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X-Men '97

Finale begins and boy does it over-deliver!

90s Spider-Man is back! Nice of Marvel to give us the appearance that Invincible couldn't...

Several other characters appear, including Doctor Doom and Baron Zemo, they're working with Sinister and Bastion

We get a big data dump on Bastion's backstory, he was created by a future strain of the same virus that Sinister infected Nathan/Cable with.

Beast's reporter interest turns out to be a Prime Sentinel and she leads a mass army of them into the mansion and levels it.

Bishop's lost in the timestream.

Magneto is freed by Valerie Cooper, who may be a mutant herself, the "Magneto is right" meme gets a shout-out, and Magneto releases an EMP wave that shuts down all electrical equipment on Earth. Xavier returns to Earth and begins reassembling the team
 
Damn, these last couple episodes were so good! It sucks the showrunner got fired, guess you can't be too good at your job while working for Disney/Marvel. Shame, he would've killed it if they attached him to the MCU X-Men film.
 
Much of the show came from a 'terrible' fanfiction spec script Beau DeMayo wrote in the 2000s as a sequel to the first X-Men movie


As I said, dude can really pull off a great X-Men film.
 
I had problems with this week's episode, but it was still good

Magneto really should have had more than just a mere two acolytes.

Rogue turning to radicalized extremism isn't something I like to see, but with Remy gone it's easy to understand, hopefully it's just a phase due to grief, but I've read comics like Age of Apocalypse and I know what kind of path she can be easily led down here.

I wonder if the Phoenix will awaken within Jean next week?

And yeah, nice that my favourite 90s X-Men moment gets faithfully recreated at the end, even if it was sloppily (and barely) animated
 
Damn, what a good climax! Feige's gonna fumble so hard if he doesn't get DeMayo to write the MCU X-Men film.

"Know your role mutant, a snake like Sinister would never risk his life for another."

"I've been in a lot of wars bub, the brave always die first."


We need more banger lines like this!
 
That was INTENSE!!! And still another episode to go. Loving it!

Loved the new/old costumes. I always preferred Cyclops with the skull cap. The throwback line about black leather outfits made me smile broadly!

I continue to marvel at how seamlessly this show (and the original) blends completely different classic story arcs together. Pretty much after each episode, like a giddy fanboy, run over to my X-collection and pull out the whatever storyline they just adapted and savour what was kept and what was altered. And it makes me wonder, how does this series impact viewers who have never read any of the X-books? The experience must be very different. Perhaps, less rewarding or fulfilling?
 
And it makes me wonder, how does this series impact viewers who have never read any of the X-books? The experience must be very different. Perhaps, less rewarding or fulfilling?
Erm, have you seen the YT reactions from casuals? They're blown away by this
 
No I have not, but I will correct that! Lol

I wonder if Disney will hire DeMayo back? I mean they fired/rehired James Gunn. Also, I thought I read somewhere that season two was already written?

Maybe they should bring back Eric Lewald to be showrunner?
 
An incredibly strong and emotional final!
On the whole, a very satisfying watch.

Though it is far from a perfect series for me. A bit too break neck paced, moments rarely given time to breath. By comparison, I think the original series pacing and adaptations were better. As previously mentioned, Inferno was too rushed and under explored imo. Also, it would have been nice if Magneto had been a "good guy" for a couple of episodes longer for his struggle and transition back to villain have greater weight. And then there is Morph.... sigh.... Why didn't Morph just change into Magneto and save the day? lol

But these are all minor nitpicks. In the end, this season really reminded me why I love the X-Men. (y)
 
If you got a few hours, these guys are always a fun listen...

 
I'm late to the party but - holy cow. This show is a miracle. It'd have been so easy to just coast on nostalgia. And indeed, the fan service is of the highest quality. But this is a show that at once celebrates the original and also challenges it. Forces it to - forgive the pun - evolve. It even takes an episode that's full to bursting with callbacks and manages to weave an anti-nostalgia message out of it. Storylines and character arcs that weren't fully explored in the original get a second wind here. New ideas are explored. Timeless themes inherent to the core concept are modernized - yet the show respects its audience enough to not spell every little thing out, either. Characters, as in the original, remain more interesting as people than they are for their powers (and the fights are great, too!). There's a few things that are rushed, more episodes would have helped. But there isn't a bad one in the bunch, and when things hit - they hit hard. This isn't a show that's content to rest on a status quo - there is no status quo. The arc is prevalent and weaves in and out of each story, with many things left in a state of flux. Indeed, even the recreated opening sequence is now dynamic to reflect changes in the plot! The animation, while very modern, does a decent job of emulating the old art style - it certainly looks more like X-Men should than the actual fifth season! The music, while different, is effective - and these composers know how much of a superweapon they have in Ron Wasserman's theme, and know when to use it responsibly. The voice acting is almost perfect across the board. Some veterans sound like they haven't aged a day (Storm, Rogue). Some still do a decent job in spite of obvious aging. Recasts either do spot-on impressions or at least do reasonable interpretations of their characters. I hate to say it, but the only weak link is Cal Dodd's Wolverine. His voice just didn't hold up the same way as Kevin Conroy's did for Batman. But remarkably - it doesn't matter that much. The writers actually did the impossible and did not overuse Wolverine for once (and he'll always be my favorite - but I am okay with this). All the characters get to shine. It took forever, but Cyclops is indeed likable now. And Morph! Talk about making up for lost time! He fits (back) into the team's dynamic perfectly, both as a character and as a dynamic component for action scenes.

I could go on and on. This is beyond rare, this is impossible. They didn't just bring it back right. They brought it back better.

I have no idea what behind-the-scenes drama resulted in the head writer being fired - odd in this day and age for it to remain so secretive - but I hope they can find some way to reconcile the matter. This man understands not just the source material - but how to make a show. This (alleged) children's cartoon has characters speak and act with more maturity and nuance than most live-action superheroes of the past decade or more. He leaves behind big shoes to fill.
 
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Some lingering thoughts:

While the gap for Season 2 is going to take some time, Disney can fill the void with some rarities - like alternate audio of Storm's original voice actress, early, unfinished versions of episodes, and a completely re-animated version of one that got lost in the shuffle:


I'm slightly confused about the timeline in one sense.

So Jubilee turned 18 in 1997. That means she's meant to be something like 12 or 13 in Season 1? But her "first Christmas as an X-Man" was in 1995... I'm just going to say Cable and Bishop broke something. Or she has the same condition 10 year old John Connor did in T2.
 
I have no idea what behind-the-scenes drama resulted in the head writer being fired - odd in this day and age for it to remain so secretive - but I hope they can find some way to reconcile the matter. This man understands not just the source material - but how to make a show. This (alleged) children's cartoon has characters speak and act with more maturity and nuance than most live-action superheroes of the past decade or more. He leaves behind big shoes to fill.

And they've given the keys for Season 3 to Matthew Chauncey, whose previous work includes about half the episodes of What If, three episodes of Ms. Marvel, and some re-writes on Thor: Love and Thunder.

Was there nobody else? I couldn't think of a worse fit.
 
Yeah, not good. I wouldn't have wanted three seasons of this anyway...two is better, a third is just the novelty of reviving it wearing off
 
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