X-Men

Season 1 Episode 12

Days of Future Past (2)

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Mar 20, 1993 on FOX
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Aware of an impending assassination which will create a catastrophic future, the X-Men must deal with threats both outside and within their team.

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  • Back into the past

    10
    The second part was magnificent. Much better than the first.



    The episode continues where the first part left us. Bishop trying to murder Gambit but he can’t. The other X-men have to go there to prevent a murder to happen and Gambit is staying with Bishop and Wolverine.



    Where the president is going to get killed other mutants are waiting. They are very strong and almost stronger than the X-men. When Gambit escapes the others follow him and they help the X-men with defeating the other mutants.



    Meanwhile Mystique is also in the building and she shapeshifts into Gambit, she is the one who killed the guy and made Gambit and the other X-men took the blame. Bishop tries to kill Gambit but Rogue stops him and sends him back into the future. The false Gambit changes into Mystique and Rogue’s faster parent. that’s why Rogue can’t kill her and saves her to escape.



    When Bishop comes back in the future he sees that nothing changed and Wolverine is dead. He has to go back again to save everything.



    The episode was brilliant. especially Rogue’s character was fascinating with her little crush on Gambit and her sadness of her foster mom being Mystique. This is once again a true X-men classic.

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  • Even more Terminator like.

    8.8
    Bishop accuses Gambit of being the assassin. He doesn't clearly remember who was assassinated, but he knows it's in Washington D.C. They all head out there to find out the truth, leaving Bishop, Gambit, and Wolverine to baby sit them, behind. Gambit wants to prove his innonece, and forces his way out of the mansion. With the senators speech, the building was attacked by mutants. The X-Men take care of it, but they didn't know it was diversion to divert their attention. The assassin was really Mystique, who framed Gambit and the X-Men! However, Gambit himself appeared, along with Bishop. Bishop was going to kill them both, but Rogue sent him back. Rogue was going to take care of Mystique, but she finds out she really was her mother! In the future, Bishop finds that the world was still the same. Something must have happened afterwards. Xavier was going to clear things up to the senator, but when he arrived in his room, he was gone. He then notices his watch stops, because it was magnetized.



    This episode was really pulling twists everywhere! They didn't stop until the episode ended. I thought Mystique being the real assassin was a twist itself, but then she turns out to be Rogue's mother too?! At first I thought she was just faking it to make Rogue spare her life, but it seemed like it was real in the end. Then, not only did Apacalypse play a major role in the assassination attempt, but Magneto is also taking the matter into his own hands! Though other than those sweet twists, I can't help but feel this episode was a little way too much like The Terminator. First off, the future remained the same, which was also the same in the movie. Secondly, while it was pretty tragic seeing Wolverine die, Wolverine's skeleton structure felt a little too much like the robots in The Terminator. Thirdly, actually, there isn't a thirdly, at least I think there isn't. Anyways, other than that, this episode did a really good job of maintaining suspense and adding on to the current story.moreless
  • The Cajun must clear his name on the street

    10
    Days of Future Past-Part II commences the real story. I loved the opening with Rogue speeding her beatiful convertible in the road. Her banter with Gambit also worked fairly well. Then we are led by their point of view to the final events of Part I. A terrific opening.



    Rogue gets in the way of Bishop's blast, then he still blasts Gambit. They're both still alive without any burn marks to speak of. I have to address this ridiculous need to not scare the children by not showing any scars. Ever since the beginning of the series, the X-Men get shot and look like they just took a shower. Even Princess Leia had a burn mark on her shoulder in Return of the Jedi after being shot by a Stormtrooper.



    When Bishop is quieted down by Wolverine and Cyclops, he begins calling Gambit an assasin. The conflict heightens the tension in the war room every second. This works far better than Kitty's 2 minutes of explanation to the X-Men concerning her purpose. Seeing Bishop and Gambit's temper flaring really makes this work. Bishop then tells the X-Men bit by bit, how Gambit's action will ignite a bleak future. It's a sad and sorrowful montage worthy of any time travel movie like T2.



    I love Gambit's outraged reaction to this accusation. Being called an assasin is a direct reference to his hatred of the assasin clan. A story thread that would be further developed in Season 2.



    After Xavier analyses the situation, it's clear that Gambit must remain locked in the mansion. This is where the X-Men make their mistake. Showing no trust at all on Gambit after everything they've been through just makes matters worse. I can buy Cyclops and Wolverine not trusting him, but seeing this reaction of Storm is truly sad, given she knows the Cajun better than anyone. The X-Men fly to Washington in order to prevent this assasination, while Xavier attends Kelly's hearing on mutant affairs.



    Wolverine and Bishop stay behind to watch after Gambit. I loved his mode of escape. Putting an explosive Ace Card on top of an arcade was brilliant.



    The X-Men arrive at Washington and await the inevitable. What was Jubilee dreaming anyway? What was Gambit doing that couldn't be true? We then see the brotherhood of evil mutants led by Mystique. They're the same as the comics, except for the absence of Destiny. Avalanche and Pyro strike the capitol building, leading the X-Men to rally there and defend the people.



