Season 5 Episode 3

A Deal with the Devil

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Sep 14, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The former Soviet Union's living weapon, Omega Red, is thawed out by the US Military to deal with an abandoned Soviet nuclear submarine near Hawaii. He asks for his old enemy, Wolverine, and the woman responsible for freezing him most recently, Storm, to accompany him on the mission. Omega Red is offered restored humanity, but once aboard the warhead-filled sub, he reveals his true, deadly intentions.moreless

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  • Anything with Omega Red in it is bound to be good.

    In this episode they expand on the \'living weapon\' persona of Omega Red as he gains access to nuclear missles. Omega Red is one of the coolest characters in comics. Too bad he was not more powerful. Another example of the factors that made this series great, like the original Batman animated series: excellent voice acting, solid animation, and good writing. Cartoons today look like I drew them, and I suck at art. It seems like preschoolers wrote them. And the voice actors they use also suck.

    Favorite quotes:

    Omega Red: \"You wish my terms? You who would offer a living weapon something as pitiful as his humanity? I have programmed the missles, one directed at each of the world\'s fifteen largest cities. And what I want, colonel, is to watch them BURN.\"

    Omega Red: \"Say goodbye to the world you knew.\"

    Storm: \"You cannot launch! Millions shall perish!\"

    Omega Red: \"As they must, so that millions more shall fear me.\"

    You are not going to find this quality of writing in SquareBob, SpongePants or whatever his name is.moreless
  • Omega Red askes Wolverine and Storm to help him on a mission to retrive a submarine.

    I think this was a cool episode . Personally i like any episode with Wolverine as the main character but hey that is just me. I think that when Rogue jump into the water to save Storm and Wolverine was cool. All and all it was a great episode and i like it.
Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann


Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Alison Sealy-Smith

Alison Sealy-Smith

Storm/Ororo Monroe

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd

Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey and Jubilee do not appear in this episode.

    • When they show a shot of the outside of the submarine after Storm, Wolverine and Omega Red have gone in it, you cannot see the mini sub.

    • When the nuclear warheads are first shown, they read "Nemesis" in Russian letters, misspelled as "Nemisis". When we see them next on the screen from Omega Red's point of view, the writing looks different, with at least two letters changed to Latin alphabet N's.

    • This episode is a sequel to season 2's "Red Dawn", and features the final appearance of Omega Red.

    • When it shows the 3 military jets flying to the submarine in delta formation the one on the right of the screen is way smaller than the one in the middle yet the smaller one's wing overlaps the bigger jet.

    • When showing the submarine "listing", the mini-sub, which just surfaced, is shown to be still attached to the sub.

    • The mini-sub front window, which normally shows the green sea, shows blue sky and clouds when Storm talks Wolverine out of attacking Omega Red.

    • Wolverine's belt is brown when agreeing to go along on the mission.

    • When ripping off the hull of the sub, Rogue's feet are missing.

    • The submarine ends up landing on a ledge almost identical to the one it'd been resting on earlier, miles away.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Omega Red: Say goodbye to the world you knew.
      Storm: You cannot launch! Millions shall perish!
      Omega Red: As they must, so that millions more shall fear me.

    • Omega Red: Is it not a great sadness, Storm? To be created never to be used?
      Storm: Weapons do not have feelings.
      Omega Red: Ohh... if only that were true.

    • Wolverine: I don't CARE if my lungs melt, (pops claws through protective suit) I'm stoppin' this guy!

    • Wolverine: An island vacation with Omega Red in a toxic, nuclear powder keg three miles under water. Yep. This is pretty much Shangri-la.

    • Omega Red: Russian saying states, "Any landing you can walk away from is GOOD landing!" Heheh.
      Colonel: WE don't.

    • Wolverine: Easy does it, Storm. If those Soviet wise-guys build subs like they built chernobyl, I don't wanna give this one any reason to lose its cool.

    • Colonel: I wanna thank you all for agreeing to join our slavage effort. We all know what's at stake.
      Wolverine: You don't have a clue, bub.
      Colonel: (approaches and points at him) Speak when you're spoken to, mister!
      Wolverine: You come a step closer, pal, and you're gonna EAT that hand.

    • Wolverine: Who do these genius spy-catchers think they're dealin' with? Winnie the Pooh?!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Versions shown in Canada include a few variations, implying they recieved an unfinished version:
      - Opening credits are pre-season 5.
      - Onscreen credits-fonts are different.
      - The Mountains in the first scene are listed as "Caucasian" instead of "Caucasus".
      - The entire submarine cabin spins for Storm when she first approaches it, instead of just getting wavy.
      - The "depth charges armed" Blackbird monitor screen is replaced with a static shot of the ice mists above the Savage Land from "Reunion (1)".
      - The "warning navigation damaged" and "navigational failure" shots are overlayed on the missile launching screen, instead of against a black screen.
      - And the end credits sequence is season 3 style.

    • Animation Company: SEM Animation.

    • Original broadcast end-credits-scene: "Sanctuary (2)"; Magneto confronts Cortez about launching the warheads, only to have the tables turned.

    • Episode director/producer Larry Houston is not credited (he'd left the show by the time this aired, and either denied being credited for it, was denied for it by those in charge, or was just accidentally left off).

    • This episode was originally produced for season 4, but was held back due to animation delays.


    • Beast: To paraphrase Cowper, "They delievered us when bound, and when bleeding heal'd our wounds. Sought us wand'ring, set us right. Turned our darkness into light."
      William Cowper was an English Poet. This quote comes from his 1779 collection "Olney Hymns", section 18, "Lovest Thou Me?"

    • Beast: Much like Cassandra, we all may pay a price for Wolverine's foresight.
      Beast refers to the Greek legend of Cassandra, the psychic whom no one believed when she made prophecies.

    • Wolverine: Well, waddaya know. They oughta use this tub in one of those battery ads with the rabbit.
      The submarine coming to full power after many years of disuse, is compared by Logan to the drum-pounding, pink bunny from the long-line of Energizer Battery commercials.

    • Wolverine: Easy does it, Storm. If those Soviet wise-guys build subs like they built chernobyl, I don't wanna give this one any reason to lose its cool.
      Logan refers to the formally USSR site, now the Ukraine, where what is considered to be the worst nuclear power disaster in history, took place.

    • Mini-Sub: Chios
      The name of the mini-sub, Chios, is a reference to the small Greek island of the same name.

    • Wolverine: For a boy scout!
      Logan corelates the liquid nitrogen implant by the government in Omega Red with something mundane a Boy Scout would do.

    • Wolverine: Who do these genius spy-catchers think they're dealin' with? Winnie the Pooh?!
      Logan makes a reference to the cuddily bear star of the book series, and endless Disney cartoons, Winnie the Pooh.