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Old 05-07-2014, 03:59 PM   #26
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Can't wait till season 3. This is some good stuff man!
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This is interesting to read, I'd watch this show, then again I'd watch anything X-Men related, my favorite team/characters ever.

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I think all the actors/actresses you posted would be great television X-men

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Thinking about X-Men: Last Stand, i think an X-Men tv show should not go straight to hard science fiction like the films are doing now, would like to see it exploring morality more, expecialy the themes and ideas that were worst used in that film, like Charles lobotomising Jean that way and the consequences, probably having the group not trust him anymore by the end of that plot point, instead of just killing him off. Another interesting idea is the cure, and when it's used at somebody Magneto cares for and trusts like what happened with Mytique, but this time i think it would be more interesting to show more of a dimension to Erik by having him actualy take care of this allied turned human, as well as the effects it would have in his followers, instead of simply having him abandon that person in order to play with his "new toys".

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I like the ideas around here, I'll read more to see if I'm interested in seeing more.

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After much too long a hiatus... XIGY... Season 3.

XIGY Season 3 Overview
Keywords: Fulfillment, Deception
Big Bads: Hellfire Club, Dark Phoenix

For those who've been taking note, we're introducing new characters at a rate of about 1 per episode. This isn't entirely unprecedented. Every procedural show does the same thing, only other shows they let their new characters go after their appearance. With XIGY, nearly every Freak of the Week is a beloved X-Men favorite, with thousands of comic book appearances to their name. And we've barely scratched the surface. There've been a few deaths, but now we start to get into the question of: what are all these powerful children doing when they're not on camera. After all... you can't just Forge running around unaccounted for, much less Mystique. Season 3 does the work of giving infrastructure to the world of mutants and that takes the form of the infamous Hellfire Club.

Another ongoing discussion that flows out of all these recurring guests, is budget, and we keep that down by having a series of stories that generally revolve around conspiracy and talking and deadly deals. The budget can be saved, essentially, and spent on making Phoenix really shine when she shows up. This is Jean Grey's season... hopefully not her last season! If Season 1 as about Xavier and Magneto and Season 2 was about Xavier and Cyclops, then Season 3 is definitely about Scott and Jean and Wolverine. 90s X-Men comics fans will feel right at home here, perhaps for the last time.

Another huge aspect of dealing with the Hellfire Club is Wish Fulfillment. These guys are experts on giving people what they want at the price of loyalty, it's how they grow their ranks and resources. As such, we get to see a lot of characters get what they're looking for and the tragedy that comes along with that.

Arc 1: Welcome to Hellfire
Arc 2: Initiation Rites
Arc 3: Rise of the Red Queen
Arc 4: Phoenix Warsong



Main Cast:
Season 3 Updates


Scott Summers:

Scott's seen and drawn a lot of blood over the past year. His kid days are over. He's still playing the boy scout, but you can tell the soldier facade is cracking. He's not entirely stable and never gets a chance to recover form his ordeal, and it shows in the way he pushes people away. Jean is the only one who can reach him, but how fair is that. He wants to lead the X-Men and to be with Jean and he's having a lot of trouble handling both. What we start to see with Cyclops is that he's not actually a good person, even though he keeps making the right decisions, he's doing it for the wrong reasons and it causes rifts between him and his teammates. The Hellfire Club can't tempt him the same way as others, because he's not entirely sure what he wants. Decisive AF on the battlefield, almost completely indecisive in his personal life.

His skill with his power becomes expert: a quick snap of a laser to get whatever he wants done, no muss, no fuss. His leadership skills also become uncanny, and we get to see why he is the leader of the X-Men, because not only is he able to think of things no one else can, but he's willing to take conflicts further than anyone who wants to stand against them. He is the master of the bluff, and it makes you wonder is he really bluffing, sometimes. By this point, the older X-Men are full blown teachers of the youngsters, and Scott's reputation as a hardnose is pretty much cemented in their minds from here on out.

James Howlett:

Now that Logan's more or less got his head on straight, he gets a little leeway to spend more time being classic Logan and less time trying to kill the X-Men. He also has this mystery to tend to in regards to exactly where he came from, and Sabertooth can help him with that. He's got all the sidekicks he can stand in Rogue and Shadowcat, and then he falls deeply in love for Jean and his rivalry with Scott becomes cemented around a focal point in that. We get to see him at his most loner-like and instead of gelling with the team, we see him sort of gel one at a time with various team members, depending on their personality. The Hellfire Club offers him his past, which is a thing that might be too difficult for him to pass up.

Jean Grey:

We see Jean's journey to becoming a goddess here. She, now confident with has the ability to blow past mental problems. She gets to transcend the show, for better or worse. On her way out though, she's got to deal with a fractured team, her first love and her dream guy vying for her attention, which we undermine a bit by having Jean rise above that, being the fount of a cosmic entity and all that. Phoenix here is intended to be beyond comprehension. To that end, there is a part of Phoenix that was always in Jean, as per comics, as well as Phoenix that manifests fully when a cosmic entity passes through her. If woven correctly, the conflicting storylines pulled from comics, movies and cartoons, together make a Phoenix that surpasses any single reality. You can imagine the need to focus the budget here, if only for the trippy cosmic sequences.

Her turn as a villain then is more akin to Q than anything else as she wrestles with her godhood and what her increased perception inspires her to do. The Red Queen of the Hellfire Club is more of a chrysalis than anything as she uses that power to interpret how she will handle cosmic power. This also dovetails with the idea of leaving her friends and loved ones behind as she journeys to places, mentally and physically where they just can't go. When Wyngarde manages to corrupt her, it seems as though there's no one who can reach her, not Scott, not Logan, not Charles... but maybe, if they work together... maybe if they work with her instead of against her, they might have a chance at saving the world.

Ororo Munroe:

Storm has been holding things down for the X-Men, and she gets a strong set of focus episodes and her own subplot with the Morlocks that actually doesn't payoff fully until next season. We see her able to pick up the slack and cover when Cyclops is slipping and she becomes a quiet force pushing the X-Men forward. Ororo's struggle, to find love and acceptance and a place to be who she really is is a quieter struggle, one that occurs in the background of things. Ororo is all things to all people, but we spend enough time with her to know that that can't last. Depending on the flow of the season, she may break here, which is where she'd take over the X-Men as leader.

Charles Xavier:

Charles gets a lot of attention this season, as a potential initiate into the Hellfire Club as the White King. This would give him unknown power to change society to benefit mutants, but it would also connect him with people like Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost. We see his conscience pricked, but his dedication and overconfidence ultimately may break him, or he may get exactly what he wants at a pyrrhic cost.

Marie D'Ancanto:

We saw Rogue willingly join the X-Men after bonding with them during the Weapon Plus ordeal last season. Now, along with other youngsters she completes her X-Men training, though she does retain enough of Magneto's teachings to refuse to go by 'Marie' but only by Rogue. Rogue has an odd bond with Cyclops because Senator Kelly's daughter is rolling around in her head, and her head gets worse because she ends up permanently taking down someone with, flight, super strength, a southern belle drawl and an outspoken personality as she fits the 90s X-Men vibe throghout the season. So of course, Rogue befriends one particular Cajun wild card in particular. That friendship dominates her whole life, for better or worse, and helps her deal with all the voices.

Kurt Wagner:

The loveable elf is in full swing. He's the one who introduces the Danger Room as a potential toy, he's the one who continuously provides comic relief, both of the savvy and fish-out-of-water variety. This may make his character seem not as deep as others, but in reality we see that he's hiding a deep spiritual experience that empowers him to be there for others in the way he can so well, by giving them smiles. The idea is to put Kurt in as the heart of the team, so when he gets ripped away, it's devastating. For now though, fun, fun fun.

Kitty Pryde:

The youngest, though now an 'experienced' mutant who has been out with the X-Men, even though she's a contemporary of the New Mutants characters. Still too young for the field in normal circumstances, Kitty, by virtue of her powers and personality, manages to get involved often anyway. If Kurt is the new Bobby, then Kitty is the new Candy, someone who shouldn't really be there, but you can't quite stop her. Her adoration for Wolverine becomes legendary, naturally.




