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Slave Island
Review By Stu, Media By James Harvey

Episode #7 - Slave Island
Original Airdate - February 13th, 1993

Gambit, Storm, Jubille and a host of other mutants are made to work as slaves in Genoshia in order to complete a dam which will power a Sentinel facrory. Things go awry when Cable shows up to find the one responsible for slaving the mutants.

Written By: Mark Edward Evens
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy
Animation Services By: AKOM
Guest Starring: Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Norm Spencer as Cyclops, Cedric Smith as Professor Charles Xavier, Iona Morris as Storm and Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, Chris Potter as Gambit, Lenore Zann as Rouge, Len Carlson as Senator Kelly and Barry Flatman as Henry Peter Gyrich

Review: An interesting episode to say the least, if only for it’s originality, Slave Island showed just what kind of a world the X-Men live in, a place where people are free to use mutants as Slaves in order to build a factory which will power Master Mold, a robot designed to kidnap and kill mutants.

The Sentinels weren’t really as threatening as their first and later appearances here, but it did set up an awesome season finale with Master Mold. This episode actually set up a hell of a lot of episodes and not just the Juggernaut episode. I love it when they drop little hints as to what’s coming next and here, most of them pointed to Scotland and Muir Island.

My favourite part of the episode was Gambit’s role. At this point in the series, we knew very little to nothing about the Cajun and the viewer could question his loyalty. They teased it for an awfully long time, but each time he “turned” it made sense, whereas a lot of shows have huge gapping plot hole, like Justice League’s Injustice For All, why did the Humanite attack J’ohnn if he was working for Batman?

Cable’s appearance here was a little confusing. Was he a time traveller or a man with vengeance in mind? It’s almost as if the character who appeared in the later episodes isn’t the same guy!

The episode’s conclusion was pretty cool, returning home to the trashed mansion. It could’ve been a lot better but the awful background artists got in the way again. Still, a solid episode that set up a lot of future episodes.