Monday, December 8, 2008

eXcessive Force




Season: 1
Episode Number: 12
Season Episode Number: 12
Production Number: 112
Airdate: November 29, 2008

Writer: Christopher Yost
Director: Nick Filippi

Voices: Steven Blum (Wolverine), Nolan North (Cyclops), Susan Dalian (Storm), Danielle Judovits (Shadowcat), Yuri Lowenthal (Iceman), Fred Tatasciore (Beast), Kari Wahlgren (Emma Frost), (Vertigo), (Blockbuster), (Arclight), Clancy Brown (Sinister), (Multiple Man), Jennifer Hale (Jean Grey).

Plot: The trail to Jean Grey's whereabouts leads Cyclops to the laboratory of Sinister, a mutant genetic scientist. But Cyclops may have more than he can handle without the X-Men to back him up.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): It is now the case that when I see Nick Filippi's Director credit at the beginning of an episode I know I'm in for a treat. This is the fourth episode that Filippi has directed (the other three are Hindsight, Part Three, X-Calibre, and Future X) and all of them have a common theme: Excellent display of the characters and their abilities.

This episode is the first to feature Cyclops and it really changes the viewer's opinion of him. Up until now, Scott has been a brooding, whiny lame-o who would rather be a big, wet rag than a member of the X-Men. Everything changes in this episode as we see him go on a quest to find Jean Grey. We understand his passion and determination and even feel sorry for him when he doesn't find what he is looking for. I didn't think it could be possible that I would find myself caring about Cyclops, but it's true.

As I have said before, the creators of Wolverine and the X-Men have really pushed themselves to show the X-Men's powers in ways that haven't been seen before. Thus is the fact with Cyclops. Never on film have Scott's powers been so powerful. The sheer force and destruction that he has behind his visor is amazing. And his control over his abilities, especially when he is fighting Multiple Man, proves that his is a great fighter.

We are also introduced to this series version of Sinister, Multiple Man and the Marauders. Sinister, voiced by Clancy Brown (Lex Luthor from the 90s Superman cartoon), acts more like a Kingpin or Lex Luthor type character. He is a brilliant mind, not easily intimidated, and has his fingers in many cookie jars. Although he doesn't do much in this episode, it will be great to see him really get angry in the future.

The Marauders featured in this episode are Harpoon, Vertigo, Blockbuster, Arclight and Multiple Man (called Madrox by Sinister). If you are familiar with these characters, you'll notice that Arclight has had a gender change. However, although Arclight is female in the comics, he is male in the Age of Apocalypse storyline. Multiple Man is such an under-appreciated character so I was quite happy to see him here. I hope he will be used more in the future.

My only real gripe about this episode is how Wolverine treats Cyclops. I know that Logan doesn't like him, but he reprimands Cyke for taking off on his own personal mission when Wolverine did the exact same thing in the last episode!

And at the end, Scott is back at the mansion and Wolverine gives him an ultimatum: Either be a team player or get out. Then Cyclops reverts back to his wussy self and says he'll stay. Wolverine and a hypocrite and Cyclops doesn't have a back bone despite being a badass throughout the episode.

On a side note: It looks like the credits included at the end of this episode are actually for Hindsight, Part Three. If anyone can help me identify the voices of the Marauders it would be a great help!

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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    4 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Clancy Brown? no Mark Hamill would do the job.

    Eagle-Man said...

    "My only real gripe about this episode is how Wolverine treats Cyclops. I know that Logan doesn't like him, but he reprimands Cyke for taking off on his own personal mission when Wolverine did the exact same thing in the last episode!"This was not a problem for me because they explain it in the episode. Wolverine can take care of himself, and he always keeps the X-Men out of it. Basically, he didn't think that Cyclops would be able to take on Sinister and gave him a warning: if you do this, if it's personal, don't ask the X-Men for help.

    One thing that I didn't like about the episode is how inconsistent they were with Multiple Man's powers. They have a big battle, and no new dupes are created, but when he hits his own hand, he creates anywhere between 2-6 dupes anywhere in the room.

    In the comics, Jaime often creates a dupe unintentionally because he hits his hand on the desk in anger, etc. Each impact should only create one dupe, and they should be beside him, not across the room. I like how this show represents powers, but I don't like how it changes them.

    Anonymous said...

    I don't care what Wolverine said. He will wish he never treated Cyclops like dirt when he learns Jean is still alive and the X-Men can't save the world without him. He don't even know Cyke.

    Orphen said...

    This is by far one of my favorite episodes of the series. Cyclops takes off the kid gloves and truly lets loose. I like Clancy Brown as Sinister it is a calculating genius evil doer type of representation. It is important to see wolverine reprimanding cyclops, because wolverine can take it and doesn't get the X-Men involved in his private matters, where even if Cyclops didn't ask for it did need help in this episode. Though like I said before Cyclops is pretty darn powerful, especially in this episode.

    In the commentary for this episode they mentioned that it wasn't really possible to use multiple man's original powers so they changed them slightly and I think they worked quite well. If every time he got hit he multiplied you would have thousands in no time and just be way to much.