The Complete Third Season
A brutal showdown between Magneto and the X-men reveals their mutant identities to the world... and public response is hostile. Xavier's School for Gifted Children is destroyed. Professor X is kidnapped. Once students learning to control their mutant abilities, the X_men must now truly become heroes to prove themselves to the human population. But the human vs. mutant confrontation isn't the only war brewing: powerful mutant Mesmero plots to revive an ancient mutant called Apocalypse to rule the Earth. Using mind control, he manipulates Rogue and forces her to help him. Realizing the threat Apocalypse poses, X-men, Magneto and the Acolytes race across the globe to save Rogue and defeat Mesmero. Seize the X-citement with all 13 episodes of this X-treme season from the hit animated series!
Episodes (Disk One)
- Day of Recovery
- The Stuff of Heroes
- The Stuff of Villains
- Blind Alley
- X-Treme Measures
- The Toad, The Witch & The Wardrobe
- Self Possessed
Episodes (Disk Two)
- Under Lock and Key
- Cruise Control
- Dark Horizon Part One
- Dark Horizon Part Two
- Cerebro's Mutant Files: The X-men- Heroes
- Cerebro's Mutant Files: The Acolytes- Villains
- X-men Season 3: X-Posed
- Mystique's Trivia Challenge
- Languages: English, Francais & Espanol
- Subtitles: Francais & Espanol (Episodes Only)
Cerebro's Mutant Files: The X-men- Heroes ||
Narrated by Professor X, this feature is presented like an insiders view of Who You Need To Know in The World of Mutants in 50 Words Or Less. I was slightly surprised when I read clicked on this feature to watch it, thinking, "They already did an X-men spotlight back on the disk Mutants Rising
", but as it turns out this feature is actually to introduce you to Wolverine, Storm, (the) Beast, Angel, and The Morlocks. While I did find this special feature to be somewhat... mis-titled (Angel and the Morlocks... Noooot X-men. At least not in Evo), it was still an enjoyable feature. As with the other "Character Bios" you see in these various introductions, I think it's prudent to take the information given with a grain of salt- just because it's on the DVD doesn't make it cannon. Still- some interesting thoughts are raised, and over all, it's enjoyable. Plus- it uses the word erudite... and who doesn't love that XD
Cerebro's Mutant Files: The Acolytes- Villains ||
- Wolverine || Logan. Code Name: Wolverine. His indestructible adamantium claws are his most prominent and outwardly dangerous weapon, giving him the ability to slice through almost any substance. This same metal alloy has also been fused to his bones, enhancing his resistance to attack. But Wolverine's greatest ability lies with his mutant healing factor, granting him the power to heal his injuries in mere moments; A power, in conjunction with his adamantium skeleton, makes him a nearly indestructible adversary. In addition to his healing factor Logan also posses heightened animal-like senses. Specifically, he's endowed with extraordinary night vision, and the ability to track quarry by scent. Logan is by nature a loner, but has put aside this pertinacity for solitude to become an instructor at the Xavier institute. He tends to be rather hard on his students, and often employs unorthodox teaching methods in order to get his point across. This can be attributed to the fact that Wolverine is a veteran of many battles and understands all too well that training is frequently all that stands between victory and defeat.
- Storm || Ororo Munroe. Code Name: Storm. Like the phenomenon from which she takes her name, Ororo's unique mutant ability allows her to harness and manipulate the forces of nature. Calling on the power of the elements she can create violent storms, summon lightening from a benign sky, manifest blizzards instantly, and even whip up whirlwinds to bear herself aloft. Ororo's power has always been closely linked with her emotions. As such she has had to teach herself a large degree of self control. Containing her emotions isn't always easy though, and when she fails the results can be quite dramatic.
- Beast || Hank McCoy. Code Name: The Beast. While Hank's mutation endowed him with a covering of blue fur, it also gave him extraordinary strength and agility. There's almost no feat of dexterity he cannot achieve. This makes him a difficult target, in battle. As a teacher at the Xavier Institute, Hank instructs our students in chemistry and physical education. By looking at him, one wouldn't expect him to excel in the former, but, in truth, Hank is actually the most erudite and well educated member of the X-men. He has proven himself a valuable and well liked instructor at our school, though the manner in which he disciplines his students is at times a bit lax for my tastes.
- Angel || Warren Worthington. Code Name: Angel. Heir to the Worthington fortune, Angel was born with large avian-like wings, which in addition to giving him the power of flight, can also be used to create a variety of weapon-like effects. Angel is currently a lone vigilante. He has aided the X-men on occasion but continually refused my entreaties to join our group. I will not abate my attempts to convince him that our approach to dealing with the human population is the proper course for those with mutant abilities.
- The Morlocks || Cerebro has recently detected a new line of mutants known as The Morlocks. Because they distrust the outside world, The Morlocks have chosen to avoid contact with their human counterparts. As such, they live alone in the sewers underlying the city. Though very little is known about them, we've verified that their key members include Callisto; a mutant with enhanced sensory power. Caliban; who has an innate ability to detect other mutants and can see in complete darkness. Cybele; endowed with an acidic touch that can dissolve any object. Facade; who can call on his unique camouflage ability to render himself invisible to the naked eye. Lucid; a mutant who can see through solid objects- an X-ray vision of sorts. Torpid; a young child with the power to paralyze an opponent upon contact. And finally, Scaleface, who has the ability to morph in to a giant reptilian beast. Though The Morlocks do not look for conflicts, they will not shy away from protecting themselves when threatened. As with all mutants, and mutant groups we encounter, every effort must be exerted to convince them that the brightest future allows for mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.
