Review By Arsenal, Media By Stu
Episode #15 - A Firestar Is Born
Written By: Christy Marx
Music Composed By: John Douglas
Guest Starring: Stanley Jones as Professor X, Anne Lockhart as Storm, William Marshall as The Juggernaut, Neil Ross as Cyclops, Frank Welker as Angelica's Dad and Marilyn Schreffler as Bonnie.
There are good points to this episode, but the average Marvel fan will watch it and think one thing—Wow, Wolverine sucked.
Yes, Logan (I will never call him James) did indeed suck. He skewers an apple before offering it to Bobby and Angelica. The Logan I know would not “snikt” to serve hors d’oeuvres. He would “snikt” to cut a man, or maybe a ribeye; but not a frickin’ apple. Also, the intolerable Australian accent first surfaced here, so I blame "A Firestar is Born” for the crappy Wolverine in “Pryde of the X-Men” too. Finally, the dude gets tossed after one offensive maneuver, and we don’t see him again. This guy’s a fighting machine? It’s no wonder that Wolverine didn’t reappear in the “X-Men Adventure.”
The other new characters don’t leave much of an impression either. Cyclops is not a leader here, nor does he have a stick up his posterior. (No S & AF heroes do.) Angel does get to flirt a bit, which is in character, but Storm is gorgeous (especially to Bobby) and little else. Xavier gets to look and sound particularly frail.
For as boring as the X-Men come off, Juggernaut is fantastic. He is appropriately unstoppable and supplied tension to a series that rarely has it. The actor was a bit lame, but I’m sure the voice choice was par for the 80’s. (We just have a different opinion on what is intimidating nowadays.)
Firestar’s origin story is a bore and feels pasted on to fill minutes. (I forgot how long these episodes were.) But exposition is as exposition does, and the episode earns a smile by the end… except for Wolverine, he sucked.