Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Thieves Gambit

Season: 1
Episode Number: 5
Season Episode Number: 5
Production Number: 105
Airdate: October 4, 2008

Writer: Bob Forward
Director: Steve Gordon

Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine), Roger Craig Smith (Forge), Kari Wahlgren (Miss Zane, Magma), Phil LaMarr (Gambit, Bolivar Trask), Richard Doyle (Senator Robert Kelly).

Plot:A mysterious woman named Miss Zane hires Gambit to steal a special collar that inhibits a mutant's powers from Wolverine and the X-Men. But things take a turn when Wolverine hires Gambit to get the collar back before it falls into the wrong hands.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): After four heavy episodes, it is nice to see the writers showing off their stuff and giving us something a little lighter. Not only is this a fun episode but it also introduces some great characters and advances the plot a bit too!

In this version of X-Men, Gambit has not yet met Wolverine or the rest of the team. He is a hired thief as part of the Thieves Guild. I'd have to say that his character is spot on in this series. His charming, witty personality comes across perfectly as does his ability to use his powers and fighting skills. It is great to see Gambit in a way that is very true to his comic book root, unlike the liberties that X-Men: Evolution took with his character.

The voice of Gambit in this episode is Phil LaMarr, a superhero regular, whom people probably know best as Green Lantern from Justice League. LaMarr is an excellent voice actor and he pulls double-duty in this episode as Bolivar Trask.

And speaking of Trask, although he is not named in this episode, the man to whom Miss Zane releases the collar is Bolivar Trask, the man behind the Sentinel program. He will, without a doubt, be a major player in episodes to come, especially since we see a computer flash "MASTERMOLD" for a second. We fans know what that means!

Some of you may be asking, who is the mysterious Miss Zane? I believe her to actually be Dr. Kavita Rao who, in the comic books and X3, is the creator of the mutant cure. Although she is a bit more spunky here than in the comics.

This is a great episode and I hope to see more Gambit in the future. Maybe he will even join the X-Men in a later season.

DVD Releases:
  • Wolverine and the X-Men, The Complete First Season (Canada Exclusive)
  • Wolverine and the X-Men: Deadly Enemies

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    Tirone said...

    What I'm loving about this show, is that they definitely made an effort to get the voices of the characters along the lines of the original 90s series for characters like Gambit.

    Anonymous said...

    I am enjoying the series so far, but personally...I hated Gambit's voice. It sounded nothing like in the original series and when he did speak french it sounded strained and fake.

    The character was portrayed well though.

    Orphen said...

    Zane is actually a made up character for the series, I believe that Dr. Kavita Rao is mentioned and shown in a later episode.

    I wish Gambit was on the team, because he is truly a fantastic character, but it makes sense for him to be in the role they used him in this series, and the interaction between Gambit and Wolverine in this episode is quite good. Specially once they temporarily team up and you get to see how different their two styles are, though they are both effective.