An X-Citing 2 part season finale! The X-Men must save the life of the bigoted U.S. Senator Robert Kelly to prevent a civil war, that will result in a mutant genocide and the creation of a brutal Sentinel-run dictatorship.
This is an excellent way to end the first season, and manages to wave in not just great action sequences but a truely compelling storyline that raises the bar for what can be done on a Saturday mourning cartoon show.
The X-men must not only trust Bishop, a cynical time travler, but save the life of a Senator who has waged a bigoted, anti-mutant agenda from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Apocolypse, Mystique, Magento and a Sentinel army lead by the vicious Mastermold. If they fail, then a civil war will erupt, resulting in mass murder and the creation of a brutal, quasi-fascist, hi-tech police state. If all of this was not already cool enough, we get some inkling into the past of Gabmbit and learn that Mystique was Rogue's adoptive mother. Wow!
A pretty good episode that didn’t feel entirely at best.
The episode begins in the future, Wolverine is the only X-men that is still alive. He and two other friends are there but some big, strong sentinels are after them. They meet a guy Bishop. He works for the sentinels and thinks that only rebels get murdered. But then the sentinels go after him as well.
They escape and go to Forge, another friend. He has a time machine and one of them has to go back and kill an X-men who murdered someone which made the world happen as it is.
Wolverine wants to go but he can’t so Bishop goes. When he arrives he forgot who he had to kill but goes after the X-men and gets defeated. He tells them about the future but he forgot who he has to kill. Then Gambit walks in and he believes it was Gambit and shoots him.
To be continued..
The episode was very good. though it could have been better,. Nimrod looked a bit moronic but his fight scene with the X-men was very cool, together as a team they defeated him. It was also sad to learn that the X-men die in the future that way, so they have to stop it. A good first part but it felt a bit empty at times.
In the future, an assassination occured that caused the world to turn into a baren wasteland run by Sentinels. Wolverine was the only remaining X-Men alive, and him, along with another person, created a time portal in order to stop the asassination that caused this dark future. Though the two agreed to send Bishop instead. When he arrives, his memory has become clouded, and his mission still unclear. Though he finally pulls the conclusion that he has to assassinate one of the X-Men! Bishop crashes into the mansion, attacking every X-Men in his path. Xavier stops him, and reads his thoughts. They believe every word he had said, and are certain that one of them is the assassin. Then, Nimrod, an upgraded Sentinel, attacks them. The X-Men were barely able to defeat it. Gambit appears, and Bishop's memory has finally come to be, claiming that it was him that committed the assassination.
A lot of people don't seem to like rip offs that much, but as long as it doesn't appear in another show or movie a third or fourth time, or if it was just flat out spectacular, there's nothing wrong about it. I found this episode quite enjoyable. The future and its sense of hopelessness really did pull some rather uneasy feelings in you. The story and Bishop's mission to discover the assassin and take him out really made you anxious. Even though Bishop declared Gambit as the assassin, you can't help but feel that it's too perfect. He isn't the most dedicated, so it'd be realistic if it was him, but pulling conclusions that it's him feels like you're falling for an easy trap.
Days of Future Past is the most direct adaptation of any of the X-Men comics ever done to this point in the series. It was possibly even better than the comic book version. Part I worked brilliantly as a setup with a lot of depth and ground to cover. I actually managed to read the comic book weeks before I first saw the two part episode.
The opening is the most astounding ever done for the series showing what's left of New York City in the year 2055. Wolverine along with some rebellious mutants evade some Sentinels in order to survive. Then the tracker known as Bishop breaks up their fun and capture them.
Bishop was still naive at this point. By working for the Sentinels, he believed he had a place in this wretched world. Bishop was a favorite among many fans even before this episode. He was a wise choice for the writers as the time traveller. He can be far more compelling and fun to watch than Kitty Pride. He can also create more friction with the other characters just like Wolverine.
When the Sentinel rejected to pay Bishop and sentenced him to termination, he began to realize the truth behind his world. Seeing the graves of the fallen X-Men was a powerful and sad image to watch. The music was perfect for this moment. However, what was the point of seeing Jubilee's grave in a closeup? Her death creates no more pain than the death of the other X-Men. Her being a child is no excuse either, given that her grave lists her death in 2010. She was already past 30 if you take note that the present takes place around 1992 or 1993.
Wolverine, along with Bishop and the other mutants escape from the escorting Sentinel and our old friends leads our new friend to Forge's lab and explains what they're about to accomplish. The whole scene works like any explanation scene on any time travel movie. Bishop decides to go in Logan's place, because he's too old to take on the X-Men. This was hilarious, given how old Wolverine must be in this future. The new Sentinel Nimrod breaks up the fun and begins ravaging the lab, killing Wolverine. This was a desperate escape for Bishop as he enters the time portal.
He suffers from a slight amnesia after landing on the present. There's a terrific and funny scene as he boards the bus and everyone flees from it. Bishop can still be a naive rookie. He then drives the bus into the mansion.
This is the point where the X-Men put him down and Xavier arrives to find out his motives. Seeing the transition from present to future on Cerebro is a sequence of powerful images and works perfectly. I love the fact that Wolverine doesn't believe a word out of his story and keeps making the funniest jokes possible.
Then Nimrod arrives through the portal, leading Bishop and the X-Men to a deadly confrontation with this advanced Sentinel. It's a desperate and charged battle. Nimrod's ability to recreate his form after being blown away makes him a dangerous opponent. Fortunately, Bishop remembers how to dispatch him. Thank god for time paradoxes.
The scene involving Rogue, Gambit and Beast was also an interesting setup as we get further glimpse at what makes Gambit tick.
Bishop can't remember who he was supposed to stop from committing an assasination. Only that it was an X-Men. When Gambit arrives, it was a shocking revelation to find out he was the assasin responsible for such a bleak future. This is where the episode surpassed the comic book for good. It created a major tension inside the war room. The episode ends in the best cliffhanger of the season as Bishop fires his plasma gun at Gambit.
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