Written by Douglas Booth
Summary: Cyclops and Storm are alone in the mansion when they receive an emergency beacon from a Shi’ar officer. The fugitive they’re asked to apprehend is revealed as Corsair. After looking at Corsair’s locket, which has a picture of his family from decades earlier, Cyclops realizes Corsair is his father. Corsair explains that he’s being set up by a corrupt Shi’ar officier who wants to kill a witness Corsair’s protecting. Eventually, with the help of a crew member onboard the Shi’ar ship, Cyclops is able to verify Corsair’s story. The rogue officer is exposed, allowing Corsair to spend time on Earth reconnecting with Cyclops.
Storm’s model actually changes this episode! She’s wearing a ponytail, which is based on the one she occasionally wore in the comics of this era.
Deathbird has a cameo during a flashback, looking exactly as she appeared in the comics circa Uncanny X-Men #274-277.
Approved By Broadcast Standards: Corsair tells Cyclops that after being abducted by the Shi’ar, his mother was “destroyed before my eyes.”
“Huh?” Moment: The Shi’ar craft hunting Corsair has English characters written on its display monitors.
Review: In case you’re wondering, this is not the Cyclops story that ended with the discovery of Jean Grey alive and well on Earth. That one is still over a year away, even though the show’s continuity is already several episodes past it. This is the episode that borrows heavily from the Claremont/Cockrum era from the comics, following the basic idea of Uncanny X-Men #154 while inserting several new plot elements. Douglas Booth has replaced the Sidri with a rogue Shi’ar officer, one that’s so corrupt it’s obvious he’s evil just by his crazy eyes and menacing eyebrows. During the course of the story, Cyclops and Storm go from chasing Corsair, to befriending him, to turning on him (once they discover that he has his own motivations for rescuing the witness), to going back to his side and ultimately defeating the corrupt Shi’ar villain. The twists are paced rather well, and the story manages to work in a Storm vs. Starjammers fight that’s actually pretty enjoyable.
I seem to recall a string of episodes from this era that look surprisingly decent, even if they are trademark AKOM. I believe this is the first in that run; the individual drawings look more consistent and the cel-to-cel animation is a little less awkward. Cyclops looks noticeably better this episode, as the animators have followed the lead of the Philippines Animation Studio and inverted the colors on his costume. Black with blue highlights is simply a more striking look than the inverse. I complained about the color scheme of the earlier episodes of this series, but by this point I think the color design of the show is quite strong.
So, Cyclops is looking nice in his spotlight episode. Good for him. For most of the episode, his acting is still outrageously bad. Norm Spencer’s performance is so needlessly loud and overbearing during the opening acts that it’s hard to buy into any of the emotional drama. To his credit, he starts to calm down and actually do some legitimate acting towards the end of the episode, which makes me wonder why the voice directors were ever happy with his standard rigid performances. If he were capable of going in a different direction, it’s amazing that no one bothered to push him towards a more natural performance years earlier.
Credit to http://marvel.toonzone.net/
xmen/ for the screencaps.