Review By Stu, Media By James Harvey
Episode #8 - The Unstoppable Juggernaut
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, Lenore Zann as Rouge, George Buza as Beast and Catherine Disher as Jean Grey,
Review:The episode introduces one of my favourite X-Men villains, The Unstoppable Juggernaut. This show did a great job in demonstrating his powers and his character came across as very well done. This wasnít a human vs. mutants story, this was a simple X-Men vs. supervillian story, and a very good one at that.
The episode also introduced Colossus as a guest star, who came across as one of the better guest spots. Iíve always the Russian, and here was no exception. Colossus was different from most of the guest stars, as he had no intention of fighting in the human/mutant war or even trying to prevent it. He simply wanted to live in peace on his farm. He was also one of the few characters in the show not to wear spandex.
The episodesí story wasnít anything too original, and the ending came across as very mediocre but the villain made the episode here. Plus, we got to see a little of Beast, which is always cool!Thereís the odd eye-rolling scene thanks to Jubilee as usual. ďMe and Wolverine can take on anything!Ē had me cringing when I watched it all those years ago and even know, it still upsets the eyelids.
One of the weirder aspects is the cliffhanger on which it opens. Apprantly, in the US, the X-Men returned to the mansion, but it wasn't in ruins, because the animation hadn't been completed yet! We got the "correct" version here in the UK, but I wonder just how people manage to keep thier jobs with such glaring errors like this. If it's not ready, don't air it!
One of the episodeís highlights was itís ending, with Wolverine and Jubilee talking about what the school meant to them. Even though this show didnít have episode-specific scores, a lot the themes really worked in context of the episodes, and the music here nailed it. A sad but optimistic theme, it hit the nail on the head perfectly. A great conclusion to an above average episode.