Recurring Cast, Returning Characters
Season 3 Updates


Piotr Rasputin

Colossus is still very much at the X-Mansion. He, much to his shagrin, becomes the unilateral crush of one Kitty Pryde, who is, for now, a bit too young for him, so there's a bit of 'I hope Senpai will notice me' type comedy and it sets up well for later seasons in which they're both grown. He also becomes the centerpiece of the Legacy Virus storyline, which mimics the panic of the Ebola and the Bird Flu virus scares, which only makes it worse for mutants, or better, if it gets people to stay away from mutants more. He's almost a main cast member, but he dies before the season ends, in a way that The Phoenix could have prevented, further developing her transcendence and aloofness and quasi-villainy.

Remy Lebeau:


He's here to play the cool mystery guy as Wolverine gets to be all angsty. He's incredibly cool, almost embarrassingly so. We see hints of his past, but unlike Logan, Remy doesn't want to go back into his past. His relationship with Rogue is what keeps him connected to the X-Men, and he plays a bit of a sixth-ranger 'show up when I'm needed' type of role in the X-Men.

Alex Summers

X-Factor is in full effect, and even more tricked out now that the saner parts of the government have seized the Weapon Plus assets. Alex is the drill sergeant, and so even though he's more dysfunctional personally, he gets celebrated for it, while his brother has to keep it all inside. At this point, Alex is kind of a fun jerk whose main redeeming quality is that he believes in his brother, even though he gives him a hard time. He shows how aloof the government can be to the Hellfire Club's influence though.

Lorna Dane:

Having broken up with Alex, Lorna seems to have an understanding that she is a Jean Grey parallel. She also shows hints that she's the kind of crazy that Jean is sometimes shown to have in the comics, and there may be a hint of fourth wall breaking, depending on the actress. She starts dating Iceman and continues to work with X-Factor as a government operative.

Forge:

Forge is working for the government now, and he's inventing all manner of tech. He's basically in the background, turning the common US government into SHIELD in terms of available tech, and he's doing it well. We may not see him much, but he's mentioned and his presence is felt whenever the authorities show up or they enter a space with mutant-dampening devices, and he's at the head of the battle against the Legacy Virus.

Raven Darkholme:

Finding herself as a high powered government operative, basically a super-weapon to the CIA, Raven takes some solace in taking out truly bad guys. She may find a kindred spirit in Forge, but she also finds a bitter enemy in The White Queen, who uses her own shapeshifting powers against her.

Bobby Drake

Bobby is also with X-Factor, and he honestly doesn't get a whole lot of development here this season. Let's say this actor basically joins another show, and so he gets to make a guest appearance but he's mostly elsewhere.

Hank McCoy

Good ol' Beast is still around as part of the Avengers, though he does liase with the X-Men and X-Factor as needed, since he has a connection with them from his time as an X-Man. He is a huge part of the Avengers support mechanism, and has seen some field time with them. Perhaps having a lower tier Avenger guest star with him would help drive that home.

Tessa

If you remember, Xavier sent Sage away when everything was going pear shaped way back. Now we know where he sent her, to the Hellfire Club and she is the Black Queen, playing her role perfectly, perhaps too perfectly as she assists Sebastian Shaw in his domination of all he surveys.

Senator Kelly

Turns out that this guy has been a member of the Hellfire Club the entire time. So he gets more quality time with Charles Xavier and Scott Summers.

Betsy Braddock


You guessed it, not as dead as previously expected. It's Jean who brings her back to life in the body of a young kunoichi. Of course, this is far from a painless process and brings about another of those impossible choices that make Phoenix so incredibly dangerous.

Cain Marko

What's the 90s X-Men without classic Juggernaut? Perhaps a cameo by Wong or Dr. Strange and boom, mystical enchantment and big red armored wall-breaking baddie with a history with the X-Men and grudge against the X-Mansion. Pretty standard stuff, get the helmet off, laugh at his impotence, except perhaps with a bit more emotional sting than usual.

Erik Lensherr

Daddy's back. And he's, predictably, in a plastic prison and his desire for mutant paradise is unabated. He's decided to wait out humanity rather than nuke it into oblivion at this point. He's completely confident time will prove him correct. So when he's freed, which is another one of Xavier's deepest dreams, for them to work together again, they do, though his dreams have only scaled upwards, which creates its own kind of drama.


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Emma Frost, The White Queen


Background:

Emma Frost is, as ever, the ice cold queen female dog with a capital B. Her background is exquisite. She is from old money, her father was the White King until his death, which was how she got the job. She's the youngest member of the Hellfire Club and she defends her title with ruthlessness and aggression. She is very much the head cheerleader in a social club that shouldn't respond to that type of social power, but they do, because Frost can back it up with her powers and with her scathing wit.

Development:

Emma Frost is a tragedy, and we get to see that as she connects with the X-Men as an enemy and then uneasy ally. Unfortunately, she's not ready for her heel-face turn when we meet her. She gets a chance and redemption and blows it because of her pride and self centeredness. We do get to see the hints of her heart of gold, her love for teaching and her willingness to build a better world, but she simply needs better colleagues, and she wont find that while she's so concerned with good breeding.

For now, she plays the Queen Bee role well, as an unscrupulous telepath, shredding everyone by exposing their secrets and invading their most private thoughts and moments before lording it over them.

Powers:

Emma is a telepath, using all the same telepathic techniques, including light particle effects and dressed down filtered 'mindscapes' to achieve those ends. Her diamond powers don't show up yet, but they will.

Relationships:

Emma Frost, in true foreshadowing nature, does hit it off with Cyclops, but they're completely wrong for each other, at least at this point, and he's more consumed with Jean at the moment. She has moments with Xavier, which are fraught with tension as she would technically be his consort if he's inducted into the HFC, and she's the one who discovers his secret love for Jean Grey.

Summary:

Emma is a complex multi-faceted character. She is magnificent and she is a true witch of the highest order, and she loves it. She gets to play the same role here as she would if she were on a reality TV show. She is the #1 ish-starter and she knows it and she loves it.

Sebastian Shaw, The Black King



Background:

Sebastian Shaw is an inimitable man. He is refined in his taste and gracious in his discourse. He is a true gentleman, and has taken the Hellfire Club out of the puffy 1800s wear - now only for special occasions - and put them in contemporary settings. His is wealth and control and old money and tradition incarnate. If there's some rich banker running the world, it's this guy. And even though you know he has to be corrupt, he is the poster man for corruption, he's just so dang genial he makes it hard to really dislike him. He doesn't get his hands dirty. In fact, even the fact that he's a mutant is a closely guarded secret, a trump card he plays only at length.

Development:

We meet Sebastian as a host, and we are introduced to his evils slowly, like boiling a frog in water. The goal is to bring the viewer along Xavier's journey of slow compromise until Xavier is ready to do the unthinkable. In this way, Shaw serves as a straw man for the slippery slope of control. We are to think we get to see bits of his human side with his son, but he proves very quickly that he is indeed evil incarnate, a true villain to his very core.

Powers:

Sebastian Shaw's powers are to absorb energies forced upon him. To this end, his power is an anti-power of sorts, a sound effect that occurs when other characters' powers misfire or give out. His power is, simply, to be unaffected. He doesn't boast the crazy energy manipulation powers

Relationships:

Shaw forms a sort of aggressive big brother bond with Xavier. This contrasts with Xavier's relationship with Magneto as Magneto is more protective and prescriptive, while Shaw is almost pushing Xavier to see what he will do.

Summary:

Shaw is the devil. He doesn't say it, but you know it when you see him. He avoids being cartoony by virtue of the actor's subdued performance of someone who genuinely wants to spread misery for its own sake.

Nathaniel Essex, Mr. Sinister



Background:

A huge character from the comics, Mister Sinister is responsible for all sorts of pain and dismemberment. He is virtually immortal, and displays mutant powers though he doesn't register as a mutant on any given scanner. A monster in his own right, but unlike Shaw, he bows to a puppetmaster, though no one has any clue who his real puppeteer is yet. He appears to be a normal human, but in reality is anything but.

Development:

Nathaniel Essex is a sloooow burn, not even revealing his inhuman form until near the end of the season. He appears as a dark scientist, and we get suitable creepiness form him as we realize his shop of horrors goes deep into the catacombs. We intentionally avoid putting Essex and the Summers family together in the same room, though we do see him first being smitten with Jean's powers and taking her DNA. He's intended to be slimy and make us want to avoid knowing more about him, and comes off as more of a misleading red herring cameo here.

