X-Men

Season 3 Episode 1

Out of the Past (1)

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Jul 29, 1994 on FOX
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A group of cyborg mercenaries, led by a woman from Wolverine's past, seek his forced help in unlocking the secrets of a long buried alien spacecraft.

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  • Wolverine digs asian chicks.

    7.7
    Wolverine seems to be visited by the past. Leech calls in and tells a woman named Yuriko is waiting for him. Expectedly, he rushes towards the sewers, and gets a flashback when he first departed with his first love, Yuriko. Though the meeting between the two seemed a bit denser than anticipated. Yuriko transformed herself into an android, renaming herself Lady Deathstrike. She even reveals one of her many reasons of transforming and getting her revenge on Wolverine; her father was the same one that fused Wolverine's mechanical skeleton figure together with his bones. They capture him, and bring him to an alien ship holding great importance. They want him to cut through the ship, for if they did it, they'll be harmed. He refuses, and his death was ordered, but Gambit and Jubilee interfere. Lady Deathstrike was stuck in the forcefield of the ship, and Wolverine cut a hole in it to release her, but a mysterious monster looks outside through the cut.



    Surprisingly short episode; only around sixteen minutes in exact length. Though as a Filipino, whom we take pride in anything we do, this should be an episode I should naturally appreciate and love because it's Philippine made. Well, not exactly, but anyways, due to the length, it was a little bit hard to fully enjoy. However, the story, the background stories, and even the action, were executed pretty well and made those parts enjoyable, but if it were longer, well, I'd obviously enjoy it more. The number of twists occuring in just one scene were pretty surprising and intriguing sometimes. I thought Lady Deathstrike just used Yuriko's name as bait for Wolverine to lure him towards her goal of opening up the ship, but it seems like she really was Yuriko. Episode concluded well with the mysterious green man hiding beneath the weird alien ship. In fact, I'm going to watch the next episode now!moreless
  • The past propels the future

    9.5
    Out of the Past-Part I is a solid season opener written by Michael Edens, connecting two different story points and making them work perfectly.



    While not as riveting as the second season opener, there's plenty of action and good storytelling in this episode, which begins to set the tone of the third year.



    This was the first episode done by a different animation studio. When I first heard about this I was worried at best. I thought the animation continuity would be completely messed up. I thought Fox's decision to order over 40 episodes in 2 years was a questionable one. It forced the animators to delegate their work to other studios such as the Phillipine Animation Studio, which did this two parter. I won't criticize the efforts of the people at Phillipine completely, because the episode looks awesome at times. However, it looks completely different from everything anybody's seen in the first two seasons. It's almost as if it were a new show. Fortunately, producer/director Larry Houston was up to the task of directing all of these episodes and keeping them as consistent as possible. While Phillipine's results aren't nearly as consistent as the results from the AKOM studios, the final product looks very cinematic. I give some credit for this look to Larry Houston. It looks more ambitious than anything previously done.



    The story opens with the Morlocks fleeing the Reavers as they use an item that will enable them to open up a mysterious vessel buried deep beneath New York City. Callisto plans to harness the power flowing from this vessel to retake her former position as leader of the Morlocks. This was a weird plot point, given that she still holds power over then, thanks to Storm's generosity on Captive Hearts.



    Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers discover the Morlocks and trap them in what appear to be electric spider webs. The Morlocks couldn't stand a chance against these guys.



    Meanwhile, Wolverine plays basketball with Gambit and Jubilee. This scene served only to reinforce the fact that Wolverine is a sore loser, when it comes to competition. Logan then receives a call from Yuriko and he takes off at once.



    I loved the sequence where Wolverine jumps over the subway tracks and enters the Morlock tunnels. He finds his former mistress to be a very different woman than before. Yuriko is now Lady Deathstrike, who blames Wolverine for the death of her father, Dr. Oyama, whom we saw at flashbacks back on Repo Man. This was a well used plot device. Now Yuriko plans to take Logan and use his claws to open a hole in the mysterious ship, since neither Deathstrike nor the Reavers can do it themselves.



