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X-Treme Measures
Review and Media by Stu

Episode #36 - X-Treme Measures
Original Airdate November 2nd, 2002

A new energy drinks that proves to be harmful to mutants emerges, whilst Spyke's powers and anger continue to grow.

Story By: Greg Johnson, Boyd Kirkland
Written By: Jules Dennis, Greg Johnson
Directed By: Frank Paur
Music Composed By: William Anderson
Guest Starring: Tony Sampson as Berzerker and Saffron Henderson as Callisto

Review: Whilst the title would suggest otherwise, we donít return to the first season standard here, because, believe it or not, this is one episode that most have been anticipating since Speed And The Spyke, as Spyke departs the show after countless complaints about the annoyance of the characters.

I donít hate Spyke as much as most, but I feel this was the right move, for several reasons in fact. At this point in the show, his role had been replaced by the much more interesting Iceman and his return appearance really was better than all of his other efforts put together. One canít help but remember African Storm, when weíre given no reason to want Spyke to stay and he also doesnít really seem to give a crap as he straight up tells Kurt they arenít friends.

The Power8 drink subplot was never really used to itís full potential and was left on an intriguing cliffhanger, but a lack of remaining episodes meant it all amounted to nothing. No use crying over spilt milk, but the sheer number of times things like this happened really did begin to bug me by the time the fourth season ended. Given how popular the show was and how much potential was left, it was disappointing to see that it couldnít pass the 52 episode mark. WBís idiotic standards strike again.

Iíve never been a massive fan of The Morlocks and this episode didnít do anything to change/add to my disdain of them. To me theyíve always just been there, which is disappointing in itself, as the potential for having mutants who canít blend in because of their appearance has the makings for a classic story. If youíve seen the FOX KIDSí Beauty And The Beast episode of X-Men, youíll know what Iím talking about.

Overall, not a bad episode, not a great episode, but the show is now Spyke--less.