Season Two picks up in a big way after Season One’s big finale.
2×1 – Growing Pains
The Brotherhood crashes Jan’s soccer game.
I like Duncan being a rival to Scott for Jean. The school as some New Mutants – Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Multiple Man, Jubilee, Iceman, Cannonball, Meltdown and Magma. Logan wants some new professors. Havok and Cyclops are keeping in touch, via Skype. Quicksilver gives Lance a hard time about his crush on Kitty. Kitty is way over Lance, now that he has proven himself a villain. Rogue meets “Misty.” Ed Kelly is the new principal. Lance and the Brotherhood out, not just themselves but the X-Men and Xavier’s dormitory. After the fight, Xavier mindwipes everyone to forget but he is sure that Kelley probably still remembers. Storm tries to convince him not to do it but its Xavier. There is a hint that Magneto may still be alive.
2×2 – Bada-Bing Bada-Boom
Boom Boom flirts with Kurt, and gets a visit from her criminal father.
Boom Boom isn’t taking training sessions seriously. Her and Kurt do have nice chemistry. She cals Wolverine “Badger” which is fun. Tabitha and Kurt are grounded. Mystique is no longer guiding the Brotherhood. There is going to be a fundraiser to fix the old gym. Kurt likes how strong she comes on, she’s very confident. She’s also trying to dodge her father. Her father and Xavier don’t get along. Tabitha, at the fundraiser, starts destroying property but as she is “hot” Kurt keeps encouraging her. The school is going to need a fundraiser to fix all of this equipment. Did they ever name Jean’s brunette friend? Tabitha’s father wants them to steal the earnings for the night. Teran is the name of Jean’s friend, what type of name is that? Tabitha’s father is arrested and Xavier bails her out. He’s not going to be freed anytime soon. She leaves Xavier’s and joins the Brotherhood – she’s the new Rogue. She gets Mystique’s old room, which must be the size of the entire boarding house. no Kitty so that’s never good.
2×3 – Power Surge
Jean loses control and only Rogue can stop her.
I do like Rogue not liking Jean, I do wish that Scott and Rogue were an item on this show. Kitty is in this episode, so we’re off to a good start. Jean can’t stop listening to everyone’s thoughts and can’t continue with her speech. Kitty still lets Lance walk her to chemistry, so I guess those feelings run deep. They are lab partners. Beast is their teacher, he’s not blue (yet) and he’s the PE teacher. We see Kitty without her pink outer shirt on. Scott gets to Duncan’s party, I do like how Jean is popular and Scott is a loner. Rogue and Misty are at the party, were they invited? These two leave as I get Rogue not wanting to see Scott fail at getting Jean’s attention. Jean’s at practice and her telekinesis powers spike again and almost kills Kitty with a harpoon! Luckily, Lance is there! Kitty and Scott bring Jean to Xavier. For the first time in three episodes, some of the X-Men suit up. Rogue volunteers to siphon some of Jean’s powers and Scot will have Jean focus on him.
2×4 – Fun and Games
Xavier tends to Juggernaut’s stasis cell and the teens trick Scott and Jean into leaving so that they can throw a party.
Xavier has to go make sure Juggernaut is going to stay asleep. Storm and Wolverine are away so Jean & Scott are in charge. Teran is wanting to know what color Scott’s eyes are, and his secrets – which makes Jean’s eyes green with jealousy as well as naturally green. Kitty’s programmer teacher gets on her case for crashing three computers. This episode features Arcade! Misty asks Kitty about party’s this weekend, and gives Kitty the idea of throwing a party. Kurt and Spyke are all for it. Rogue mentions how Scott and Jean are going to shut down the party. Kitty and Kurt have tricked Jean and Scott into meeting each other in front of a beautiful backrop of the lake. The party begins! Kitty turns up the music so she can dance. Misty leads Arcade straight to the Danger Room! Scott and Jean are on their way back. Rogue’s watch alarm goes off and she brings Kitty, Kurt and Spyke to the Danger Room. Not sure why Kitty didn’t just phase through that last wall there. Arcade thinks he’s just playing a game, though eh should recognize three of the characters. We see what DefCon4 procedures are. Misty gets knocked out and shifts into . . . Mystique! “Misty” is such a fun name for her to adopt, so on the nose – once you know it. Arcade is one of Kitty’s classmates.
