X-Men: Evolution

Season 4 Episode 5

Uprising

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Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Sep 27, 2003 on The WB
8.1
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With anti-mutant hysteria on the rise, a further mutated Spyke does all he can to protect his fellow Morlocks from attacks. He then comes to the aid of a couple of the New Mutants from Duncan and his friends which leads to trouble when he later seeks revenge. Meanwhile, Xavier and Beast monitor the formation of a second impenetrable sphere in China created by Apocolypse. Trask is released from prison with the anticipation his Sentinels may be needed against him. Also, a young boy named Dorian Leach is exhibiting mutant abilities that can't be hidden as he also becomes a target of hate crimes, leading to Spyke protecting him as well. They meet again later when Duncan and friends start an all-out war against Spyke. But he won't be alone as some of the X-Men and eventually the Morlocks come to his aid. Young Dorian, however, is the one who ends the battle when he unleashes a new power.moreless

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  • The legendary Spyke returns! (He's not really legendary, but you'd think he was the way this ep plays!)

    8.5
    The The legendary Spyke returns! (He's not really legendary, but you'd think he was the way this ep plays!) In Uprising, Spyke has now fully evolved- grown up, and stronger than ever- even shooting flaming arrows! He's become the guardian and protector of the Morlocks (His relationship with Storm, who does this in the comics, opens the narrative decision up for discussion).



    This is an impressive example of how characters grow and develop on this show. I quite liked seeing his return, and a small bit of the mutant hatred within the city continues. Original and welcome in my book.moreless
  • Spyke returns and the entire world is shocked to see how dangerous mutants can be. An uprising is the only logical solution.

    8.6
    This episode brings into play the major and most important theme from the X-Men comics, one that has been found in the background of numerous episodes so far: prejudice and fear or even hatred of humans towards mutants.

    A nice and surprising move of the writers was to bring back Spyke, and give him a new design (and he does look cooler now) as well as a power "upgrade" (as Wolverine calls it). An all out war between humans and mutants (most notably against the Morlocks) begins, and the leader of the human gang is none other than Duncan (who hasn't appeared in a while). His character here is developed better than in all of his previous appearances put together, and his confrontation with Jean was surprising, but inevitable. I at least knew that was going to happen to him; he had it coming for a while now.

    Another character introduced in this episode is Leech, who I must admit that I don't know much about him. He does serve as a good character in this episode, adding to the already existent conflict and suffering for being a mutant.

    A great episode, with lots of action and drama. Not the best episode of the show, but certainly one of the most dramatic ones, and one that doesn't deal with a super powered villain, but with humans' fear of the unknown.moreless
  • Spyke is back with avengence.

    10
    The one thing I really disliked about this series was how uncharacterized Spyke was. Yeah, they should some episodes with him maturing, but nothing would change about him in the next episode. To pratically everyone, Spyke was just slacker, but I kept up hope that an episode like this would air.



    Spyke really has matured since X-tream Measures. He now has titled himself the 'Protector of Mutants'. Total of a$$es like Duncan go around harrassing mutants, so now Spyke fights back. It was fitting to see him act like this. He's been living for months now with the morlocks. Unlike the X-men and the Brotherhood, they don't look human, so they get the worst treatment. Spyke has seen the worst humanity has to give, so now he finally sets himself a purpose. To protect the mutants that can't protect the mutants.



    The fight scenes in this episode was great. Spyke's new powers are bad a$$ point blank. I especially like the scene when he destroys Duncan's car. It never get's old rewinding my tape to watch that scene over and over.



    The other characters were handle nice. Duncan has know shown his revear side (if you read New Mutants, you know what I'm talking about). It was cool seeing Leech's display of power also.



    In short, fantastic episode. Some people might say Spyke was out of line for the stuff he did, but it was needed to show his new attitude.moreless
  • Spyke is back with avengence.

    10
    The one thing I really disliked about this series was how uncharacterized Spyke was. Yeah, they should some episodes with him maturing, but nothing would change about him in the next episode. To pratically everyone, Spyke was just slacker, but I kept up hope that an episode like this would air.



    Spyke really has matured since X-tream Measures. He now has titled himself the 'Protector of Mutants'. Total of a$$es like Duncan go around harrassing mutants, so now Spyke fights back. It was fitting to see him act like this. He's been living for months now with the morlocks. Unlike the X-men and the Brotherhood, they don't look human, so they get the worst treatment. Spyke has seen the worst humanity has to give, so now he finally sets himself a purpose. To protect the mutants that can't protect the mutants.



    The fight scenes in this episode was great. Spyke's new powers are bad a$$ point blank. I especially like the scene when he destroys Duncan's car. It never get's old rewinding my tape to watch that scene over and over.



    The other characters were handle nice. Duncan has know shown his revear side (if you read New Mutants, you know what I'm talking about). It was cool seeing Leech's display of power also.



    In short, fantastic episode. Some people might say Spyke was out of line for the stuff he did, but it was needed to show his new attitude.moreless
Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow

Scott "Cyclops" Summers

Venus Terzo

Venus Terzo

Jean Grey

Neil Denis

Neil Denis

Evan "Spyke" Daniels

Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil

Wolverine

David Kaye

David Kaye

Professor Charles F. Xavier/Professor X

Kirsten Williamson

Kirsten Williamson

Ororo "Storm" Munroe

Saffron Henderson

Saffron Henderson

Callisto

Guest Star

Lee Tockar

Lee Tockar

Lucid

Guest Star

Danny McKinnon

Danny McKinnon

Dorian Leech

Guest Star

Jim Byrnes (I)

Jim Byrnes (I)

Nick Fury

Recurring Role

Matt Hill (III)

Matt Hill (III)

Alex Summers/Havok

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