Powers:

Mr. Sinister is a shapeshifter, among other things that involve masterful body control. We don't get to see much from him, but we get hints.

Relationships:

Currently, none of significance beyond bowing to Shaw and then to Phoenix. Naturally, it will be revealed that he was Scott Summers' case worker, but that's a story for another season. Additionally, he is the herald and emissary for he who shall not be named, but that too is a story for another day.

Summary:

He seems like a simple peon in the club, but fans will know better, and their patience will be rewarded when he goes full sinister.

Jason Wyngarde, Mastermind



Background:

If Emma is the head cheerleader giving the X-Men the high school drama they missed, then Jason is the pretty boy, taking Warren's place as the long haired blonde that woos Jean. He actually got a nice secret in the form of an ugly scar on his face and a missing right arm from a car accident, giving him a nice reveal. Overall though, he makes things look perfect, he always has the right cash on him, the right papers, the right look and the right gear. Most importantly, he always has a plan.

His day job is that of a world famous actor, so some of the X-Men are fans and fawn over him a bit.

Development:

We meet Jason Wyngarde as a schmoozing bad guy, too slick, to well presented. As the season goes on we see this background player is in all the right places at the right times. His opportunity to engage with Jean and to mesmerize her with his vision, comes from him playing a long game. As she ascends through godhood, Jason is the one who can guide her, who can test her, who can hold her accountable. Him leading her to be all that she can be is, of course, a play by himself to get his body fixed and to take over the Hellfire Club, and he simply doesn't anticipate Jean outgrowing him before she outgrows the whole planet. His initial elevation to Red King in the club is based on him hiding something very well from everyone, even from the telepaths.

Powers:

Jason's power is illusion, and as such, his power involves a typical day of shooting for whatever his illusion is with a nice fading transition to show that it never really happened or never was there.

Relationships:

Jason is in love with power, and so, he is truly in love with what Jean is becoming. The rest of the club regards him largely as a nuisance who is occasionally useful for making things appear as they would like, handling the decorations and such. This is why his turn for power is so alarming to them, because he was underestimated by everyone... except possibly Shaw who is only disappointed that Jason fell in love... he could have been next in line.

Summary:

The Mastermind works as a scapegoat for Jean's villainy at first, during its worst parts, during her chrysalis stage. By the time he is out of the picture she's an enlightened villain with a simple plan, the destruction of humanity.

New Supporting Characters:

Harry Leland, The White Bishop

Background and Powers

The White Bishop of the Hellfire Club, jealous of Xavier because he wanted to be next in line. A very influential Cardinal in his day job. Has the power to change the weight of other objects, which amounts to people acting as though they are heavy and then falling down, or being lifted off the ground because they are so light.

Character Notes

The idea of the Hellfire club played straight. He's normal, he's

Roberto DaCosta, Sunspot, The White Rook

Background and Powers

Roberto is another prospective member of the Hellfire Club, since his father recently died. If inducted, he would be the new youngest, as a contemporary of Shadowcat. He's a generic spoiled rich kid with fire powers that he doesn't know what to do with.

His power is that of a warm black shell of heat, which is a CGI nightmare, so for now, he can only turn into this CGI form briefly for short bursts, and also, he burns things way too easily, hearkening back to the super-dangerous powers of first season.

Character Notes

Robby Dacosta here is largely played for comedy and snark on the youngest generation and what it does with too much money. Think of a Justin Bieber with super powers (from South America). He's that kid.

Jamie Madrox, The Multiple Man & The Black Pawn

Background and Powers

Madrox shows up in two places at once. He's the face behind the maskless goons the Hellfire Club employs thanks to a sort of brainwashed offshoot of Madrox Prime. He's also a part of X-Factor with Havok, Polaris, Iceman, Strong Guy, Mystique and Forge. He's a bit manic on that team, with a few different voices depending on the duplicate. We're not sure where to place him, which is why the reveal that he's also the HFC goons goes over so easy.

Character Notes

A longtime fan favorite, Jamie here is still in plot device mode. He's got jokes and a wry sense of humor that plays off of Bobby's more high intensity humor when we see them together. The goal is to make his brief appearances cool so that he can be memorable and pay respect to his many fans, even if they don't see him often.

Warren Worthington II, Black Rook

Background and Powers

For those noting, the Rook position in the HFC designates the money person. Warren II is that, and is alarmed at how quickly mutancy has 'taken over' the HFC, just inside of a generation, but he keeps it to himself, but Emma uses this against him at times. He's grieving his son as well, in his own way and so he has a great deal of ire for Charles who got his son killed. We do get to see him meet his great grandson though, so that's a nice thing.

Character Notes

Warren II doesn't have much to do or say here, but he's needed for continuity and to keep those deaths that the X-Men have suffered in mind. With Sinister's master coming, it's important that our Warren, Angel isn't forgotten about for all of Season 3.

Selene Gallio, The Black Bishop

Background and Powers

Selene is the first female non-Queen HFC member in a long time. It's not easy to forget that she's immortal because pictures of her with previous HFCs are portraits on the wall. She's a high level witch, with a capital W, but that doesn't come across. We do see a hint of her life-sucking abilities to explain her longevity, which are much like Rogue's powers, but with a different effect, indicating that Rogue could travel this road if she so chose.

Character Notes

Selene is a season worthy big bad in her own right, and like Tessa, this may just be our introduction to her before she returns in a bigger capacity later.Here, she's just a scary lady, though her mother-like ways and jealousy of Jean Grey's meteoric rise do register.

Shin "Shinobi" Shaw

Background and Powers

Shinobi is Sebastian's son. As the son of he and his consort, Tessa, he is half-Asian, and definitely not a member of the Hellfire Club, but a snotty nosed rich teen, with a lot of angst that DaCosta wouldn't have. Shinobi is a tragedy, even with his snazzy mutant powers, and his death, preventable by Sebastian just makes it worse.

Character Notes

This is really Sebastian's kick the dog moment where we see that he's *not* human in the way that we are, that his child's suffering doesn't move him. His child fails, he simply says they should start over. This does set up the cloning initiative that gives birth to the Stepford Couckoos, however when Emma Frost attempts to hijack it to her own ends.

Callisto

Background and Powers

Callisto is a warrior born, she's fierce, courageous and a fully realized and driven leader. She talks big and backs it up, and she knows its just her and her people against the world. She's what Cyclops and Storm know they should be, but aren't. Her powers are simply heightened senses, but it makes her a beast, combat wise, and is visualized with sound effects and camera focuses on her eyes or eyes and then cutting to the thing she's perceiving, however small or distant.

Character Notes

The Morlocks make their debut here, and make a grand counterpoint to the Hellfire Club's mutancy. Here are the true outcasts, and they put the pretty X-Men to shame and question their relevance.

Caliban

Background and Powers

Callisto's bodyguard and right hand man. A big mute inhuman white creature with only the stregth appropriate to a big strong man. He does have the power to sense mutants from a distance and their 'power levels' which doesn't have an effect beyond his gestures of size to Callisto and the target's dialogue that they 'feel funny.'

Character Notes

A gentle giant type.He perhaps has been mute his whole life, as he communicates in sign language.

Skids

Background and Powers

Sally Blevins is another contemporary of Kitty and Robby DaCosta, and she, unlike the rest of the Morlocks, doesn't actually look inhuman, she's just a normal runaway. Her powers, involve an incredible forcefield, which makes her the tank for the Morlocks, one way or another. Her ability to skate or slide on her forcefield is regarded as a toy, essentially.

Character Notes

Sally is our cute kid here, and she's meant to turn our vision of Morlock society on its head seeing the important role she plays and the childlike freedom she still enjoys, trying to drive home the point that the Morlocks are doing it right and the X-Men are actually closer to Magneto's vision than anyone.

Artie & Leech

Background and Powers

Two more youngsters with complementary powers. Artie is deaf and so he signs with Caliban often, Leech is just soft spoken with English as his Second Language. They are inseparable though they are usually seen with Skids when she's nearby. Artie's power is based on the grafitti he makes, which he can rearrange after the fact, thanks to some nice photoshop work. While Leech's power is another one of those non-effects based, though there might be a sound effect when his power is active, a kind of silence.

