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 4 contains the following episodes: "The Lazarus Syndrome". Both Emma and GSA agent Pamela are targeted by Caleb, a vampiric mutant whose kiss drains life force from mutants and who rises again each time he is killed. "Interface". Emma tries to convert her school friend Michelle, a GSA agent and super-hacker; their escape from GSA is easy, perhaps too easy. "Presumed Guilty". A memory-stealing mutant frames Adam for a murder and Eckhart exploits the situation to find out Mutant X's whereabouts. "Ex Marks the Spot". Shalimar's unreliable former lover Zack involves Mutant X in the heist of a Faberge egg in which important genetic code has been hidden. The DVDs also contain trailers and interviews with Michael Shea (Adam) and show runner Howard Chaykin. --Roz Kaveney
Episodes 15 to 18 from the first season of the sci-fi series. 'Lazarus Syndrome' sees the New Mutants stalked by a vampiric mutant who is able to drain the life-force out of his female victims. In 'Interface' Emma meets up with a new mutant she knew in high school and who now works for the GSA. In 'Presumed Guilty' a new mutant with the ability to steal memories manages to frame Adam for the murder of Megan. 'Ex Marks the Spot' has Shalimar's ex-boyfriend, a mutant thief named Zack, help with plans to steal a Faberge egg containing an important microchip.