Originally Posted by DaveFi
The show is going well. Interesting quick turn with the security guard. Did anyone see that coming? Would you trust someone who bugs your apt for your own good?
Really, I'm happy that folks have found something they could enjoy this bleak summer and I do realize of course that the target audience for KYLE is likely the yet wholesome pre-pubescent set (who have not seen this kind of stuff hundreds of times by now), as well as their sanguine, yet-to-be-disillusioned parents, but since the question of "did anyone see that coming?," was posed, might I just make an observation?
If the "plot twist" of the security guard stalker being not malefactor but benefactor took you by surprise, that was by design of course. And unfortunately it was not of the cleverly-crafted, all-the-evidence-laid-before-you type of twist, but rather the lazy, sloppy, misdirection-which-DEPOSES-the-twist type.
A good twist operates in the realm of all the relevant story elements being plausible -- they are plausible for the ANTICIPATED, AS WELL AS UNANTICIPATED "twist" evolution of the plot. In the SIXTH SENSE for instance, all the evidence was there, but most thought they had correctly assessed the dramatic trajectory, so had their good surprise. Many rewatched, now with foreknowledge of the revelation to come, and it still held up.
With KYLE though, there was the mystery of this man. We were encouraged to wonder about his identity and motivations. We see him laying the electronic foundation for an elaborate, labor intensive, possibly obsessive surveillance operation -- doing things which are not only highly illegal, but likely to trigger the deepest sense of violation. These activities can only imply one thing, his motives are not good.
When we discover that our mystery man has fashioned himself a benevolent protector, the natural inclination is then to retrace what he has done in service of this protection, and here the presentation crumbles like a bug-ridden wall. Before committing to acts that would forever alienate him from those he would protect, not to mention land him jail for some very hard time, this person would have identified himself, his purpose and motives, as he did anyway -- there was no reason not to, ESPECIALLY if the alternative contemplated is compound felonies and borderline, or perhaps definite and irrefutable, perversion.
I'm sorry, it just is not fair to set up story elements that have only one natural conclusion, then introduce a "twist" which deposes all the foregoing simply and purely in the interest of interjecting a surprise -- of course it was a surprise, nothing was leading in that direction, with possible exception here to the fact that our security man had not directly intervened to physically harm Kyle, but that is not enough............. at least for me.
This is probably typical enough of filler entertainments, and certainly typical of this series which has set up one thing after another, including the very nature of Kyle, which it then ignores at another juncture, for comedy or surprise or whatever ill-founded fleeting interest it may lend.
Oh well...I'm still onboard for the conclusion. I've come this far.