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Mutant X was a Canadian science fiction television series that first aired October 6, 2001. Created by Marvel Studios (a division of Marvel Comics), the story centers around Mutant X, a team of "New Mutants" who possess extraordinary powers as a result of genetic engineering. Like hundreds of other unsuspecting people, the members of Mutant X were used as test subjects in a series of covert government experiments. The company behind the project wants to control these New Mutants for its own purposes. The mission of Mutant X is to seek out their fellow New Mutants, help them come to terms with their abilities, and protect them from those who want to exploit their powers. The show was abruptly cancelled in 2004 due to the dismantling of Fireworks Entertainment which is one of the show production companies. The show was meant to be renewed for a fourth season. It was not meant to be abruptly cancelled. It was not meant to end with an unresolved cliffhanger.
The series was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mutant X is unrelated to the Mutant X comic book series.
The team was formed by Adam Kane (John Shea), a former headchief biogeneticist at Genomex. He now serves as the leader, tactician and moral center of Mutant X. It was his experiments that inadvertently created the hundreds of New Mutants. It is now his responsibility to save these innocent victims of society. It can be argued that he may be the smartest man alive, but he is not a New Mutant. Adam faked his own death at the Naxcon Explosion that killed Emma and went into hiding at the Summit Air Force Base. He later aids the team on their missions. He is also a skilled martial artist.
Shalimar Fox (Victoria Pratt) possesses both human and Feline DNA, giving her the strength, speed and cunning of a jungle cat. She is a cougar-like Feral who has the most common Feral weakness, an intense and heightened fear of fire. She is also prone to the form of hypnosis. Her Feral abilities were enhanced during a "secondary mutation'" within her genes during the finale show's first season, giving her danger sense.
Jesse Kilmartin (Forbes March) has the ability to alter his body's density, enabling him to pass through walls or to become as completely solid as stone. He is limited to about 30 seconds as an intangible state (or else risk not being able to reintegrate) and can only stay supersolid for as long as he can hold his breath. As a result of his secondary mutation, his powers were augmented so that he could also make any object he touched intangible or as supersolid as he was, allowing others to pass through the object or be as invulnerable as well. He can also make other people he touched intangible or invulnerable. Though he initially was seen fighting in supersolid state, he eventually seemed to be less mobile in that form, perhaps due to the fact he significantly increased his mass. Jesse is the only known New Mutant to have surpassed his "Expiration Date".
Brennan Mulwray (Victor Webster) is an Electrical Elemental who can generate extraordinary amounts of electricity and control its direction and flow. His energy blasts are usually referred to as Tesla Coils. He can also use his powers to disturb electronic-based machinery, open electronic locks, and electrocute computer systems. He can also restart them by charging them with a definite amount of electricity. His primary weakness is water. His secondary mutation allowed him to charge up his electrical powers into powerful energy jets from his palms, which if fired downward, could launch him high into the air.
Emma deLauro (Lauren Lee Smith) is a Tele-Empathic Psionic New Mutant. She is able to communicate her feelings and emotions and to receive and read those of others around her. She also has the ability to project unreal images/emotions into the minds of others as well as receive feelings about future events. Her secondary mutation gave her Psionic Blasts that she could fire from her forehead at her opponents, knocking them unconscious, altering and erasing memories and even killing them upon impact at will. Her powers expanded in range and scale as Season 2 progressed, allowing her to broadcast emotions and feelings to a much wider range, though she could not isolate targets when doing this. She could also shoot Psionic Starbursts and Psionic Shockwaves. Emma's weakness is the adverse effect that the near-limitless scope of her powers as they develop has on her psyche, leading her toward sometimes reckless, unethical, and even abusive usage of her powers after their growth in season 2. Emma died in the explosion at Naxcon Corporation Industries (Nicholas Fox's company).
