Summary: The X-Men spend an awfully long time sitting on the couch chatting, Sasaki Yui and Prof. X have one of the most patently ridiculous conversations I’ve ever seen in my life, and Wolverine takes a page out of Storm’s book and forgets what his powers do. I would say things are deteriorating fast, but they’ve kind of been deteriorating at a real steady rate all along, honestly.
With all the issues this series has had, generally it hasn’t been dull. Even if the interest factor stems largely from seeing what the writers are going to screw up next, each episode has generally held my attention, if little else. That changed with this episode, which was some of the most tedious anime I’ve ever sat through (and I watched all of .hack SIGN!)
Cataloging every piece of character dialogue that didn’t make sense in this episode would require far, far more time than this series deserves, so let me just note only the major problems with the writing:
1. The writers still don’t seem to know what the characters powers do, which is a pretty unforgivable sin in a production like this-Wolverine doesn’t realize he can cut the Blackbird out of its restraints, because his claws can cut through ANYTHING?
2. Even when the writers have a good idea, they mess it up with cliche dialogue. Emma and Scott having a heart-to-heart discussion about the emotional wreck he’s been since Jean’s death could have been the highlight of this series so far, but every line of dialogue was so obvious and cliche that it robbed the scene of any potential resonance it may have had.
Scott is wracked with guilt over his lover’s death? This has been old news since five minutes into the first episode. Seriously.
On another note, if the show decides to go in the direction of the Scott/Emma pairing, it will be interesting since this show’s version of Emma is so altruistic (and thoroughly un-Emma-like) so far that she may as well be Jean 2.0. Cheer up Cyclops, Jean’s not dead- she’s just dyed her hair and changed her stance on showing cleavage.
3. The characters are not keeping up with the viewers in terms of figuring things out. All viewers have had alarm bells going off in their heads about Yui and her camp from pretty much the first second they saw her, while the X-Men will only go so far as to say they’re “wary” of her. I feel like I’ve said this a billion times, but there’s no getting around it; they seem too dumb to live.
You’re Quasi-Weekly Sexism Indicator
A minor point, but in their quest to be sexist in every possible way, the writers have proved that they don’t actually know what “women’s intuition” is. If you put aside the 75% of it that’s pure myth, women tend to be better at reading facial expressions and body language than men- it doesn’t always break down along gender lines, as some men are very good at it too, but in general, more women than men have a gift for interpreting non-verbal cues. So “women’s intuition” comes into play when a woman can see that a person’s facial expression and/or body language belies something they’ve said or done- it’s not really intuition so much as a specific kind of analysis that women tend to be better at.
So after claiming that Yui is lying, Emma chalks up her assertion to “women’s intuition”- and then provides entirely logical reasons that anyone who was paying attention would have noticed. Guys, Emma didn’t figure out Yui was lying due to analyzing nuances of her facial expression, she noticed she was lying because she’s the only one in this group who uses her brain ever.
On a related note, Cyclops notes that Yui “seemed nice,” confirming our suspicions that Cyclops is the worst judge of character ever.
Yui Says What?
This is a summary of the phone conversation that Yui and Charles have in this episode: I still can’t quite get over this.
Yui: Just FYI, you have a son.
Charles: What? I have a son?
Yui: But he’s gone.
Charles: What? My son is dead? The son you just told me that I have three seconds ago?
Yui: I’ll explain sometime, I don’t want to think about it now! *click*
Where do I even start with that?
Next Time, on X-Men:
Okay, I know the next episode is already out, but what can I say- I’m busy watching Stein’s;Gate and, God help me, SofuTenni- you know, anime with some redeeming value. Yeah, I just strongly implied that a Xebec fanservice show is better than X-Men, BECAUSE IT IS. I’ll watch episode 8 of this show the minute I can stand it again and not a moment sooner.