Episode Number: 17
Season Episode Number: 17
Production Number: 117
Airdate: February 7, 2009
Writer: Bob Forward
Director: Boyd Kirkland
Voices: Steven Blum (Wolverine), Kieren van den Blink (Rogue), Jim Ward (Professor X), Keone Young (Silver Samurai), Unknown (Mariko), James Sie (Yakuza Leader).
Plot: The Silver Samurai has kidnapped the X-Men in an attempt to change Wolverine to a fight to the death in order to reclaim his honour.
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Wolverine's Japanese past has never really interested me. They were always the stories I glossed over in the comics and were never my favourite episodes of the 90s animated series. The same holds true with this episode.
Don't get me wrong, I love Japanese culture. I find it incredible interesting and love learning about it, but for some reason I just don't feel that it suits Wolverine.
So maybe it is my jaded view, but I found this episode rather dull. Yes, it does have some great action, and it shows Rogue kicking butt, something she hasn't really done yet in the series, but I found that I just didn't care about the Silver Samurai, his lost honour, or the relationship between Logan and Mariko.
However, it was nice to see the writers actually using Mariko as Logan's love interest, rather that using Lady Deathstrike like in the 90s series. For this episode, Mariko is Silver Samurai's wife, rather than his half-sister. A minor change, but one that really drives home Silver Samurai's hatred for Logan-san. He only married her so that Logan couldn't?! Wow. That's a harsh statment for a kid's cartoon.
Wolverine probably has the most history out of all the X-Men, so it makes sense to have a series based around him where the writers can pluck a scenerio from his past if they need a filler episode, but the show is called Wolverine AND THE X-MEN, and I find that a lot of the time the X-Men are no where to be found.
And another thing! What is with the stealth costumes?! Now Rogue has one? This is two episodes in a row that we have seen our heroes in black rather than their normal costumes. I don't get it.