Character Notes

These two are there for fun for now... and later, for heartbreak.

Marrow

Background and Powers

As old as the younger X-Men, but without the devastating experiences, Marrow has a lot of attitude and limited places to point it. Her powers, to pull bones from her skin involve a lot of prosthetics work, so it'll probably be limited to some daggers and not the whole bone control we've seen her do at times.

Character Notes

This is further evidence of how violent the X-Men are... the most violent Morlock is powerless before their years of field combat experience, even though she's their same age of being a late teen.

Brian Braddock, Captain Britain

Background and Powers

If you'll recall, the X-Men killed Brian's sister, Betsy. So, he's not the biggest fan, and now he's the premier superhero in Britain, a super soldier in his own right thanks to a controlled strain of IGH (ala Jessica Jones), though with Phoenix's help, perhaps he connects with his multiverse counterparts or something like that. Regardless, he is glad to have his sister back, even if she is a lot different, though his attempts to recruit X-folks to Excalibur are hard to work out.

Character Notes

Brian's whole character is a bit of fun with the Captain America concept, but with British accents.

Fabian Cortez

Background and Powers

The power booster, and one of Magneto's most famous Acolytes. He is an opportunist and a zealout, sort of a Magneto fanboy. His power too boils down to a sound effect and then doing more and better of other people's powers. His power is what helps Magneto break out, create Asteroid M and allow Benet du Paris to enthrall so many.

Character Notes

'What if Toad was super-useful.' He's that guy.

Joanna Carguill, Frenzy


Background and Powers

Another Acolyte, a Jamaican girl with a lot of attitude and super strength and durability. Sweet in her own way, but largely a loyal lieutenant, which is generally the whole of her characterization, except when her leaders cross the line and the good guys appeal to her conscience. She can't help them, but she will look the other way.

Character Notes

This character is meant to be fun. Someone who loves their power and isn't afraid to use it.

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Season 3 Episode Guide

S03E01: X-Treme Part 2

In DC, Cyclops steps between the Sentinel and Wolverine, their beams clashing in a power struggle as Wolverine says goodbye to his only connection to his old life. The X-Men and remaining Avengers work together and manage to defeat Master Mold, holding him off until Beast uses the downed Iron Man armor as a backdoor to deliver a mutating computer virus as Wolverine, deeply enraged buys them all time. Iceman does as well, showing how powerful he can be in his pure ice form before having his lower half blown away, and Thunderbird sacrifices himself to hold the robot in check. In the aftermath, having shut down the Sentinel Program, the entire group is rounded up by the Government but are interceded for by Senator Harry Leland, who not only lawyers on behalf of them to make them heroes, but invites Xavier to a group of like minded individuals. Scott says bye to Alex, who is now with Polaris as they take Iceman back to a government facility to recover somehow, while Beast is asked to join the Avengers as their mutant representative and X-Men liaison, and he agrees. Gambit fades away into the sunrise.

Returning to the mansion, there is a graduation ceremony, where all the major characters known so far attend. The X-Men: Scott, Jean, Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Colossus begin to help out with the younger kids at the mansion: Cannonball, Shadowcat, Mirage, Magik, Nightcrawler and Siryn, with another showing up at their doorstep: a local polyglot named Douglass Ramsey who can talk to Storm in Swahili, Colossus in Russian, Nightcrawler in German and even Mirage in her tribal language. Hijinks ensue, and Xavier resumes classes for the youngsters and helps the older students find and obtain online college courses of study, while Forge helps out around the mansion.

S03E02: Stay Frosty


Xavier is invited to a swanky party at the Hellfire Club, the most elite of elite establishments where the world's most powerful people can be found cavorting. Senator Kelly and Warren Worthington II are there, and Tessa, Xavier's old friend, is a member and reports to him the breadth of their operation when she comes to pick him up. He brings with him, Scott, Jean, Storm and Wolverine, helping to establish the core team for this era of the show.

The HFC is full of rich people spending a lot of money, and it becomes clear how it works. The club is so expensive only the most well connected people can afford to be there, and this puts booze and power in the same room where deals, some quite corrupt, happen away from prying eyes and under the influence of inhibition-lowering alcohol. We see further evidence of the Scott-Jean-Logan love triangle as they tour the facility, and that gets an extra hitch as we meet Emma Frost, early twenties-ish member of the club who enjoys making Scott feel uncomfortable and Jean jealous. This all happens over a series of party games, various entertainments as Emma pulls on Scott's stoicism, Jean's mental powers with her own and Wolverine is recognized by an old man who was a Captain during World War II. Storm on the other hand finds herself recognized by an arms dealer from Wakanda named Moses.

Meanwhile, while all the social conflict happens, Xavier is brought into the Inner Circle, and meets with Sebastian Shaw, Selene, and indeed Emma Frost, who joins the meeting late while Scott and Jean have a moment of conflict and being open about their feelings for each other, and begin their relationship in earnest. The HFC offers Xavier a chance to truly change the world, and it is one he cannot pass up. Of course, there are tests that the next White King has to undergo, of course...

S03E03: Gone with the Wyngarde

With Xavier's new Hellfire Club access and connections, he spends some time with the White Queen, Emma Frost learning about the two sides of the Hellfire Club which work as Yin and Yang, and about the White organization as a whole. When tipped off to a member potentially needing to be checked on his use of power, Xavier sends the B-team, Rogue, Colossus, Forge and Nightcrawler to check out this Mastermind. They find that it's a whole family: Jason Wyngarde and his two daughters, Martinique who is light and airy, and Regan, who is morose and stoic. They are all illusionists who take on incredible capers. Of course, when the X-Men try to intervene they're seen as thieves, but then of course, Gambit, another actual thief is there, and steals the heist from the Masterminds, so they end up trying to get Gambit together, who ends up showing the team how the Masterminds are playing them, and it becomes a bit of a free for all to recapture the item. Also, lots of flirting between Gambit and Rogue, who tries her best to recruit Gambit. When Mastermind is seemingly captured he actually escapes and returns to the Hellfire Club to report to Shaw what Xavier's kids are capable of.

Meanwhile, Storm and Jean head out to Scotland chasing a supposed werewolf, only to find a scared little girl, Rahne Sinclair, who is also that werewolf, that they manage to talk down and bring back to the mansion. Meanwhile still, Scott and Logan spar a bit, and Xavier discovers Emma Frost has a school of her own.

S03E04: Pierced

Xavier tours Emma's school and meets many of her students, a few of which are mutants: A young Roberto Da Costa, whose father is a member of the Hellfire Club, Fabian Julbun, an electrical manipulator, Jennifer Stavros, a hyper-go-lucky girl, Marie-Ange Colbert, a Yu-gi-oh obsessed fangirl who can seemingly bring cards to life, Haroun ibn Sallah al-Rashid, a jetstream of energy and self-made bomb. Xavier recognizes her approach and strives to help her, even getting an old contact, Sean Cassidy to come and help train her students, though he does find the similarities in their approaches suspicious.

Wolverine heads out on yearly sojourn to do battle with an old foe, Sabertooth. It turns out, however, that Shadowcat has stowed away, and that Storm was following Shadowcat from the stratosphere the whole time. Sabertooth attempts to use Logan's new bonds against him out here in the woods, but not only do they serve as distractions long enough for Logan to pull his entrails back together, not only motivation to fight harder, and even smarter, but a well timed lightning strike to the lake that Creed is drowning Logan in goes a long way.

Meanwhile, Scott, Jean, Rogue, Nightcrawler and Colossus end up investigating a mutant signature that comes up in a building belonging to Alexander Pierce. While they attempt to undermine its security using their bevy of skills, his technology is better and even when they try to take him down,they discover technology that has been giving them so many problems is he himself, with his many cyborg implants, some culled from the Sentinel program. In the end it's Xavier, and his Hellfire Club connections that save the X-Men from death by the hands of a fellow member.

S03E05: Brand Management

Harry Leland asks for Xavier's help on a sensitive issue, and the Blue team are brought in: Scott, Jean, Colossus, and Rogue. They meet up with X-Factor: Alex, Lorna, Bobby and Jamie Madrox, a young man who can multiply himself discovered by the CIA's network. Bobby is still half a guy sitting in a wheelchair. They all meet Abigail Brand, in charge of an alien offensive program briefs them on something few know about, confirmed hostile life on the moon. Xavier brings in Emma and Alexander Pierce, who gloats over his previous victory against Scott, as uses his . In learning to become astronauts, Emma helps teach Bobby to tap into his power after realizing his mind is no longer centralized in his ice form. Scott and Alex are pilot and co-pilot and talk about their parents.

