takes the useful SF trope of the mutant minority persecuted by the state and adds potentially interesting spins on which it rarely delivers. After a couple of pilot episodes that pushed into OTT visual stylishness, the show has settled into mildly repetitive though watchable blandness: for the most part it avoids story arcs and a large cast of regulars in favour of plugging its characters into the stock plots of television SF, such as doubles, vengeance crusades and untrustworthy lovers.
On the DVD: Mutant X Series 1, Volume 3 contains the following episodes: "A Whiter Shade of Pale". Adam's invisible ex-lover Danielle needs stabilising by a gene resequencer which has been stolen from him by Eckhart's agents. "Double Vision". New mutant Maddie splits Emma into two--one Emma is completely ruthless and prepared to destroy Eckhart and the GSA at huge cost in life. "Blood Ties". Jesse meets his father again and is recruited by him to a vengeance crusade that may be a cover for industrial espionage. "Altered Ego". A mutant's power changes Adam into a ruthless villain determined to destroy his friends. The DVDs also contain trailers, a file on Genomex, interviews with the makeup artists and with Lauren Lee Smith (Emma). --Roz Kaveney
The final 4 episodes from the first season of the sci-fi series. 'Nothing to Fear' sees Shalimar and friends under attack from a rogue mutant with the ability to trap people within their own fears. 'Deadly Desire' finds Brennan under the control of a mutant with powerful pheromones. 'Dancing on the Razor' is a case of blackmail and double-crossing after Brennan and Jesse are filmed getting caught in a Genomex trap. Whilst the final episode of the season' A Breed Apart' sees a new GSA squad, the New Mutants, planning to go public, whislt the Mutant X crew find their powers are increasing uncontrollably.