Episode Number: 13
Season Episode Number: 13
Production Number: 113
Airdate: January 10, 2009
Writer: Christopher Yost
Director: Doug Murphy
Voices: Steven Blum (Wolverine), Danielle Judovits (Shadowcat, Tilde Soames), Yuri Lowenthal (Iceman), Kari Wahlgren (Emma Frost, Dr. Sybil Zane), Fred Tatasciore (Beast), Susan Dalian (Storm), Roger Craig Smith (Forge), Nolan North (Cyclops), Kieren van den Blink (Rogue), Gwendoline Yeo (Domino), Mark Hildreth (Quicksilver), Stephen Stanton (Blob), A.J. Buckley (Toad), Tom Kane (Magneto), Tamara Bernier (Mystique), Michael Ironside (Colonel Moss), Richard Doyle (Senator Robert Kelly), Jim Ward (Professor X), Unknown (Dr. Kavita Rao).
Plot: Rogue tries to warn the X-Men of an impending attack on the X-Mansion, but the attack is just a diversion from the real threat, a young girl whose nightmares come to life!
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): My life is complete now that one of my favourite X-characters has shown up in this show, even though it was a non-speaking cameo. Blink has been a favourite of mine after seeing her and her awesome teleportation powers in the Age of Apocalypse but my interest in her faded after her character changed quite a bit in Exiles. I'm really hoping that she will play a bigger role than she did in the 92 X-Men series.
Now, on to the actual episode: Battle Lines marks the end of the first half of season one. This episode serves as a perfect breaking point between two volumes. The team is back together and all the storylines that have been building over the past twelve episodes have all come together to set the stage for another thirteen action packed episodes.
This episode introduces us to a character created by Joss Wheadon when he launched Astonishing X-Men in 2004. Tilde was a little girl whose dreams became reality while she slept. Her nightmares became deadly for those around her and she ended up killing her parents when her powers manifested for the first time. She then ended up in a laboratory under the care of Dr. Kavita Rao who was searching for a cure for the mutant gene and using Tildie as a test subject. It eventually worked and Tilde now lives a normal life.
At the end of this episode Tilde goes to live at the X-Mansion. This is a wonderful twist on her origin and I hope to see her learn about her powers so that she can control them, something she was not given the opportunity to do in the comics.
Visual depictions of mutants powers is one of the best parts of this show and seeing the sleeping Tildie inside the rampaging manifested nightmare destroying the city was a a sight to behold. The visual representation of the creature was very well done.
Another character that got some good visuals was Rogue. This is the first time where she really shows of her ability to steal other abilities showing us just how important of a character she is to the X-Men. Hopefully Wolverine and the crew will forget about her past and welcome her back into the fold soon.
The war between humans and mutants with the X-Men in the middle is on and hopefully those of you who feel that this show needs to beef up the action will get exactly what you wish for!