Episode #5: Thieves’ Gambit
Original Airdate - February 13th, 2009

Senator Kelly wants to get his hands on an Inhibitor Collar that the X-Men have been using to help mutants who can’t quite control their powers and he’s hired Zane to get it for him. Zane in turn has gone to the Thieves Guild to hire the best thief. Gambit agrees to take on the task for a handsome fee. He successfully snares the collar and hands over to Zane. But when Wolverine finds out Gambit is behind the theft he decides to use his greedy nature against him and offers double to steal the collar back. Gambit agrees and heads off with Wolverine to get it. They end up at the Trask Lab, where Bolivor Trask, MRD gadget man has been given the responsibility of reverse-engineering the collar for Kelly. Through much chaos they get the collar, but greedy Gambit turns on Wolverine again. With his own trickery, Wolverine victoriously brings the collar back to the mansion. Their technology is safe for the time being.

Story By Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle
Written by Bob Forward
Directed by Steve Gordon
Music by Dean Grinsfelder
Animation By Noxxon Entertainment

Steve Blum as Wolverine
Phil Lamarr as Gambit, Trask
Roger Craig Smith as Forge

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Phil Lamarr is an incredibly talented voice actor. He provided the vocals for Samurai Jack, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Static, Wilt and legions more. Here, he recycles the same patois he used for Hermes in Futurama. It didn’t work for me, and the more he talked, the more of a distraction it became. By the end, I wanted to mute him.

That’s a shame, because there was a lot to like about this episode.

"Thieves’ Gambit” is basically a 1980s buddy comedy in which the two “buddies” can’t stand each other. (Eddie Murphy made a career out of these, and Chris Tucker made a career out of imitating him.) Gambit fills the fast-talking, street-savvy Eddie Murphy role and Wolverine is the grizzled veteran. (“I’m too old for this.”)

The two set out to recover an inhibitor collar that Forge built, which Gambit stole initially.

The two bicker and fight. Wolverine slices stuff. Gambit blows stuff up. It’s lightweight, but all good fun.

The convention of this type of episode is that the two protagonists will ultimately come to some understanding. Well, sort of…

Gambit is used as a free agent here, much like his appearances in X-Men: Evolution, and it’s a status that suits him. He’s manipulative and most importantly fiscally minded, but he does have a certain code of ethics. (Granted, that code becomes malleable when money factors in.)

Gambit also gets the best line in the episode. After being accused of selling out his people for a small amount of cash, he retorts, “I sold out my kind for a large amount of cash. There is a difference.”

It’s another solid characterization for a show that hasn’t had a blatant misstep yet.

Overall, the episode is enjoyable. It doesn’t further the ongoing plotline as much as previous episodes, but it’s funny. (The final gag is great.)

Too bad there’s that voice.


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