Episode #14: Stolen Lives
Original Airdate - July 31st, 2009

Logan receives a mysterious call warning that Christy Nord is in trouble. He arrives too late; Christy is missing. Mystique approaches a surprised Logan, admitting that she’s the one that called him and might know where Weapon X may have taken her. Wolverine is surprised by Mystique’s drive and knowledge of Weapon X and he questions her motives. She reveals that she was once known as Raven and was part of Weapon X and it was only because the man she loved sacrificed himself that she escaped. Wolverine is having his own flashbacks from his unbearable years as an experiment for Weapon X. Worse yet he runs into the Professor from his nightmares his new female Wolverine-type experiment, X-23. They manage to flee with Christy before the facility goes up in flames. As Logan watches it burn his memory is sparked and he finally remembers Raven from his past...

Story by Greg Johnson, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost
Written By Joshua Fine
Directed by Doug Murphy
Music by Steve Gordon
Animation By Noxxon Entertainment

Steve Blum as Wolverine
Fred Tacasciore as Beast
Tom Kane as The Professor
Jim Ward as Dr Cornelius
Yuri Lowenthal as Iceman
Kieren van den Blink as Rogue

Review: Arsenal - I have complained (and maintain) that this show is at its weakest when it focuses on Wolverine. However, “Stolen Lives” would qualify as the exception.

I wasn’t clamoring for more Weapon X after “Past Directions.” I didn’t need more of Maverick, his Terra-esque daughter or Logan wandering in the woods alone. But this is good stuff.

Mystique proves she is still the supersleuth by stealing this episode. Scenes immediately improve when she appears. The creators take some chances by manipulating Mystique’s backstory from comic book canon, and I think it works.

Sabretooth’s much better used here than in Evo (though he still hasn’t reached the gold standard of his first few appearances in X-Men: The Animated Series. Nothing here tops “Cold Comfort.”)

This episode succeeds partly because it is less ambitious than, say, “Battle Lines.” But it works. It’s another good episode; but, once again, it does not leave me clamoring for more Weapon X or solo Wolverine episodes.


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