Western Animation / Alienators: Evolution Continues


Alienators: Evolution Continues (a.k.a. Evolution: The Animated Series for British audiences) was an animated series that ran from 2001 to 2002 on Fox Kids, based on the 2001 movie Evolution. The story picks up after the events of the film, following the continuing adventures of Ira Kane, Harry Block, and Wayne Grey, and also introduces a fourth hero in the form of a Blue Beret soldier named Lt. Lucy Mai and a Team Pet named Gassie, as well as the Big Bad known as Scopes, leader of an army of Starfish Aliens called the Genus.


  • Adaptational Villainy: It was inferred in the film that the aliens were merely wild and freaked out beasts reacting to their new, strange environment. In the series it's made explicit (via Scopes, once he becomes intelligible) that they're malevolent invaders.
  • Aliens Speaking English: In one of the early episodes Ira listened to a recording of Scopes' roars and suddenly deduced that Scopes was in fact speaking in binary (or something). He then translated it into English to reveal some generic megalomaniacal threats. The next time Scopes appeared, he'd lost his inner mouth/ring of teeth and was suddenly speaking English.
  • Animated Adaptation
  • Big Bad: Scopes. Whenever it was destroyed, another Scopes would be generated and, as a side-effect of sharing the experiences and memories of their predecessors, it started becoming intelligent.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: For some reason (cough cough) our heroes need brightly colored jumpsuits here.
  • Da Chief: General Woodman and Allison Reed.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: If you thought Allison Reed was a little chilly in the movie, Mai takes it Up to 11. Despite this, Ira still seems to be all over her.
  • Exact Words: In one episode Harry and Ira are in a military jail with Lucy as the guard. General Granger orders her to not let "those clowns" out. Since Harry and Ira are not "clowns" she lets them out after trolling them for a minute.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Apparently, the police and US military had switched wholesale to energy weapons after the events of the movie.
  • Flanderization:
    • Wayne isn't just a fireman in training now - for some reason he's an engineering genius who soups up their fire engine on a daily basis, even though by his own admission in the movie, Wayne's knowledge of science extended to doing some chemistry in High School.
    • In the movie, Harry Block wasn't really interested in sport - he was interested in women's sports because... it was funny. In a Fox Kids show that's completely unthinkable, so he's just a sports nut. He was a funny guy but he was still a qualified teacher. Now, you guessed it... sports nut. Oh, and he's got dreadlocks, because all black people have dreadlocks.
    • Ira seems to be much younger. He has become so stupidly into science to the exclusion of almost everything else that it's not even funny.
    • Woodman didn't hate Ira before; he was just an arrogant Jerk Ass who looked down on him because he had been fired, and for a good reason. Now he hates Ira because he's got a medal for saving the world and Woodman doesn't have a medal. He's also lost his Badass Moustache for some reason.
  • Genetic Memory: The Genus has this as part of a Hive Mind basis with Scopes acting as a sort of Hive Queen.
  • How We Got Here: "To Carthage Then I Came", which begins with Lucy carrying an unconcious Wayne through the deserts of Tunisia, and then she narrates a flashback on what happened to them, Ira, Harry, and Gassie earlier that day, before returning to the climax.
  • Les Collaborateurs: General Granger as part of his New World Order scheme teams up with the Genus. Scopes however planned to have him Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves.
  • Meaningful Name: Scopes. Also, Gassie, who is a Gass Hole.
  • Reality Ensues: At the end of the movie, Wayne was dubbed a honorary fireman by the governor, but in the three-part pilot episode "Survival", Wayne claims that he is still a "fireman in training." Just because you're an "honorary" fireman doesn't meaning your training's finished.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The Center for Impending Disasters has one in the form a Neutron Bomb due to the fact that the lab used to be use for studying viruses and need to prevent an viral outbreak.
  • Spiritual Successor (no pun intended): To The Real Ghostbusters.
  • Team Pet: Gassie.
  • Weaponised Vehicle: The team's ride, an old fire engine Wayne found and refitted Ecto-1 style.