Monday, June 16, 2008

Mutants' Revenge

Season: 2
Episode Number: 18
Season Episode Number: 5
Production Number: 205
Airdate: October 7, 1995

Writer: Francis Moss, Ted Pedersen
Director: Bob Shellhorn

Voices: Christopher Daniel Barnes (Spider-Man), Cal Dodd (Wolverine), George Buza (Beast), Mark Hamill (Hobgoblin), David Warner (Robert Landon), Laurie O’Brian (Genevieve), Roscoe Lee Browne (Kingpin), Maxwell Coulfield (Alistair Smythe), Lenore Zann (Rogue), Cedric Smith (Professor X), Norm Spencer (Cyclops), Alison Sealy Smith (Storm), Alyson Court (Jubilee), Chris Potter (Gambit), Susan Beaubian (Dr. Mariah Crawford).

Plot: Hobgoblin reveals that the reason Landon is paying him is to keep his mouth shut about his plan to rid the world of all mutants. Wolverine and Spider-Man team up to stop Landon from executing his plan.

In the three-way battle between Spider-Man, Landon and Hobgoblin, Landon falls into a big vat of his experimental chemicals resulting in him turning into a very large monster.

The rest of the X-Men show up just in time to help take down the creature.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): The last time Spider-Man teamed up with the X-Men was in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode An X-Men Adventure. While that episode was amongst the best of that series, it certainly doesn’t have the same sense of adventure as this episode.

The two-part X-Men story concludes with a plot twist that is fitting for the X-Men: A giant monster. I’m glad the writers wrote this story for the X-Men team-up because giant monsters are something that Spider-Man doesn’t usually face while the X-Men tend to face them on a regular basis.

An interested part of this episode is the origin of the Beast. Hank McCoy was a human looking mutant but turned into the big, blue guy while trying to reverse his mutant genes. This is fairly close to the comics and a special treat for fans of superhero animation as I don’t think this story is told in the X-Men series.

The coolest thing about Wolverine is when he pops his claws and he does that about six or seven times in this episode. But when Wolverine pops his claws and then kicks the bad guy instead of stabbing him it is less cool. The censors prevent Wolvie from actually using his claws to harm someone but in order to keep Wolverine looking cool they still make him pointlessly pop his claws all the time.

This was an exciting end to this X-Men adventure and it was great to have the actual X-Men cast on the show, even if Jean Grey didn’t have any lines in this episode. And despite the ridiculousness of the scientific mumbo jumbo that happened to save the day, the story was well written and full of fun.

DVD Releases:
Spider-Man - The Mutant Agenda

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