Saturday, October 11, 2008

Out of the Past, Part Two

Season: 28
Episode Number: 3
Season Episode Number: 2
Production Number: XM-302
Airdate: August 5, 1994

Writer: Len Wein
Director: Larry Houston

Voices: Cal Dodd (Wolverine), (Lady Deathstrike), Chris Potter (Gambit), Alyson Court (Jubilee), Cedric Smith (Professor X), George Buza (Beast), Norm Spencer (Cyclops), Catherine Disher (Jean Grey), Tasha Simms (Lady Deathstrike).

Plot: The Spirit Drinker, a giant alien made of energy, is sucking the life force out of innocent people, including Jubilee! It's up to an unlikely alliance between Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike to stop this creature and save their friends.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): After a great season opener, this episode doesn't seem to keep up the excitement and story of the its predecessor. This may be due to the fact that it switched from dealing with a great story about Wolverine's past and his complicated relationship with Lady Deathstrike to a whole episode about stopping a giant ghost-like alien that is sucking the life out of everyone.

I know that the X-Men fight a lot of monsters and aliens but I was hoping that they would stay out of the picture for this episode because I was more interested in seeing where they would go with Wolverine's back story. Instead, we get Wolvie and Lady Deathstrike teaming up and leaving things unfinished until they meet again. Kind of a cop-out if you ask me.

In fact, the way they defeat the Spirit Drinker was also a cop-out. They electrocute the alien? How is it that an alien so powerful that it had to be locked in a space ship prison and sent away can be defeated by a mere jolt of electricity? Don't the Shi'ar have electricity on their homeworld?

And speaking of Shi'ar, this episode introduces an alien race that will play a big part of this season. The Shi'ar and the X-Men have a long history in the comic books so it wouldn't be the X-Men if they didn't show up at some point.

The animation in this episode is just as good as the last. The special effects they use on the Spirit Drinker are great and the dark colouring they use on Cyclops' costume make him look a whole lot tougher. It's a shame that the story didn't match in quality.

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

  • Back to Episode Guide

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