Episode Number: 20
Season Episode Number: 20
Production Number: 120
Airdate: March 4, 2009
Writer: Greg Johnson
Director: Doug Murphy
Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine), Nolan North (Cyclops), Kari Wahlgren (Emma Frost), Fred Tatasciore (Juggernaut), Jim Ward (Professor X), Jennifer Hale (Jean Grey), Tom Kane (Magneto), Unknown (Young Scott Summers), Unknown (Teen Scott Summers), Unknown (Young Jean Grey), Unknown (John Grey), Unknown (Doctor Brooks).
Plot: In an attempt to move on with his life, Cyclops agrees to allow Emma Frost into his mind to erase all memories of Jean Grey. The look into Scott's mind reveals the origins of Scott and Jean and their history together.
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Fans have been waiting since the first episode for the return of Jean Grey after she disappeared in an explosion before the series even began. Well, fans can whet their appetite with Breakdown as it is an introduction to Jean Grey and the beginning of the final storyarc that will take us to the end of season one.
This episode takes place mostly in the past, using Emma as a link to the present as she wanders through Scott's mind trying to erase memories of Jean Grey.
22 minutes isn't a lot of time. Especially if you are trying to cram the origin of Scott Summers, the origin of Jean Grey, explain the differences between Xavier and Magneto, show the tension between Jean, Scott and Logan, and feature a look at the life of the original X-Men, plus a few more surprises at the end of the episode! But everything is laid out here in detail and fairly accurate to the comics with only some minor changes.
A big highlight here is seeing the original X-Men in their original costumes. Harking back to the days when Jean Grey was called Marvel Girl, the Beast had no fur and Iceman looked like a snowman, it is always a treat when a series takes us back to its roots, something that X-Men: Evolution couldn't do due to its altered history.
I do have one question, though. How is it that Iceman is on the original roster if he appears to be in his teens in the rest of the series? Cyclops, Beast, Angel and Jean all seem to be in their late 20s/early 30s in the present. But if Iceman is a teen, then he would only be a baby when the other four were teens in the past!
Emma Frost hasn't been used very well in this series. She has only been used as the token telepath, never offering anymore that mindscans and piloting cerebro. When the series started out she was a snob, better than everyone else, and only willing to do stuff for the team if it benefited her.
But since the 3-part pilot, her character has become bland and boring. She is not the stuck up ice queen that she is supposed to be, and while there has been a hint of romantic interest between Emma and Scott, in the comics Scott loses Jean Grey and, probably as an act of rebellion, is drawn to Emma by her aggressive attitude and questionable morals. There is nothing in this Emma to grab a hold of Scott, which means that when Jean returns (you know she will), there will not be that love triangle that we were (or at least I was) hoping would be present.
Emma's lack of depth doesn't ruin this episode for me though. The writing far surpasses any complaints I have about the White Queen. The cliffhanger ending was totally expected, but who cares? Every X-Men series must have a Phoenix story as it is one of the defining stories of their history and I, for one, am looking forward to watching this version!