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
Episodes 11 to 14 from the first season of the sci-fi series. In 'Whiter Shade of Pale' an invisible thief steals a gene sequencer and when Adam takes up the trail it leads him to an old girlfriend, Danielle. 'Double Vision' sees Emma split into two distinct entities. 'Blood Ties' has Jesse meet his father, who has evidence of a Genomex cover-up. 'Altered Ego' finds Mutant X on the trail of Charlotte Cooke, a mutant with the power to infect people with a toxin that effects their moral sense.