Friday, August 15, 2008

Out of the Past, Part One

Season: 3
Episode Number: 27
Season Episode Number: 1
Production Number: XM-301
Airdate: July 29, 1994

Writer: Michael Edens
Director: Larry Houston

Voices: Cedric Smith (Professor X), Cal Dodd (Wolverine), Chris Potter (Gambit), Alyson Court (Jubilee), Tasha Simms (Lady Deathstrike), John Stocker (Leech), Susan Roman (Calisto).

Plot: Wolverine is contacted by his former fiancée who has undergone disfiguring experiment to become the killer, Lady Deathstrike. A flashback gives us a look at Wolverine's past, including how he got his adamantium skeleton.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Season three kicks off with a bang as we see a glimpse into the history of Wolverine. Fans of the comics know the history of the Weapon X project far too well, but it is an untold story in animation. With just a taste of the story and how it affected Wolverine is a prefect tease.

This episode is well written and has some really great animation, especially the fight between Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike. The movements are clean and smooth and the incredibly detailed characters are animated with clarity. This is the first episode by Philippines animation studio and it shows that they wanted to prove what they could do.

The origin of Lady Deathstrike is a bit different here than in the comics. While her father, Professor Oyama, did invent the adamantium bonding process, she did not have any ties to Wolverine prior to him getting his metal skeleton. She also hated her father because he horribly scarred her face and killed her two brothers. It seems like the writers of this show wanted to create a character similar to Mariko, Wolverine's fiancée from years ago.

One thing that dates the show is the fact that Wolverine is surprised when he pops his claws for the first time in the Weapon X project. As it was revealed in the comics after this show aired, the metal on the claws actually cover bone claws that Wolverine has had since his birth.

DVD Releases:
  • X-Men, Volume Two
  • X-Men: The Legend of Wolverine

  • Back to Episode Guide

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