The X-Men return to Japan to investigate both the virus and the phenomenon that is blocking Cerebro’s scans. As they land, we see a shadowy figure being informed of the team’s arrival. I’m not sure how they detected the Blackbird as it’s supposed to be invisible to radar, maybe they had a telepath who picked up on their brainwaves? I don’t know.
During a brief reunion with Hisako’s parents, they learn that there are other bizarre happenings. Fish and trees are dying and a steel bridge was twisted like a pretzel. The team splits up to see if they can find the cause. Beast decides to stay behind and administer his vaccine to mutants who are suffering the symptoms of the mysterious virus.
When Cyclops and Emma arrived at the bridge, the first thought that popped into my head was that Magneto could’ve done it. Sure enough, two seconds later, Emma points out that this is well within Magneto’s capabilities. They later say that he’s locked up in a maximum security prison. Even though he won’t be showing up in the show, the mention was a nice touch.
Meanwhile, Logan and Storm investigate the dying trees and fish, only to find that the river has become more sulfur than water. While they find the source, they still have no idea what’s causing it.
The team regroups to head to a valley that was pointed out by both Xavier and one of Beast’s patints. Something hijacks the controls to the Blackbird and a missile is fired at the craft. As there is no way of evading it, the plane gets hit and they crash. I guess the bad guy’s wanted them alive and slowed the plane down as no one really seems to have a scratch on them. I’ll buy it with Logan, but no one else is hurt in any way, shape, or form.
Just as they deboard the plane, it is soon sucked into what appears to be living snow. As it doesn’t constitute “weather”, Storm can’t do anything to stop it. Their focus soon turns to a U-Man who attacks them in a giant mech.
The U-Man gains the upper hand early on, coming up with counter-attacks for each of the X-Men’s abilities. At one point it seemed like Hisako was, once again, going to be the one who saves the day, but while she contributes, it’s ultimately Beast, who manages to really turn the tide in the X-Men’s favor, finding the mech’s weak point and attacking it for massive damage.
A blizzard starts up and the X-Men are forced to find shelter. They request this from a woman who Hisako reveals to be Yui Sasaki, a woman that Xavier mentioned before and who happened to be Hisako’s teacher back when she was young. The coincidence strains credibility a bit, but we’ll see where it goes. Emma doesn’t seem too pleased with the development, I’m guessing it’s some form of jealousy, but there could be something else at work here. We don’t find out as the episode ends here.
The episode was passable. It drove the story forward, but it didn’t really leave much of an impression. The action sequence was OK, but nothing mind blowing. The dialogue, again, was decent for the most part, although there are some clunky lines here and there.
Anime and Marvel fans who live in the local Wichita area can catch X-Men on Friday nights at 10 pm Central time on the G4 network.