X-Men: Evolution

Season 3 Episode 12

Dark Horizon (2)

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Aug 16, 2003 on The WB
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The heroes and villains continue their battle against Mesmero, only to come face-to-face with Apocalypse.

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  • Come the Apocalypse!

    Continuing from exactly where the previous episode left off, the X-Men and Magneto's acolytes are still trapped in a pyramid in Egypt and are attacked by giant statues of ancient Egyptian gods. The statues manage to divide the heroes into separate teams, trying to survive and find a way out of the pyramid.Xavier, Magneto and Beast manage to stay together, and Beast deciphers some of the hieroglyphs and learns the origin of En Sabah Nur, the Apocalypse. Xavier declares that his X-Men have been trained for exactly this day, when they will have to fight on their own, but he admits he is worried about them. Apocalypse's origin story is explained in full in this episode, and the animation, as always looks great. The fight scenes are impressive as well, and the scenes featuring Eye of Ages looks amazing. Meanwhile, Wolverine and the others catch up to Mesmero and his "servants". Mesmero admits both Rogue and Mystique are needed to revive the Apocalypse. Mystique has to morph into a snake and enter another room, where she must place her hand on a stone to open the door. What Mesmero didn't mention was that Mystique will be turned to stone if she does so. The door opens, and Mesmero and Rogue walk besides a stone statue of Mystique. Neither of them seem to care, though.

    Back in Egypt, the teams are reunited, but the giant robot statues have not been defeated yet. Beast learns how to activate the Eye of Ages, and teleport everyone out of the pyramid before it's too late. In Tibet, Rogue approaches a coffin, inside of which a weak body (En Sabah Nur) lies. He suddenly opens his eyes and touches Rogue. Unexpectedly, she does not absorb his powers. No, it's the other way around: Apocalypse absorbs all of Rogue's powers (and if you remember, she absorbed almost everyone's powers in the previous episode), and is finally resurrected. He gets out of the coffin and floats out of the room. Wolverine tries to attack him, but it is enough for Apocalypse to only look at him and Wolverine is thrown into a wall. The Eye of Ages suddenly appears in front of Apocalypse and the other X-men and Magneto and his acolytes come out. They prepare to attack, seeing Apocalypse, but without success. Though the scenes are impressive, it would have been nice if they weren't in slow motion. That kind of ruined the moment for me. Apocalypse then enters the Eye of Ages and leaves. Xavier is afraid to admit it, but they have failed.

    Overall this was a superb episode, even though it only served as a prologue to the entire Apocalypse saga. It was obvious that they couldn't have defeated Apocalypse in only one episode. That is why I consider the next (and sadly last) season the best. However, the next episode is totally unrelated to this major arc.moreless
Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Eric "Magneto" Magnus Lehnsherr

Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow

Scott "Cyclops" Summers

Venus Terzo

Venus Terzo

Jean Grey

Brad Swaile

Brad Swaile

Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Kitty "Shadowcat" Pryde

Neil Denis

Neil Denis

Evan "Spyke" Daniels

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Wolverine smelled the footprints, the mountain beside him was placed on the left. Then on the next scene, when they climbed up the path, the mountain was on the right.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Beast: (about Apocalypse) He saw the power in the child and took him as his own. He named him En Sabah Nur, which means "The First One"... Nur became a powerful warrior. His speed and strength were without equal. No one could touch him. He was unnatural... Since nothing could withstand his wraith, En Sabah Nur took the name Apocalypse.

    • Shadowcat: Why don't you go up and join the Professor. I'll look for the others.
      Nightcrawler: And leave you alone with "steel face"? Forget it! He shouldn't be trusted.
      Shadowcat: Aw, he's not that bad. Kind of a softie if you ask me, he's just so quiet.
      (Colossus punches down a wall and comes clomping up noisily)
      Colossus: I... I grew concerned.

    • Cyclops: Nobody move. Okay nice, and slowly, lets find us a way out of here.
      Quicksilver: You got it!!! (Runs with his super speed)

    • Kitty: Why don't you go up and join the professor? I'll look for the others.
      Kurt: And leave you alone with steelface? Forget it, he shouldn't be trusted.
      Kitty: Oh, he's not that bad. Kind of a softy, if you ask me, he is just quiet.
      Colossus: I… I grew concerned.
      Kitty: Oh, there you guys are.

    • Mesmero: The day has finally come, great Apocalypse. I now deliver the final key: the shape shifting mutant Mystique.
      Mystique: Why do you mean I'm the key? You told me Rogue was!
      Mesmero: You are both needed in order for Apocalypse to cross this thread hole.
      Mystique: Listen circus freak, I agreed to bring Rogue here because I was assured our futures will be secured. Were you lying then too?
      Mesmero: Apocalypse will not forget those who are loyal.
      Mystique: Why didn't you just enslaved me like you did her?
      Mesmero: I was unable.

    • Gambit: Fire in the hole.

    • Gambit: How about you guys stop sniffing the thing and just follow the footprints?

    • Logan: Xavier's mental block just saved our lives
      Sabertooth: Especially yours. Mesmero was telling me to push you off the mountain... Problem is, I'm still tempted."
      (Wolverine gives off a frustrated growl)
      Gambit: Do me a favor. Why don't you both jump off the mountain!

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode alludes to Shadowcat and Colossus's (Kitty and Piotr's) relationship in the X-Men comics, known among fans as "Kiotr."

    • Marks the first appearance of Apocalypse.

    • The true nature of Rama-Tut is only implied, by saying that his craft was "built on Earth." He is not an alien, as one might first think, but in fact, a time traveler, and an incarnation of the Avengers villain, Kang the Conqueror. His is a complicated story, but can be summarized thus: originally hailing from the 30th century, the man who would be Kang traveled back in time to ancient Egypt, where he became the ruler, Rama-Tut. The events retold in this episode occurred (Rama-Tut was forced to flee the past by the time-displaced Fantastic Four, leaving his technology to be plundered by Apocalypse), but Rama-Tut overshot his target date and wound up in the 40th century, where he became Kang the Conqueror. He would later become Rama-Tut again, then Kang again, and eventually, at some point in the future, will become Immortus, guardian of time (who appeared briefly in the "Beyond Good and Evil" story in the original Fox X-Men animated series).

    • The giant statues that attacked the mutants were representations of the highest Egyptians Gods: Anubis the Jackal God; Horus the Hawk God; Thoth the Ibis God and Apophis the Snake God.

    • Beast's (and Marvel's) translation of Apocalypse's true name is incorrect; in Arabic, "En Sabah Nur" translates to "The Seven Lights".

    • Beast's recounting of En Sabah Nur's origins is almost a word-for-word recap of the events covered in the Marvel miniseries "The Rise of Apocalypse," with the exception of the tail end where Apocalypse plans to turn all humans into mutants (a detail undoubtedly influenced by the first X-Men movie).