Welcome back to X-Men: The Animated Series Revisited – a series of posts taking a look back at the Saturday morning cartoon, X-Men (aka X-Men: The Animated Series). Over the course of multiple posts I will be taking a look back at X-Men, through a complete re-watch of all 76 episodes of the show.
I’m now onto Part 6 of this series, so if you’re joining me for the first time, then please go back and read Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5! If you’re up to date, then continue with me as I move further into Season Three.
OK, so today I’m watching and discussing the next five episodes in X-Men‘s third season. These episodes sit between The Phoenix Saga (discussed in the previous post) and the Dark Phoenix Saga (to be discussed in the next post).
1min – I really like this episode. Not only does it bring back Archangel, but it also fleshes out Apocalypse’s character too.
2mins – The premise is that Archangel wants revenge against Apocalypse, for turning him into an instrument of death. His quest for revenge becomes an obsession.
3mins – The X-Men are making use of Shi’ar technology. I guess spending all that time in space paid off!
6mins – Rogue feels like she shares a connection with Archangel, on account of their interaction during Season One.
10mins – Gambit becomes the voice of reason in this episode. You know you’re in trouble when Gambit becomes the voice of reason.
14mins 45secs – The Beast develops a nice little friendship with the A.I. in Apocalypse’s ship.
A decent action-packed episode. And now for an episode that really shouldn’t be here…
The Lotus and the Steel
According to Amazon Prime Video, The Lotus and the Steel is a Season Three episode, nestled between Obsession and Cold Comfort. The truth? This episode is from Season Four and has been incorrectly placed in Season Three.
How do I know?
Because the beginning of the episode makes reference to the X-Men‘s encounter with Proteus – an event which doesn’t happen until Season Four! This is then followed by a flashback the episode Weapon-X, Lies and Videotape – an episode that appears at the end of Season Three (although, Amazon places that episode in Season Four).
Jeez, this is confusing.
3mins 30secs – After a couple of flashbacks to events that haven’t happened yet (see above), Wolverine decides to quit the X-Men and head off to Japan. Why? Why not?
3mins 50secs – And now a cameo from Nightcrawler – another character who hasn’t had a proper introduction yet! Of all the episodes Amazon could have placed in the wrong season, why did it have to be the one that makes so many references to other episodes?
8mins – Silver Samurai has made his debut. I won’t get too accustomed to him – he’s only in this episode.
11mins – This episode is pretty rubbish. The animation isn’t bad, but the story is terrible. It is effectively a remake of the Season One episode, Cold Vengeance (i.e. Wolverine buggers off on his own, comes across a village, crosses a bad guy, saves the day etc).
13mins – This episode would make more sense if it was part of Season Four. It would still be rubbish, but it would make more sense.
1min – I remember the first time I watched this episode I was so excited to finally see Iceman make an appearance in X-Men. Up until this point, he was the only original X-Man not to appear in the series.
3mins 30secs – Cyclops doesn’t like Iceman.
7mins 30secs – The X-Men are using Shi’ar technology again.
8mins – Jubilee is looking at archival footage of the X-Men during their early days. The team are clad in ‘classic’ costumes (from the comics) and it is noted that Iceman is the second member of the team.
8mins 30secs – The footage shows Iceman going up against Magneto. Presumably he’s the only team mate to go up against Magneto, as it was previously established (way back in Enter Magneto) that the X-Men hadn’t met the Master of Magnetism before. They knew who he was, but they were yet to encounter him.
9mins 40secs – Polaris makes her debut in this episode.
11mins 55secs – X-Factor make their debut – and present day Forge also appears. This version of Forge is younger than the Forge who appeared in Days of Future Past and Time Fugitives.
14mins – The X-Factor team comprises Havok, Wolfsbane, Strong Guy, Multiple Man, Quicksilver and Polaris.
19mins – Cyclops doesn’t know that Havok is his brother. So far he’s met Cable (his son), Corsair (his father) and Havok (his brother) and yet he has no idea that he’s related to any of them!
Cold Comfort was a favourite of mine when I was younger, but I must admit it doesn’t hold up so well today. Still, it’s always nice to see Iceman and the inclusion of X-Factor is a bonus.
Time now for a less than exciting two-part story set in the Savage Land. Not the best way to end today’s run of episodes, but hey-ho.
Savage Land, Savage Heart: Part 1
2mins – So, this story is a sort-of sequel to Reunion. Sauron is back and he’s on the look-out for mutants so he can drain their powers.
7mins – The animation in this episode is pretty good. As dull as Sauron is (and he is dull), he looks really cool in this episode. The tone of his green skin really pops here.
10mins – Beast & Wolverine have just made reference to Jean being on Muir Island. There’s no explanation as to why she is there or how she survived the events of The Phoenix Saga – but she’s back!
11mins – I completely forgot how good the animation is in this story.
12mins – This two-part story introduces Garokk – a rock-like character. Wolverine says that he learned about Garokk, the last time he was in the Savage Land. Erm… no, that never happened. Don’t lie, Wolverine!
16mins – Wolverine has just asked Beast to ‘fix him up a fastball special’. In the comics, a fastball special is when one character gets thrown/tossed into the air. This is the first time the series has made use of the term.
20mins – The episode ends with Storm going a bit crazy while under the influence of mind control.
Savage Land, Savage Heart: Part 2
3mins – Storm is releasing all kinds of meteorological mayhem.
5mins 30secs – The X-Men Vs. Storm. I know who my money is on.
7mins 20secs – I’m quite surprised that this is a two-part story. It simply doesn’t warrant being stretched across two episodes.
10mins 20secs – The High Evolutionary makes an appearance.
10mins 30secs – An extended flashback to Reunion. All this flashback is doing is reminding me how good Reunion was… and how boring this is.
14mins – Garokk is such a lame villain. He’s a bloody rock!
I’m simply not a fan of Savage Land, Savage Heart, even if it does give Storm some more screen time.
A mixed bag today, but that’s OK because a FANTASTIC story is coming up when X-Men: The Animated Series Revisited continues. Make sure you come back!