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Episode 427 – Invincible’s Not-So-Simple Twists and X-Men ’97’s Same Old Same Old

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Episode 427 - Invincible's Not-So-Simple Twists and X-Men '97's Same Old Same Old

Rex Splode Lives! (Somehow) & Professor X Is Toast

This week on the podcast, Brian and Darryl delve into the shocking twists, character development, and stage-setting moments of Invincible’s episode “It’s Not That Simple.” Then they’re cracking the X-Factor open to discuss the mutant intrigue, leadership struggles, and classic villain returns in the first two episodes of X-Men ’97!”

Episode Index

Intro: 0:07
Invincible: 5:41
X-Men ’97: 18:19

Invincible: Season 2, Episode 6

Out of 5 Proof That Rex’s Brain is Super Smalls
Darryl: 4/5
Brian: 4/5

Title: “It’s Not That Simple”
Written by: Vivian Lee
Directed by: Sol Choi
Release Date: March 21, 2024
Invincible’s “It’s Not That Simple” throws some surprising punches. What appears to be Rex Splode’s demise is a clever fake-out, revealing his remarkable resilience. Similarly, Shrinking Rae defies expectations by escaping from Komodo Dragon’s grasp.

The episode also explores character growth. We see Debbie’s unwavering determination to keep her family together, even against pressure from the authorities. The usually stoic Immortal displays a surprising vulnerability during Dupli-Kate’s funeral. Mark grapples with the constant push and pull of his superhero duties and personal life.

“It’s Not That Simple” isn’t just about emotional fallout. Allen the Alien’s cryptic message hints at future threats, while the discovery of Nolan’s novels sheds light on his past and potentially shapes their future relationship. The episode ends on a high note, with the Viltrumites setting their sights on Earth. This sets the stage for a big showdown that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact.

Overall, “It’s Not That Simple” serves as a turning point in the season. It delves into the emotional consequences of superhero life while setting the stage for a major showdown with the Viltrumite Empire.

X-Men ’97: Episodes 1 & 2

Picking Up the Pieces
The series opens following the events of X-Men: The Animated Series finale. Professor X’s assassination at the hands of Henry Gyrich has left the X-Men reeling. Public opinion towards mutants has shifted slightly, with some expressing sympathy due to the attack. However, anti-mutant sentiment remains strong, as evidenced by the Friends of Humanity (FOH) activities.

Episode 1
Out of 5 Cyclops is the Mans
Darryl: 3.5/5
Brian: 4/5

Title: “To Me, My X-Men”
Written by: Beau DeMayo
Directed by: Jake Castorena
Release Date: March 20, 2024
– The FOH kidnaps a wealthy young mutant named Roberto da Costa (Sunspot). They plan to sell him to a mysterious buyer for a hefty sum.
– Wolverine rescues Sunspot, but the X-Men struggle to trust the government, represented by Val Cooper. She assures them the UN has destroyed all Sentinels (giant mutant-hunting robots) and is investigating the FOH’s Sentinel technology.
– Jean Grey and Cyclops reminisce about their past and contemplate a future beyond the X-Men, particularly considering their upcoming child.
– The episode introduces a new theme: mutants debating whether to integrate with society or remain separate.

Episode 2
Out of 5 Magneto Makes Valid Points
Darryl: 4/5
Brian: 4.15/5

Title: “Mutant Liberation Begins”
Written by: Beau DeMayo
Directed by: Chase Conley
Release Date: March 20, 2024
– Magneto is surprisingly offered a pardon for his past crimes in exchange for helping the X-Men track down the source of the FOH’s Sentinel tech. Cyclops remains suspicious of Magneto’s motives.
– The episode explores the emotional toll of Professor X’s death and leadership challenges within the X-Men.
– We see the return of classic X-Men villains like Pyro and Mystique, hinting at a larger conspiracy at play.

Additional Notes

– The animation style remains true to the original series, but with a slight upgrade in visuals.
– The series explores mature themes alongside the action sequences, such as loss, grief, and the struggle for mutant acceptance.
– These are just the first two episodes, so expect the story to unfold further, revealing more about the FOH’s motives, the source of the Sentinel tech, and the internal conflicts within the X-Men.

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