Okay, this is going to be about the two-part season finale for X-Men: Evolution. There are going to be spoilers aplenty here, so look no further if you missed the episodes and are waiting for the reruns.
Spoiler Space: Last Chance to Turn Back Now
I mean it.
Here we go with the spoilers…
Wow. “Ascension” was pretty good, I thought. They brought in just about everyone who’s ever appeared to fight Apocalypse. I think the pacing and direction of the two episodes was very good, but I think the ending of part two was rushed. I bet they could have stretched it out to three episodes is they had been given more than just nine episodes in the season four order. Still, I liked it.
Apocalypse’s four horsemen were pretty cool. Using Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, and Storm to defend the temples provided some excellent fight scenes. Xavier in particular had this psychic weapons thing going on. I’m glad that Magneto and Mystique aren’t really dead; I thought they were gone for good considering how they met their ends earlier in the season. Storm had a lot of good scenes, too; she’s a really cool character.
I liked that they brought back Dorian Leech to be part of the final plan. I was wondering if the episode he first appeared in was going to be a one-off appearance or part of the lead-up to this. Rogue didn’t have a lot to do until the ending, but I agree with Kurt at the end: the girl who shut herself off from the world saved it. I like that Apocalypse arc could be returned to in the future if the series isn’t ending.
I liked seeing Spike, Angel, and Collosus fighting with the X-Men teams. Angel didn’t say anything that I can recall; I guess they couldn’t get his voice actor back. I’m glad that the Brotherhood, who refused initially to help, arrived at the last minute to join the fight. It was a touching moment seeing Quicksilver save the Scarlet Witch. It was also touching seeing the two of them help Magneto off the battlefield at the end.
One thing that puzzles me is the end of the battles when Mystique tries to set things right with Rogue and Nightcrawler. I can understand Rogue telling her to stuff it, but I don’t understand Nightcrawler’s reaction. After all the emotional turmoil he went through with Mystique being turned to stone and thrown off a cliff, I thought he would have been somewhat joyous to see her. Instead, he copped Rogue’s attitude with her. Odd behavior, I think.
Another I disliked was that not all of the mutants we’ve seen joined in. I missed Gambit, Pyro, and Sabretooth, among others. I suppose that’s for the best, though. So many characters were involved here that only really Wolverine had a lot of good scenes. Too much going on and not a lot of time to do it all. Making this a three-parter would have helped that, I think.
I take it from the ending that this may be the series finale of X-Men: Evolution. I haven’t heard yet if there will be a fifth season, but part two sure goes with the basis that this is the end. It was interesting seeing those final few minutes when Xavier was talking about how he pretty much saw the future in Apocalypse’s mind. He hinted at Magneto’s leading the institute for a while. He hinted at Jean Gray becoming the Dark Phoenix. He hinted at the ongoing mutant hatred going on. And he predicted the futures of all the main mutants we’ve seen in the series. Basically, everyone is really older and buffed up.
From the looks of the final line-ups, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver stay with the Brotherhood. Pyro also joins with them. From my limited knowledge of the comics, I thought Quicksilver joined the X-Men while Avalanche, Pyro, and Blob joined Magneto’s new acolytes. Collosus joins the X-Men, and it looks like Wolfsbane and Jubilee return from their parent-forced exile. I couldn’t tell to see what fates Gambit, Boom-Boom, or Angel had.
So, in conclusion, overall the episodes were good, I think. Not enough time to give every character a chance to shine, and not everyone character brought back. The fight scenes were good, but the ending was a bit rushed.
Anyone else see the episodes and wants to comment?