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Episode #4: Overflow
Original Airdate - February 6th, 2009
Charles Xavier contacts Logan from the future and explains that in his world the entire African continent has been destroyed by the hand of Storm. The X-Men must find Storm immediately to save Africa form the inevitable destruction. Emma locates Storm with Cerebro and the team set out in the X-Jet for Africa. It’s almost too late. When they arrive on the scene Storm is under the mind tricks of the Shadow King and has flooded her own village. As the rains pour down, Emma telepathically gets into Storm’s head to defeat the Shadow King. Close call. Rains calmed, Storm leaves with the X-Men knowing that her place is with them and she and her people are only alive because of Xavier’s warning from the future. She must do her part to make the future worth living for.
Story By Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle
Written by Zoe Green
Directed by Doug Murphy
Music by Dean Grinsfelder
Animation By Noxxon Entertainment
Steve Blum as Wolverine
Fred Tacasciore as Beast
Nolan North as Cyclops
Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey
Danielle Judovits as Shadowcat
Jim Ward as Professor X
Susan Dalian as Storm
Kevin Michael Richardson as Shadow King
Yuri Lowenthal - Iceman
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Sure, the first episode had some dudes with guns and a couple jets. The second episode had the Brotherhood; but previous incarnations make me think this group may straddle the middle, or, at least, do very bad things (like try to assassinate someone) with good intentions. Magneto appeared in episode three, but he didn’t do anything that villainous, Sure, he whooped the X-Men for funsies but only after they burglarized his house.
Now, we have a villain with superpowers for the X-Men to fight, the Shadow King. A solid B-lister, the Shadow King is usually used to give us some insight into Storm or Xavier’s past. In this case, it is Storm, which is similar in plot but better executed than X-Men: TAS’s “Whatever it Takes.”
Storm made a soundless cameo in the pilot, but this is effectively her introduction. Little can be said about this iteration at the moment. She spends most of the episode possessed.
Shadow King is perfectly serviceable. He works as a threat to Storm. He has a simple plan of revenge and destruction. There seems to be no need to revisit him.
With only two characters introduced (a record low), the creators begin developing the already established characters.
Emma and Wolverine share an interesting B-plot about trust. Kitty gets a nice character moment, talking about Scott. Even mopey Scott Summers gets to show that he’s still got it under pressure. Even Forge gets a decent moment.
This is a decent episode, nothing incredible. It has a serviceable villain which is overcome while several serial plots are pushed forward. It will be nobody’s favorite episode, but it is too good to call it filler.
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