Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Battle Lines

Season: 1
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!

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...

    LOVED this episode! Everything was perfect... I especially liked how all of the X-Men got a little chance to shine. Here's hoping the rest of this series lives up to this quality.

    Anonymous said...

    My absolute favorite episode so far! It is jammed pack with action that never seems to let up. This shows just how amazing this series is going to be. I absolutely can't wait for the sentinels to finally make their appearance against the X-Men!

    Eagle-Man said...

    Great episode, and sure, it shows Rogue using her powers, but one thing that I don't like about this series is how casually Rogue uses her powers, as if it has no repercussions. In this episode alone, she steals the powers of Quicksilver, Shadowcat, Juggernaut, and Tilde without any adverse effects.

    Other mutants in this episode:
    The Kleinstock Brothers

    Does anyone know who the monster looking mutant that invaded MRD with Mercury? Or the one with the whips?

    Eagle-Man said...

    Never mind. The whip-guy is an Acolyte named Suvik Senyaka, and the monster is an Acolyte named Seamus Mellencamp.

    Kurtis said...

    Mellencamp and Senyaka previously appeared in the episode Greetings From Genosha and I didn't feel the need to mention them again in this review.

    Orphen said...

    This was a good episode to bring the stories that they were telling throughout the first twelve episodes together, and get even closer to completing the X-Men team (missing Nightcrawler, though he joins later of course). The action was good in this episode, and is just a precursor to what is to come.