X-Men ’97 Episode 3 Review : Fire Made Flesh

X-Men ’97 has brought back the beloved animated series with a fresh twist, and the third episode, “Fire Made Flesh”, delivers an intense rollercoaster of revelations and confrontations. 

From the shocking reveal of Jean Grey’s true identity to the emergence of sinister plots, this episode keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

One of the most striking aspects of “Fire Made Flesh” is the revelation that Jean Grey is actually a clone. The emotional impact of this reveal is palpable as we, the audience, grapple with not only questions but also the implications. Was Jean ever real? When did the clone and the real Jean Grey swap places? Who did Cyclops actually marry?

Fire Made Flesh

Personally, for me, this revelation is nothing new, given my history with the X-Men comics. That being said, the way this revelation was delivered was simply satisfying. The pure shock and emotional turmoil seen in each of the characters upon learning the truth feels reflective of what we, as viewers, feel when watching the episode play out.

The switch between the clone and the real Jean adds layers of complexity to the storyline and sets the stage for future conflicts.

If you’re interested in learning more around Jean Grey and her clone, this video will give you some extra backstory. 

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Mister Sinister’s nefarious agenda takes center stage as he sets his sights on Jean and Scott’s baby, mirroring his past experiments and desires for their genetic potential. The extent of his influence over the clone’s mind is chilling, showcasing the depths of his manipulation and control.

The dynamics between the characters are explored with depth and nuance in this episode. Sunspot’s integration into the mansion adds a new dimension to the team dynamic, while Cyclops finally receives the character development he deserves, emerging as a formidable fighter true to his comic book roots.

The introduction of the Goblin Queen brings a new level of psychological tension to the series. Her ability to manipulate reality and perception turns the mansion into a nightmarish landscape, testing the X-Men’s resolve and pushing Jean to her limits in a captivating mind fight sequence.

The animation and cell shading in this episode are nothing short of exceptional. The attention to detail and fluidity of movement bring the characters and action to life, immersing viewers in the world of the X-Men with stunning visual flair.

Fans of the comics will appreciate the faithful portrayal of key elements, such as Logan’s persistent pursuit of Jean and the exploration of her psychic connection to Scott. These nods to the source material add depth and authenticity to the storyline, satisfying longtime enthusiasts of the X-Men universe, like myself, which is something of a feat considering I have not felt this good about an X-Men project beyond the comics and previous animated series.

The climactic moment of the episode arrives with the birth of Cable, as Sinister unleashes the techno-organic virus on Nathan, forcing him to be sent to the future. This pivotal event sets the stage for future storylines and leaves viewers eagerly anticipating what lies ahead for the X-Men.

Fire Made Flesh

Overall, the “Fire Made Flesh” delivers a thrilling blend of action, intrigue, and character development. With its gripping plot twists, stunning animation, and near accurate homage to the comics, this episode cements the series as a must-watch for fans old and new alike. 


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