2×5 – Beast of Bayville
Dr. McCoy turns into The Beast!
Spyke ditches McCoy’s class, McCoy has a bit of an attack. McCoy destroyed that bathroom! Kitty isn’t prepared for her upcoming math teacher. In the Danger Room – Kitty, Kurt, Scott, Jean and Rogue are in a session. Rogue gets hit and Scott carries her to the finish line. Spyke wasn’t there, he isn’t committed to the team. Kitty got a package! It is a type of pyramid hat, that stimulates brain power. McCoy apologizes to Spyke. Spyke is trying to learn McCoy’s Shakespeare passage, Kitty offers her hat to him, which he accepts. I do like Kitty’s philosophy, she walks through walls and Spyke shoots bones, so why not believe in the hat. McCoy meets with Xavier, who sought McCoy out in the early days. McCoy has been keeping The Beast back with a serum. McCoy creates a new serum, to cure him but instead it turns him into the Blue Beast. Principal Kelly outs McCoy has he turned into Beast. The X-Men go to track Beast, Jean and Kitty are a pair. Kitty has excellent tracking abilities and is the first to come across Beast. Wolverine and Beast get into a fight, Beast isn’t using his words. Spyke knows where Beast is heading and Kitty & Jean follow his head. Beast finally gets to the amphitheater. After some more fighting, Spyke quotes the Shakespeare piece, Xavier shows up and corrects Beast’s head. Beast can’t go back to being a school teacher, he can’t use an image inducer as the world knows he’s a mutant. Kitty threw her hat away, as she looked silly. She aced her test though, due to studying! Beast is a new teacher a the school!
2×6 – Adrift
Cyclops and Havok are on a boat tour.
The brothers are in Hawaii and the weather is bad. Meanwhile, it is snowing in New York. Kitty gets a call from Lance, who wants to to go to the mall with her. At least he’s trying. Kurt is trying to give himself muscles, via the image inducer. The X-Men learn of the bad weather in Hawaii but not the danger the brothers are in. Somehow, the brothers being missing makes national news and the X-Men are on their way to rescue them. Only Xavier, Storm and Jean go off to rescue the Boys of Summer(s). Back at home, Jean takes care of Scott and Xavier tricks Kurt into using the image inducer to show off a female form.
2×7 – African Storm
Storm is tortured by Houngan, an evil African shaman.
Gosh, Taren is getting closer to Scott – I like this subplot. Jean throws Spyke down a table – costing like twenty kids their lunch, that’s pretty messed up Jean. Quit being the worst, Jean! Spyke is horrible at both school and Xavier’s, I guess they are trying to write him out of the series already. He goes out like a chump too, Morlock style. The house alarm is 537, is that significant? Thanks Rogue for showing us that, does it pay off later? Storm has a nightmare and Kitty phases through the door to aid her. This show didn’t do enough to pair Storm and Kitty – that’s a messed opportunity. Man, everyone is hating on Evan (Spyke). Storm sees an image reflected in the mirror and freaks out. The bath tub overfills and Kitty has to check on Storm, who is very dirty at this point – I imagine. Storm broke the mirror, which startles Kitty and Storm. Rogue is updating Misty on poor Storm. Misty reveals she knows too much about Storm, which Rogue finds suspicious. Kitty tells Jean and Scott that Evan is leaving. Who is that kid with the three locks of red hair? Pyro maybe? Storm is captured by the Shaman’s goons. Wolverine, Xavier, Spyke, Kitty, Jean, Rogue and Scott, are on the rescue mission. Kitty and Scott are a pair. Spyke earns his place on the team, again. The team is happy to that he’s sticking around, until he starts bragging on how he saved the day. They were all there so they know he’s making it up.
