Review and by Stu, Media by James Harvey
Episode #9 - The Cure
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy
Animation Services By: AKOM
Guest Starring: Lawrence Bayne as Cable/Nathan Dayspring-Summers, Lally Cadeau as Dr. Moira MacTaggert, Randall Carpenter as Mystique/Raven Darkholme, John Colicos as Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur, Rod Coneybeare as Avalanche/Dominick Petros, Graham Haley as Pyro/St. John Allerdyce, Marc Muirhead as Cody Madison Robbins and Stephen Ouimette as Angel/Warren Worthington III
Review:These episodes introduce Apocalypse, one of the big baddies from comics, as well as introducing us to everyone’s favourite mutant who isn’t an X-Man, Archangel. The episodes work fine as standalones, but work better when watched together.
The first part divulges into Rouge’s past, and her difficulty coping with her powers. There’s some genuinely good stuff in there, and you can’t help but feel for her when Wolverine goes off on one with his “No deserters here!” rant. Rouge was in a lot of sob stories throughout the show, but none of them ever surpassed Beauty And The Beast in my opinion.
The episode was littered with villains and guest stars. We saw Cable return in hopes of finding the scientist who created the collars in Genosha, and the introduction of Blob and Pyro. I personally thought these two were some of the most unthreatening villains in any cartoon I’ve ever seen, and they were pretty lousy at comic relief. Luckily, ol’ A belt was pretty good here. You can tell they went out of their way to make him look/sound completely different from anyone else on the show. The booming voice, the robotic look and a mysterious past made him one of the show’s more intriguing villains. His partnership with Mystique was very well done, as was his manipulation of Warren. I thought, besides Warren, that the Four Horsemen were utterly lame.
I’ve always liked Archangel, and feel they did a very good job with him here. I was especially impressed with his voice, portrayed by Stephen Ouimette. The animators seemed to have great difficulty with his eyes however. The design had black patches under his eyes (think of the make-up Christian Bale wore in Batman Begins) and it kept appearing and disappearing. Thankfully, when Angel returned later, they got rid of this, and later used his more popular blue and white costume.
Whilst these episodes are solid introductions to the characters, their follow-ups top them in nearly everyway. Obsession being the best of them.