Thursday, March 5, 2009

Guardian Angel

Season: 1
Episode Number: 19
Season Episode Number: 19
Production Number: 119
Airdate: February 28, 2009

Writer: Boyd Kirkland
Director: Nick Filippi

Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine), Liam O'Brian (Angel), Susan Dalian (Storm), Fred Tatasciore (Beast), Clancy Brown (Sinister), Richard Doyle (Senator Kelly), Michael Ironside (Colonel Moss), Jim Ward (Warren Worthington II).

Plot: After Angel's wings are damaged in an altercation with the MRD, Warren seeks the help of Sinister who has offered to provide Warren with a new set of wings so that he may go after his father who has developed a cure for the mutant gene.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Guardian Angel is a definite highlight of the season. Not only does it feature two grossly underused characters, but it has a story filled with more emotion than any other episode to date.

First there's Storm, a character who has been in many episodes, but never seems to get any lines. She actually gets a chance to stand in the spotlight in this episode for the first time since Overflow. Storm is a great character and I wish she were used more often.

I was a little surprised by the apparent relationship between Storm and Angel. Have I just not been paying attention, or is this something that has been pulled out of the blue? I know it's hard to develop a relationship between two characters who hardly ever show up in episodes (an never speak when they do), but there could have been a little indication in a past episode to prepare us for this.

While Angel has seen more character development than Storm, he is still a bland character. That is, up until this episode.

Even though all we know about Warren is that he is angry at his dad, this episode did such a good job of stripping away the thing that Warren held most dear that the viewer actually feels sorry for him when he loses his wings. And to have his father be the one to take them away is horrifying. If that were to happen to me, I would probably march right to Sinister as well.

Angel, christened "Archangel" by Sinister, has moved from bland character that nobody really cares about, to tragic character that has been twisted by evil people who are using them for their own selfish purposes.

And speaking of Sinister, even though he only had a cameo, Clancy Brown's voice was enough to send chills up my spine. I really hope that Sinister will be featured in future episodes so we can witness the full extent of the evil alluded to in this episode.

My only complaint about Guardian Angel is that we just got Angel on the team in the last episode and now he has been taken away without a chance to really get to know him. Will he come back to the good side, or was his face on all the promotional ads to lead us into thinking he would be a main character just so they could pull the rug out from under us?

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

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    Bleak5170 said...


    I've been dreading this episode. I'm kind of sick of writers not knowing what to do with my all-time favourite character. The "Archangel" thing has been twice in the comics, twice on t.v., and in one video game. All I can say is he had better be back on the X-men next season.

    And yeah, for a guy who was in the opening credits, he certainly was not in the show much.

    Paul said...

    "Guardian Angel" certainly was a great episode, but episodes 20 and 21 aired yesterday and today in the UK, and episode 20 is a new high water mark for the series.

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    Kurtis said...

    Bleak, I hear you about the Archangel story having been told so many times, but it is a very very important part of Warren's past. It helps form who he becomes as a character. To remove Archangel would be like taking away the Beast's blue fur, the Phoenix from Jean Grey, or Charles' handicap.

    I personally loved this episode because it was so well done. I would have liked to see Angel developed a bit more before turning him into Archangel, but if it had to happen, I'm glad it happened this way.

    Orphen said...

    I enjoyed this episode quite a bit. I must admit Angel is not all that of an interesting character to me. He can fly and not do too much else, which makes it very difficult to utilize on animation. I like Arch Angel because he is a more action oriented character. I did like how Angel's father was talking about mutants as a disease, and truly believes that he is doing what is right, well until the end when he changes his mind.