XME’s Kitty Pryde was a tribute to Buffy. Buffy, in turn, was a tribute to the original 616 Kitty Pryde. This pleases me.
The thing that makes me saddest about XME is that Storm knew Pietro growing up. Like maybe they only met once or twice, maybe she mostly only knew him from stories Evan and his parents told her. (Evan seems like the type to talk about other people to avoid talking about…
I’m not necessarily going to defend the writing in XME, because it does introduce some fairly horrifying stuff as a side effect of the simplistic stories with far-reaching implications, and the Brotherhood gets the worst of that. But aside from Blob and Boom-boom (both very under-written characters, sadly), the later seasons expand on them all. By the end of the show Wanda and Lance are basically prickly anti-heroes, Toad gets more depth and sympathy (and a whole episode to himself, more than most of the New X-men got), and Pietro… grows into himself. He’s not quite a good guy, but he does the right thing by his family and the world. He demonstrates conflict and that he does care.
All this with the caveat that every adult in XME is basically awful, and the Brotherhood gets all their development on their own, with no damn help from any of the people who should be responsible. And there’s the weird timing of the episode where they fake a bunch of disasters to get rewarded. It ignores a lot of character development. But we’re talking about a show that put a beach episode in the middle of a major, dramatic story arc, so…
reasons I can relate to a possum:
-tired & unkempt, smells weird
-emotions ranging from “displeased” to “existential scream”
-no work ethic
-lies around looking dead when overwhelmed
-will eat trash & live amongst trash if left to own devices
-sometimes you feel bad and feed it a sandwich
I love you, Kit. Red Panda comics continue to blow my mind. All relevant stuff at http://decoderringtheatre.com
Flying Fox, Vampire Bat, Common Bat and Spectre Vampire. Illustration for Warne’s Picture Natural History Animals (Frederick Warne, c 1870).