Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Past Discretions

Season: 1
Episode Number: 11
Season Episode Number: 11
Production Number: 111
Airdate: November 22, 2008

Writer: Paul Giacoppo
Director: Steve Gordon

Voices: Steven Blum (Wolverine), Jim Ward (Professor X), Kari Wahlgren (Emma Frost, Christie Nord), Kieren van den Blink (Rogue), (Domino), Mark Hildreth (Quicksilver), Tom Kane (Magneto, Dr. Abraham Cornelius, Professor Thorton), Danielle Judovits (Shadowcat), Yuri Lowenthal (Iceman), Fred Tatasciore (Beast), (Maverick), Peter Lurie (Sabretooth).

Plot: Wolverine seeks the help of Professor X and Emma Frost to unlock some regressed memories about his past. The memories lead Wolverine to a house where he may have committed a deadly crime. But Sabretooth plans to prevent Wolverine from finding out the truth.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Taking a step back from the large storyarc that has been building over the last few episode, Past Discretions is a stand alone episode featuring Wolverine as he begins his quest to discover his past.

This will be the first of many Weapon X episodes in the series, I'm sure, since in this episode Wolverine only finds out a teeny tiny little bit of his past (and you know there will be a Wolverine/Sabretooth rematch). This episode focuses on a mission Wolverine was sent on while he was part of the Weapon X program. He was ordered to kill Christopher Nord, who, if you are familiar with the comics, is the mutant known as Maverick.

I won't get into the details of Maverick's character as I am sure that will come up when he is featured in an upcoming episode, but I am pretty sure he doesn't have a daughter in the comics.

Maverick's daughter's name is Christie Nord and she appears to have the ability to move rocks telekenetically as well as mess with their molecular structure. Not quite the same as her father but appropriate for an offspring.

Sabretooth also makes his Wolverine and the X-Men debut in this episode and is pretty much what you would expect from his character. He is a powerhouse and a soldier. The unique thing about this version of Sabretooth is that Wolverine doesn't remember their past as partners in the Weapon X program. This should provide for some interesting revelations in future episodes.

Sabretooth's design is a cross between his Ultimate Universe design as well as his movie counterpart. Peter Lurie gives Sabretooth his voice which he has already done prior to the series for two video games, X-Men: Legends and X-Men: Legends II.

This episode's plot wasn't big enough to fill the whole episode so the first half of the show is filled with a boring subplot involving Rogue and the Brotherhood and the antics of Shadowcat and Iceman.

It would have been nice for Wolverine to get where he was going a little sooner and focus more on the fight between him and Sabretooth because the fans want some action! Sometimes I feel that the action gets cut because they are too involved in the many plot lines. X-Men is an action/adventure show and some episodes have really been skimpy on the action.

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

  • Back to Episode Guide


    Eagle-Man said...

    In the comics, Maverick was married to a woman named Ginetta Barsalini, a nurse. While she was pregnant, Maverick discovered that she was a German spy and had to kill her, thus killing his unborn child (gender unrevealed). So technically, he did have a child in the comics, but not really.

    Also, I believe the correct term for Christie is a geomorph, like Geo-Force (JLA) or Terra (Teen Titans)

    Anonymous said...

    they should nick name Sabertooth Smilodon.

    Anonymous said...

    I enjoyed the episode, but I hated Sabretooth's design. I mean. the movie version was better designed and more closer to the character. And what's up with Maverick? He's one of the coolest X-Men characters
    and they make him a villian-like character. I mean, wasn't he already with Weapon X whaen Wolverine was asigned to kill him? Overall good episode, but I agree, Wolverine should of got to where he was going sooner. I hope an episode next season focuses on a mission assinged to Wolverine, Sabretooth, and Maverick to go retrieve something like a Carbondonioum synthesizer from Omega Red (He's confirmed for next season and he will be a member of the Marauders).

    Anonymous said...

    But, since Season Numero Dos will be set in the AOA, I doubt it will happen. Still would be cool to see, though.

    Orphen said...

    The show doesn't truly get started until episode 13 when the war gets moving. This episode was alright, nothing special, but it is important even though Wolverine is currently the leader of the X-Men,he still has the past that continues to haunt him.