Cult Movies

Cult Movie Essentials: Generation X (1996)

Generation X is a made-for-TV film directed by Jack Sholder, which aired on FOX on February 20, 1996. It is based on the Marvel Comics comic-book series Generation X, a spin-off of the X-Men franchise. It was produced by New World Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment.

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CAST

  • Finola Hughes as Emma Frost/White Queen: She runs the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters with Banshee. She takes her job very seriously and wants to make sure the students are sufficiently trained for any situation. Part of the reason for this may be because in her past she trained another group called the Hellions who were lost, something she blames herself for. Before her teaching duties Emma worked as a researcher on a project to develop a “dream machine” to access the dream dimension, she came into conflict with fellow researcher Russel Tresh. Her powers include mind control.
  • Jeremy Ratchford as Sean Cassidy/Banshee, an Irish mutant, runs the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters with Emma Frost. Sean is much more laid back in his teaching approach than Emma, and wants to make sure that the students bond as a team. He can produce a sonic scream that can stun people.
  • Amarilis as Monet St. Croix/M, one of the students at the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, she claims that she is the perfect mutant; super intelligent, enhanced physical abilities and “level eight invulnerability”.
  • Heather McComb as Jubilation Lee/Jubilee, the newest student at the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, she is highly intelligent, and very curious. She can generate brightly coloured bursts of plasma energy which she can fire from her hands. She also seems to have some psychic abilities.
  • Bumper Robinson as Mondo, one of the students at the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, he is hot-headed, and gets into fights easily. He has the ability to take on the properties of any organic or inorganic matter he touches. Consequently, he doesn’t like Jell-O, (though this is also a reference to Bumper Robinson’s first acting role: a Jell-O Pudding Pop commercial).
  • Austin Rodriguez as Angelo Espinosa/Skin: He has skin that can stretch in a variety of different ways, including the ability to wrap himself around objects. He has a younger sister, whom Russel Tresh threatened if Skin didn’t obey him. He seems to have some psychic abilities.
  • Suzanne Davis as Arlee Hicks/Buff, one of the students at the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, she is a friendly likable person, whose mutation increases her muscle mass and strength. She is insecure about her new physique and wears loose clothing to cover it up. She replaced Paige “Husk” Guthrie as Husk’s powers were too expensive to portray within budget.
  • Randall Slavin as Kurt Pastorius/Refrax, one of the students at the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, his eyes emit radiation giving him X-Ray vision and heat beams. He is a practical joker who has a crush on Buff. He wears special glasses to control his powers and is best friends with Mondo. He is probably based on Chamber.
  • Matt Frewer as Doctor Russel Tresh, an unethical scientist and researcher who is investigating subliminal and psychic powers. He worked on a project with Emma Frost, who got him fired for his unethical behaviour. Following this he put his talents towards the advertising industry where he uses the money to build a machine to access the “dream dimension”.

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PLOT

Emma Frost (Finola Hughes) and Banshee (Jeremy Ratchford) are the headmasters of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. They recruit Jubilee (Heather McComb) and Skin (Austin Rodriguez), and introduce them to their fellow students; M (Amarilis), Mondo (Bumper Robinson), Buff (Suzanne Davis) and Refrax (Randall Slavin). The students are learning to cope with their mutant powers, and come into conflict with the “townies” who mock the students. Emma Frost worked previously with a mad scientist named Russel Tresh who felt that he could extract part of mutant’s brains to develop psychic powers, and Russel is back and wants to use Skin’s brain in his experiments.

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