Friday, November 14, 2008

Future X

Season: 1
Episode Number: 9
Season Episode Number: 9
Production Number: 109
Airdate: November 8, 2008

Writer: Chris Yost
Director: Nick Filippi

Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine, Vanisher), Jim Ward (Professor X), Nolan North (Cyclops), Kari Wahlgren (Emma Frost), Danielle Judovits (Shadowcat), Roger Craig Smith (Forge, Hellion, Kamal), Kevin Michael Richardson (Bishop), Tara Strong (Marrow), Gwendoline Yeo (Domino), (Berzerker), Michael Ironside (Colonel Moss).

Plot: In the future, Xavier is captured by Sentinels and taken to a mutant concentration camp. With the help of Bishop, Xavier leads the mutants in an escape plan. Meanwhile in the present, Wolverine and the X-Men search for clues that will lead them to Master Mold.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Future X is the first episode of this series, other than the three part premiere, that directly follows the story from a previous episode. In this case, Future X follows Thieves Gambit. In that episode we were introduced to the major players behind the Sentinel Project as well as the inhibitor collars and Master Mold. This episode we get to see Wolverine doing a little bit of follow up.

While it is great to see the X-Men show up in this episode, they really don't need to be there. Iceman and Storm are there but don't have any lines, and Emma Frost and Forge have a few lines but don't really serve a purpose. Every member of the X-Men doesn't have to go on every mission. If the actors aren't being paid to be in all the episodes then maybe the characters don't need to be there either.

But I digress; the other half of this episode is what we should really be talking about. The bulk of this episode takes place in Xavier's future where mutants are being hunted down and taken to concentration camps where they are experimented on. It is here that we see a future version of Domino and are introduced to Bishop. We also meet Berzerker, whose only comic book appearance is X-Factor #11 in which he is killed, but has now made an appearance in two animated series (X-Men: Evolution being the other)!

It is also the animation debut of several new characters: Marrow (Sarah) and Hellion (Julian), two characters that are not surprising to see here due to their popularity in the comics, Vanisher (pictured right, holding the guns), a teleporter and one of the X-Men's oldest villains who pops up every seven years or so probably to retain Marvel's copyright on the character, and Kamal (pictured above left), one of Magneto's Acolytes who has the power to assume the properties of any mass he comes into contact with.

As with the use of Shadowcat's powers in the previous episode, Bishop displays an incredible display of force that can only be shown in animation. Even his powers in the 90s X-Men aren't as well thought out as they are here. I hope to see more of Bishop in the future.

DVD Releases:
  • Wolverine and the X-Men, The Complete First Season (Canada Exclusive)
  • Wolverine and the X-Men: Beginning of the End

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    Anonymous said...

    Proff. X will soon realise of the Demon Pheonix had took JG.

    Anonymous said...

    this was a great episode, but did they have to make us wait so long for it?

    Orphen said...

    I liked this episode, though I like the next episode that they do in the future. I was not familiar with Hellion, but I really think he is quite cool, specially in the next future episode. Bishop is done brilliantly, the voice for him is also right on.