Written by Mark Edward Edens
Summary: Cable ambushes Angel, who’s funded the work of Dr. Adler, a scientist who can allegedly neutralize mutant powers. Cable travels to Muir Island to confront Dr. Adler, just as Rogue arrives to research his treatment. She rescues Adler from Pyro and Avalanche, who have concocted a kidnapping scheme out of boredom. Unbeknownst to everyone, Mystique replaced the deceased Dr. Adler months earlier. When Cyclops and Jean Grey arrive to check on Rogue, they meet Dr. Adler just as Cable locates him. They stop Cable from harming him, and after Rogue uses her powers to rescue Jean, she decides to abandon the treatment. However, Angel agrees to the treatment, which pleases Mystique’s master, Apocalypse.
· Moira MacTaggert makes her first appearance in the series. She’s providing lab space to the mysterious Dr. Adler on the Muir Island Research Centre.
· When exactly Dr. Adler died isn’t clear, but the implication is that Mystique killed him. (How she ended up a captive in Genosha during the period she was impersonating Dr. Adler isn’t explained.)
· Cable believes Dr. Adler is the creator of the power-inhibiting collars used by the Genoshan government, which coincides with a line in “Slave Island” referencing the collars as a creation of a scientist in Scotland.
· In the cartoon’s continuity, Angel has never met the X-Men before. This is later contradicted when various episodes flash back to the early days of the team and Angel is included in the group shots.
· Rogue’s history with Pyro and Avalanche has also been ignored, even though a second season episode will show them working together during her days with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. At this point, only Pyro recognizes Mystique in her true form.
· Wolverine alludes to Gambit’s past as a thief when they get into an argument while rebuilding the mansion. He’s also the first to notice Rogue’s attraction to Gambit.
“Um, Actually…”: Obviously, Angel is a founding member of the X-Men, and Mystique’s true form is known to all of the former members of the Brotherhood. Mystique was never an obedient slave to Apocalypse in the comics, either.
Saban Quality: Xavier has a hilarious case of googly eyes when he speaks to the X-Men via satellite from Muir Island. I understand that time and budget concerns can prevent even egregious mistakes like this from being fixed, but what I don’t understand is why this embarrassing footage showed up yet again in the next episode’s “Previously…” opening. I would think this was the last bit of footage the producers would want to reuse.
Approved By Broadcast Standards: Angel gets shot twice in the opening sequence, once by Cable and once by his confused girlfriend. Both guns are laser blasters set on stun, of course.
Review: Hey, I said I was reviewing the series in broadcast order, not production order. And if you were a fan of the show in 1993, I hope you remember what it was like to hear Rogue blame “that ol’ boy Juggernaut” for destroying the mansion during the X-Men’s first appearance in the episode. “What?! JUGGERNAUT?!?!” was the only appropriate response from any fan of the comics who was paranoid he or she missed an episode. You couldn’t run to the internet, check IMDB, and then curse FOX for running the episodes out of order or Akom for not finishing the episode in time. You just had to sit there and contemplate how badly your VHS copy of the series would now be out of order.
"The Cure" is another solid script from Mark Edward Edens, even if it does bring us the first instance of the series flagrantly ignoring the established characterization of someone in order to hammer them into an existing plot. Mystique isn’t going to serve anyone as a slave, and even though the show does straighten out her characterization later on, it’s hard to ignore how badly her character’s been twisted in these opening episodes. What the episode does get right is the bizarre connection “Dr. Adler” manages to make with a varied cross-section of mutantkind. Everyone from Cable to Angel to Apocalypse appears in the story, yet it never feels cluttered and all of the characters have clearly defined motives. It’s also impressive that the episode’s able to resolve the dangling threads of “Slave Island” while also setting up the “Days of the Future Past” arc, and exist as a credible story independent of the ongoing continuity.
Cable is the highlight of the episode, as he brazenly travels the globe, just shooting anyone who he believes has a connection to the Genoshan slave collars. He’s willing to set his giant Liefeld gun on stun for Angel, but he clearly intends to kill Dr. Adler in the episode’s climax. Lawrence Bayne’s portrayal of Cable hits all of the deadpan notes, making it hard not to root for the guy. Edens’s script also creates a sympathetic portrayal of Rogue, touching on all of the beats the comic fans are already familiar with, but not in a hackneyed way. It’s also worth noting that the internal debate over mutants choosing to erase their powers is handled with the same level of thought that the third X-Men movie managed to produce, in one-fifth of the time and one-one thousandths of the budget.
So, what’s more galling than Mystique, the obedient slave? How about pastel Apocalypse?
Unfortunately, the color scheme of this show can still be unfathomable.
Credit to http://marvel.toonzone.net/
xmen/ for the screencaps.