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On this episode of Previously on X-Men, we return to the 90s animated series, X-Men! And things really get cooking with the two episodes, Enter Magneto and Deadly Reunions!
Eric and Hilary talk about the show moving past the pilot and and really digging into it’s core themes. They talk about Magneto’s first appearance and adaptations from the comic pages. They also talk about the intense fight in the chemical plant and how you should always take Rogue on a mission. And how much Hilary doesn’t like (or maybe she does!) Sabretooth!
On this episode of Previously on X-Men, we go through the trilogy ending film, X-Men: The Last Stand! At the time, it was one of the biggest movies with a huge box office return. But, things soured quickly.
Eric and Hilary talk about the things that work and a lot of things that don’t. They try to find closure in this initial trilogy and discuss time healing all wounds. What went wrong with this film and is it worth watching anymore?
I had to get my library to order a copy of Season of Storms, by to-read list., since no one else in our system had it. Which is why it took me so long to read it. Also, I’m bad a going through my
Season of Storms is a prequel story set before the actual novels of the Witcher books. Now, as I said in my review for Blood of Elves, I didn’t necessarily love the format change from short stories to full on fantasy novels. The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny were more up my alley. In those books, Geralt actually does his Witcher-ing (Witchery?) and each story is able to work around a monster-of-the-week format. When Sapkowski started writing bigger stories, the Witcher became more politically-minded and a bit more generic fantasy. They were always great reads and I enjoyed my time in all of them, but I missed the blue collar working nature of the first short story collections.
Here comes Season of Storms to show there’s a wonderful middle ground. The main point of the book is that Geralt has lost his swords and is trying to hunt them down. All while starting another doomed relationship with another (also, doomed) sorceress, Coral. But, the standalone, prequel nature of this book does it great favors.
Because it’s stand alone, the story is more focused and contained then the sprawling novels started with Blood of Elves. There’s no cliffhanger or unsatisfying end that leads into the next book (that won’t actually ever reach any semblance of end until the last book). Instead, we get another glimpse into Geralt’s life, the day and the life of another kingdom and some sweet monster hunting.
Throughout the book, as Geralt continues to look for his swords, there are constant side quests (sorry for the video game lingo that makes a lot of sense, now that I say it). Geralt deals with monsters of all different varieties throughout, from lab-created weapons, to fox demons (also seen in the graphic novel collection), to coliseum fights. You don’t like the guy who pushes Geralt into the arena, but after so many books of political infighting and backstabbing, you sort of feel grateful to guy for getting some action back into the books.
I don’t know ifplans on writing anymore books, either more prequels like this or the unlikely new sequel series. If he does, I hope they’re more in line with this style. Contained stories with a good amount of Witcher work throughout. It seems like such an obvious idea, which is probably why I’m not a famous writer. I’d take the easy way out. But, Season of Storms is my favorite Witcher book since the first. And, that last coda of the book, is actually a rather touching moment for Geralt and his story.
And, hey, now that I’ve finally finished the last of the Witcher books, I can finally allow the completest in me to play the games! Over on Twitch!
Shameless self-promotion ended.
In this episode of Previously On X-Men, Eric and Hilary get to interview author Fred Van Lente about his comic book work, specifically his time with the X-Men!
The talk about how he got his first X-assignment, his books X-Men Noir and Wolverine: First Class, writing stories in the Claremont-era and whether or not Wolverine is a werewolf!
On this episode of Previously on X-Men, Eric and Hilary finally get to the 90s animated series, with two-part pilot, Night of the Sentinels!
After discussing the failed pilot, Pryde of the X-Men, they talk about the continued difficulties the X-Men had getting to tv, which involved a prime time release, unfinished animation and recasting the whole voice crew! And, of course, they talk about how good the series is!
On this episode of Previously On X-Men, Eric and Hilary talk about the 2003 sequel, X2: X-Men United!
Eric talks about how stupid excited he was for the movie, how important it was, his favorite scenes, moments, cameos, hints to the future and how his life is just about sitting around for new X-Men movies. Hilary likes the movie too.
In this episode of Previously on X-Men, Eric and Hilary talk about Gambit’s 1999-2001 solo series by (mostly) Fabian Nicieza.
They talk about where Gambit was at the time of the series starting, Nicieza’s use of established villains and new characters and how well the series stands up today!
On this episode of Previously on X-Men, we deep dive in the history of the Scarlet Witch. While some may know her only as an Avenger, there are others of us who ever read her in roles in the X-Men.
We talk about her history with both teams, her time as both hero and villain, her importance in the X-Men series and her appearances in other media.
In this episode of Previously on X-Men, Eric and Hilary talk about the failed pilot, Pryde of the X-Men! We had to cover this before we could get to the 90s animated series, but, you know what? We’re glad we did!
We talk about the the issues the X-Men had coming to television and how nothing ever came of this series. We talk about the pilot and discuss weather it’s worth watching these days. Also, yes, Australian Wolverine. But, also, Dazzler and her sweet jacket!
In this episode of Previously on X-Men, Eric and Hilary talk about the first X-Men movie! Or, X-Men: The Movie, to some. Or, X-Men 2000, as the super cool kids say today. It makes the movie seem weirdly futuristic for something twenty years old!
We talk about the history of the movie and it’s tough rode to getting into theaters. We go through the film and talk about how well it holds up, what it gets right, the changes it made and where it puts the future of this new franchise!