Western Animation / Alienators: Evolution Continues

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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.

Tropes:

  • 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 the second episode Ira listened to a recording of Scopes' roars and deduced that Scopes was in fact speaking in binary. He then translated it into English to reveal some generic megalomaniacal threats. The next time Scopes appeared he'd become fluent in English.
  • Animated Adaptation: Hence the UK title.
  • Big Bad: Scopes. Whenever one was destroyed another Scopes would be generated, with each one being smarter than the last due to a "telepathic Genetic Memory."
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: For some reason (cough cough) our heroes need brightly colored jumpsuits.
  • Da Chief: General Woodman and Allison Reed, moreso the former, with the latter acting as Mission Control.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: If you thought Allison Reed was a little chilly in the film, Mai takes it Up to Eleven. Despite this, Ira still seems to be all over her. General Woodman is a potential male example, being a Jerk Ass Obstructive Bureaucrat who slowly turns into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Exact Words: In one episode Harry and Ira are in a military jail with Lucy as the guard. General Woodman 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: While missiles and similar munitions looked and acted normal and an attack helicopter was at one point shown firing what appeared to be mundane machine guns, in the last few episodes the military was shown using Frickin' Laser Beams that are As Lethal As They Need To Be.
  • 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 film his knowledge of science extended to doing some chemistry in high school.
    • Harry Block wasn't really interested in sports - 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, something that the series only brings up twice.
    • Ira seems to be much younger and 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 for being an irresponsible loose cannon who nonetheless managed to receive a medal directly from the President. He gradually stops being an obnoxious hardass, however, something most apparent in "Itching for the Genus."
  • 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" begins with Lucy carrying an unconscious Wayne through the deserts of Tunisia as she narrates a flashback on what happened to them, Ira, Harry, and Gassie earlier that day.
  • 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: Gassie, who is a Gass Hole.
  • Reality Ensues: At the end of the film, Wayne was dubbed an honorary fireman by the governor, but in the three-part pilot episode Wayne claims that he is still a "fireman in-training." Just because you're an "honorary" fireman doesn't mean your training's finished.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The Center for Impending Disasters has one in the form a Neutron Bomb because the lab used to be used for studying viruses and it needed to prevent an outbreak in the case of an emergency.
  • Spiritual Successor (no pun intended): To The Real Ghostbusters.
  • Team Pet: Gassie, a tame and Mode Locked Genus that the team use as an Evil-Detecting Dog.
  • Weaponised Car: The team's ride, an old fire engine that Wayne found and refitted Ecto-1 style.


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