Generation X
Official release poster
Based on
Generation X
Written byEric Blakeney[1]
Directed byJack Sholder[1]
StarringMatt Frewer
Finola Hughes
Music byJ. Peter Robinson[2]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
ProducersDavid Roessell
Matthew Edelman (associate)
Production locationVancouver[2]
CinematographyBryan England[2]
EditorMichael Schweitzer[2]
Running time87 minutes
Production companies
Budget$4 million[4]
Original networkFox
Original release
  • February 20, 1996 (1996-02-20)

Generation X is a television pilot directed by Jack Sholder that aired on Fox on February 20, 1996. It was later broadcast as a television film. It is based on the Marvel comic book series of the same name, a spin-off of the X-Men franchise. It was produced by New World Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment Group.[5][2][6]


Rebellious teenager Jubilation Lee (Heather McComb) finds herself in trouble after her mutant "fireworks" power manifests itself at a local arcade. She is rescued from her predicament by Emma Frost (Finola Hughes) and Sean Cassidy (Jeremy Ratchford), the headmasters of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. They recruit "Jubilee" and offer her sanctuary at the school, a place where mutants learn to control their powers. The trio then picks up teenager Angelo "Skin" Espinosa (Agustin Rodriguez) and proceed to the school where Jubilee and Skin are introduced to their fellow students; M (Amarilis), Mondo (Bumper Robinson), Buff (Suzanne Davis) and Refrax (Randall Slavin). At the school the students are taught not only to cope with their mutant powers but also with a world that fears and hates them. The students are warned not to leave the school grounds lest they come into conflict with the "townies" from the local area.

In addition to coping with their new abilities, Jubilee and Skin find their dreams haunted by Russel Tresh (Matt Frewer), a mad scientist obsessed with the power of dreams. Tresh once worked with Emma Frost as a researcher on a project to develop a "dream machine" to access the dream dimension but he was fired from the team when Emma discovered his unethical behavior. Tresh believes that material extracted from mutants' brains will allow him to develop his own psychic abilities. Although Jubilee is able to resist Tresh somewhat, Skin finds himself drawn to Tresh and his promises, and unknowingly falls victim to the scientist. Instructors Frost and Cassidy soon find themselves leading the novice team against an enhanced Tresh in order to rescue the enthralled Skin - a conflict which sees the youngsters pull together as a team and leaves a catatonic Tresh trapped in the "dream dimension".

Movie prologue

The following is a prologue quote that appeared at the beginning of the film, which was later emulated in the X-Men theatrical films with similar defining quotes on mutation and evolution, respectively, albeit in voice-over rather than on-screen text:

Mutation: n. 1. The act of being altered or changed. 2. The illegal genetic condition [US Statute 5504178], first apparent in puberty, caused by the X factor located in the pineal gland of the brain.




Some changes were made to the characters in the development of this film. Jubilation "Jubilee" Lee, for example, was not portrayed as a character of Asian descent, despite the X-Men comics and broadcast series having portrayed her as Chinese American.[1] Two new characters, Buff and Refrax, were created to replace characters from the comics.[7] Producer Eric Blakeney had wanted to include Chamber but his powers would have been too expensive to produce on the film's budget.[4] Refrax (Kurt Pastorius) was created to replace Chamber, who had his chest and the lower half of his face destroyed when his powers emerged. Buff (Arlee Hicks) was created to replace Husk, who sheds her skin revealing an epidermis of a different composition beneath.


The mansion used for the Xavier Institute is Hatley Castle, which was also used as Xavier's school in the films X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool 2.[1] It also served as the Luthor family mansion on the television series Smallville and as the Queen family mansion in early seasons of the television series Arrow.[citation needed]


Generation X was broadcast on Fox as part of the Fox Tuesday Night at the Movies[2] on February 20, 1996.[1] Just before the release, the TV special was testing the waters for a series of TV movies instead of a TV series.[4]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Fox Tuesday Night at the Movies Generation X". Variety. 20 February 1996. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  3. ^ McCaffery, James (1996-02-19). "Movie Banks on Popularity Carrying Over". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Archived from the original on 2019-04-07. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  4. ^ a b c d McCaffrey, James (February 19, 1996). "Movie Banks on Popularity Carrying Over". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2018-03-31. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "The History of Wolverine and the X-Men on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  6. ^ "Marvel In The 90's: GENERATION X". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on 2014-08-24. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  7. ^ Goldman, Eric (September 20, 2013). "Before Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Marvel's TV History, From Spider-Man to Blade". IGN. ZiffDavis. p. 2. Retrieved October 10, 2017.