant X (2001)The main difference in plot line deals with the fact that the powers that the Mutant X mutants possess were a result of human intervention through science rather than a naturally-occurring genetic mutation, as in the X-Men. Apart from this very minor difference, the sky is the limit when it comes to Mutant X – X-Men similarities. The leader of the Mutants is Adam, a wealthy scientist who headed up the government project that created the Children of Genomex (a.k.a. the Mutants). He has seen the error of his ways and now is engaged in a crusade to locate, protect, and train the Mutants. He doesn’t actually own a school or have mutant powers himself, but this is the Professor X of the group.ss_9bd0fd40968d7f87f429b56aaf3950983ea3b32a.1920x1080The leader of the evil, covert government agency is Mason Eckhart, played by Andy Warhol as himself. This guy, complete with white hair and chunky glasses, wants to either use the Mutants for evil purposes or see them all destroyed. He’s sort of the Magneto of Mutant X without the overwhelming desire to see the Mutants rule the earth. Eckhart doesn’t have any super powers, unless you count just plain being evil, but his right hand man has telekinetic abilities.Victoria Pratt in Mutant X (2001)Very few actual Mutants were introduced in the premiere and even fewer of their powers were revealed, and just to make sure that no one mistakes Mutant X for the X-Men, these mutants have code names. Shalimar Fox (a.k.a. Shadowfox) seems to have Dark Angel type powers, stemming from animal DNA manipulation, yet that doesn’t explain all the apparent levitation she does. Jesse (a.k.a. Synergy) has the power to control his molecular density, which means that he gets all misty when he allows a car to pass right through him and has a more crackly appearance when he becomes solid enough to stop bullets in their tracks. Emma (a.k.a. Rapport) has telempathic abilities revolving around the sensing and sending of strong emotional images. Brennan (a.k.a. Fuse) can send out electrical blasts from his hands.Lauren Lee Smith in Mutant X (2001)If you’re interested in the whole genetic mutant outcast kind of story, I suggest that your time would be better served either renting the X-Men movie or picking up some of the multitudinous X-Men comics out there. Marvel knows how to do the stories and characters right, since, after all, they are the ones who created the idea in the first place.

REVIEW: THE 70S

CAST

Brad Rowe (Shelter)
Guy Torry (Runaway Jury)
Vinessa Shaw (The Hills Have Eyes)
Amy Smart (Road Trip)
Kathryn Harrold (Raw Deal)
Graham Beckel (Brokeback Mountain)
Laurel Moglen (Call Waiting)
Tina Lifford (Babe)
Leslie Silva (Odyssey 5)
Chandra West (White Noise)
Robert Joy (Amityville 3)
Michael Easton (Mutant X)
Peggy Lipton (The Postman)
Maurice Godin (Boat Trip)
Mark Rolston (Aliens)

 This was a much better movie than I expected. . This miniseries follows 4 young Kent State students throughout the ’70s decade as their lives change and they grow apart and eventually back toward one another. While the four characters are cliches, it would be difficult for this movie to show all aspects of the decade otherwise.3We follow all four- there is Dexter, the African-American who deserts the National Guard after Kent State and moves to urban LA, where he becomes a part of urban renewal and opens a theater playing popular “Blacksploitation” films like Shaft and Cleopatra Jones. Elieen is the Barnard grad who moves to NY to follow a boy but has her heart broken and becomes involved in her own career and the feminist movement. There is Byron, Eileen’s boyfriend, who goes from young Republican involved in Watergate to environmentalist and Alaskan pipeline oil worker. And finally there is Christie, Byron’s sister and Eileen’s best friend, a college drop-out who parties on the disco scene, dabbles in modeling and winds up in a San Francisco cult. This miniseries is a good bet if you want to learn a bit more about the decade and seeing it sans commercials is great!