Season 3 Episode 15

Cold Comfort

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Feb 04, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary


A founding member of the X-Men, named Iceman, breaks into a government facility. He refuses to trust his former teammates about his reasons for doing so, but when Jubilee aids him in his quest, it leads to the team going up against another group of mutants, known as X-Factor.


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Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Norm Spencer

Norm Spencer

Cyclops/Scott Summers

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd


Alyson Court

Alyson Court

Jubilee/Jubilation Lee

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Gambit, Rogue and Storm do not appear in this episode. Jean Grey appears briefly in a flashback, but dosen't speak.

    • Though this is Iceman's first (and only full) appearance on this series, he was previously the star of the early 80's toon, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.

    • This episode features the debut of the Goverment-sponsored mutant team X-Factor. Its line-up consists of Havok (plasma-wave discharger), Multiple Man (self-multiplier), Wolfsbane (werewolf-girl), Strong Guy (super-strength), Quicksilver (super-speed), Lorna Dane (not called Polaris here, magnetism), and the modern-day version of Forge (machinery master), whose future self appears repeatedly in all Bishop time travel episodes. Havok, Lorna, Forge, and Multiple Man are the only ones who speak. Though the rest of the team will reappear in cameos, Quicksilver will fully appear next in "Family Ties".

    • Beast makes clear for the first time onscreen that the Spirit Drinker's vessel from "Out of the Past (2)" was a Shi'ar craft, and that its technology is what he's been using as a guide to add upgrades to the mansion.

    • One of the creatures Xavier makes the soldiers see to flee is a member of the Brood, closer to the comics version than will be seen in "Love In Vain".

    • Footage shows Iceman fighting Magneto during his days with the X-Men... except Magneto had never faced any form of the team prior to the third episode, as he was living in the Savage Land during that time.

    • In the flashback, Magneto's neck area is fleshtoned, when it's supposed to be red.

    • The guard claims it's 97 degrees, yet the thermometer reads 85%.

    • When Beast hops off the light-post, Iceman's circle-x on his costume is missing.

    • Beast's eyebrows are light blue when saying the "father son dynamatic" remark.

    • When Cyclops blasts Iceman, the footage of him flying back against the wall plays transparently over the shot of Wolverine frozen in the block of ice.

    • Jubilee's sunglasses' right side is blue when tied to the chair and trying to use her powers.

    • The boxes in the storage area during the X-Factor/X-Men fight change from brown to bright yellow.

    • Speaking of which, why is Forge wearing one of the X-Men's original costumes if he has no ties to them and have never met Xavier before? The Professor ought to sue for copyright infringement! (well, maybe not...)

    • Why doesn't Quicksilver have a uniform like the rest of his team? There's not even an X on his suit!

    • A baker's dozen is 13, and Multiple Man only multiplies to a total of eleven of himself when making the comment.

    • When Iceman blows on his fingers after downing Strong Guy, he's translucent (again when telling Lorna she'll get over it).

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (5)

    • The newspaper with the headline, "Mutant Crisis!", and the picture of Xavier & Gyrich, is an issue of the Daily Bugle, which Spider-Man works for. The editorial is written by his boss, publisher and all-around hate monger, J. Jonah Jameson.

    • The storage facility name, "Kirby Glen", is a reference to team co-creator Jack Kirby. The number of it, "1917", is his year of birth.

    • Though the connection is never fully stated on this series, Cyclops and Havok are long-lost brothers (hence why their powers don't affect each other, and hence why, though the actor voicing Havok is uncredited, he sounds like Cyclops' voice actor Norm Spencer).

    • Animation Company: Philippine Animation Studio Inc.

    • The season 5 episode "Longshot" was originally produced between "Obsession" and this episode, but was held back 2 years due to animation problems.


    • Xavier: A faulty AE-35 unit.
      The item in the Cerebro computer unit that Xavier needs to replace happens to be the same thing in the novel and film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, that spaceship computer HAL-9000 detects as being faulty, leading to a fateful voyage into space to repair it by one of its crew members.

    • Jubilee: The infirmary? What am I, a candy-striper?
      Jubilee sarcastically compares herself to a volunteer hospital worker, usually a teenaged girl.