Genus are the name given to extraterrestrial lifeforms that serve as the primary antagonists in the 2001 comedy film Evolution, as well as its sequel TV series Alienators: Evolution Continues.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Notable Genuses
- 3 History
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Navigation
Genus lifeform’s origin is unknown, as they immediately introduced from a piece of the meteor that fell on earth. Though not confirmed, these extraterrestrial organisms are survivors of the destruction of their home planet.
Genus lifeforms are nitrogen-based as opposed to Earth's that are carbon-based, and have a much faster metabolism in addition of the ability to evolve and adapt into new species in a matter of hours or days rather than millennia. How fast their evolution rate however, is relative to amount of heat they exposed to. While freezing cold environment such as outer space or freezer severely halted the creatures' development, areas with greater temperatures will ensure the creatures development into better and superior beings than their parent. It was this crucial ability that allowed them to survive the destruction of their homeworld.
Another difference with Earth organisms are the presence of 10 different fundamental bases in Genus lifeform's DNA instead of 4 in the former and the ability to reproduce asexually, latter trait that associated with lifeforms that undergo slow, not fast, evolution.
As revealed in Alienators: Evolution Continues, each Genus lifeforms is connected with a hive mind and inherit memories genetically despite technically separate entities. While lesser Genus can use former trait to share one another's experience and thus able to better adapt to their surroundings, they cannot use the latter due to rather primitive mindset hinder them from fully understand memories of their parent. Only SCOPES, the ultimate form of Genus organism who can utilize both abilities in its fullest, as it allow him to control his lesser brethren and "reincarnate" through most evolvee of them should his current self is destroyed.
It's possible to create more friendly, separate organism from Genus lifeforms through a controlled evolution. In the pilot episode of the movie's TV Series sequel, Ira managed to create one, a GASSIE (Genetically Altered Symbiotic Stasis in Evolution) which not only friendly to Earth lifeforms (particularly its creator and his friends), but also able to detect Genus lifeforms due to still related to the hostile lifeforms. Although, only one GASSIE he managed to create as when he tried to create a second generation, the second GASSIE wind up become a stronger Genus.
Behavior and Intelligence
Most Genus lifeforms displayed rather instinctive and animalistic behavior, but the same cannot be said to SCOPES, the ultimate evolution of their kind. Driven by "survival of the fittest" mindset and saw his kind superior than others, the intelligent yet maniacal SCOPES seek to conquer the entire universe and destroy other lifes so only he and his brethren remained. His desire to achieve such goals reached to the extent of attempted enslaving or manipulating people from rival race such as General Granger.
Depending on their manifestations, genus lifeforms are susceptible to conventional weapons except heat-based ones (ex. napalm) that will only evolve them into stronger forms. As stated previously, they mostly susceptible to cold due to dependence on heat to survive and develop. Their greatest weakness however, is selenium, which toxic to them due to being nitrogen-based lifeforms.
Amoeboid Genus are earliest form of Genus lifeforms with a distinguished blue coloration, possibly caused by their nitrogen-based nature. These are the creatures originally found within the meteor, bleeding from the rock like a bluish goo. This amoeboid lifeform at first, is merely a unicellular microscopic organism, but later evolved into multicellular microscopic organisms. From there on, Genus Microorganisms evolve into primitive forms of floral and fauna Genus.
Small, yellow fungoid-like organisms soon started to colonize the cave where the meteor fell. They secrete a dense mist which allows them to survive in Earth’s atmosphere.
A rat-sized reptilianoid aquatic creature evolved presumably from the flatworms and managed to escape the cave system, invading the nearby lake. It later evolved into a Dimetrodon-esque Genus lifeform.
Extraterrestrial flore lifeforms that appeared to be Earth's equivalent of flore lifeforms. Normally during the early stages of manifestation, they would take form of prehistoric jungle akin to the ones during Paleozoic era, which means they evolve in the same route with Earth's flore lifeforms albeit only in days/months instead of millions of years. But in either state, they would produce atmosphere that suit for the rest of Genus lifeforms and had they not destroyed, would potentially terraformed the whole planet that made only Genus lifeforms that can survive.
Crustaceanoid Genuses are early manifestations of genus fauna that evolved into arthropods like insects.
The dragon-like Genus are winged reptilianoid creatures with extraterrestrial origins. They are the results of the evolution of Genus organisms arrived on Earth inside a meteorite. The firsts of them was unable to breathe oxygen and die shortly after their births once escape from their original habitat that formed around the meteorite. Their corpses were later found by the protagonists in the desert upon hearing their breakout report.
However, one of the dying aliens assists to the birth of a newborn whom evolves sufficiently to breathe oxygen. Much to the protagonists' horror, the reptile flies away and goes into a shopping mall, where he causes panic. He attacks a customer, probably in order to devour him, but his prey manages to escape him. He later captures a woman in a dressing room and flies through the mall with her. However, the protagonists manage to attract him and rescue the woman, then shoot him. Severely injured, the monster falls in the ground and the protagonists kill him for good.
