Wednesday, January 25, 2012

TV Talk - X-Men: the Animated Series

Well, after a couple of weeks dealing with school work and some random thing called SKYRIM (awesome by the way) I'm back to complete this month off. I have three more things I really want to do before the month is over, so let's get to it! Today......X-MEN.....aka X-Men: TAS. You know the drill.

As I have stated before, this cartoon was one of my first looks at the team. I don't know how many times I have seen that first season. I think I still have that tape somewhere. My family didn't have FOX at that time, so I really missed out on the show. Luckily, my uncle recorded a few episodes and I was able to watch it that way. When we finally got cable, I found out that it was on syndication on the WB, coming on at 7:30 AM. Crap. I had school. Over the years I have been able to see the entire series thanks to the Internet as well as Disney XD. Recently, I have been able to see a slight majority of the series online, so I am ready to make a judgement on this show.


Yeah...we're awesome!
  • Serious tone - This is definitely not Pryde of the X-Men. The show starts out with a serious, grown-up tone to it. Heck, the first two seasons mostly dealt with mutant rights and all of the discrimination and prejudice that came with it. Also, see what happens in the second episode (Note: It has an "Apache Idiot" feel to it.).
  • Likable, Interesting, Cool Characters - All of the X-Men that were the main stars in it were presented in the way they should be: Cyclops leads, Beast does machines, Wolverine is cool but crude, and Gambit is a party dude....wait, what? Anyway, everyone (including the villains) was in character. Heck, even Jubilee had some cool moments. Other than Wolverine, my favorite characters from this show are Beast, Gambit, Rouge, Magneto, Apocalypse, Storm (her speeches were hilarious) and others. 
  • Awesome voice acting - The voice acting for the show was awesome. Wolverine didn't sound annoyingly Australian. 
  • The animation - At times, the animation could be pretty decent. I'll admit that Pryde of the X-Men had the better animation at times though. 
  • WOLVEERINEEEEE!!!!!! - Yes, I might as well mention him. This is where I first saw the character of Wolverine. He's everything on this show. He's the BMS, the ladies' man, and the occasionally emotional guy. 
  • I could list more, but if you want to know how awesome this series is, just watch the thing. You'll like it. 

Yes, I still dislike the character, and this show is why.

Now are their dislikes? Yeah. It's like that with every show.
  • The fact that it ended - The statement speaks for itself. While the last episode was a good one, it felt a little rushed. 
  • The animation - At times, the animation kinda sucked. For their moments of greatness, there were also moments of crappiness when the animation was involved. This was one thing I really noticed when going through the series recently.
  • Lost steam at the end - Just recently, I really didn't watch the last few episodes of the series  because they really didn't interest me. It kinda felt like the writing team ran out of steam at the end. The last episode was good though. 
  • Characters overshadowed by others - it seems like some characters like Gambit and Beast got only a couple of episodes to themselves while others like Wolverine got a lot of episodes to themselves. It's not really a dislike, but it would have been cool to see Gambit and Beast away from the X-Men for more than one episode. 
  • ...And that's really it. Watch the series!

Favorite Mulit-Parters/Stand-Alones
For this part, I will list most of my favorite multi-parters and and stand-alones from this series. They're in order according to season.

  • Night of the Sentinels - This pilot succeeds where POTX didn't. All of the characters are introduced, there is nice pacing, the story is kinda serious, and the villains' intentions make sense.  
  • Enter Magneto - Magneto....and Sabertooth. Need I say more?
  • Days of Future Past/Final Decision - This 3-parter introduces Bishop,  pays homage to the original story, and ends the seasonal arc of the threat of the Sentinels.
  • Time Fugitives - Another "Future" arc. This time, Cable (the wild man of Borneo) AND Apocalypse is involved. Consider this the Teminator 2 of the Future stories. 
  • Repo Man - Wolverine's backstory gets covered here. It's probably the best of the Logan stories. 
  • Beauty and the Beast - Possibly one of my favorite X-Men episodes ever. Just watch it. 
  • The Dark Phoenix Saga - They did their best to faithfully adapt the storyline. They changed a couple of things (this is a kid's show after all), but it is still one of their best arcs. 
  • Obsession - Apocalypse!!! 'Nuff Said.
  • Nightcrawler - Nightcrawler is introduced and religion is dealt with (in a pretty real way) in this episode. A good one. 
  • The Phalanx Covenant -  The Borg rip-off comes to Earth, and it's up to Beast, Warlock, Mr. Sinister, and Magneto to save the day. AWESOME.
  • Graduation Day - The last episode. While it feels rushed, it is still a good one to end on. 

And that ends my talk. I've decided to skip X-Men Evolution for now. I will come back to it though when I have gone through it. For now....I leave you with this:


  1. Awesome review!! I loved watching this show when I was little! Have you read Joss Whedon's run on "Astonishing X-Men?"

  2. Yeah, this show was and is awesome. I actually haven't read Whedon's run yet. I've wanted to, but I just haven't yet. I did watch the motion comic they did on the first six issues about a year ago and that was pretty good.