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The Toad, The Witch And The Wardrobe
Review and Media by Stu

Episode #37 - The Toad, The Witch And The Wardrobe
Original Airdate November 9th, 2002

Wanda goes in search of her Father, whilst Toad steals Kurt's image inducing watch in an attempt to woo Wanda.

Written By: Steve Granat, Cydne Clark
Directed By: Gary Graham
Music Composed By: William Anderson
Guest Starring: Kelly Sheridan as Scarlet Witch, Moneca Stori as Amanda Sefton, Alvin Sanders as Mr. Sefton and Teryl Rothery as Margali Sefton

Review: The season lightens up a bit with this episode, as we dig into Toad’s feelings for Wanda and finally deal with her relationship with her Father.

Right off the bat, we’re introduced to a new Acolyte in Mastermind, one of the older villains from the comics who was an original member of Magneto’s Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants back in the Lee/Kirby days. Mastermind isn’t someone I ever really expected to see in Evo but he fit in just as well as any of the other Acolytes, even though he wasn’t physically dominating. I did love his revamp though, the short, hunching weirdo looks much more menacing than the tall, lanky dude with a cheesy moustache. Gordon shoots and scores here folks!

A rather moody opening comes to a halt and the comedy part immediately takes over once Pyro sets the bridge alight. I love this show’s version of Pyro, I bet a lot of the earlier X-Men/Brotherhood fights might have been salvageable had he appeared earlier. Witty writing, a fantastic voice and the characters best ever design made this Pyro worth remembering. They really went to town with his fire visuals too, as other interpretations of Pyro can usually be found embarrassing himself with his stupid use of powers more often than not. You have to love his laugh too!

Toad is at his best here with his constant hounding of Wanda. I often felt they sometimes overdid Toad in places, but here it was the right call. I couldn’t help but snigger at Nightcrawler’s attempts to sound mad (his voice is quite easily the whiniest, high pitched, girlish voice I’ve ever known!) but Toad was running wild here. His idea to look like someone else was actually pretty smart, and you couldn’t help but laugh at his feeble attempts to woo her. The ending was also classic Toad too, with him now still thinking he has a chance because she’s no longer consumed by her hatred of her Father.

Not a brilliant episode by any means, but worth a chuckle or two all the same.