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X-Men: Evolution

Season 2 Episode 11

Shadow Dance

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Feb 02, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Forge is working on a device that will let Kurt teleport around the world when they realize when Kurt teleports, he passes through a beast-infested dimension. After a close shave, Kurt vows not to work on the project anymore, but at the school dance, Kurt's only partially closed dimension doors let the beasts into the school.moreless

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  • The obligatory high school dance episode. (With a cartoon based on teens, it had to happen, X-Men or not) Rogue's friend is charming in this ep, too. It's almost sad that she is really Mystique in disguise.moreless

    There are alot of things that will seem familiar or repetitive about Shadow Dance: Scott and Jean dancing around their feelings; Rogue brooding over Cyclops in the background; and of course, Forge and his stupid zapping gizmo. (For those that remember, I ranked his episode with Nightcrawler, "Middleverse" as one of the lowest of the series.)

    But the ep stays afloat, and in fact might be one of my favorites because I do love all that school dance stuff. It was fun seeing these characters go through those motions, Tabitha treating the brotherhood to some fun, Quicksilver pimping with several girls, and of course Kitty and Lance going out- a relationship that has been developing from the start.

    Nightcrawler is the star here, though, when a girl is willing to except the shy elf for who he is. That was nice. The dinosaurs ripping through from his teleportations, was dumb, but not bad enough to ruin the episode.moreless
  • Bayville High is about to have their Saddie Hawkin's dance. While the X-kids scramble to find dates, Forge returns with a gizmo to slow down Kurt's teleportation. But a strange creature emerges from one of the dimensions and unleashes havok at the dance.moreless

    Okay, so I have reviewed the best episode's in the series, now I have to review the worst ones. Is it just me, or was the drawing at the beginning of the episode a bit off. I don't believe Risty has appeared since Fun and Games, and Mindbender, so it seemed a little strange for her to be back. What ticks my clock is that there never really was an ending to the episode regarding the whole portal/weird crazy monster ordeal. It's like the whole episode was made just to hook Kurt and Amanda up. There was also no big return entrance for Forge. They just opened the door to the room, and there he was. It seemed totally random that he woke up one morning and decided that he should build something to help out Kurt's teleportation! And to make matters worse for Forge fans, he is never seen the rest of the series. Not even in the final group picture at the end of Ascension. Not too much New Mutant activity going on either. This whole episode just seemed a little out of place...both this and its previous episode "Retreat". We just had some big action with Mindbender, and following this episode, Scarlet Witch makes an unforgettable debut. It's like we are stuck with "okay" material in between.moreless
  • Love is in the air

    The X-Men discover that when Nightcrawler teleports, he travels through another dimension, inhabited by strange shadowy dinasour-like creatures, that are anything but friendly.

    Meanwhile, a school dance is being organised at Bayville Highschool and everybody's planning to go. Jean goes with Duncan, Scott with Taryn, Kitty with Lance and Kurt with Amanda (his secret love).

    The dance ends however when the shadow-dinosaurs arrive in our dimension and start running amok in the highschool. With help from one of Forge's inventions the X-Men get rid of the dinosaurs.

    Amanda confessess to Kurt that she knows he's a mutant, she knows how he looks like and isn't scared of him. But most of all, she likes him. The episode ends as they both go out for an ice-cream.moreless
Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Eric "Magneto" Magnus Lehnsherr

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

Neil Denis

Neil Denis

Evan "Spyke" Daniels

Moneca Stori

Moneca Stori


Guest Star

Sam Vincent

Sam Vincent


Guest Star

Jim Byrnes (I)

Jim Byrnes (I)

Nick Fury

Guest Star

Matt Hill (III)

Matt Hill (III)

Alex Summers/Havok

Recurring Role

Megan Leitch

Megan Leitch

Boom Boom

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Xavier deduces that the Bamf Dimension's atmosphere is mainly comprised of sulfur, due to the puff of smoke Nightcrawler emits during teleportation. The creatures that escape into the real world seem perfectly capable of breathing both sulfur and oxygen.

    • In this episode, Professor is shown driving when picking up Wolverine and Nightcrawler from the school gym. How is this possible? Although paraplegics can use special hand controls to drive, the Professor is not shown using such a device.

    • During the dance when the dinosaur-like-creatures begin to attack the students, you can see only one pair of a man and a woman continuously running away when Rogue grabs Risty and says "C'mon, let's get out of here".

    • Trivia: Blob is still bald from when Boom Boom shaved him in "Walk on the Wild Side."

    • Trivia: Once more Jason appears in the math class of Kurt between him and Amanda.