Lexa Pierce (Karen Cliche) was the first member of the original Mutant X, but was unknown until Emma's death and Adam's disappearance. She has also worked for Mason Eckhart at Genomex and The GSA and then for The Dominion before rejoining Mutant X. Lexa is a Chromatic and can bend light around her to become invisible, project flashes of light to momentarily blind others and focus light into laser beams which she can shoot from her fingers to use as a weapon to wound or kill her enemies. There is a time limit on Lexa's invisibility which means that she cannot stay invisible for long periods of time and while she is invisible, her heat outline can be seen with infra-red goggles or by Feral Vision. After Emma died during the start of the show's third and final season, Lexa joins the team and sets herself up as the new leader. She did this at the behest of a mysterious organization known as The Dominion which was secretly manipulating everything within the lives of the team for their own reasons. Although many times disgusted over their orders for her, Lexa was forced to comply, as she believed they held vital information to the whereabouts of her long-lost twin brother, Leo Pierce. Eventually, Lexa had to kill her twin brother after he threatened Brennan's life. Lexa wounded Leo with a laser and he died in her arms. Lexa partially blames Brennan for Leo's death.
Genomex, formerly known as The Breedlove Foundation, is a biotech company dedicated to genetic research. Their employees include some of the top scientific minds in the world and it was these people who created New Mutants. The victims of their experiments fall under four categories: (Feral, Molecular, Elemental and Psionic) depending on their abilities. Genomex understood perfectly what their experiments would do but their subjects were kept in the dark, though the late Dr. Paul Breedlove did try to warn them.
When New Mutants began appearing in the news, Mason Eckhart, former head of security wing at Genomex set up The Genetic Security Agency (GSA). Their mission was to recapture New Mutants and put them in stasis pods for further genetic testing. Under Eckhart's command, their ranks included Non-New Mutant Agents and New Mutant Agents. His second in command changed weekly, most ending up in stasis pods as instant demotion after a failure. He is killed in a confrontation with Mutant X in the opening of the 3rd and final season over the disappearance of Adam.
While most New Mutants' abilities fall under one category, Gabriel Ashlocke, (a.k.a. Patient Zero), the first and most powerful of all New Mutants had the combined abilities of all four classes: Feral, Molecular, Elemental and Psionic. As a child, Ashlocke killed his parents with his New Mutant powers. He was the first New Mutant that Adam worked on and the subdermal governors and stasis pods used by The GSA were developed by Adam because of him. With help from The Strand, Gabriel was released from stasis, defeated Eckhart, and replaces him as the series' main antagonist for Mutant X's second season. While Eckhart's goal was to destroy New Mutants, Ashlocke wishes to empower them to conquer the world. Ironically, having the same New Mutant genes within him, his glory proves to be his downfall as the sheer amount of power that he wields literally tears him apart at a molecular level, despite his best efforts to stop the process from happening. Gabriel had powers such as force field creation, telekinesis, mind control, telepathy, intangibility, Psionic Blast, electrical energy pulse projection and Feline Physiology which granted him strength, speed, reflexes, agility, senses, leaping ability, alteration of his eyes from human to yellow cat-like and metabolism.
New Mutant Classifications
New Mutants are categorized into four different groups (Ferals, Moleculars, Elementals, and Psionics) depending on their abilities.
Feral are New Mutants with a combination of animal and human DNA, allowing them to use the abilities of the animal DNA within them. Different types of Ferals include Feline, (who possess cat, tiger, lion, puma, leopard or cheetah DNA); Ursines, (who possess bear DNA); Canines (who possess dog, wolf, or coyote DNA); Reptuses, (who possess lizard, snake, alligator, crocodile, or turtle DNA) ; Porcines, (who possess pig, boar or hog DNA); Bovines, (who possess cattle, buffalo, bison, or yak DNA); Cervines, (who possess deer DNA); Amphibians, (who possess frog, toad, salamander, or newt DNA); Pisces, (who possess fish DNA), Insectums, (who possess insect or arachnid DNA); and Aves, (who possess bird DNA). Although the tenth type is extremely rare.