2×8 – Joyride
Lance wants to join the X-Men, so he can get closer to Kitty.
Meltdown returns too, after several episodes! Kitty is worthy of giving up one’s days of being punched in the face by heroes so I get Lance’s motivations. Episode opens with Lance breaking into the mansion, to prove he has skills. Lance is pretty skilled with his powers. Everyone is in shock that he wants to join the team. It was Jean, Kitty, Wolverine, Rogue and Cyclops. Spyke and Kurt are there too. Kitty doesn’t believe Lance wants to join the team. Lance doesn’t want to reveal his true reasons. Kitty jokes that he didn’t want to live with those losers too. Xavier is willing to give Lance a chance. Kitty shows Lance to a new guest room. Scott is a jerk about Lance being here. Xavier knows that Lance is there for Kitty. Kitty shows Lance the room, he likes it but it needs to be roughed up a bit. Kitty likes the idea of Lance wanting to be an X-Man but she gives him a warning that the X-Men are not going to give him any slack. I do like how Lance has an easy time with the training sessions, he isn’t inexperience with his powers, he’s been using them for a long time now. Kitty does like having Lance around.
The new recruits – Iceman, Cannonball, Jubilee & Multiple Man – have been joyriding (hence the name of the episode) Scott’s car, the X-Van and the Blackbird. Poor Lance has been accused of taking the vehicles. Lance wakes Kitty to try to stop the recruits from taking the Blackbird. Lance has Kitty phase the two of them onto the Blackbird before it can leave the hanger. Good thing Kitty wasn’t wearing anything that wasn’t safe for adventures in. Bobby loses control of the jet and Kitty has to take charge. Lance gets motion sickness and throws up so he loses points there with Kitty. The Air Force starts chasing the now hostile Blackbird. Kitty phases the Blackbird through a mesa and successfully dodges two missiles. Kitty is exhausted and Lance catches her. They get the jet back and it is tore up. The recruits confess to everything, they took Wolverine’s motorcycle at one point too. Lance quits the team, as Cyclops keeps accusing Lance of things. Xavier tells Lance that there is always a place on the team for him. Kitty kisses him, on the cheek, goodbye. Those two are pretty cute together. Bets episode of the season, thus far!
2×9 – On Angel’s Wings
It is Christmas time and Angel arrives!
Now the fifth and final member of the Original Five X-Men has arrived! It’ll payoff in a much later episode.
At the X-Men Christmas Party, Jean gives Kitty a Star of David necklace. After that, Kurt chases Kitty with some mistletoe but she keeps dodging him. Rogue and Scott are going to be one of the few people left behind once everyone else leaves. It should be these two, Xavier and McCoy. During Kurt’s chase, he ends up kissing Bobby.
There are news reports of Angel’s heroics. Xavier quotes the bible, I like the hint that McCoy doesn’t recognize the passage, as it comes from the bible. McCoy quotes Shakespeare and Rogue recognizes it. Xavier suspects Angel is a mutant and Rogue & Scott investigate. Rogue and Scott see Angel at the hospital, he flies off. Magneto tries to recruit Angel but Angel isn’t a dummy. Magneto flees but Rogue gives chase, confident with his powers that she borrowed. Rogue falls into a Stark Enterprises sign. Rogue and Scott offer Angel a place at the school but Warren turns them down. We see Kitty with her parents, lighting the Menorah.
2×10 – Mindbender
Mesmero kidnaps some of the X-Men and forces them to commit crimes for him!