    • When Amanda asks Kurt to the dance, while the camera shot is of a lot of students walking out the door, you see Riley(one of the girls that was picking on Kitty in "X-Impulse").

    • Forge states that Nightcrawler has been teleporting "all his life." In truth, mutants gain their powers around puberty so Kurt has probably only been teleporting for a few years.

    • When Kurt is at lunch with Scott and Evan, Scott is seen peeling an egg. Then, he is seen holding a large sandwich. Finally, there is nothing in his hands. All this happened in less than a 30 seconds.

    • When Evan is having lunch with Scott and Kurt, some shots in that scene have him wearing his bike gloves, and in others, the gloves are missing altogether.

    • When Jean is talking to Scott her sleeves come past her elbows but when she walking by when Kitty is asking Lance to the dance is above the elbows.

    • Without the hologram, Kurt wears is X-Men uniform which has gloves. Wouldn't THEY cover his fur? And how WAS he wearing regular gloves?

    • At lunch when Kurt is thinking about what to do about his fur he puts his hand on his forehead. Hair comes in-between the pinky and ring fingers.

    • When Amanda puts her hand on Kurt's cheek, how come she didn't feel his fur? I mean, holograms only simulate images.

    • When Kurt turned off his hologram, he had no pupils, but when Amanda says that blue's her favorite color, he had pupils.

    • Even if Amanda never saw Kurt in his blue form, she should have already known something was wrong at the dance. Kurt was supposed to be wearing a light blue suit, but later in the episode, when he turns off his image inducer, he is really wearing his X-men uniform. Wouldn't she have noticed if they were dancing together? The same thing happens on the boat in "Cruise Control". It seems that the animators just make him wear his uniform instead of civilian clothes whenever he is wearing his image inducer. Why doesn't he wear anything else?

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Amanda: (seeing Kurt) Did you know that blue is my favorite color?

    • (Forge walks up with the Trans-Dimensional Projector)
      Toad: Hey, I've seen that thing before!
      Forge: This is a new one with some special modifications. It sends these bad boys back where they came from.

    • Toad: (As a demon creeps up behind Tabby) Ahh! What the heck is that?!
      Blob: I'm not sure I wanna find out.
      Tabby: Hey, come on. I don't look that bad!

    • Rogue: Not enough sleep. You and Lance were on the phone until 1:30! So, did you ask him?
      Kitty: No, you know what everyone around here would think!
      Rogue: Who cares!
      Kitty: Did you ask Scott? Better hurry up before Jean moves in.

    • Kurt: Ack. I feel like such a dork. I mean, getting a rash the day of the dance. Must be my nerves.
      Amanda: I think they make you look handsome and debonair.
      Kurt: Really? You don't think they make me look like a butler or something?

    • Taryn's Friend: Oh, whoa! Did you see that? She's, like, so jealous of you! (Taryn and friends all laugh)
      Taryn: Yeah! But it's her own fault. She's had plenty of chances at Scott.

    • Kitty: Hi, would you like go to the dance with me?
      Lance: Um, I'll have to think about it.
      Kitty: Oh, ok, I understand.
      (She starts to walk away)
      Lance: Hey Kitty, I thought about it and answer is yes. (Kitty smiles and walks away)
      Lance: Yes! (Accidently makes a little earthquake)

    • Kurt: Trust me, the fuzzy dude can SENSE these things!

    • Wolverine: You're gonna hafta get us here, Xavier, looks like there'll be no shortcut.

  • NOTES (7)

    • When Rogue and her friend Risty are rescued from the inter-dimensional creature by the X-Men, Risty (who is Mystique in disguise) shows an attraction to Forge. This may be a reference to the comics, in which Forge and Mystique briefly had an affair.

    • This episode along with "Retreat," "HeX Factor," and "Day Of Reckoning Part 1 & 2" are available on the DVD X-Men Evolution: Mystique's Revenge.

    • The scene Amanda described seeing Kurt in his true form in was from "Shadowed Past"

    • Some of the classic limits on Nightcrawler's powers are explicitly stated, including the 2 mile distance limit and his need for a visualization of his arrival. (Of course, this raises the question of how he teleported into the vault in the previous episode, "Mindbender".)

    • First appearance of the dinosaurs from the "bamf" dimension.

    • In the comic books Amanda Sefton was a member of a gypsy family and Nightcrawler's long-time romantic interest. They worked together in the same circus as a duo. She called herself "Daytripper" and even though it has never been clarified if she's indeed a mutant she exhibited some inter-dimensional tele-transporting not unlike Kurt's. She also was a mistress of magic.

    • First appearance of Amanda Sefton.