Back at Xavier's school, a different kind of training is taking place. The Gold Team: Storm, Wolverine, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler and sometimes Forge are at the mansion watching over the rest of the kids in a massive game of capture the flag, which Wolverine uses as a harsh training opportunity. Forge and Storm get tangled up in a tackle and have a romantic moment together before the kids interrupt them.

The Space team, consisting of Scott, Jean, Alex, Lorna, Bobby, Jamie, Piotr and Rogue head off to the Luther Crater and after touching down, discover that it is not only an abandoned alien outpost, but has breathable oxygen somehow. Worse, though, it is using it's tractor beam to pull a meteor to Earth, and too much momentum has been gained for the beam to stop it!

S03E06: Shuttlestop

Abigail Brand brings in experts, including Forge, Beast, Henry Pym, Bruce Banner and more to help try and solve this issue in a matter of hours. Attempts are made to contact high powered Avengers such as Thor, but more is needed. In space, Rogue and Jamie stay in the Blue Area of the Moon to try and figure out what the aliens had in mind, while the others load onto the shuttle to intercept the meteor, managing to land on it, with lots of help from the combined work of Lorna and Jean. Scott Manages to hollow out a large chunk of the meteor but this also causes him to be exposed to space, and he is quickly brought back to safety, but remains incapacitated. Pitor and Bobby keep digging and discover that there is an 'egg' of some sort near the middle of the meteor.

Back on Earth, the people of Earth are prepared to launch nukes, splitting the asteroid and bringing the casualties down to the tens of millions. They also help Jamie and Rogue who, back on the Moon figure out that this meteor was brought to Earth to fulfill an ancient prophecy about a Phoenix, burning all the Earth so that something new can be born in it's place. They also trigger the crater's automatic defenses, a golem that keeps killing Jamie and Rogue only survives because Jamie lets her take his powers long enough to trick it into thinking it's killed them. In space, Bobby keeps pushing his powers and tries to make the whole meteor brittle, but time is against the team. With Scott out of commission, Alex takes charge and asks Jean and Lorna to pull hard on one side, while Piotr and Bobby change the weight distribution. Mission Control on Earth calculates the exact positions and the plan goes into motion. Bobby plans on sacrificing himself, but Alex orders him back inside, tells him to look out for Lorna, and for Scott. Alex gets to the right position and absolutely explodes with his powers, cracking the egg which starts spewing out energy and being obliterated in the process, but throwing the meteor into a controllable state. Jean and Lorna manage control as Piotr and Bobby get back on board the shuttle, realizing Alex isn't coming back, and the ship is damaged, Jean gets the others into the back compartment, with Piotr using his body to cover the hole in their protection while Jean uses his powers to pilot the ship to safety.

Fiery energy overtakes her, burning her as she manages to land the ship safely in a bay. Lorna helps everyone to safety, and Scott's first and only question is... where is Jean?

S03E07: Magnetic Personalities

Combing the bay reveals no body, but much of the ship has been obliterated, and so it's possible there can be no sign of Jean Grey. The X-Men are in shambles, Scott in a deep dark depresssion, Wolverine in a rage, Xavier and Storm throw themselves more deeply into their work with the students. Beast has brought Rogue back home using his resources. A memorial service for Jean is held at the school and her parents blame Xavier for losing their baby girl.

The Hellfire Club aspects of the Government approach the non-AWOL X-Men: Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Shadowcat about help with dealing with this huge new asteroid circling the Earth. The Real Jamie tells Rogue he heard about what she did for his clone back on the Moon, and notes that he sometimes loses a set of clones, but usually finds them sooner or later. The X-Men have a simple job, escort the prisoner to help reposition this satellite, and that person is Prisoner X, none other than Erik Lensherr, Magneto himself. Restrained, he gets to taunt the X-Men during the entire mission, regaling them with his tales of stargazing as his only permitted activity and lamenting that no place on Earth will have him, going on and revealing that Lorna is his daughter to Bobby and letting her know she has siblings out there. Given enough freedom to fix the satellite, Magneto, using Piotr's supposedly uncontrollable metal, predictably frees himself and commandeers their ship, essentially getting himself stranded on the asteroid as the X-Men escape his clutches, using all of their powers to get back into the atmosphere and to help each other land safely, leaving Magneto with his geosynchronous 'Asteroid M.'

S03E08: Pryor Engagement


A stranger appears at the X-Men's door, a young Japanese girl that Logan immediately sniffs out as part of an incredibly deadly ninja clan, she manages to evade getting hurt and reversing his moves, and manifests her mutant power, psionic weapons that stun and reveals herself to be Betsy Braddock who was able to beat Wolverine because of her telepathy new body and being higly motivated to not get killed by him again. She informs Scott that she knows how to find Jean, who she claims, like her, is still alive in a new body. Scott asks her what she said to him before she died, and, on the Professor's verification she's not reading his mind, is convinced.

The news is abuzz with the revival of a girl named Madelyn Pryor, who has been comatose for years, but now is awake, with all of Jean's memories and personality, and a tearful reunion with Scott. Logan despises her, she smells different, but Scott is profoundly in love, and wants to make up for lost time, proposing to her and being blissfully happy.

Meanwhile Forge and Storm have a date of sorts, and find out they have very little in common other than their care for people constrasting their desire for alone time. Also meanwhile Shadowcat makes Logan teach her to fight to his shagrin, and he begins giving her special training. Also also meanwhile Nightcrawler and Colossus run a D&D campaign using the Danger Room to hilarious results.

S03E09: Sage Advice

Tessa's history with the Hellfire Club is shown, her deep cover operations and relationship with all the players, first as an assistant, and then as a ranking member herself in time. Presently, she advises Charles how dangerous Shaw can be, a true psychopath. Tessa also brings with her a new student she found in Vietnam: X'ian Coy Manh, a young girl similar in age to Sam Guthrie and Rahne Sinclair, which Tessa reminds him are about the age that the original X-Men were just a few years ago. Meanwhile Emma reports to Shaw everything she's learned of Xavier and his ideals and goals, who exploits her school for his own entertainment and enrolls his son, Shinobi, there. Finally, Shaw invites Xavier out to his Yacht, where they discuss their courts' potential relationship and why there are so rarely two kings.

Meanwhile, the X-Men and Students have their annual baseball game as Scott tutors Madelyn, whom only he refers to as Jean, on how to live without her powers, which may never come back, even different, the way Betsy's did. The rivalry is intense and the game close as the kids get into it and powers come out, and have to be controlled because all of the conflicts in the game are so closely related to the conflicts happening off the field, not the least of which is Scott pitching to Logan, bottom of the 9th, bases loaded.

S03E10: Revanche Flick

Pop superstar Dazzler visits the X-Mansion and introduces them to her baby, Warren Worthington IV, whom takes a shine to Madelyn. Madelyn, Alison, Betsy, Ororo and Rogue head to Tokyo for a girl's night out, and wind up at an exclusive club on invitation of Warren Worthington II, who wants revenge on the X-Men and means to take it, leveraging that the club is frequented by Yakuza, who is being infiltrated by Shiro Yashida who takes a shine to and attempts to protect Betsy, especially after the Yakuza identifies her as Kwannon, and using her past is able to trigger nascent memories inside of Betsy, which Madelyn helps talk her through, using her knowledge of how telepathy works, in addition to her love of languages and X-Men fight training.. The girls end up dealing with social challenges, mutant haters, private security targeting them, leading to all of them bonding and being happy for her upcoming wedding and sympathizing with her difficult position.

Meanwhile Logan and Scott have a heart to heart about Jean and her memory and Alex and Madelyn and the X-Men before getting into a barfight back to back. Meanwhile Xavier begins training his New Mutants: Cannonball, Mirage, Cypher, Karma and Wolfsbane with Forge in the new and improved Danger Room, putting them in the shoes of the X-Men of the past, battling against Magneto, and the Sentinels.

