X-Men: Evolution

Season 2 Episode 13

Walk on the Wild Side

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

When Jean and Amara feel like the boys think they are stronger than the girls are, Tabitha decides that they should form a girl's crime fighting club. After getting Kitty and Rogue to join, they begin to fight crime at night as the Bayville Sirens, while the rest of the town, as well as the rest of the X-Men, try to figure out who they are.moreless

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  • This show stands out of place with the rest of the series, but I admit, it's one of my favorites.

    I really enjoyed watching the girls cut loose in this episode!

    The main reason Walk on the Wild Side is one of my all-time favorite episodes is because it unites my 3 favorite characters (Rogue, Shadowcat, and Boom Boom) in a fun way. Including the young magma these 5 ladies definitely make an interesting crime fighting team. (I wouldn't mind a spin-off series just following them!)

    The episode suffers from a couple of drawbacks, like the overbearing music video montage, and Jean coming off like she's on her period. (Her "I hate men" attitude comes out of nowhere if you watch this show regularly).

    The only significance of this ep was it touched on what life could be for the X-Men if they were traditional superheroes and used their powers openly to help others.moreless
  • While trying to teach Amara how to control her powers, Jean is interrupted by Scott, who makes comments about the boys being better than the girls. Angry at the remarks, Jean, Amara, Rogue, Kitty, and Tabitha decide to for: the Bayville Sirens.moreless

    This is a fine example of how a great storyline can reinvent old characters, making them fresh, bold and excite the fans anew. Jean, Amara, Rogue, Kitty, and Tabitha are reinvented, from their goth clothes, to the cool music and even better moves, the Bayville Sirens hit the town as the new crime fighting team. The X-Men characters have been around for so long that several of the stories have become stale from being told every which way imaginable. Thank these writers who continued to push the envelope and tried something new, who would have thought that Jean would be so good as a "bad girl" or that the various different generations of female X-Men characters would work so great together? Heck, they even had their own built-in nemesis, in Mystique, how many other times have stories lagged because they couldn't find a good nemesis? It wasn't just the girl power thing, it was just having the characters that I love reinvented and fun again.

    I would have loved it had it been continued as its own series...it was that much fun to watch!moreless
  • I like this episode I first watched it on cartoon Network I have always loved X Men and X Men evolution I have seen all the movies and I hope they make another movie it would be awsome. I will always love X Men and X Men evolution Rock on I love X Menmoreless

    This is one of my favorite episodes out of the X Men Evolution series I want to get the dvd of the seasons soon. I like in this episode how all the woman come together as a team it is great they should have more episodes like that. They should put X MEN EVOLUTION back on cartoon network I dont know why they took it off in the first place I havnt seen it on t.v. for a long time I wish that it would go back on t.v. I belive it would get reviews I would watch it everydaymoreless
  • Who ever thinks about making an episode about girl-power, specially when it comes to the X-men, may not be a very original writer. Someone who can develop a story like this one did, can be considered a pretty damn good writer.moreless

    Going through EVO's episode list, here, at TV.com, I saw the episode title "Walk On the Wild Side", and it drawed my attention in a way no other episode's entire summary did (considering I had gone through all the summaries from season one, and most of season two). When I start reading the overlook of the episode, I inmediately clicked for the recap. I found myself with an episode that (besides the fact that I never got to watch it) I found particularly interesting, after reading the recap. A few nights before this happened, I had started watching EVO again in cartoon network (which in latin america, airs the show at 2 o'clock in the morning, from monday to thursday... no wonder I'm tired).

    As you'll imagine, I kept watching, to see if I ever caught this episode (while enjoying everything inbetween, of course). When it finally aired, I couldn't help but to think to myself: "about DAMN time!!". I also thought, after it ended: "it was worth the wait"

    So, I watched the episode, and I loved virtually everything there was about it. I enjoyed Tabitha's attitude througout the episode(which rarely happens in my case); I loved the way they portrayed Amara and her role as the shy girl in the shy-girl-who-meets-the-wild-girl plot, specially the outcome of the situation, which didn't turn out as a traumatizing experience for anyone (which is how this storylines usually end); I also enjoyed the motivations Jean had to join the group, and the way Rogue and Kitty were drawn in, as if there was an energy sorrounding the other three girls that attracted them.

    This episode turned out being a refreshing stand-alone episode that, besides from the unrealistic way things develop (quite comic book-ish, if you think about it), and from the obviously forced (and quite unoriginal) girl-power main plot, was very good to watch, as it doesn't complicate anyobody, and it wouldn't make any hardcore X-men fan angry, as it is a story developed entirely out of nowhere, that seemed to be written and performed (by the voice actors) as spontaneous as it turned out.

    Anyway, I give it 10 points out of 10, which it deserves.

    I recommend this episode, as it ranks as a must-see in my list.moreless
  • this episode begins with Jean attempting to teach Magma how to handle unforseen complications and Scott unwittingly disrupts the excersise. This angers Jean and ends up sending her, Amra, Kitty, Rouge,and Boom-Boom on a "Girl Power" rampage, during whichmoreless

    This is the best X-men:Evo. season 2 episode I've seen that didn't have a major affect on the story, I mean,with hot chicks,an awesome soundtrack, and cool powers,what more could you want.