Kitty, Rogue and Kurt are looking for Jean. She had a nightmare last night, involving Mesmero. Kitty went to the Brotherhood and they are mad at her for suspecting it was them, who took Jean. I like how she makes a reference to how Blob kidnapped her once before. Jean stole a ring and came back home and has recruited Kurt. Kitty and Beast are able to locate them, and Cyclops & Wolverine head off to find them. The boys don’t grab them. Jean and Kurt come back home and take Kitty this time. They also apparently took Spyke at that time too. The four of them take out of security guards at a museum. We get a slight taste of how incredible Kitty would be, if she was a criminal. Kitty phases and steals another ring. We get Kurt, Kitty, Spyke & Jean vs Beast, Cyclops, Wolverine and Rogue. Kurt v Beast, blue on blue violence. Spyke v Rogue & Cyclops. Jean v Cyclops. Kitty v Wolverine, she kicks him to the shin. Xavier v Mesmero. Rogue finally gets to punch Jean, good for her! Xavier defeats Mesmero and the four students wake up from their mind control. Wolverine is still nursing his shin from Kitty’s brutal attack. Episode ends with Mesmero opening the first door that leads to Apocalypse.
2×11 – Shadow Dance
There is a Sadie Hawkins dance and everyone wants a date.
Episode starts with Rogue and Kitty, who didn’t get enough sleep. I like Kitty with her hair down, a rare occasion to see. Kitty and Lance were up all night, talking on the phone. Kitty tells Rogue that she didn’t ask him to the dance. Kitty jokes that Rogue should ask Scott before Jean does. Jean, like a total bitch, rides in the elevator down with Rogue and Kitty. I do like Kitty and Rogue talking about Scott, off screen. Forge is back, I thought this was the episode that introduces Forge, so I may not quite remember this episode. Kurt is going to explore the dimension that Kurt teleports into and out of. We get Amanda from Kurt’s math class, who is clearly Amanda Sefton. Kitty, in a green shirt, asks Lance if he would go to the dance with her. He tries to play hard to get but he can’t resist. These two are cute together and now that Kurt has Amanda, the couples can now be together. Now we just need Rogue and Scott! Lance is catching shit for going to the dance with Kitty, from the Brotherhood – but it is worth it. Kitty got a nice blue dress for the dance. Everyone actually does. A portal opens between Lance and Kitty, letting out a few demons from Kurt’s teleporation dimension.
2×12 – Retreat
Beast is depressed so Kitty arranges a field trip with the New Mutants.
Kitty was up all night, again, writing a paper on redwood trees. She overhears how sad Beast is. Kitty comes in, does a quick telepathic meeting with Xavier, and they convince Beast to go on the field trip. Beast is taking Iceman, Spyke, Sunspot and Wolfsbane. The students barely cover the Blackbird with tree branches. Kitty is there too, in a sporty new outfit. They must have done good ratings with the first season to warrant so many new outfits. Spyke gets a poison ivy rash, an elaborate scheme to get Kitty to put ointment on him. Wolfsbane is in a bikini, so out of character! Kitty is in a pink one piece, which feels right. She checks in on Beast, who is living and hating his wild side. She’s doing her best. There are jerk poachers in the woods. I believe they are actually Big Foot hunters. Good for them, I’ve been all for hunting down Big Foot ever since I saw a documentary about a Big Foot terrorizing a family, forcing them to turn against their father and husband. One of the hunters gets away with a “Real McCoy” joke. Beast is taken captive and the students have to find him. Sounds like Kitty pronounced Rahne as something that sounded like “Ronnie” instead of a more “Rain” like sound. Xavier took the time to buy school jackets. The students save Beast from drowning. Beast appreciates Kitty convincing him to take this class trip.
2×13 – Walk on the Wild Side
The female X-Men are tried of being second class citizens and form their own crime-fighting group.
One of the best episodes of the series, and they really did put a lot of production into this episode. The gals all get new outfits and there is even an original song!
Kitty shows Magma where her first class of the day is, it is Magma’s first day of high school. Kitty recommends Magma sit by the window so that she can watch the track team, which is totally worth it. This episode was meant to come out prior to Shadow Dance as Duncan bought tickets to the dance already. Magma, Meltdown, Jean are taking on crime and buying clothes. Int he montage, Kitty joins up and we see that she can’t be stopped if she was fighting street crimes. Rogue joins too. I really do like this song. Lots of dancing, which is almost contagious. Misty doesn’t like being left out. Bayville Sirens is their name. Meltdown steals Lance’s jeep, and Scott & Kurt are chasing the broads as they have dicks and have to ruin the ladies’ good time. The gals take down a chop shop with style.
