Written by Michael Edens
Summary: Wolverine seeks solitude in the Canadian wilderness, but his peace is disturbed by Sabretooth. After surviving one of Sabretooth's attacks, Wolverine escapes and is accepted by a group of Inuit. A young man envious of Wolverine inadvertently leads Sabretooth to the village. Sabretooth kidnaps the villagers and destroys their homes, but Wolverine is able to defeat Sabretooth in battle and rescue his friends. Meanwhile, Cyclops sends Storm, Gambit, and Jubilee to investigate the island-nation of Genosha, which claims to welcome mutants. Shortly after their arrival, the trio is attacked by Sentinels.
Continuity Notes: The metal housings for Wolverine’s claws are mistakenly drawn on his bare hands instead of his gloves throughout the episode. The cartoon will make this mistake regularly.
Saban Quality: Since the characters’ model sheets rarely change during the first season, Jubilee and Gambit are still wearing their trademark rain slicker and trenchcoat while on vacation in sunny Genosha.
Review: This is the first episode to give an X-Man a solo adventure, and it's not a surprise to see which one is selected as the star. Wolverine is not an easy character to translate to Saturday morning TV, but I think the producers were confident that he would become the breakout star after the series debuted. Ironically, the qualities that make Wolverine so appealing to his adolescent fan base are the same ones that turn the young Inuit against him in this episode. I don't know if this was an intentional commentary on Edens' part, but there's a certain logic to this. It's great to read stories about Wolverine the manly man, but if someone like this appeared in your real life and usurped your role as the tribe's best fisherman, storyteller, and ladies' man, you probably would hate the guy.
There's nothing much deeper in the episode, though. The young Inuit learns a lesson about envy, Wolverine forgives him for his stupidity, Sabretooth is scared away, and everyone lives happily ever after. My favorite sequence in this episode as a kid was the ending, which sets up the next episode's Genosha story. I loved the Jim Lee designs for Genoshan technology as a kid (I pored over his issues of "X-Tinction Agenda" for months, having no idea he was inspired by something called "manga"), so seeing them animated for the first time was a big deal. Looking at this now, I wonder what Madhouse could do with an "X-Tinction Agenda" adaptation. That’s not to say the Akom interpretation is horrible; it’s just typical of the Akom work of the era.