Season 4 Episode 13

The Lotus and the Steel

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Feb 03, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Finding himself continually losing control, Wolverine takes a sabbatical to Japan, in an effort to find inner peace in temple-building. Instead, he faces a village under siege by a group of bandits, and struggles to help them without compromising his search for his true nature.

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  • Wolverine goes to Japan to find inner peace, but he just gets himself involved in more fighting.

    Logan confronts Xavier to tell him that he'll be leaving the X-Men in order to take some time off in Japan. Though when he gets there, one of the locals is rebelling against Silver Samurai and their demands for money. The villagers would prefer to buy into their demands. Logan simply ignored the issue and continued his soul finding, but once the temple was burned down to set as an example, he couldn't take it.

    Wolverine though might have found his answer when Kisara confronted him and had a very philosophical conversation with him. He encourages the villagers to fight on, and that he would help them. The villagers planted a variety of traps for the gangs, and were quite successful. Only person to remain standing was Silver Samurai, whom Wolverine was able to defeat with patience. The village was free, Wolverine said his good byes, and Jubilee arrived to pick him up.

    A decent episode, though me being a huge fan of basically anything Japanese, I was a bit biased and was pretty pre-empted to enjoy this episode. Samurais, monks, you gotta love them. Wolverine's psychological problem stemmed a pretty interesting concept, and it was pretty well executed for most of the episode. It was great how he found his purpose by actually running into conflict.

    However, it didn't end in a convincing fashion. Things just concluded much too early and too fast. It also didn't seem Logan's problem was really fully resolved. His problem was being too impulsive and trigger quick at being angry, not finding purpose, although they both could intertwine in some manner in a deeper sense. If the episode spent more time going deeper into Wolverine's resolving issue, it would have been more convincing. Though since it didn't, this is only a decent episode.moreless
Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd


Alyson Court

Alyson Court

Jubilee/Jubilation Lee

Paul Haddad

Paul Haddad

Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner

Guest Star

Denis Akiyama

Denis Akiyama

Silver Samurai

Guest Star

Don Francks

Don Francks

Sabertooth/Victor Creed

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Beast, Gambit, Rogue and Storm do not appear in this episode. Cyclops only appears in a flashback of old footage, and Jean Grey appears in a flashback of new footage, however, has no lines.

    • Nightcrawler and Sabretooth appear (and speak) in rememberances within Wolverine's mirror.

    • Wolverine's history in Japan was previously dealt with in season 3's "Out Of The Past (1)".

    • Takaki pulls out his sword when preparing to defeat the "ignorant peasants", yet in the next shot, he lacks a weapon, and both hands are on the bike's throttle.

    • When driving into the village, the footage of the bikers rolling over the hole-trap is replayed, though nobody falls this time around.

    • Soichi wears his watch on his right wrist through most of the show, but in the final shot, is wearing it on his left.

    • Thanks to her take-off footage being recycled from "Red Dawn", Jubilee appears to have someone else in the Mini-Jet with her.

    • Silver Samurai's red sash is suddenly repaired when he stands up and walks away from the battle.

    • When Kisara tells her to come with them, Jubilee's glasses have an added section to their right side, jutting downward.

    • The bandit who pulls his gun on the laughing crowd has hair when pulling his gun out, as his bald head flashes from flesh-tone to black.

    • Despite being burned for what appears to be hours, the temple is back to normal, if not magically repaired entirely, by the time Jubilee shows Wolverine's picture around (and for the rest of the episode).

    • When Takaki is telling Yoshida about the tribute being due in 3 days, the image of his chest through the glass top of his motorcycle remains the same as his upper-body moves while talking.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Once again, here's a list of things as they are in versions aired in Canada & the UK, and how they're different from the version aired in the country of origin, the US:
      - The title is "Lotus and the Steel" instead of "The Lotus and the Steel".
      - Onscreen font is bolder.
      - Wolverine flashes back to his carving his and Silver Fox's names on the cabin door, then facing the costumed Sabretooth inside, instead of being told off by Silver Fox at the end of "Weapon X...".
      - Flashback to Wolverine letting loose in the Danger Room from "Till Death Do Us Part (1)" instead of him and Jean from "Captive Hearts".
      - Wolverine replies by saying, "No. She's happy. I love her enough to want her to stay that way.", instead of no reply
      - The "oriental music" during the montage of Logan's working is different (louder, more "cheery").
      - Wolverine walks to the village mob gathering, carrying the bundle of logs on his shoulder, as Soichi says "Since I was a child, I have watched our people work hard only to have these criminals take what little we earn." The US version cuts right to Logan dropping the logs, and Soichi mentioning thier children, the image flipped to the right side.
      - Wolverine's nightmare is more coherant, showing a clip of the adamantium bonding scene from "Repo Man"; his leaving Yuriko from "Out of the Past (1)", then facing her as Lady Deathstrike later in that episode; various images from "Weapon X, Lies, and Video Tape" with Sabretooth and Logan exchanging remarks about their shared past, ending with Creed's forced abandoning of Maverick & Silver Fox; Nightcrawler urging Logan to open his heart from "Nightcrawler"; ending with new animation of Wolverine walking along the beach, looking into a puddle in a rock, and seeing his reflection turning into Sabretooth's (the rest of which plays out in both versions the same).
      - The children in the tree don't make giggling sounds.
      - The cutting off of Samurai's sash makes no sound effects.
      - The final shot of the episode does a "shrinking circle" fade, letting Jubilee's final remark of "who was that Oku guy, again?" actually be heard.
      - Season 3 style end credits.

    • Animation Company: Philippine Animation Studio Inc. (incorrectly listed as AKOM).

    • Original broadcast end-credits-scene: "Days Of Future Past (2)"; Cyclops runs into the Blob/ Blob prepares to sit on the X-Men, which Jubilee finds gross.

    • Silver Samurai makes his first (and only) appearance here. His history with Wolverine is a lot more involved in the comics (he's the brother of his fiancee and gained his armor from Logan's ex-wife).


    • title: The Lotus And The Steel
      The title refers to the meditiative position Wolverine is shown practicing, and the steel of the Silver Samurai. There's other meanings to it (such as the delicateness of the lotus vs the hardness of the steel), but that seems to be the main one.

    • Silver Samurai: Gaijin!
      The name Wolverine is repeatedly called by the Japanese men in this episode, Gaijin, generally means "foreigner", despite not being an accurate translation of the word.

    • Wolverine: Who's Evel Knievel?
      Logan compares Soichi to the famous American stunt-man and motorcyclist.