    This was a well written episode and did a great job establishing Magma's freindship with Boom-Boom. as I've said before this is definitely my favorite episode of season 2.
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

Vincent Gale

Vincent Gale


Guest Star

Alexandra Carter

Alexandra Carter


Guest Star

Colin Murdock

Colin Murdock

Chop-shop Boss

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 (6)

    • At the begining, Kitty is in her season 1 civies.Then, during the song, when they're at the mall, Kitty is wearing her season 2 civies.Later, when they're walking down the hallway, She's back in her season 1 outfit.

    • Look carefully when Boom Boom pops the chain to Lance's jeep. She popped it in half and when she is riding away, it disappeared.

    • Amara's first appearance was in "Growing Pains" (Episode 2-1) with the rest of the New Mutants. Amara's first day of school was in "Walk on the Wild Side" thirteen episode later. What was she doing all this time?

    • The scene after the music sequence, when the girls are walking down the hall of the school. There is a shot where they walk into the shot one after the other, but in the next scene, only Kitty, Jean, and Amara are in it.

    • In the classroom, Amara's bookbag is on the edge of her desk, but in the next few scenes, it's not there anymore, and then a few scenes later, it's back again!

    • Scott's locker door is open as he turns around, but after he turns around, it's closed.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Rogue: Aw man, we gotta find a better place to change.
      Tabitha: Relax, no one will believe that toll booth guy.

    • Toad: Hey, hey, hey, is nothing sacred?!
      Tabitha: Don't get up.
      Toad: That's it! I'm buyin' you some mouthwash!

    • Only A Girl

      I'm just your sweet next-door neighbor
      I do what I'm told
      And I never cause any trouble
      I'm so much more than meets the eye
      But there's something that I keep hidden deep inside

      Don't mess with my kind
      Don't play with my mind
      I'm only a girl
      But I can move the world
      Don't put me down
      Or kick me to the ground
      I'll be up in a flash
      My superhuman blast

      I may be out to have a little bit of fun
      I've got a life of my own and it's just begun
      I've got powers that you can't deny
      Treat me wrong, and I'm gone
      In the blink of an eye

      ::Repeat Chorus::
      ::Repeat Chorus::

    • Tabitha: You mean miss Jean 'Yes-that's-my-real-color'?

    • Toad: Man, I take one shower a month, and still I get no privacy!

    • Toad: Hey, hey, hey! I'm in the shower here!
      Tabitha: Yeah, the whole towns thrilled.

    • Kurt: (Looking at the girls through a pair of bonoculars) Blue Boy to Tracker One, do you read me? The pidgeons are leaving the roost.(Camera pans down to see Scott sitting next to him)
      Scott: Kurt I'm right here. And why are you talking like that?

    • Tabitha: (Sits down next to Amara listening to really loud music and puts her feet on her desk) Amara!
      Amara: Hi, Tabitha.
      Tabitha: Hows life at the geak squad?
      Amara: Okay I guess, but I kind of messed up my training this morning.
      Tabitha: (Painting her nails) What you need is some R and R like a mall crawl after school.
      Amara: That sounds like fun!
      Tabitha: Alright! Now pay attention, here comes the track team!

    • Jean: (To Scott and Duncan) I don't know what I'd do without you two here to make my decisions for me!
      (Grabs Scott's car keys and stomps away.)
      Duncan: Whoa. I'm glad she took your keys.

    • Cyclops: (To Jean) What did I do?
      Jean: You...you...you were a guy.
      Cyclops: I'm...sorry?
      Jean: I was trying to teach Amara how to fight and that did not include getting a big, strong, man to come to the rescue.
      (Slams the door)
      Amara: The nerve. (Slams her door)

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode along with "Joyride," "Operation Rebirth," and "Mindbender" are available on the DVD X-Men Evolution: Enemies Unveiled.

    • This was the first episode where members from all three teams featured on the show (X-Men, New Mutants, and the Brotherhood), worked together.

    • The song, which is played along the entire episode (jeep, BoomBoom's walkman, musical-like scene showing girl buying clothes, CDs and fighting crime) is called "Walking on the Wild Side" or sometimes "Don't mess with my Kind" or "Only A Girl".

    • Duncan got tickets for the Sadie Hawkins dance that the group attended in "Shadowdance", further suggesting that this episode was set before "Shadowdance".

    • This episode estabishes that the brown-haired girl is Amara (Magma). (Until this point, she had never been referred to by name, and had appeared to be a pyrokinetic.)

    • The animated action sequences used in the montage in this episode borrow heavily from live-action movies, including: "The Craft" and "She's All That".

    • The song in the episode is credited to Giovanni Moscardino, who also serves as the shows dialogue editor.


    • The girls' slow motion walk sequence is an allusion to the movie The Craft. This is especially clear when Kitty blows a kiss similar to Nancy in the movie.