The Unstoppable Juggernaut
Written by Julianne Klemm
Summary: In the ruins of the mansion, the X-Men discover a gigantic footprint. Wolverine tracks the prints into the city, where he encounters a large mutant named Colossus. After initially mistaking Colossus for the culprit, the team soon realizes that the real villain is a behemoth called the Juggernaut. During their battle, Rogue tries to absorb Juggernaut's powers, only to discover that he has too much power to steal. However, she does learn that Juggernaut is Xavier's bitter stepbrother. After Wolverine removes Juggernaut's helmet, Jean Grey uses Cerebro to wipe his mind clean.
"Actiiing!": The debut of Colossus brings us the show's first horrific use of a foreign accent. I'm sure the lady who played Moira MacTaggert wasn't a true Scotsman, either, but that accent was subtle and understated compared to Colossus’ “Russian” accent.
Review: I'm trying to think of a decent Juggernaut episode during this series' run, and I'm coming up blank. I guess Juggernaut was used fairly well during the extended "Phoenix Saga" storyline, but I don't think he was the sole focus of an entire episode. The only good thing I can think to say about "The Unstoppable Juggernaut" is that it's better than the later episode that has an introverted nerd straight out of a 1980s teen comedy gain the Juggernaut's powers. And that's debatable. (Okay, in fairness, working in a Beast cameo during Colossus’ short jail stint wasn’t a bad move. The rest of the episode, however, is indefensible.)
This is the generic superhero version of the X-Men that the comic fans were paranoid FOX would produce. Right down to the clichéd lesson about the importance of putting aside differences and using teamwork to save the day, this is simplistic pabulum for little kids. Aside from being dull, what really annoyed me about this episode when it aired was the casual dismissal of Colossus at the show's end. The series had a terrible habit of introducing established X-Men from the comics, pairing them with the team for an adventure, and then having the character decline membership at the end of the episode. This got old very quickly, and I think the stagnant team roster is a major reason why the series seemed so tired towards the end of its run.