In which Rachel Summers went to sleep with Wolverine’s claws in her dreams and now there’s claws in her lungs and when she got out of bed this morning she tripped on her traumatic backstory and by mistake she dropped the Phoenix Force in the sink while the water was running and she could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
- Freedom Force
- Supervillains’ day jobs
- Uncanny X-Men #206-209
- The X-Men’s first brief tenure in San Francisco
- Terrible house guests
- Lindsay McCabe
- David Ishima
- Bree Morrell
- A metaphorical ghost story
- Lycanthropy, but dumber
- The crossing of several ethical lines
- Death by narrative stasis (and also impaling)
- Craft night at the Hellfire Club
- Death by costume satin (and also heart failure)
- One way to write someone out of a book
- Our favorite Summers kids
Special thanks to Elle Collins
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Links and further reading:
The Dark Phoenix Saga has been collected roughly a million times. Here is one such collection. Seriously. You need to just straight-up read these comics. They are very good.
Cameron Harris on Sebastian Shaw (the quote Rachel referenced in the episode but didn’t have on hand):
“So, I was all set up to haaaaaaaaate the HFC and yaaaaaaaaaay Jean and the X-Men. But I didn’t, and it was pretty much because of Shaw. His entrance, his presentation, his presence was all big, bold confidence. He wore those eighteenth-century-dandy duds with complete aplomb, and I could tell almost immediately that he was in charge of everything he wanted to be in charge of. Okay, so a good villain type. This X-fight will be great!
In which we wade into the first arc of the Dark Phoenix Saga, Rachel does not like Sage, the Hellfire Club are the mean girls of the Marvel Universe, Cyclops and Phoenix have a Moment, Mastermind ruins everything, Emma Frost is a force to be reckoned with, Wolverine gets awesome, and we meet the Dark Phoenix.
- The Hellfire Club
- The Inner Circle
- Jason Wyngarde (again)
- Sebastian Shaw
- Harry Leland
- Emma Frost
- Donald Pierce
- Hegemony and social politics of the Hellfire Club
- 18th Century bondage cosplay
- Kitty Pryde
- The worst disco ever
- Alison Blaire
- Tiny shorts
- How to make Wolverine work
- Sexual politics of the Dark Phoenix
- Why Magneto’s powers are broken post-AvX
- The P.E.N.I.S. five
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Next week: Showdown on the Moon