The same basic set up as the "X-men- Heroes" special feature on the same disk, this one focuses, unsurprisingly, on the Acolytes. Unlike the previous feature, though, this one is aptly name, and only covers the Acolytes. I was pleased with it's inclusion, because it seems they Acolytes often get over looked. They're like the New Recruits of the bad guys.
X-men Season 3: X-Posed ||
- Magneto || Erik Magnus Lehnsherr. Code Name: Magneto. He is the founder and leader of The Acolytes. Magneto has the extraordinary ability to manipulate magnetic fields, allowing him to turn everyday metal objects into the most dangerous of weapons. We've had run-ins with him in the past, most recently, when he was leading The Brotherhood. His frustration with that group, and Mystique in particular, led him to organize The Acolytes. Magneto possesses the misguided belief that mutants should rule mankind using any means at their disposal. His ego and lust for power frequently result in his taking reckless action. This behavior can leave him vulnerable- an opportunity that should not be wasted.
- Sabertooth || Victor Creed. Code Name: Sabertooth. A human wrecking machine, Saberthooth's was the product of a top-secret government program called "Weapon X." Like Wolverine, Sabertooth possesses a heightened healing ability and enhanced senses. Sabertooth also has fang-like canines and razor sharp claws at the end of his fingers. Filled with an often uncontrollable animalistic rage, Sabertooth, like his name sake, is an unpredictable adversary.
- Gambit || Remy LeBeau. Code Name: Gambit. Remy has the unusual ability to charge any object with kinetic energy. This over-loaded energy causes the object to explode in event of an impact. His notorious, signature weapon is a seemingly harmless deck of playing cards. When charged, the deck becomes an arsenal, essentially serving as 52 lightweight grenades. Trained as a thief, Gambit is, at heart, a mercenary, willing to work for the highest bidder. It is this untrustworthiness that constitutes his primary weakness, for Magneto can never be certain how deep Gambit's loyalty truly runs. Gambit's skill, cunning and tremendous fighting ability however make him an asset that Magneto cannot afford to bench.
- Colossus || Piotr Rasputin. Code Name: Colossus. He hails from the great plains of the Russian stepps, and his power is just as vast and imposing. Colossus possesses the ability to turn his entire body into an impenetrable armor of organic metal. Despite his daunting size and strength, Colossus seems to be a quiet, and typically gentle person. His reasons for allying himself with Magneto are unknown at this time, but we have intelligence that suggests Magneto is holding a member of his family hostage. If Colossus is truly being blackmailed into fighting for The Acolytes, then freeing his captive relative may well convince him to join our cause.
- Pyro || John Allerdyce. Code Name: Pyro. This member of The Acolytes hast the intriguing ability to manipulate fire, and mold it into any shape his imagination can conjure. His temperament is often like the conflagrations he creates: wild and dangerous. His main weakness is that he cannot generate fire without the gas filled tank on his back. Take away the flame, and you take away his power.
- Mastermind || Jason Wyngarde. Code Name: Mastermind. Wyngarde has the ability to read other people's thoughts, and rewrite their memories. Even Magneto must wear his shielded helmet to protect himself from the effects of Mastermind's power. Not much else is known about Wyngarde. Including his motivations. While he appears to be working for The Acolytes, he has used his powers against them in the past. It is thus impossible to anticipate for which side he will be an ally, and which he will be an enemy.
Yet another in depth look into the show's writers and creator's minds. And yet again, I am truly interested in everything they have to say. The only part which they seem to be completely out of sync is when they bring up X-23, who was introduced to the Marvel universe through X-men: Evolution in this season. Questions like "Would there be room in the schedule for her," if you ask most of the fans, is a resounding "No!" are instead discussed instead in terms of "Absolutely!" I can understand being blinded by your own infatuation to your fan-character, but I just find her atrocious. Still- that's more a critique on the character, as opposed to the feature. The feature is solid, and worth the watch, even if you end up yelling pointlessly at the screen.
Mystique's Trivia Challenge ||
Like Wolverine's Trivia Challenge and Toad's Test on the DVD's before this one, Mystique's Trivia Challenge is a simple, 7 question test narrated by Mystique, played out like you're being interviewed to join The Brotherhood. Again, the questions are incredibly simple, but the joke about Iceman and Canada made me smile.
Finally! Some Decent packaging! While unfortunately, my copy had the Cover slip caught and taped under the anti-theft security tape, I doubt this is a product wide manufacturing error, and so I have got to give major props to whomever decided to finally give this series an actual, proper DVD case. A definite, complete improvement over the packaging used for the rest of the series, to date. The graphic design remains the same, hovering somewhere around... 85% good. Over all, though, my favorite packaging in the lot.
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