X-Men: Evolution

Season 3 Episode 10

X23

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Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Aug 02, 2003 on The WB
8.4
out of 10
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Logan finds out that scientists have made a clone from his tissue and is now lost and coming after him.

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  • Like Harley Quinn in Batman before her, X23 is an original creation that was so popular, she was put into the official X-Men comics, too!

    9.0
    If there is anything that can be taken away from the series that was X-Men Evolution, when we look at it through the history of the X-Men canon, Their legacy will always be X23.



    X23 is an original creation of the show, a young female mutant with the same abilites as Logan- a secret that in fact she was clones from his genes. This is the pinnacle of Evolution's creativity. Insanely cool. Besides the fact that she has ridiculous speed and agility, she has a little something extra that Wolverine doesn't: she can extract claws from her feet, too! The episode does a great job of balancing the confusion and rage of this little girl, and the sorrow of no real childhood. And bonus points for taking out all the X-Men (on their own turf, no less) single-handedly (I so love when the show does this)! But the only thing keeping me from giving this a higher score is that it's too short. We want it developed much more!moreless
  • X-23, a clone of Wolverine infiltrates the X-Institute to hunt Wolverine down.

    9.0
    This episode introduces yet another new character, and from what I understand, a character created especially for the series, X-23. Her real name is never mentioned, as far as I know. All we know about her is that she's a genetic copy of Wolverine, and was trained from birth to become a fearless cold-hearted assassin.

    The animation, as always, looks great. The fight scenes are impressive, as X-23 manages to defeat almost every X-Man inside the Institute in one night. Wolverine is the only one who can stop her, but he too is having some problems with that. In the end he lets her go, and he doesn't let SHIELD take her back. This adventure actually teaches Wolverine something, as in the end, when he's training the other students, he seems to be a little less severe, and the students actually enjoy the lesson. As opposed to the beginning of the episode, when Rogue (still recuperating from the events of the last episode) tries to miss Wolverine's training session by saying she still needs to stay in bed.

    Overall a great episode, and even though X-23 won't be seen until much later in the show's run, we know she's alive and we know what she's capable of.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

Wolverine

David Kaye

David Kaye

Professor Charles F. Xavier/Professor X, Apocalypse

Lisa Ann Beley

Lisa Ann Beley

Doctor Deborah Risman

Guest Star

Andrea Libman

Andrea Libman

X23

Guest Star

Matt Hill (III)

Matt Hill (III)

Alex Summers/Havok

Recurring Role

Jim Byrnes (I)

Jim Byrnes (I)

Nick Fury

Recurring Role

Tony Sampson

Tony Sampson

Berzerker

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • How did Wolverine get the bombs off everybody's heads?

    • If Fury said the last computer's file was on the X-Men, why were some of the Brotherhood in the file?

    • It's odd how that all the New Recruits are at the first training session, except Magma.

    • When Bobby is ice surfing to the finishing line, during the first training session in his ice form, you can see the hair move around in the air. But if his whole body is completely iced up, how can his hair move in the wind just like it would if he wasn't in ice form.

    • When Wolverine and X23 are outside, she kicks him and rips his shirt. After he stop her claws with his, his shirt is fine and then it's ripped.

    • Wolverine's claws are within his forearms - that's why he has to hold his hand, wrist, and forearm straight to extend them. X23's foot isn't large enough to hold her claw, and she never points her foot and leg straight - so where is her foot claw kept?

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Wolverine: The course has a new objective today. It's called Mutant Dodgeball.
      Iceman: Oh, yes! I am so good at this game.
      Wolverine: Oh, and extra credit for anyone that takes out the ice cube.

    • Cannonball: Hey! Give me a hand here, would ya?
      Bobby: Sam, I'm never going to learn anything if I have to keep rescuing you guys!

    • Logan: The course has a new objective today. It's called mutant dodgeball.
      Bobby: Ah yes, I am so good at this game!
      Logan: Oh, and uh, extra credit for anyone who takes out the ice cube.

    • Prof. X: I understand. And I'm sure it has nothing to do with avoiding Logan's training session.
      Rouge: What?! No! Was that today? (Tries to acted shocked)

    • Logan: But why come after us?
      X23: Not them, just you!
      Logan: I don't understand!
      X23: This is your fault! Everything I am is because of you!
      Logan: You're mixed up, I don't know anything about it.
      X23: You're lying!
      Logan: I'm a victim just like you. I'm the one person on this planet who understands you… and maybe the closest that you have to a family
      X23: No! I… I can't have a family, I can't…
      Logan: Your feelings, don't fight them anymore... Go, I'll take care of 'em. Get out of here. Now!

    • Berserker: I hate this! Why can't we do Wolverine's training sessions in the Danger Room?
      Iceman: (makes three ice claws out of his hand ala Wolverine and imitates Wolverine's voice There's no off button in the real world bub!

  • NOTES (9)

    • X-23 first appeared here in X-Men Evolution, created by producer Craig Kyle. Later the character was brought into the regular Marvel Universe comics, much like the character Harley Quinn of DC Comics.

    • Robert Heinlein addressed making a female clone from a male specimen in "Time Enough For Love". Males have 1 X and 1 Y chromosomes, while females have 2 X chromosomes. What you do (and clearly this can't be done from a technical standpoint, to say nothing of ethics) is remove the Y, and replace it with a copy of the X. Since males only have 1 copy of the X chromosome to begin with, any dangerous recessives should have already been revealed, so you're unlikely to have dangerous genetic conditions.

    • The scene with young X-23 in the park was actually cut down, because KidsWB thought that some of the images were too violent and gory for kids television.

    • The plot of this episode borrows from the novel "X-Men: Smoke and Mirrors". The character of Weapon X23 was someone that Wolverine discovered in the (supposedly) military base where he was experimented on in Canada. She escapes while he's there trying to figure out his past and they fight briefly before they both go their separate ways.

    • If you listen closely while X23 is spying on Kitty in her bedroom, you can hear the line "You have such a way with pastry" that Kitty later says in "Cruise Control."

    • The US version got a new opener.

    • The Kids WB said this was the start of a new season of X-Men Evolution.

    • Alternate title is "Weapon X 23".

    • In the NYX comics, X23 had black hair and pale skin. She barely speaks, also she was a prostitute.

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