Wolverine and the X-Men

Season 1 Episode 12

eXcessive Force

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jun 12, 2009 on Nicktoons Networks

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  • Cyclops gets an episode of Wolverine and the X-Men? Well that just can't be right. But it is.

    Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, has proven to be an enigma to many writers. Oftentimes characterized as a boy scout, writers and fans, alike, often find themselves gravitating away from his character to the more rugged and rougish characters, like Wolverine and Gambit. In the wrong hands, Cyclops can be a boring and dull character or can be cast aside completely. Such was the case in the X-Men movies, where his character was completely cast aside in favor of focusing on Wolverine.

    As a show, Wolverine and the X-Men's key conceit is that Wolverine becomes the leader of the X-Men, the role traditionally held by Cyclops. Going into the show, it seemed likely that Cyclops was going to suffer mistreatment similar to that of the movies.

    It turns out, though, that the show's writers are not those wrong hands. Instead of an afterthought or a bore, they have managed to create a very interesting characterization of Cyclops. As part of the show's conceit, they remove Jean Grey and Professor Xavier from the picture in the very first episode, the two most influential people in Scott Summers's life, his love and his father figure. This loss leaves him a bitter, depressed mess of his former self. This bitter, brooding Cyclops has proven to be one of the more interesting aspects of the show. Wolverine finds himself in the leadership role Cyclops held, Cyclops becomes the rugged loner. This was a thread with potential that the X movies dangled, but were ultimately too busy blowing Scott away to explore. The role reversal is one of the pleasures of the show, even with the limited screen time Cyclops is typically given. In eXcessive Force, Cyclops takes center stage and the writer's take some time to walk around in their Cyclops's boots, which leads to a whole lot of property damage. When Cyclops runs across an old enemy, a lackey to Mr. Sinister (who in the comics has become inescapably linked with Cyclops history) he becomes convinced that Sinister is the one responsible for his love's disappearance. He captures the lackey and destroys a whole lotta stuff in the process. This Cyclops is not one for discretion, he just blows the **** out of stuff. When Wolverine refuses to help, what all the proof of his claims that Scott doesn't have, Cyclops sets out as a one man army against Mr. Sinister, who, never one to pass an opportunity to mess around with Scott (though this history has not presented itself), sets a trap for Scott. This is one of the more action packed episodes in the series and really shows a Cyclops that has cut loose from the restraints he normally has. So rarely is Summers allowed to be a bad ass, but he is here and the results are satisfying for Cyclops fans. The rest of the gang gets in on the action before its all said and done too, to save Scott from another one man army in a cameo appearance.

    Having rescued Scott, the episode ends with Wolverine giving Scott a lecture that sounds nearly identical to ones given to Wolverine on several occasions, which provides some unintentional (sort of) humor.

    One of my favorite episodes of a surprisingly strong series.