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Eddie Gustafsson

'X-MEN: '97' | REVIEW

As if ripped from the distant past, Marvel’s ‘X-MEN: ‘97’ is an antiquity that we can be glad has been recovered from beneath the earth.

After around 30-years of passed time, the animated mutants of the Marvel, previously Fox, universe is back in action. They are back and are showing why they are here to stay. We have seen the first three episodes of the renewed ‘X-Men: ‘97’, and below you find our reviewers thoughts.

To begin with, I need to come forward and be completely honest. I have not seen the original ‘X-Men: ’97’ and I was very skeptical to my enjoyment for this new revival show. But after watching it, to be even more honest, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the three episodes I got to see. Even when I was not a fan of the original show! This, is something that should tell you that the show has something going for it. Sure, this series is not my most favorite TV-show of all time, but its enjoyable in terms of characters and dialogue especially. It took some time getting used to the ‘aged’ animation style. But after the first episode, it was just as normal as any other animation project, if not better, at times. 

Image courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.

‘X-Men: ‘97’ features characters such as Jean Gray (Jennifer Hale), Cyclops (Ray Chase), Rogue (Lenore Zann), Wolverine (Cal Dodd), Beast (George Buza), Morph (JP Karliak), Gambit (A.J. LoCascio), Magneto (Matthew Waterson), Storm (Allison Sealy-Smith), Jubilee (Holly Chou), Gambit (Chris Potter), Jean Grey (Catherina Disher), and Bishop (Isaac Robinson-Smith). That is a lot of characters, but indeed a great roster of them. However, that also means we get a lot of different personalities on screen, which in this shows case means only great things. Each character on the show is interesting, to different capacities of course, but still interesting overall. Getting to dive into all the unique and dynamic relationships that have been formed (and will be developed during the season) is also one of the shows highlights.

There are many highlights in ‘X-Men: ‘97’, but there are also some things to keep in mind. For instance, if you did not grow up in the 80-90s and isn’t familiar with this ‘low-framerate’ style of animation as I will call it. Then it can take some time to get used to the 90s look and feel that the show emits. Not to say that it is bad by any means, this is what the show is supposed be, a fragment pulled straight from the 90s. The show has gotten some updated animation & visuals compared to the old series. Which of-course is supposed to make it even better. If the story at hand is as great as it was in the 90s and as so many people on the internet have told me about, then some small updates cannot make it bad.

Image courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.

Because bad is not what this show is, ‘X-Men: ‘97’ is rather superb. Sure, I have some nitpicks to throw in but for the overall picture, I think the story on its hand seems to be intriguing. It has a great blend of action, emotional moments, and fun scenes. Some moments had me wondering what happened, why, and what the thought process of certain characters looked like in the moment. But its small things like that only. For the overall picture, the show is just positively great. It is also well paced; I need to confirm that for you. The 30-minute episodes, feels perfect in length. I think the sweet spot for most series lies between 25 – 40 minutes of play time.

The absolute highlight of ‘X-men: ‘97’, as mentioned earlier, is the many characters of the show (and the relationships flowing through the ‘X-Men’ team). The dialogue is also one highlight, being both serious at times, but mostly incredible funny in many instances. The show is not afraid to be funny, I really enjoyed that it could let lose at times and just be hilarious. I am not going to go as far as saying it’s a comedy, because that would be so not true. The show is incredible high stakes at times, and somewhat scary in terms of later episodes. It is also somewhat sad at times, once again showcasing it has a pretty perfect blend of emotions. 

Image courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.

Another thing which surprised me was how colorful the show was at times; I personally really like color and it was great to see some scenes really popping. The same goes mostly for the score, I think it was solid & popping! That intro music, that is some good tones hitting your ears right there. Now forwards to the action, my X-Men! 

The action of ‘X-Men: ‘97’, I do not know how it was in the 90s show, because I have not seen it, but I think the action is fun this time around. Especially when it is more character-driven rather than just throwing punches around. It is not the best action I have seen, but it is rather great still. Something with this ‘low framerate’ animation makes the action feel rough, in a great way that is. There were also some cool shots visually, especially when it comes to the third episode. I think that was my favorite one of the first set of episodes, it really set the stakes for what is coming and who is coming… 

Image courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.

Marvel’s ‘X-Men: ‘97’ is nonetheless a fantastic show. It was seemingly fantastic in the 90s and seems to be it even 30-years later with the addition of some updates. While you might benefit from having been a ‘90s-kid’ and having seen the original series. If you only give the new incarnation of the show some time to get used to, I will be positive in assuring you that it will be an enjoyable ride with an intriguing story, witty dialogue and a pitch-perfect intro score. 

Episode 1-3 was screened for this review.

BETYG:4 / 5

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