Overflow

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Last week, the X-Men “rescued” Charles Xavier from Magneto’s iron citadel, simply by asking! The only problem is that he is brain-dead, and on life-support. But not all hope is lost, as he appeared to them from a desolate future, using Cerebro and the astral plane. Twenty years from now, mutants are pursued by Sentinels, and the world is under their control. Why? The disbanding of the X-Men. If they’re to prevent this, Xavier reveals, Wolverine must lead them. This, as you can imagine, does not sit well with Cyclops.

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GTFO, Emma.

As “Overflow” opens, Xavier pulls Logan from a deep sleep into the astral plane to reveal to him that 20 years ago to the day the continent of Africa was completely destroyed by none other than the former X-Man Storm. The last time we saw Ororo she was (predictably!) pushing Charles’ wheelchair before the explosion went off at the mansion over a year ago.

Charles catches Emma mentally spying on the two, which leads Logan to expel her from the mansion. Fortunately for her, 30 seconds later, the need to locate Ororo via Cerebro is apparent and she is brought back to do so. With that, the X-Men gather, with Kitty attempting to rouse Cyclops out of his room for the mission. It appears he won’t be joining them until the last minute when he silently and stoically boards the Blackbird.

Meanwhile, in Africa, someone has made their way to the foot of the weather goddess Storm, and taken control of her mind…

Under the influence...

Under the influence...

So, with that brief lead-in out of the way, let’s get to the meaty stuff. We get a straight forward Storm origin, which includes a particularly menacing version of the Shadow King (would they get rid of the fez, please?!) and Xavier’s intervention. We also get a look at a few budding plot points, including Kitty being quite concerned when Bobby is taken out by Storm’s raging hurricane. Emma risks her life to save Storm and take down the Shadow King, finally earning herself the unspoken trust of Logan. But to what end?

Overall, a pretty decent episode to follow up the three-part opener. The action during the fight in Africa was exceptional, and the animation I found to be particularly good, especially during the ice-shard rain and Emma’s battle with the Shadow King. As far as the plot goes, another mutant from the opening sequence is added, leaving only one mutant missing to round out the team. Where could he be? The only thing I found odd about the story was bringing along Iceman, Kitty, and Beast, if their roles were simply to be taken out of the equation seconds into the fight. What purpose did it serve to take them along at all when the focus was meant to be on Scott, Logan, and Emma?

Next week: A device that could turn the tide against mutants in the fight for the future has fall into the hands of an expert t’ief…

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2 Responses to “Overflow”

  1. gokitalo Says:

    I only saw bits and pieces of the episode, but I will say that I have a strange fondness for Shadow King’s fez. Not everyone can bring out the inherent coolness of little cup-shaped hats.

  2. spiffyithaca Says:

    So, I liked it. Maybe cartoons just aren’t for me though, because I didn’t find myself enthralled by the action or animation at all.

    Now…if Pixar could do an X-Men cartoon….that would be awesome. They clearly can do superhero well (Incredibles).

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