X-Men: Evolution

Season 4 Episode 7

Ghost of a Chance

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Oct 11, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Kitty is saved from a rockslide by a mutant girl named Danielle Moonstar. Danielle quickly joins the institute, but immediately causes trouble during a training session when she causes the nightmares of Jean, Kurt, and Kitty to come true. That night, Logan, Professor X, and Storm also have powerful nightmares, worrying Kitty that her new friend will be expelled from the institute. When Kitty wakes up the next morning, Danielle isn't there -- and when she asks, nobody has even heard of her. Kitty is determined to find Danielle Moonstar, and follows a path of strange messages that only she is receiving to her location.moreless

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  • I weird one, but Kitty's connection with Moonstar really resonates.

    The woman who voices Shadowcat should be commended for her excellent work as Kitty Pryde. One of the reasons she's my favorite character on this show is because of the liveliness of her character. Never has she been more earnest than here, where she meets a new friend, Danielle Moonstar, a Native American she found abandonded in a canyon.

    Kitty goes so far as to bring Daniel home and she even tries to be a part of the team- but her ability to create illusions is a liability, and the next day she disappeared. Was Shadowcat dreaming? Is she going crazy? The remainder of the episode falls into a procedural, as she and Nightcrawler try to uncover the mystery. Very different from other X-Men eps, but the emotion and connection between the two girls comes across very well. Cool guest role by Moonstar and her power.moreless
  • A good episode, but a little confusing.

    This episode introduces yet another character, Danielle Moonstar (Mirage from the comics, as I'm sure a lot of fans know). The episode acts as a tribute to classic horror films, and the "worst nightmares" are impressive. Not very scary, but the animation looks great. One can really notice how good the animation has gotten on this show, compared to the first season.

    The story is confusing, if you don't realize that most of this episode is a dream sequence. And it's not easy to notice this, at least not the first time you'll watch the episode. So, in the beginning, Kitty crashes with her bike in the canyons, and everything that follows is only a dream (or a nightmare, really). A smart move was to alternate the dream sequences with stuff that actually happens, like Wolverine's and Sam's (Cannonball) race through the canyons. The scenery is superb, this episode being one of the few that don't take place in the Bayville area. A change of scenery is always nice, and animated like this it's really superb.

    Towards the end, everything is explained, how much was real and how much was only a dream. Sure, some questions are left unanswered, but it's all good.

    An enjoyable episode, but a bit confusing at times.moreless
  • Great episode, especially for Shadowcat and Moonstar (Mirage) fans.

    In this episode we are introduced to Danielle Moonstar, one of the comics New Mutans.

    After a accident Kitty is dream-connected with lost girl named Dani. When other X-men tell her she is imagining things and refuse to belive her, she depends only on herself and her powers to find Dani and prove everyone that she is telling true.

    Evolution Dani is young scared girl with power to create images of peoples greatest fears, and her greatest fear is not being accepted for what she is. She saves Kitty's life in her dream and become connected to Kitty in hope Kitty can rescue her.

    In this episode we also see more of a relationship between Kitty and Kurt, who although does not belive Kitty, tries to help her. He is really a true friend.moreless
Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow

Scott "Cyclops" Summers

Venus Terzo

Venus Terzo

Jean Grey

Brad Swaile

Brad Swaile

Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Kitty "Shadowcat" Pryde

Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil


David Kaye

David Kaye

Professor Charles F. Xavier/Professor X, Apocalypse

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the rocks fell in front of Kitty, why didn't she just phase through them?

    • After Moonstar walks out of Prof. X's room, and pass Kitty. Her X Pad goes from red X, black background, to black X, red background. But then a few seconds later it goes back to the way it was before.

    • The miles of canyons, cliffs, and desert terrain that we see in this story look nothing like anything we've seen anything near Bayville and the Xavier Institute. Moonstar's grandfather is wearing clothing closer to those worn by Southwest Indian tribes as well.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (10)

    • Wolverine's fear: To be in the adamantium experiment again.
      Storm's fear: Small spaces and being stuck in a small box with no way out.
      Professer X's fear: The Sentinel assaulting a unexpected on the Mansion and picking him up.

    • Of the 9 main New Mutants from the comics (Mirage, Cannonball, Sunspot, Karma, Wolfsbane, Magma, Magik, Cypher, and Warlock), only Cypher has not appeared in either X-Men cartoon. Mirage (Danielle Moonstar) appeared in this episode, and Sunspot, Magma, Cannonball, and Wolfsbane have been recurring characters. Cannonball and Wolfsbane also appeared in the 1992 series (Cannonball in "Night of the Sentinals", "Repo Man", and "Hidden Agenda", while Wolfsbane appeared in "Cold Comfort" with the rest of X-Factor). Magik (Illyana Rasputin) appeared as a child in "Red Dawn". Karma was seen briefly in "Beyond Good and Evil, Part 2: Promise of Apocalypse", and Warlock met Beast in "The Phalanx Covenant", parts 1 & 2.

    • Dani has the same nationality as Forge.

    • Jean, Kurt, and Kitty are all afraid of their powers going awry. This marks the second appearence of those dinosaur monsters from the "bamf" dimension.

    • Maggie Blue O'Hara, who voices Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat), gets to say part of her name in this episode. When Kitty looks for the Moonstar residence in the phone book, she says it's at 760 Maggie Blue Road.

    • Dani was born in Boulder, Colorodo and her parents are William and Peg Lonestar.

    • Dani Moonstar is a Northern Cheyenne Indian.

    • Based on the conclusion of this episode, it is unlikely that Dani actually joined the New Mutants, but will remain an ally and a possible future student, like Forge and Angel.

    • Dani Moonstar (codename Psyche, then Mirage) was one of the five original New Mutants in the comics, which included: Cannonball, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, and Karma.

    • In the comic, Danielle's grandfather was an old friend of Xaviers. Danielle was also the second leader of the New Mutants (after Karma) a title she shared with Cannonball. When she was transported to Asgard by Loki, she found and rescued a pegasus of the Valkyrie herd. The pegasus bonded with Danielle, making her a Valkyrie and giving her the powers that come with the title. Later in that storyline, she battle the Norse Goddess, Hela, for Wolverine's soul.