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Season 3 Episode 2

Out of the Past (2)

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Aug 05, 1994 on FOX
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Episode Summary

An alien being called the Spirit Drinker drains the life-force of Jubilee and the Reavers, making strained allies of Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike.

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  • Best part of the episode? The "Coming Soon, The Phoenix Saga!" logo at the end, lol.

    With this mysterious green beast being released into the public, the earth is bound to be in danger, and like always, it'll also be bound to be saved. This alien they call the Spirit Drinker has the ability to drink souls, implied by the name. He already drank Yuriko, Jubilee, the morlocks, and the Australian mercenaries souls, so the X-Men after arriving, take caution on how they attack him. Through the process of the battle with the alien, they discovered that its weakness is metal. Gambit decides to finish things off with his metal rod, and everyone lives happily ever after.

    Well, this ending to this really short arc, kind of sucked. It gets extra points for being Philippine made, since the only thing good we've produced was Manny Paquia. Okay okay I was joking; we're good at producing other things, like mango and dramas. Episode was decent with all bias-ness aside. The action wasn't really great, since the majority of the time, everyone was just running away in fear of their souls being drank. The antagonist of this story was defeated in a cliched way; through a coincidence only minutes after the being was released, they find the weakness and immediately put an end to a short lived terror. I hate endings like these, because they just suck no matter how badass the villain is. That little run through of all the experiences that the professor projected in his mind with all the beings in outer space, was a bit thought provoking though.moreless
  • Was a two parter really necessary?

    Now that I think about it, Out of the Past-Part II was a serious disappointment. Not that it wasn't a great action-packed episode, or that it wasn't suspenseful. It was. But every plot point in this episode could have been done in part I within 3 minutes. There was no need to stretch this into a two parter. I blame Fox for this, since it was the network who ordered so many episodes. It was bound to have a downside.

    Len Wein does a decent job creating a good atmosphere filled with tension, but it still feels stretched. On the plus side, the animation is simply awesome throughout the episode. Everytime the spirit drinker is onscreen the lighting effects are nothing short of brilliant. Larry Houston and the animators deserve every credit for saving this episode from being a disaster.

    Beginning where Part I left off, the spirit drinker exits the ship and makes short work of the Reavers, by absorbing their souls. When the drinker goes for Gambit, he absorbs Jubilee when she jumps in front of him, driving Wolverine to despair. I don't need to mention the fact that this is Xavier's third of fourth scream this season. And this one was simply because the girl got her soul eaten. Get a grip professor!

    Wolverine, Gambit and Deathstrike flee with Jubilee in their arms. The spirit drinker absorbs every trapped Morlock in the tunnels. Wolverine and Deathstrike realize that adamantium claws can hurt this creature. Is there anything adamantium won't do? It's almost like Kryptonite. Everybody finds a use for it.

    When they try to destroy the creature, it ends up eating Deathstrike's soul, ending this act with Wolverine crying in despair. Way too overdone for my taste. While Wolverine tries to fight the creature, we get constant glimpses of Jubilee and Deathstrike's souls. Seeing that ridiculous voice of Jubilee screaming no every time can really get on my nerves.

    Gambit brings the other X-Men to help Wolverine in this battle. The spirit drinker attempts to flee to the surface, which will bring New York to a certain doom. He gets as far as the subway tracks, where he derails the train and starts eating people's souls.

    Meanwhile, Beast and Xavier go to the opened ship to explore its origins. Xavier screams again when he attempts to link with the computer, using his telepathy. He realizes this was a prison ship from outer space and has a vague idea of where it might come from.

    When Jean gets the message, the X-Men try to stop this drinker at any cost. There were some awesome shots in this battle sequence. While Beast looked nothing like we're used to seeing in the series, thanks to different animators, the lighting effects relected on him are simply astonishing. Wolverine realizes that the creature is a super-conductor when one of her pieces desintegrates on the subway rail. Wolverine drives the creature to the tracks, while Gambit throws his staff on the tracks inside the creature's mouth. The creature is gone for good while all spirits are released.

    Jubilee is back to normal as is Deathstrike. She decides to spare Logan's life for saving her, despite not forgetting her vendetta against him. This could have been followed in later episodes. It's a pity it wasn't.

    I always thought the spirit drinker was an unnecessary plot device. It could have been a single episode rather than two, with far better pacing and better storytelling.

    Xavier tells the X-Men that when he touched the intelligence inside the buried ship, he had frightening visions of a future that's right in their doorstep, complete with shots from the Phoenix Saga. The episode ends with an amazing shot to outer space and a wall of fire, announcing the upcoming saga.

    The episode could have been a lot better, but the best is yet to come.moreless
Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Gambit/Remy LeBeau

Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Jean Grey

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


Tasha Simms

Tasha Simms

Yuriko/Lady Deathstrike

Guest Star

John Stocker

John Stocker


Recurring Role

Susan Roman

Susan Roman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Wolverine: Okay, bub. Suppertime's over! Ya wanna absorb something? Suck on this!

    • Jean Grey: All the Morlocks are back to normal, Professor.
      Cyclops: The Reavers escaped but, I bet it will be a while before they can repair their cybernetics.
      Xavier: I am deeply thankful you're all safe, my X-Men.
      Jubilee: Then it's all over, right.
      Xavier: I only wish that were true child. But, when I touched that alien craft. I felt things, sensed things that I had never known before. Saw terrible visions of beings with ruthless, unimaginable power. That I fear that this is only the beginning.

    • Gambit: I'll be back, Wolverine.
      Wolverine: If we're still alive, we'll welcome the company.

    • Professor X: (to Logan, about Lady Deathstrike) And this is?
      Wolverine: An old friend. She wants me dead.
      Cyclops: Why am I not surprised?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Animation Company: Philippine Animation Studio Inc.

    • The little boy who passes Beast in the art gallery has a shirt reading "BSP Rocks", an in-joke to the Broadcast Standards and Practices who forced the animators to add the shirt to Deathstrike.

    • This episode, and the previous, 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.

    • The episode ends with a screen stating "Coming soon! The Phoenix Saga", featuring real footage of a fire overlayed on a shot of planet Earth. This was originally only going to be present on the first broadcast, but it has remained on all subsequent repeats.

    • 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 8th, 1994.


    • Murray: Okay, boys. Let's give E.T. a Reavers' welcome!
      The Reaver refers to the Spirit Drinker as "E.T.", an alien being from the 1982 film, "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial".

    • Beast: My kingdom for a Rosetta Stone!
      The Rosetta Stone is an ancient tablet, with which many translations of long-forgotten languages were deciphered.

    • Beast: My kingdom for a Rosetta Stone!
      Beast paraphrases from William Shakespeare's play, "King Richard III", namely Act V, scene IV. The title character pleads on deaf ears that he'd give everything he has for just a simple necessity.

    • Wolverine: You wanna play cavalry, Gambit?
      Logan's comment about Gambit's desire to go down fighting to save those trapped by the Spirit Drinker, is in reference to these guys:

    • Beast: Picasso holds a peculiar fascination for me.
      Beast's love of Pablo Picasso's artwork, for its "animalistic style", is apt.

    • Beast: Frankly, I've never been able to tell Jackson Pollack's paintings from his drop cloths!
      Beast's critique of famous abstract expressionist Jackson Pollack is very sardonic.