S03E11: United States of Leland

Harry Leland talks with Xavier about desire to be King, and offers to trade with him or else he'll stop protecting XIGY from The Government, pointing out how his school makes him vulnerable, just as Emma's does. Xavier appeals to another White Court member, Emmanuel da Costa, noting how da Costa has a son at Emma's school, and if Leland is allowed to exploit these schools, ill could happen. Xavier then goes around Leland, meeting with President Kelly himself to sway the President to a more moderate anti-mutant stance if Xavier offers resources and his unique training to his X-Factor. Leland gets wind of this and arranges da Costa's sudden and untraceable death, and connects it with Xavier's goals and mantras, what with so many of his students being orphans anyway.

Meanwhile Shaw and Tessa take Scott and Madelyn on a ski trip, where Madelyn reveals she is pregnant by Scott. As a present, Shaw funds an extraordinarily lavish wedding. Logan gives the New Mutants the real tough boot camp training, with Shadowcat as his number 2, emerging as a leader of the New Mutants along with country boy Guthrie. The New Mutants do show that they are not as sharp as the original X-Men, mostly because they don't think they'll ever be as good as the original X-Men and Storm is just the person to help take them over the edge.

In the end, Xavier uses the HFC's rules of inheritance, which he learned from Emma, to point out that when Roberto da Costa becomes of age, he'll inherit the White Rook position, and be allied to Xavier, and so Leland can either give up the Kingship now, or later, and Xavier will know if he means it now.

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S03E12: Shaws, Shanks, Redemption

The Hellfire Club has a big swanky Christmas party to introduce their new White King, Charles Xavier, who already is working to help change society using the HFC's vast resources. Celebrating his success is part of the evening. Scott, Logan, Storm, Colossus and Psylocke are dressed to the nines, though all planning on heading to the wedding of Scott and Madelyne first thing in the morning. All the who's who of power are there for the induction, but the announcement turns dark quickly as it's determined that Xavier has failed the final test of loyalty, he has acted in the interest of the common person to the point of undermining the power of many of the members, and it is explained how his actions upset the power of corporations, governments, religions and media to control individuals. The combined might of Selene, Mastermind and Emma Frost places him in an illusion, where he is not sure if the minds he is trying to control are real, incapacitating him. The X-Men are quickly subdued, Wolverine weighted down so hard by Leland he falls through the floors, Colossus' great strength absorbed by Shaw, Psylocke's telepathy unable to touch the cyborg Pierce and her speed unable to react to his while Storm takes out several guards, knocking off masks and realizing that they are all copies of Jamie Madrox! Scott finds himself facing Tessa who digitally gets his visor's emergency display to read 'stay down' and dodges his optic blast before dropping him, and he complies.

The party then, amazingly, continues, with the X-Men, captured and telepathically manipulated now part of the evening's entertainment. Jason Wyngarde then decides to toast Shaw and announces that there is a traitor in their midst, and Tessa has been working for Xavier from the beginning, she is immediately stripped of her title, and Jason says he has a new suitable Black Queen, one he has been grooming in secret, and he reveals that she has been here the whole time, he calls forward a seemingly random girl who has been present in previous shots and wipes away the illusion around her, revealing none other than THE Jean Grey, body and soul, wearing the classic HFC dom outfit. She winks at Scott and telepathically takes his voice because him constantly calling for her is 'so annoying' and the party continues merrily as the X-Men are puppeteered like action figures as Xavier sinks deeper into his psionic abyss.

Meanwhile, in the sewers below the sub-basement, Wolverine rises from the water, claws ready. He's got a lot of work to do. He disappears back into the water as the party goes on. The sun rises, and Madelyne is left at the altar, pregnant, Madelyne's whole family and most of the X-Men there as everyone slowly realizes... Scott's not coming.

- WINTER BREAK -

S03E13: Seeing Red

Jean Grey knows no other than The Black Queen, and Shaw finds her an acceptable gift, though he points out that she is deeply in Wyngarde's influence she is also his proxy.

Meanwhile, Rogue is still babysitting the X-Mansion, keeping the kids trained with Shadowcat's help and she contacts people for help when the team doesn't return, but every avenue has reasons, provided by the HFC, why they are busy or can't help, even Beast with the Avengers and X-Factor. Rogue then reaches out to Gambit and they start by infiltrating Emma's school, meeting some of the Hellions, Roberto hitting it off with Sam and Dani well. Here, Rogue manages to get the jump on Emma and steals the intel by touching her, using Emma's own powers to KO her.

Meanwhile Jean has a talk with each of the X-Men. Psylocke learns that she and Madelyne are copies, though Jean doesn't think that's important metaphysically. Storm learns that Jean finally feels free to cut loose, and wishes Storm would too. Colossus learns that Jean cocooned herself at the bottom of the lake, and was hidden and stolen by Jason Wyngarde after the crash. Scott learns that Jean is deeply in love with Jason Wyngarde.

That night the security at the HFC is extra high, but by putting on Pawn masks, they manage to fool a Jamie and almost get stabbedy Wolverine, who teams up with them to free the X-Men, though they can't get to Xavier and Scott doesn't want to leave, putting Storm in charge. Before they can escape, Jean leaves the Hellfire Club meeting and moves to intercept them, showing off her new attitude, making out with Logan before giving them a chance to leave, and Scott refuses to leave, allowing himself to be recaptured.

S03E14: Duke of Essex

The X-Men return to the institute, and Shaw and a now acquiescent Tessa show up, giving terms of peace that are basically: stay out of our way. They deliver Xavier, still comatose, to them so they can put him on life support so he doesn't starve to death. Storm sits down with Madelyne and tells her everything that happened, and she leaves devastated. Gambit decides to stay around for Rogue and Forge and Storm begin a genuine relationship after all that's happened. The kids have a bit of a meltdown with lots of infighting about who will be the leader between Sam and X'ian, but it's Dani Moonstar who steps up and chastises them for not seeing the big picture, and that's how she ends up being the leader of the New Mutants.

Meanwhile Logan leaves to 'take care of things' and goes on a self appointed assassination mission, doing some research, infiltrating an unknown group of merc who Harry Leland meets up with. Logan strikes down the club member swiftly and instantly and disappearing before anyone really knows who did it.

Meanwhile Madelyne Pryor is approached by a kindly man, who we recognize as a background member of the Hellfire Club, one Nathaniel Essex. He offers her special support for her mutant prenatal needs.

S03E15: Sisterhood

Logan continues his solo quest, sussing out Mastermind's daughters and finding that they've joined a kind of Sisterhood of Mutants, with Mystique a strong woman named Frenzy and Blob, though Blob is a guy. Blob has also lost a lot of weight and is ou of the action, more the guy behind the chair for the girls. Logan allows himself to get captured and interrogated until Mystique shows up and tells them to stop talking. With Mystique's coaching they extract information on an old Japan mission from Logan's mercenary days, and they use that to go bust out Yuriko, Lady Deathstrike who joins their merry band, and the girls provide Logan with their father's schedule and habits and psychological triggers, because however much he may hate him, they hate him more. Logan's issues with Yuriko are clearly epic, but remain unspoken.

Meanwhile, Illyana has encountered something very old using her uncontrolled magic ability and turned the mansion into her own private playhouse, without really realizing it. She wants her brother to save her, as he always has and it is Piotr who must realize how to teach his sister to begin to grow up, to take responsibility for her own growth, to honor their family and because it is he that looks up to her enduring and bold spirit.

Meanwhile, Scott, a prisoner, gets an audience with Mastermind, recognizing an illusion because he's seeing color, and challenges him to a duel for Jean Grey's heart, pricking his pride. Jean Grey agrees to this as a means of entertainment and we see that it's Jean who is actually in charge between she and Jason, though he still thinks he's mostly controlling her. Scott picks up on this, and uses it to his advantage, provoking Wyngarde to question is own agency, while at the same time going through lots of memories of Jean trying to overload her emotions. Scott manages to win, both the mental and physical duel, used to fighting blind he manages to not rely on his fooled senses, but Wyngarde is dishonorable and refuses to concede, shrouding him in darkness anyway.

Meanwhile Psylocke manages to reach the Professor in his deep comatose state, and begins to travel with him, appearing in his mind in her original British form, as she tries to help him sort through the labyrinth of his mind and memories.

