X-Men: Evolution

Season 1 Episode 5

Speed and Spyke

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Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Dec 09, 2000 on The WB
7.3
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Ororo's nephew starts exhibiting mutant powers, but he's more interested in settling a rivalry with a fellow mutant than hearing about a "school for freaks".

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  • Quicksilver gets to show off.

    7.5
    The best thing about this episode is pure and simple, Quicksilver. Something I liked about this series overall was the use of characters we barely saw on the older series. Quicksilver is the apex of this, because he's one of the coolest from the X-Men universe, and now we get to see it. Unfortunately the story itself is pretty juvenile, with nothing really at stake but a childish rivalry with new character, Spyke.



    I appreciate the attempt at a little more diversity in the X-Men team, but Spyke isn't all that original (remember Marrow from the comics? Exact same power). Still, here, he's a skateboarding hot head, who happens to be Storm's nephew.moreless
  • Spyke rocks, Quicksilver rocks... than why did this episode bored me so much?

    6.5
    Spyke is Ororo(Storm)'s nephew. Quicksilver is Magneto's son. In EVO they are bitter rivals since forever. When Evan (Spyke) gives a winning points in one basketball game, Quicksilver gots jealous (cause no one apriciates his abilities) so he starts their war all over again. I think that Quicksilver looks ugly in EVO, he's way prettier in comics. Spyke, on the other hand, is absolutely gorgeous. Though, he has a little bit more muscles than an average teen. So, two of them are starting a war - and it all gets Spyke arrested. Scott makes a deal with him - join the X-men, and go out of the jail. Spyke plays hard to get, but in the end he accepts.

    Their war is continuing till the end of the episode, and the X-men are trying to help Spyke get his revenge. Which in the end he did. Logicly.

    But... count on the Big Daddy to fix things...moreless
  • The main idea of this episode is revenge.

    5.5
    Evan Daniels (aka Spyke), Ororo Munroe's (aka Strom) nephew is introduced, as the spyke throwing mutant kid called Spyke. Framed for a robbery he didn't commit, Spyke desires revenge.

    "Who is the real culprit?" you'll probably ask. Well, the real culprit is none other than Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver), Magneto's son.

    If I'm not mistaking, Spyke is the youngest "official" X-Man in this series. (The same position was occupied by Jubilee in the '90's series and by Shadowkat in the comics).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

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the scene where Pietro asks Magneto to free him from his jail cell, what happened there would be considered as an escape, right? And if Pietro did indeed escape, then shouldn't there be cops on his tail after that?

    • During the breakfast scene Kurt lowers himself from a chandelier hanging directly above the table to grab some breakfast. In an establishing shot of the whole room a few seconds earlier, there was no sign of any chandelier at all, much less one hanging low enough for Kurt to reach the table from.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Nightcrawler: I love the smell of bacon in the morning.

    • Spyke: But why would you wanna rip me off?
      Quicksilver: Kicks man, for the challenge. Look, When you live as fast as I do, there ain't enough things to occupy my time. I gotta entertain myself.

    • Magneto: It is good to see you again, Pietro. Even under such distressing circumstances.
      Pietro: Yeah, well, you could make them a lot less distressing you know. Come on, hustle it up!

    • Wolverine: Elf! How many times have I gotta tell you, ask and it'll get passed to you?
      Kurt: Sorry, I didn't want to disturb you.
      (teleports back to his chair)
      Wolverine: That's better. Now mind your manners!

    • Scott: It's really not so bad, Mrs. Daniels. Having special powers can be pretty cool sometimes.
      Evan: Oh yeah! I'll tell you what, Shades! Let's see what you've got that's so cool!
      Mrs. Daniels: Evan!
      Evan: Sorry, Mom.
      Jean: No really, it's okay. It's just that Scott's powers aren't really what you'd call 'indoor-friendly'.
      Evan: Okay, whatever. Look, man. I like it right here and I'm not going to some home for freaks! Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some school stuff to take care of. (goes upstairs)
      Mrs. Daniels: Evan!
      Jean: Well, that went well!
      Scott: Yeah. And I thought we were really making a connection there.
      Mr. Daniels: I apologize for my son, Mr. Summers. He's obviously dealing with a lot right now. I'll talk with him.
      Jean: (using her power) Hey! He's going out the window.
      (The group sees Evan going off on his skateboard)
      Scott: We've really got to work on our sales pitch!

    • Quicksilver: Oooh, sounds like a challenge!

    • Kitty: Eww! Professor! Kurt is, like, totally getting fur in the pool!!
      Kurt: I am not!!

  • NOTES (10)

    • This episode along with "Mutant Crush" and "Middleverse" were released on the DVD X-Men Evolution: X-Plosive Days.

    • Spyke is similar to Quill from the X-Men comics and X-Men 3.

    • Similar to the comics, Quicksilver was a member of the Original Brotherhood.

    • Spyke is very similar to Marrow from the original comics. Marrow possessed the same bone-throwing powers as Spyke. She was a former member of the sewer dwelling Morlocks before joining the X-Men. And in X-Men Evolution, Spyke joined the Morlocks after leaving the X-Men in season 3. It wasn't until fan feedback that the creators of the show realized that there was a character (Marrow) similar to Spyke in the X-Men lexicon.

    • A clear sign that this is a slightly different version of the X-Men - Wolverine chastises someone for poor table manners!

    • The first sketch of Spyke was very different from this one. His name was Armadillo and had white skin and black hair. The second sketch he was black with black cornrows, but was still called Armadillo.

    • At the end of the episode, when the gang are poolside, the music playing is actually a remake of the original X-Men animated series theme.

    • On X-Men the writers also created a nephew for Ororo, but that one still lived in Africa and used to have hyper-speed. That character was never mentioned again.

    • Neither Mystique nor the X-Men seem to know that Pietro is Magneto's son. That fact is never mentioned on the show until Wanda's debut in "The HeX Factor", but it is implied during the jail scene that they know each other.

    • Introduces Spyke and Quicksilver.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • X-Men theme music:
      During the scene at the swimming pool, the music playing in the background is an acoustic version of the theme music from the 90s animated X-Men series.

    • Nightcrawler: I love the smell of bacon in the morning.
      Refers to Kilgore's (Dennis Hopper) famous quote from Apocolypse Now: "You smell that? Do you smell that?... Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

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