    Meanwhile, when Yuriko first tried to break into the ship we saw Xavier feel the effects of the energy force through cerebro. This was an important plot point that would resonate very soon.



    Gambit and Jubilee track Wolverine down the tunnels. Fortunately, Gambit stops Jubilee from doing the stupidest thing possible by charging out in the open. At least somebody has brains in this team.



    I loved the character interplay between Wolverine and Deathstrike. It's a powerful relationship, filled with forgotten love, anger and resentment. She could barely restrain herself from lashing out at Wolverine. This is a very complex woman who lost herself completely after losing a loved one. Wolverine is forced to deal with this as best as he can. Fortunately, the Reavers aren't any fools and won't allow Deathstrike to slash Wolverine to his doom before he completes his job. Can you imagine any woman who would sacrifice her beauty by becoming a cyborg in order to get revenge?



    Wolverine, on the other hand, begins to seriously lose his temper. Or maybe, he's merely playing with Deathstrike to get her to make a fatal mistake. As he taunts her, she makes it by lunging for him and the duel begins.



    Gambit and Jubilee use this moment to strike the Reavers. While Gambit makes a good effort against them, Jubilee once again proves to be very useless, unless you call blinding an effective way of subduing your enemy. Unfortunately, Gambit hesitates long enough to get electrocuted in the legs by one of the Reavers.



    Meanwhile, one of Deathtstrike's swings hit the spaceship's hull, immobilizing her with unbearable power. Even Xavier can feel it from the War Room. Wolverine suddenly tries to free her from the inevitable by slashing his claws at the ship. This frees up a truly frightening and powerful being from inside the ship.



    This was a terrific cliffhanger. Despite the fact, that the X-Men can seriously abuse their luck on cliffhangers, this still works as a good example of solid storytelling. I can't wait for part II.moreless
Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Gambit/Remy LeBeau

Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd

Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett

Alyson Court

Alyson Court

Jubilee/Jubilation Lee

Tasha Simms

Tasha Simms

Yuriko/Lady Deathstrike

Guest Star

John Stocker

John Stocker

Leech

Recurring Role

Susan Roman

Susan Roman

Callisto

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, and Storm do not appear in this episode.

    • During the fight between Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine, her shirt is missing from the middle of her chest at one point.

    • This marks the first appearance of Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers, a group of Australian cyborg mercenaries. Though they're unnamed, their roster is: Bonebreaker (part tank), Pretty Boy (whose face is the only normal part), Skullbuster (with a red skull drawing over his face), Murray Reese (the redhead), and Wade Cole (the dark-skinned fellow).

    • Maverick once again has a cameo in Wolverine's flashback, this time as the helicopter pilot on his Canadian mission.

    • When the alien ship's energy expands, a poster of Marvel Comics' hero Captain America can be seen in the office it passes by.

    • Gambit's costume is colored light blue when he and Jubilee are following Wolverine into the sewer.

    • When Wolverine picks up Skullbuster to ask where Yuriko is, his recently reattached right arm is gone.

    • When Gambit and Jubilee are following Wolverine, Wolverine claws open the entry way to the Morlock tunnel. When Jubilee and Gambit are going after him before the train subway blocks the screen for a few seconds you can see the entrance to the tunnel is undamaged. But when Jubilee and Gambit approach it, it's back to being torn open.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • Animation Company: Philippine Animation Studio Inc.

    • This episode originally aired in mid-summer, prime-time slot on Fox, alongside the second season premiere episodes of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. It made its Saturday morning debut on October 1st, 1994.

    • This episode was produced with Lady Deathstrike lacking clothing under her "vest" area, as she wears in the comics. But censors took issue, and a white "shirt" was animated in very shortly before the ep first aired. The "original" version ended up on the now-out-of-print 2 episode video containing both parts.

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