2×14 – Operation : Rebirth
Nick Fury tells Wolverine that Magneto stole Captain America!
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2×15 – The HeX Factor
Wanda joins X-Men Evolution! She’s mentally unstable!
Kurt can’t get his books out of his locker and Kitty does it so easily. She needs a favor, he needs to taste her muffins. They don’t taste good and are quite bouncy. Mystique comes home and hates the conditions of the boarding house. Meltdown leaves as Wanda joins the team. Wanda is not happy to see her brother, Quicksilver. Kurt is trying to dodge Kitty, as she keeps trying to feed him muffins. They are not getting much better. Xavier updates the X-Men about Wanda. She’s super dangerous and a woman. The X-Men are stopping the Brotherhood, as they search for Wanda. Lance tells Kitty to leave as this fight is going to get nasty. Wanda takes out the X-Men, she even stops Kitty from phasing through the floor. Kurt saves Kitty but he teleports the two of them in the middle of the park. The X-Men retreat, giving the Brotherhood their first victory over the heroes. Wanda wants to make Magneto pay. The X-Men don’t care for losing, they are not use to the feeling.
2×16 – Day of Reckoning, Part One
Bolivar Trask captures Wolverine and introduces him to Sentinels.
Wolverine and Sabretooth are captured, Storm & Beast are in the sewers looking for him. That sewer water on Beast’s fur has to be gross. In the Danger Room, the students are being taken out – New Mutants and X-Men proper. Kitty is there but mostly just in the background. This isn’t ringing many bells for me either. Xavier is pushing the students hard, knowing that Magneto is around the corner. Xavier has recruited the Brotherhood to take on Magneto, the X-Men are still feeling the burn of their first loss. I do like Scott and Lance’s rivalry. Xavier takes his students, leaving Cyclops behind, as they head off to face Magneto. Magma, Meltdown and Scott are a team. Wolverine fights his first Sentinel. Those Magneto spheres from the first season finale are back. Five of them contain – Sabretooth, Colossus, Gambit, Pyro and Magneto himself. I do recall this being awesome.
2×17 – Day of Reckoning, Part Two
X-Men are in shock when Xavier teams with the Brotherhood.
Which already happened in Part One. Wolverine is defeated by the Sentinel. Scott, Magma and Meltdown are trying to get into the Xavier School, and save the New Mutants. Xavier and the students (with Storm) are where Magneto is. Kitty and Toad are a team, as she is disgusted by Toad’s wicked tongue. Of course, Quicksilver betrays the team, to get on daddy’s good side. Gambit has lots of fun exploding things around him. Colossus is the strong silent type, which I can support. The school explodes! When Scott is mad, he leaves nothing standing! We get Rogue and Gambit! Shame he’s clearly an adult to her high school age young woman. Colossus v Toad, he could have been paired with someone better but we’ll get that in a later episode. Colossus v Blob is a better matchup. Kitty phases Colossus into a building that Lance drops onto Colossus – great team work! Sabretooth v Beast makes sense too but Rogue does better against Sabretooth with Beast’s powers than Beast did. Wanda tries to work through her daddy issues. The students and Magneto were at the Trask / Sentinel factory. When the episode description stated Xavier joins Brotherhood, they meant Magneto’s team, not Mystique’s team.
Magneto wanted the Sentinel program to go live and public, so that the world would really fear mutants. The students take on their first Sentinel. A traffic news chopper captures the figure on tape. Xavier can’t mindwipe the entire world, after this event. Magneto is about to defeat the Sentinel but Wanda stops him, as she don’t get a dman.
The X-Men make it back home but the mansion is gone gone. Kitty doesn’t see the students. Scott has been taking care of them, in the woods. Scotti s not happy to see Jean, and he picks up Xavier and throws him on teh ground, like a boss. Xavier stands, as she is clearly Mystique! Which explains bringing in the student Brotherhood.
Such a great season!
Don’t expect season three anytime soon, it took a while to do this one. Maybe next year.