The dragon-like Genus' rampage later reveals the dangers of the evolved alien organism posed on Earth's native lifeforms, which later confirmed once Blue Ape-like Genus shows up.
Like other Genus lifeforms that featured in the film, Dragon-like Genus came from nitrogen-based extraterrestrial lifeforms with capability to evolve faster than Earth's lifeforms as they can evolve into new, better species in a matter of hours or days, rather than millennia. How fast they evolve also depend on heat: The higher the temperature of their habitat, the faster they evolved. In dragon-like aliens' case, they evolved into reptilian lifeforms where they can also be considered as equivalent of dinosaurs. Even in appearance, Dragon-like aliens greatly resemble theropod dinosaurs albeit with leathery wings.
Dragon-like aliens are incredibly aggressive, as one of them, that evolved to breathe Earth's atmosphere, was shown wreaking havoc in the mall when looking for prey. The reason why it didn't kill the woman in the dressing room straight away was likely because it was looking for a place to kill her without being disturbed, as it already caused an uproar during the hunt. Though may instinctive in behavior, it's race were considered as villains due to their evolution has alarmed humanity about their threat on Earth.
Blue ape-like Genus
Blue ape-like Genus are the most evolved, humanoid and intelligent Genus seen in the movie, and also the only mammals that emerged in the film: they are able to use an elevator and they also seems to understand the cameras' functions. They are also incredibly violent, especially toward humans. They possess great strength, can jump very high and are quite durable, but not bulletproof. This Genus species is essentially the ancestors of SCOPES, the main antagonists of the TV series adaptation of the movie, Alienators: Evolution Continues.
They first appeared when they destroy the military forces' cameras placed around the meteorite, presumably to prepare for SCOPES' emergence. Then, they use an elevator to go in a military base, though it was a lure. Two of them emerge from the ground and attack many humans, including one of the protagonists. After a fight, one of the two is finally killed by a gun while the other flees into the ground after having cast a man inside.
They are later seen near the end of the film when the protagonists come into their hideout, but before attacking them they are all crushed by the Giant Amoeba.
Near the end of the film, the military try to destroy whole Genus ecosystem at the ground zero by sending them large amounts of napalm. However, the explosion makes them grow up even more quickly, and the Amoeba becomes so huge that it crushes the rest of Genus lifeforms around it. Now mountain-sized, the Giant Amoeba makes a lot of damage in the surrounding city and kills several military forces. Then, it begins to duplicate itself. However, the protagonists arrives armed with Selenium. They successfully poisons the Giant Amoeba, which makes it explode.
In Alienators: Evolution continues, the Giant Amoeba was shown in stock footage at the first episode, though its color was changed into pink and its movement was slightly faster.
Evolution (2001) Film
Genus lifeform are arrived on Earth as blue-colored unicellular lifeforms inside a meteorite and soon some of them evolve to become multicellular, eventually spawning an entire ecosystem within the meteor's crater, which includes species analogous to lichens, worms and insects.
After a few days, some vertebrate analogues escape and start giving rise to several reptilianoid, and later mammalianoid forms, which threaten to take over Earth's entire ecosystem in no more than a few months. The only thing slowing down their progress is that they cannot breathe oxygen properly, making them slow and short-lived. Eventually however, some of the aliens do evolve the ability to breathe oxygen and become far more dangerous. Based on the projections by Dr. Reed's team, it is estimated that the alien ecosystem will overwhelm the United States in two months.
In an attempt to wipe out the aliens, the USA military decides carpet-bomb the meteor site with napalm, supposedly destroying the center of alien activity. They were unaware of the creature's biological response to such explosions, however, and instead of killing the aliens the explosion results in the smaller lifeforms growing uncontrollably and fusing together to form a gigantic, amoeboid meta-organism. In the end, a weakness of the aliens is discovered: selenium, which is in the same position relative to nitrogen as arsenic is to carbon. Using grand quantities of selenium the giant alien is poisoned and killed.
Alienators: Evolution Continues
Whilst in the film majorities of Genus Lifeform villains mostly instinctive creatures, they serves as bigger threat in the TV Series. A large number of Genus worms that yet to evolved revealed to have escaped from the crash site and spread across America, which led the protagonists of the film formed organization called Alienators to combat them once again. The situation ultimately become complicated with the emergence of SCOPES, highly evolved, power-hungry race of Genus lifeform whom goal is to kill, eradicate, and slaughter all life in favor of their kind that they view as better, superior organism. SCOPES considered Earth lifeform, particularly humanity, a useless and unnecessary parasite to the planet.
- The director's commentary on Evolution film explains that Genus lifeform that would emerged during the climax supposed to be an ultimate lifeform that evolved beyond primates and beyond humans as the final antagonist. However, they feels that the said Ultimate Genus Lifeform may not huge enough in size to made it terrifying upon its emergence due to the course of Genus lifeforms' evolution at that moment, so they replaced it with a giant amoeba.
- The sequel TV series of the film revealed the said ultimate lifeform though, which identified as SCOPES.