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‘X-Men ’97’ episode 5 ‘Remember It’ review: Incredible must-see television

The fifth episode of the beloved X-Men series is nothing short of must-see tv.

In the vast landscape of animated superhero series, few have achieved the iconic status of the original X-Men animated series. With its engaging storytelling, complex characters, and timeless themes, it captivated audiences in the ’90s and continues to hold a special place in the hearts of fans. Now, with the revival series X-Men ’97, the legacy lives on, and in its fifth episode, titled “Remember It,” the emotional depth reaches new heights, delivering a gut-wrenching experience that resonates long after the credits roll.

At its core, “Remember It” is a testament to the power of memories and the profound impact they have on our lives. The episode explores this theme through the struggles of various characters, each grappling with their own past traumas and defining moments. Chief among them is Jean Grey, whose journey of self-discovery takes center stage as she confronts the shadows of her past and battles to reclaim her identity. Her inner turmoil is palpable, brilliantly portrayed through nuanced animation and compelling voice acting.

'X-Men '97' episode 5 'Remember It' review: Incredible must-see television

Meanwhile, Cyclops finds himself haunted by the memories of his son, Cable, whose existence is a tangled web of timelines and paradoxes. The emotional weight of Cyclops’ internal conflict is keenly felt as he grapples with the knowledge of what could have been and the sacrifices he’s had to make along the way.

Another important exploration of memory comes in the form of Rogue, whose past relationship with Magneto serves as a constant reminder of the complexities of love and loyalty. Her struggle to reconcile her feelings for Gambit with the ghosts of her past is beautifully rendered, adding layers of depth to an already intricate character dynamic.

'X-Men '97' episode 5 'Remember It' review: Incredible must-see television

At the heart of “Remember It” lies the tragic love story of Rogue and Gambit, a pair whose bond transcends mere words. Theirs is a relationship forged in the fires of adversity, defined by passion, sacrifice, and ultimately, heartbreak. As they grapple with the realization that some things are indeed deeper than skin, their journey takes on an almost Shakespearean quality, with each twist and turn serving to heighten the emotional stakes.

Amidst the emotional turmoil and gripping character dynamics, “Remember It” also showcases the breathtaking beauty of Genosha, a land steeped in both history and tragedy. From its sweeping landscapes to its intricate architecture, every frame is a visual feast for the eyes, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in this richly realized world. Yet beneath its idyllic facade lies a dark undercurrent of oppression and injustice, serving as a stark reminder of the struggles faced by mutants in a world that fears and distrusts them. The juxtaposition of beauty and brutality only serves to underscore the complexity of the X-Men’s struggle and the stakes involved in their ongoing battle for equality and acceptance.

'X-Men '97' episode 5 'Remember It' review: Incredible must-see television

One of the most poignant moments in the episode comes when Cable and Madelyne Pryor, two souls torn apart by the unforgiving currents of fate, catch a fleeting glimpse of each other before being cruelly ripped apart once more. It’s a testament to the power of love to transcend time and space, even in the face of insurmountable odds.

'X-Men '97' episode 5 'Remember It' review: Incredible must-see television

In addition to its overwhelmingly emotional moments, “Remember It” also delivers on the action front, with Gambit stealing the spotlight during a pulse-pounding fight scene that showcases his unparalleled skills as a warrior. With his trademark charm and swagger, Gambit cuts a formidable figure as he effortlessly dispatches his foes with a combination of acrobatics and explosive energy blasts. He exudes a sense of badassery that is impossible to ignore. It’s a testament to the character’s enduring appeal and the indelible mark he has left on the X-Men mythos, cementing his status as one of the franchise’s most beloved and iconic figures.

But perhaps the most gut-wrenching moment of all comes in the episode’s final moments, as Gambit makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends. His selfless act is a testament to the depth of his character and the bonds that bind the X-Men together. As Rogue holds his lifeless body in her arms, whispering the words “I can’t feel you,” the full weight of the moment hits home with devastating force.

'X-Men '97' episode 5 'Remember It' review: Incredible must-see television

The last ten minutes of “Remember It” are nothing short of must-see television, weaving together threads of loss, redemption, and the enduring power of the human spirit. As the iconic X-Men theme plays out on piano during the end credits, its haunting melody serves as a poignant reminder of the journey we’ve undertaken and the memories we carry with us, long after the screen fades to black.

New episodes of X-Men ’97 air Wednesdays on Disney+.

x-men '97 remember it
‘X-Men ’97’ episode 5 ‘Remember It’ review: Incredible must-see television
X-Men '97 Episode 5 "Remember It" Review
The last ten minutes of "Remember It" are nothing short of must-see television, weaving together threads of loss, redemption, and the enduring power of the human spirit.
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