Episode #23: Shades of Grey
Original Airdate - November 20th, 2009

Emma thinks she has located Jean at a hospital close by. She and Scott leave the Mansion to bring her home, which is easier said then done when they along with a 500 mile radius of people are knocked unconscious by Jean’s rusty powers. Sinister is also aware that Jean is alive and sends Archangel to get her. Scott and Emma make it to the hospital just as Archangel is about to pounce. They fight him off and hurry Jean into the van. Her memory is completely gone and she has no idea who she is or who they are. Archangel is in hot pursuit and eventually crashes the van and snags the unconscious Soctt and Jean delivering them to Sinister’s Lab. Emma races back to the X-Mansion to enlist the help of her teammates. Together the X-Men crash Sinister’s Lab in a rescue effort and manage to take the two captives back to the Mansion. But Sinister already has the DNA samples he needs. Jean rests, recovering from the whole ordeal. The whole team is there to say hello. But in an instant they are all knocked unconscious by a psychic blow from Emma. She parades through Jean’s room with four mysterious figures in tow: The Inner Circle. Emma is a traitor!

Written by Greg Johnson
Directed by Doug Murphy
Music by Dean Grinsfelder
Animation By Noxxon Entertainment

Steve Blum as Wolverine
Nolan North as Cyclops
Liam O'Brien as Arkangel
Clancy Brown as Mr. Sinister
Kari Wahlgren as Emma Frost
Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey
Roger Craig Smith as Forge

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The return of Jean Grey. A confrontation between old friends. The love quadrangle that is Scott-Jean-Emma-Logan. Throw in Sinister and Archangel. A plot twist that will satisfy, even if it doesn’t surprise.

Wolverine and the X-Men took its time building to a climax, but several slow-burning plotlines are paying off, and it seems to be worth the wait.

Jean Grey returns to the waking world, which sets up a race between Sinister and his latest lackey, Archangel, against Scott and Emma.

Normally, the repeated shouting of “Jean!” “Scott!” can become a drag, but Emma’s presence alleviates the melodrama.

The centerpiece of this episode is a chase scene between Archangel, Cyclops and his two telepaths. The action is good, but the complexities of all the relationships involved make it delicious.

I’ll be frank. The episode is good, and this series is crescendoing at the right time.


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