Monday, July 8, 2013

Rein-toon-ation: X-Men: Evolution (2000)

X-Men: Evolution was one of those Kids' WB! shows that was badly mistreated by the network in the course of its 3 years on the air.

The producers attempted to bridge a generation gap, if you will, by bringing together members of classic X-teams of the 60's, 70's, and so forth, under one roof as teens. That also applies to the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, who likewise are recast as teens for this series. However, despite the enormous popularity of the mutants' comics exploits, the series, coming as it did on the heels of the first X-movie with Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, wasn't seen as a priority series by WB network suits.

Following is the season 1 episode, "Grim Reminder":



The series hasn't been seen since cable runs on Cartoon Network & DisneyXD after cancellation, and despite Wolverine returning to theatres later this month, there seem to be no plans to bring the show back.

Rating: B.

2 comments:

magicdog said...

I thought this wasn't a bad show and I thought it was good that like "Young Justice" storylines didn't always conform exactly like they did in the comics.

What did bug me was why the mutant students were attending a public school, when the whole point of Xavier's school was to instruct the kids in the 3 R's as well as how to use their powers.

I remember Shadowcat and Avalanche had a thing going, which lead to him briefly joining the X-Men. I wish they could have made it permanent. There was also a character called, "Boom Boom" who did the reverse - having ended up leaving Xavier's school to play with the Brotherhood.

hobbyfan said...

In the comics, Avalanche was introduced as an adult member of the Brotherhood in the 80's.

I wasn't too fond of the de-aging of some of the characters to teens, but then, I figured, this is freakin' WB Network, after all, where they specialized in teen angst in primetime. Evolution has its fans, to be sure, but this wasn't the best X-series.