Posted by psgels on 8 May 2011 with categories: X-Men



Well, the message at the beginning says it all: last week, an episode of the X-Men was scheduled, but it didn’t air. Madhouse too was hit hard by the quake, and this was one episode that they just couldn’t finish in time. The irony is that this episode, despite being an obvious step back, still delivered. Compared that to Iron Man, which also suffered from production issues thanks to Redline: there it didn’t even look like they were trying.

So yeah, this was a build-up episode. It’s quite early, especially compared to Wolverine, but that series also had quite a simple plot. This episode was all about developing the trust between the old X-Men and their new characters. It’s the kind of episode where you can only tell whether or not it pays off when the series is finished. At the very least though: this episode gave some really clear hints that the bad guys will indeed get some major development as well. That’s good.

The thing with Hisako is mostly that she just feels out of place. It’s great to see an entire series about adults, and the tension between Emma and Scott is just much more interesting at this point than Hisako trying to gain control over her powers. And yet, I totally understand why the creators put her in the series. The X-Men have always been about providing a stable environment for mutants to grow up in. Youth is a very big theme in the franchise, despite the main cast all being adults. And Granted, Hisako could have been a lot more annoying. She may be whining, but she’s always to the point, and… well, with the way she’s been treated, I don’t blame her in a lot of cases. Just… don’t let it go on for too long. The key to good whining is balance and granted, this episode did not have a perfect balance there. My main issue with her is just that she may have been a little too quick in becoming a part of the X-Men…
Rating: * (Good)

2 Responses

  1. Bria Makenzie says:

    Have you heard the Ex-Man Collection? It’s the coolest songs about comic books since the Iron Man song.

  2. Anon says:

    They made her join for the sake of the plot. I mean, just because she’s a mutant does not mean that she has to be forcibly recruited into the X-Men team. It was a kind of “what the hell were they thinking” moment for me.

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  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:15 AM)
    @Emma I would like to think that I can admit the flaws of fiction that I enjoy, but I’m sure there are times when I’ve failed to do that.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:13 AM)
    @Aidan: Ugh…the idea of being dominated rather than being the dominator..yuck , just my opinion though.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:08 AM)
    @Aidan: Seeing things humiliated too =)
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:06 AM)
    @Realist: Good to hear you are a sensible fan of the film. Just adding that I actually do like Julianne Moore and Clive Owen and Michael Caine usually.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:05 AM)
    @Aidan: Wow…that comment kind of startled me a bit actually with its directness and assumption/implication that I was a masochist..bit shocked =<
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:04 AM)
    @Emma Interesting. I don’t hear a lot of people saying negative things about the movie so I haven’t heard much of that type of criticism. But I definitely think those are fair and valid points. I always appreciate your criticism.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 04:02 AM)
    @Aidan: I have no interest in being dominated by domineering characters, I’m not a masochist, I am a sadist, I want to see domineering characters doominate others not me, I want to see those domineering characters get dominated.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:59 AM)
    @Realist: I ended up rewatching children of men. As I said originally I just wasn’t feeling the film. Second time round I found myself appreciating the cinematography near the end, however it failed to grab me emotionally, while thematically interesting I found the film too heavyhanded and stilted, preventing me from enjoying it on most levels.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:57 AM)
    @Ninja, that’s putting it lightly. He may be one of the most hated animated creations that ever existed.
    And do check out that Shinigami manga. It’s a real pain that it’s monthly releases but it’s a good read.
    @Emma, I thought this for a while now but you seem to have a thing for abusive women. A Femdom man I take it?
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 2. 2014 03:34 AM)
    Makoto is one of the least sympathetic characters in anime.

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