S03E16: Circles within Circles

Psylocke continues to walk through Xavier's past and memories with him, trying to help set them right, coming across old friends and enemies alike, such as young Magneto back in Afghanistan, or ex-lover Amelia Voght. It is not always clear if they will make it out or become lost in the abyss, unable to connect the existing memory to an additional one.

Sebastian Shaw and Jean Grey are a powerful couple, and Jean's incredible psionic range makes her ability to walk into anyone's office, even the President's and begin dictating things really flued. Emma finds her place as Shaw's go-to Queen taken, which makes her a target of other Club members such as Pierce with his technology suddenly finding its way into her students' hands, which takes work to defend against, and so she strikes back by freeing Scott and putting he and Jean together, giving them a romantic evening out, but Jean is a new freeer creature and Scott finds out that the Jean, the "real" Jean is a lot more free than she was when she was afraid of her power like him. She even allows him to take off his glasses to show that he can't hurt her, in fact, she just soaks up all that energy. Scott can't put her in a box anymore, and though he protests that he doesn't want to, Emma realizes she needs someone else, and goes to the mansion looking for Logan, getting hatred from every single one of the X-folks, and Sean Cassidy is there pitching in as a favor only to find out that Emma is part of the problem, and threatens to quit.

Meanwhile Psylocke and Xavier continue to push through his memories, his time with Erik and Raven Darkholme, and rescuing Jean from her catatonic state from his perspective, which gives him an idea...

At the same time, Jean, with her newfound range, happens to overhear Emma's plan and delivers Logan to her, and they hatch a plan, which involves bringing him in as a captured foe, Jean says to loose him and then Jean and Logan have a conversation about their relationship, and how afraid she was to be with him, and then questions does he really want to kill Mastermind when he could just be with her. This revelation turns Emma and Wyngarde against each other. Shaw excuses himself as a psionic bit of power playing, breaks out. Mastermind fools Emma, who pushes Mastermind to fool himself, but he figures out and obscures everyone's vision entirely. Scott, used to this feeling strikes out at Wolverine, bringng him to his senses. Emma and Jean wrestle for control of the boys, but something is protecting them.

At that moment, in rolls Professor X, The true White King with Psylocke pushing him. This creates a four way Psionic battle, and despite Emma's toughness, Xavier's skill and agility and Psylocke's unpredictable teleporting nature, Jean is simply more powerful than all of them, even if they band together in the mindscape.

Meanwhile, Scott and Logan fight Mastermind, despite his illusions and while Scott cripples him, taking out his legs, it's Logan that finishes him off for good. Jean, free from Mastermind's deeply rooted illusion of being a Hellfire Club member evaporates, and Jean remembers who she is, and decides she wants to go home.

S03E17: Ashes to Ashes

Jean has nightmares as her powers rage out of control, she wrecks a part of the mansion, and she can contact every mind on Earth. Her initial problems with her powers have now returned on a global scale. Against protests she flees the mansion, having flashbacks of her time in the Hellfire Club and how she behaved. She finds herself in the middle of the Arctic, where she uses her powers to keep herself warm and then, just testing her powers creates a tropical paradise, one fans will recognize as the beginnings of the Savage Land. She remembers the most intense emotions she's felt over the previous 2 seasons of the show, and they are clearly overwhelming. She even brings some people there by reaching out to their minds and teleporting, but they are too confused to help her and run for cover. She remembers her supposed death on the shuttle, and her powers become very destructive, and that's when Scott, The Professor, Logan and Storm show up. While they are trying to talk to her, Jean is overwhelmed by the secret thoughts, judgments and desires of the men in her life, and she reverses them upon them, giving them what they want in a way that exposes their flaws. After passing judgment not only on them, but on Jean, now referring to Jean as a third person, she sends them away to varied parts of the world and then leaves it behind herself in a fiery Phoenix shape, she finds herself in space and realizes she's fine. She travels to the Blue Area of the Moon and manages to find the psionic impressions of the people who used to live and work there.

She then begins to travel further and further into space, traveling at mindbending speeds, warping space around her as she reaches the far regions of space and finds herself hungry and realizes she can consume energy from a star, and so she takes all of it. Hearing some voices in the distance she warps to a nearby planet, and learns their language before the light from their now collapsed star, the one she just consumed, reaches the planet, throwing the planet into Chaos and destruction. As she starts to try and save them, she is attacked by a huge sci-fi spaceship, belonging to the same people who'd made an outpost on the moon, the Shi'ar empire, and their attack on Phoenix makes her conclude that saving people only leads to pain, and so she disavows herself of Jean, destroys the ship and heads further into space.

S03E18: Dark Days

Phoenix explores the cosmos, doing as she pleases, on Xandar, on Nowhere, on Kree-Lar, on Skrullos and more. She is on vacation, and she is capricious and impulsive and seems to be able to pull new powers out of nowhere. She's having fun, and she doesn't care what gets squashed on the way, and is not having it with these Shi'ar people attempting to apprehend her. This is where we first meet Gladiator who is able to keep pace with Phoenix unless she stops time or warps away.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Madelyne arrives to confront Scott, who no longer wants to be with her, and Psylocke attempts to help her deal with being a copy, and helps her find some of Madelyne Pryor's original memories. Psylocke also tries to

Logan and Shadowcat head out into the wilderness as he teaches her to survive the hard way, really putting her to the test as she faces off against a group of crazy militia guys.

Meanwhile, Rogue and Gambit return to Gambit's home to pay respects for his father's death, only to find out that it is also a trap set by his former lover and they only manage to get out of it by Rogue taking Gambit's abilities temporarily and then putting the super strong flying hyper-flirtatious assassin out of his misery using her her powers in the darkest way she ever has.

S03E19: Magician's Secret


The new mutants are contacted by Roberto da Costa and get Professor X to go with them as they meet up with him at his private jet, fly to Brazil only to find that he doesn't really have a mission, he just wants someone to hang out with other than his Hellion friends. He does convince Cypher to come join him, however, which Xavier allows after talking to young da Costa, and having Sean return to Emma's school. Cypher promises to keep in contact with everyone through his 'warlock' custom network operating system.

Meanwhile, a new mutant named Eilliot Boggs appears at the X-Men's doorstep, a young red-haired man who has tremendous reality-warping powers. He wants to join the X-Men (Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Psylocke, Colossus, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler) and they let him, oddly. Swiftly he helps them capture and defeat the Brotherhood, finds several new students to join the school, Meltdown, Warpath, the late Thunderbird's brother that only the Magician can convice their family to allow and Magma, who is actually a member of a weird hidden ancient Roman-inspired community. In this process, it is Logan who realizes that Magician is actually Jean Grey, because of how he speaks about Jean in the exact same way, compelling Phoenix to reveal herself. She mentions she'd like to hang around a bit, and even without her influence, they hesitate to.

S03E20: Red, Slymm & Me

Scott has a dream of a post-apocalyptic world, where he and Jean, who is herself again, travel the world with their young son. They rescue an old and confused Logan who remembers everything that happened, with Magneto switching the poles. They take on a band of raiders and escape together, becoming a team.

As time passes, little Christopher Nathaniel Summers grows older, and as Scott often goes on sniper stake outs of supply stations, Logan and Jean grow closer until eventually it reaches the point where it creates a conflict with Scott, and their conflict continues to escalate until Jean asserts herself and gives a compelling argument for polygamy, for Christopher's sake. They both decline, out of pride.

The trio discovers the seat of power in this world, as Logan realizes that many of his memories are false, based on his working through false memories previously with Xavier. Scott and Logan realizes they both think they're dreaming as as they confront the Empress and find it's Phoenix whose dream they are actually drawn into, and she wanted to understand the love triangle and sees now that both men's desire for Jean is entirely ego-driven, and not based on who she is and what she wants.

Meanwhile, the New Mutants watch a horror movie, and then try to duplicate a horror movie in the Danger Room after hours, only to be pranked by Forge when it seems to get too real and smart and won't shut down.

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S03E21: Thou Profess Too Much

The next day, Xavier and Phoenix sit down and have an epic philosophical debate about the nature of power, the right of leadership, the existence of an objective morality and essentially give a full 101 philosophy course. Phoenix, with her tremendous powers restores Xavier's ability to walk as part of their discussion and a demonstration of her point. She also takes back her copy of Jean's mind from Madelyne Pryor, putting the woman back into a coma as Xavier has to mentally summon an ambulance to come get her. Phoenix even shows Xavier a bit of the future, including his death at the hands of Apocalypse.

