Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

408 – Yabba Yabba Yabba

In which Bishop gets another miniseries; splinter timelines make fun narrative sandboxes; the X.S.E. goes detecting; the Statue of Liberty never fares well in dystopian futures; “Booger” is not a name you give yourself; and we can’t believe it’s taken us this long to make a hanky code joke about Bishop.


  • Graymalkin
  • Bishop: X.S.E. #1-3
  • Bishop (more) (again)
  • Earth-1191
  • The X.S.E.
  • Hecate
  • Malcolm
  • Randall
  • The popularity of Earth-1191 miniseries
  • The solid-light hologram of Theseus
  • The Fanatix
  • Pulsar
  • Dogface
  • Hardball
  • Razorback
  • Kali (but not that one)
  • Shadowbox
  • “Quotations”
  • Seldon Trask
  • A mystery
  • The Rook
  • Annabella Knox
  • Anthony Shaw
  • The Bay Borough
  • The best episode of Justice League Unlimited
  • Organic LMDs
  • A disguise
  • An uncanny child
  • Dazzler’s career
  • X-Adjectives

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  1. My dream adjective attached series would be “Exclusive XMen” A series focused on the media ground coverage of major events in the mutant world similar to the Pulse. It’d be a cool way to visually explain past events and human-mutant interaction in that era. Either that or “Xmen.exe” where the overall focus is shifted to media/tech presence in the marvel universe, imo there’s too few series that show non combative conflict and how the marvel mutants fit into the greater world socially.

  2. (Me reading the rundown) “they’re gonna pick the wrong episode of JLU”
    (Me 27 minutes later) *squeals*

  3. That really was a terrible accent, Miles. In future, please don’t. Besides, Bishop and Shard should have Aussie accents. While they were born and raised in America, they’re ethnically first nations Australian. Maybe they could have gotten the accent from their parents. But if you can’t do a ‘white’ Aussie accent, absolutely don’t attempt an indigenous one!
    Other than that, it was a good episode. Both funny and informative! Keep it up.

  4. This is what happens when someone on a podcast says “disco monk” while I’m driving:

    Please don’t talk about the Rule tonight
    Please don’t talk about Benedict
    Please don’t talk about discipline
    And all the habits that we’re in

    Please don’t talk about stabilitas
    Or qualis debeat esse abbas
    I want to go where the brothers chant
    Atque Dominum collaudant.

    I love the vespers
    I go to matins
    Down in the scriptorium, yeah.

  5. The idea of resurrecting Shard is an interesting one. Initially, I was thinking that they definitely didn’t have her DNA on file. Then I remembered that they removed that limitation. So they could, theoretically, create a new body for her. The real question comes from whether or not she would have a soul available in the current time period. We know that her consciousness was downloaded to the hologram so they could resurrect her that way, but did that hologram have her soul? I kind of wish they would address that but I can see that not being a can they want to open.

    As to adjectives, I think it would be great to get a sequel to The Worst X-Man but call it X-Plosive X-Men. Or possibly it could be a one-shot dealing with X-Men eating too many vegetables.

    1. I think Shard as a living person has never existed in this timeframe, only the simulation of her, and that’s never been more than a self aware computer programme, with no suggestion that it was more than that.

      So no, I don’t think she has a presence in the afterlife in the present, as she has only really died once, and that won’t be for another couple of hundred years (time travel is HELL on tense structures) but, as you say, that’s a metaphysical can of worms it might be best to leave undisturbed.

  6. A stray thought came to me while listening: Is the XSE’s Squad Omega the first group of mutants called Omega? Actually, I did some research and answered my own question… Near as I can tell, the first time “Omega” was used is how Nimrod classified Rachel Summers in #208, but the term seems like it didn’t become widespread until later on. Or at least I didn’t find citations for it on the Marvel Database wiki until well after the various Bishop/XSE minis. It’s always useful to check the works cited and the footnotes, so much good info in there.

    One note, however. A future Shaw isn’t proof of Shinobi doing a sex, since we’ve learned on Krakoa that Shinobi is a Leland.

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