Evolution (2001)

Episode 108 (March 22, 2024)

As the world prepares to embrace its new Frozen Empire, lovingly brought to us by the good people at Ghost Corps, we take a look at a movie that was kind of Ivan Reitman’s unofficial Ghostbusters 3: 2001’s Evolution. Um, so… yeah, this movie is something else, I tell you what. David Duchovny trying to be Bill Murray. Julianne Moore falling down. Selenium sulfide. A magical periodic table. But hey, Phil Tippett did the creature designs! And Seann William Scott’s always a fun addition.

Time stamps:
00:03:32 — Our personal histories with Evolution and also Ghostbusters
00:09:49 — Pre-movie predictions
00:16:56 — History segment: The evolution of Evolution; career overviews of director Ivan Reitman and designer Phil Tippett
00:40:30 — In-depth movie discussion
01:35:22 — Final thoughts and star ratings

Artwork by Laci Roth.

Music by Rural Route Nine. Listen to their album The Joy of Averages on Spotify (https://bit.ly/48WBtUa), Apple Music (https://bit.ly/3Q6kOVC), or YouTube (https://bit.ly/3MbU6tC).

Songs by Rural Route Nine in this episode:
“Your Ambition” – https://youtu.be/ZHudVTCkrQY
“Winston-Salem” – https://youtu.be/-acMutUf8IM
“Snake Drama” – https://youtu.be/xrzz8_2Mqkg
“The Bible Towers of Bluebonnet” – https://youtu.be/k7wlxTGGEIQ


“Don Jakoby wrote a science-based thriller but Hollywood had another idea” by Gloria Goodale | Christian Science Monitor, 2001 – https://bit.ly/3Tv6esj

“Who you gonna call? Not Bill Murray for ‘Ghostbusters 3’” by Courtney Garcia | NBC News, 2012 – https://nbcnews.to/3x6pxAW

“The Writers Of ‘Evolution’ Reflect On The Film’s Adaptability 18 Years Later” by Josh Weiss | Forbes, 2019 – https://bit.ly/4a245f3