Rogue and Gambit return, and the Professor, Psylocke and Phoenix all help her get a handle on her new personality, and Phoenix wants to celebrate, and they all go on vacation to a tropical island, where Phoenix and Xavier's debate commences as they do varied social experiments on the X-Men and New Mutants there. Phoenix then confronts Xavier about his gravitation towards female psionics and how he leaves male psionics to languish, asking if anyone else knows about Legion, which is a reference the audience would recognize as unexplored from Xavier's self-exploration with Psylocke.

Suddenly an alien spaceship appears, almost out of nowhere, beaming all of the mutants up onto their ship where they are brought before the Majestrix Lilandra... in their swimsuits.

S03E22: Yes, your Majestrix


This ship, orbitting Earth is contacted by every Earth Government, including Abigail Brand, who threatens, and they ignore the threats by sending the footage of what Phoenix has done, which they show the X-Men. They mention the Phoenix must be destroyed, and Phoenix doesn't regard them as a threat, but they, by mentioning her immense energy consumption and the law of convervation of energy, point out how dangerous she is. This is when The Hellfire Club (Shaw, Emma, Pierce, Tessa) shows up, using Pierce's technology and Tessa's powers to commandere the Shi'ar teleportation tech. They explain that Earth is under their jurisdiction and they are more than happy to hand over the Phoenix to protect the world from a Shi'ar attack, and they are sure the X-Men wouldn't put the entire world in danger to save a single one of their own, would they? After a smart comment from Emma, the jealous Jean part of Phoenix decides to clothe and uniform her friends and students.

Meanwhile, the X-Men and New Mutants get to explore this ship and Rogue manages to learn a bit of the language by touching a soldier. They get to meet a few of the Royal Guard, who traditionally are pastiches DC's Legion of Superheroes, but here are instead pastiches of the Teen Titans, with Gladiator still the Superboy, Nightside as the Raven, Starbolt as the Stafire, Hobgoblin as the Beast Boy, Mentor as the Cyborg, and so on.

Meanwhile, Scott discovers the brig and finds a face that is all too familiar, that of his father, Major Christopher Summers, who explains how he was whisked away by the Shi'ar before the plane crashed and says all the right things, and Scott can't take it. Scott bursts back into the throne room and proclaims that none of this is real, that Phoenix is using their minds to make all of this seem real, but the Shi'ar prove they are real by incapacitating Phoenix using some quantum containment, so Scott realizes that she made this all happen.

S03E23: Gladiators

Before the Shi'ar can destroy Jean, Xavier demands a trial by combat from the Shi'ar traditions he's picked up from people's minds. Jean is too dangerous to release and so she is willing to allow Xavier to place blocks on her mind. This seals away the Phoenix and Jean is suddenly entirely back to normal, just as she was in previous seasons. She cries over what she has done and Scott tries to comfort her, but she no longer believes she is worth fighting for. No one on the team agrees.

The Blue Area of the Moon is agreed upon as the battleground and the X-Men take up position there, herding the New Mutants to safety as they prepare for the attacks by the Royal Guard. They pull several Home Alone-like tricks and fight their hardest, but Gladiator is truly unstoppable. Xavier, again, walking and running now in uniform using all of his military training manages to get Gladiator's secret: confidence. Knowing this is not enough as his confidence prevents his confidence from being manipulated telepathically.

Meanwhile, the governments of Earth are absolutely losing it, X-Factor is doing everything they can to just keep the peace and Beast is tasked by the Avengers with getting the X-Men out of there, and so he contacts Forge and gives the young inventor the entire resources of the Avengers.

As the fight wears on, the X-Men fall, captured or incapacitated, Logan gets his heart ripped out by Gladiator to keep Jean safe and it's all Scott and Jean can do to fight Gladiator off and get away. Jean asks Scott to kill her, mercifully, and he can't do it, and so Gladiator catches up to them, and in trying to torture Jean he breaks her already fragile mental restraints and the Phoenix is reborn, flaying Gladiator and disappearing in a bright firebird flash.

S03E24: Dark Part 1

Phoenix appears on the Shi'ar homeworld and the X-Men are brought back onto the Shi'ar ship to account for their actions. Xavier apologizes and appeals to Lilandra as a leader, pointing out how she'd do something similiar if one of her trusted liutenants were out of control. With their best pilots dead, they are forced to bring up Christopher Summers to pilot, to Scott's disgust. The entire group warps in the ship to the Shi'ar homeworld, only to see a great firebird ripping it apart. The X-Men, New Mutants, Imperial Guard and Hellfire Club all join together to try and stop Phoenix in one great push, many seemingly being vaporized but actually being teleported away. These various groups and teams work to clear the city, appeal to Jean's id and superego and it all comes down to Scott taking off his visor and simply pouring all his energy into Phoenix, overloading her long enough for Jean to assert her control and use the Shi'ar technology to destroy herself, ending the Phoenix once and for all after explaining to Scott the importance of the Phoenix, that things must die for something new to be born and that he has to move on from his high school crush and let her be an adult that makes her own decisions. After a fiery explosion, Scott, Logan, Shaw, Emma, Xavier, Lilandra and Gladiator are the last ones left standing, looking dazed, sad and confused.

End Season 3

Summary and Overview:

WOOOO! It's been a minute, huh, and, well, I think we just did the Dark Phoenix Saga. I think we saw Jean, who has been there from beginning become a bad girl, then a God, then back to her old self for just an episode to say goodbye. There were a lot of flashback episodes and the death count is starting to really add up and impinge some classic superhero stories, but fret not, all that. I think these summaries don't quite do justice to the level of emotions intended to be worked up over the course of a TV show, so just imagine the best possible versions of some of these. I'll try and edit in the set ups retroactively over time.

We've done the love triangle, we've put Xavier on a bus, we've played our 'biggest' trump card in the Dark Phoenix Saga and we've balooned up the cast to include a lot of young actors as recurring guest stars in the New Mutants. Most of these can be bit actors, though, and you can essentially give them a chance to grow into acting slowly as they play, essentially, background characters. In that respect, the set kind of does become a school, doesn't it? Got to be careful not to let those guys grow annoying and so they really only show up in about half of the episodes, but you can see promise in them. We've also expanded the universe pretty wide, setting up the Savage Land, Mr. Sinister and the Shi'ar Empire, which we sort of leave vague whether they actually existed first or if Jean created them.

The ending overall is meant to leave things in a bit of a blank slate. Scott, Logan, and Storm are now our leads, with Psylocke, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Rogue and Colossus in the X-Men, but we now know the New Mutants can be a real factor, achieving Season 1 X-Men feats, and as the mains move deeper into the 'college' phase of their growth, things can only ratchet up for them. Emma also becomes a closer ally and the characters are more available for crossovers with the MCU as needed, though chances are they'll be too busy dealing with their own drama to bring any of it into XIGY, there are enough of them that they won't miss one or two for someone else's storyline as needed. The world of the X-Men keeps growing and for the most part in a way that keeps it underground, until Dark Phoenix where "The Government" is handled by the Hellfire Club keeping them out or Beast, another one of 'our' characters being asked to take point. Next season, such tricks won't work and the scale will have to come down for a bit, but by this point, things are setting up for the big time traveling season 5, including, as you saw, a shoutout to Legion, current FX series notwithstanding.

It's been a long hiatus, but comments are more than welcome, and I'll be glad to comment more as I've already started on Season 4.

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This is epic, im so glad a came across this. Casting is perfect (BTW check out midnight, Texas if your looking for an actor for Apocalypse. I think the dude playing the vampire would work nicely) the mythology of the x verse is being expanded brilliantly. and your understanding of the psyche of these characters puts fox to shame. my only critique is that I think the world of the x men should exist separate from the MCU as the whole idea of the public hating mutants doesn't make much sense in a world of gods, hulks and other super powered beings that are pretty much celebrated. also I'm hoping for a less condensed overview of season 3 PLEASE as reading the previous seasons felt as if I had actually been watching it. as such things you've mentioned like storms set of episodes including the morlocks are missing. that said, please don't "cancel" this series any time soon lol. I'm looking forward to reading more


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