OK, so did the X-belles get replaced by pod persons? Because they are unrecognizable from their usual personas in the comics. I was wondering in what way the wheels will start to come off gently from this bandwagon, but I never thought it would be in this fashion. I take back what I said about Storm (not to say the depressing “delicate constitution” crap they thought up to make her depend on the big burly men is gone, it’s actually worse here), because Emma Frost<>Emma Frost. Not only has she taken up some sort of weird gentle sensei schtick that’s massively out of character, she has a bizzare shoujo-ai relationship with the nascent Armor, in which they’ve NEVER MET EXCEPT OVER THE VIDEOCONFERENCE.
It’s a pity that this issue is so prominent (no pun intended), because the rest of the episode continued in a positive direction. The animation and art is still consistently solid, Cyclops toned down his emo-ing and Wolverine behaved more like Wolverine. Although there was significant infodumping courtesy of Ms Frost in the 1st half, the main fight with the mad doktor was satisfactory, if not very well developed. From a certain perspective, it was meant to showcase Armor’s first major use of her powers, but I still felt we could have seen more of the sheer monstrosity of the character depicted rather than just the usual short muwahahaha-ing.
The Emma Frost issue just sticks out like a sore thumb though, because short of Cyclops everyone just swallows Frost’s actions hook line and sinker. Granted, only Cyclops saw her psychic projection when Grey died, so there’s Considerable Doubt(tm) there, but there’s just no excuse when it comes to Armor. The somewhat creepy dynamic between the adolescent Armor and Frost is hilariously interpreted by the rest of the gang as some sort of noble teacher/student relationship, when the audience probably suspects telepathic manipulation plain as day. To be fair, Cyclops is skeptical, but he’ll probably change his mind once he shacks up with Frost (HAH!), assuming the young Hisako doesn’t knife him in the back when that happens.
Next episode brings on Frost’s diamond form (no “your body is a million dollars, baby!” jokes plz). I hope none of the U-Men have hammers.