Molecular are New Mutants who manipulate their body structure and molecular density in various ways. Some Moleculars possess more than one ability. Moleculars abilities include Intangibility, (the ability to pass through solid objects); Impervious, (the ability to increase their mass so they’re invulnerable to projectile weapons); Invisibility, (the ability to project an aura that renders them invisible); Propulsive, (the ability to move at high speeds); Gravitative, (the ability to manipulate gravity); Chromatics, (the ability to change color, light and shades like a chameleon); Stasis Suspension, (the ability to slow down time); Replication, (the ability duplicate solid objects); Elasticity, (the ability to change their shape or size); Multiple (the ability to transform into other people and creatures; extremely rare); Teleportation, (the ability to teleport anywhere desired); and Regeneration; (the ability to heal and repair tissue and limbs).
Elemental are New Mutants with the ability to channel, project and control different types of energies through their bodies. Different types of Elementals include Electricals, (who can absorb and channel electrical energy); Thermals, (who can absorb and control fire or cold); Sonics, (who can control sound waves); Chemicals, (who can project chemical substances, such as acids, from their bodies); Botanicals, (who control and manipulate plants); and the extremely rare Geologicals, (who control and manipulate earth).
Psionic are New Mutants who have heightened mental abilities. Different types of Psionics include Telepaths; (who can read other people's thoughts); Telekinetics, (who can move solid objects with their minds), Tele-Empaths, (who can feel and to various degrees, manipulate, the emotions of others); Tele-Cybers, (who can mentally connect with machines and control them); Precognitives, (who are able to receive visions); and Illusionists, (who can create and project illusions to other people)
ADV Films released all three seasons on DVD in region 1 in 2004 and 2005 but it is currently out of print. In late 2008, a complete series collection was scheduled to be released by ADV Films, but it was later cancelled.
In 2008, Beyond Home Entertainment also re-released each season for region 4.
In 2010, Alliance Home Entertainment re-released each season on DVD in Canada. Season 1 was released on August 31, 2010, season 2 on September 28, 2010, and season 3 on October 26, 2010.
In region 2, Revelation Films released all three seasons individually on March 25, 2013. On June 20, 2016, they released a complete series set on DVD in the UK. On October 24, 2016, Revelation Films released a region free complete series Blu-ray set.
Lions Gate Home Entertainment released the complete series on DVD on February 26, 2019.
Comic book tie-in
In May 2002, Marvel Comics released a tie-in comic called Mutant X: Origin, which chronicled the early life of Adam Kane. In the story, Adam and a friend Paul did research on the DNA of the mustard plant in college that drew the attention of the U.S. government, who offered them the Genomex company to work on a cure to genetic diseases. During this story, Eckhart is exposed to radiation, which leads to his vulnerability to diseases.
On April 15, 2001, 20th Century Fox sued Marvel, Tribune Entertainment, and Fireworks Entertainment for breach of their licensing agreement and false advertisement. Fox stated it had exclusive rights from Marvel to develop the X-Men property, and anything similar was an infringement. Fox claimed that Mutant X was too similar to X-Men, and Mutant X was being advertised as an "X-Men replacement."
Marvel counter sued Fox, saying that the two were dissimilar and asking the courts to allow Mutant X production to go forward. Production was allowed, as long as X-Men material was not used in the promotion of Mutant X.
On March 9, 2003, Fox and Marvel resolved their differences in a confidential settlement of their suits. Meanwhile, Fox continued to pursue their case against Tribune and Fireworks. Tribune sued Marvel for fraud and breach of contract, claiming Marvel encouraged Tribune to connect Mutant X to the X-Men, misrepresented what they were getting in their license, and caused millions in losses due to the need to alter story lines and characters to ensure the mandated distance between Mutant X and X-Men, as well as fighting Fox's litigation. In November 2005, the dispute was settled in private.
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