    I loved some moments of this confrontation. Blob has an advantage over the X-Men. It takes the arrival of Wolverine to reverse the situation and trap him in the lake while Storm freezes it. I loved Rogue's method of evading Pyro's fire bird by going up to the outer atmosphere.



    When Avalanche strikes and hits Bishop, we get to see him using his powers and endangering innocent people without realizing it. Or maybe he did in order to distract the X-Men while he went into Capitol Hill. Nevertheless we see a brilliant moment as the X-Men struggle to hold the falling peak of the building and innocent people flee. This is a terrific use of the X-Men in defending humanity. Rogue commits a self-sacrifice in order to save the little girl when Jean can't handle it. It was a frightening moment, far more effective than the comic book version. Skir and Isenberg truly managed to create high levels of tension alongside powerful moments.



    When Rogue escapes from the debris, she sees Bishop going into the building. Meanwhile, Kelly goes with his secretary to a safe place where she changes into Gambit. This is where everything becomes clear. Then the real Gambit arrives to save Kelly in the nick of time. They begin fighting while Kelly frees the real secretary. Then Bishop arrives to put an order to this mess by blasting both Gambits. Rogue is forced to intervene in a hurry by breaking Bishop's arm band. I'm surprised she remembered that in such a short notice. Bishop is sent back to the future.



    The future remains unchanged, despite Bishop preventing the assasination. Mystique reveals herself to Rogue. When Rogue is ready for punching her eyes out, the unexpected happens as she turns into Rogue's foster mother. This event leads Rogue into taking Mystique to safety, despite the fact she just tried to kill Senator Kelly. Fortunately, this plot movement leads to the best Rogue scene in the season.



    Mystique explains this plot was concocted by Apocalypse. Despite Rogue's warning, Mystique pledged herself to Apocalypse. Rogue tries to understand why she tried to turn Rogue into a slave for her master. She explains it was the only way to get her back. While many mysteries surrounding Rogue's past remain unexplained, this goodbye scene is the highlight of the episode, knowing there's more to come out of this situation.



    Meanwhile, our good senator is kidnapped. While Cyclops and Jean are both clueless, Xavier figures out Magneto's behind using the clever watch gag. A terrfic cliffhanger to a terrific episode.moreless
Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann

Rogue

Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Gambit/Remy LeBeau

Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Jean Grey

Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

Norm Spencer

Norm Spencer

Cyclops/Scott Summers

Alison Sealy-Smith

Alison Sealy-Smith

Storm/Ororo Monroe (redub)

Graham Halley

Graham Halley

Pyro/St. John Allerdyce

Guest Star

Randall Carpenter

Randall Carpenter

Mystique/Raven Darkholme

Guest Star

Rod Coneybeare

Rod Coneybeare

Avalanche/Dominick Petros

Guest Star

Philip Akin

Philip Akin

Bishop

Recurring Role

Len Carlson

Len Carlson

Senator Robert Kelly

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Beast does appear, but only for a split second with no lines, and is during the flash forward sequence.

    • At the end of the episode, there is a tank with Wolverine's skeleton hanging inside. This implies his healing factor had degraded from old age, as the shot he took from Nemrod was fatal.

    • Bishop and his future will next appear in season 2's "Time Fugitives (1)". Nimrod will next terrorize the timestream in season 4's "One Man's Worth (1)".

    • This episode marks the first use of the yellow & blue mini-jet.

    • Mystique tells Rogue that she was once her mother (or rather, foster mother, having raised her when she ran away from her birth home). The story will be elaborated further in season 2's "A Rogue's Tale".

    • Gambit, a thief, has a good reason for being offended by being called an assassin by Bishop, as will be explained further in next season's "X-Ternally Yours".

    • The flashback to the history of the future, as told by Bishop, includes cameo appearances by Sunfire (from "Slave Island"), Morlocks Callisto, Leech, Erg, Masque, Sunder, Ape, and Tarbaby (all from "Captive Hearts"), Havok (from season 3's "Cold Comfort"), and elder versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, and the Beast.

    • The aide whom Mystique impersonates looks like the Raven Darkholme persona Mystique used as the leader of Freedom Force in the late '80s.

    • Storm's comment to Gambit that she "knows him better than anyone", seems to imply that, like in the comics, she was the one who brought him into the X-Men.

    • The map of Washington, D.C. on Gambit's flight plan looks more like Washington State.

    • When the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is introduced we see Avalanche sitting in a different way when the scene changes from the one showing shadow of Mystique, to the one concentrating on TV.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Gambit: (to Mystique, disguised as him) Surprised to see me? I know I am!

    • Cyclops: Rogue, do you see Bishop?
      Rogue: I could spit on him, if I wasn`t a lady.

    • Jubilee: (to Bishop) Gambit's one of us, you tattooed freak!!

    • Wolverine: (Holding small girl he just saved) This kid's cryin'! Do something! (Hands her to Jubilee)

    • Pyro: He who fights and runs away...!
      Avalanche: Just shut up and run!

    • Blob: I'm gonna flatten these X-Clowns by sittin' on 'em!
      Jubilee: Ugh! That's GROSS!

    • Wolverine: Now, sit down, both of ya. Or cards won't be the only thing that gets cut around here!

    • Bishop: It starts with a single death in Washington D.C...The assassin is Gambit, but all mutants get blamed. People are afraid, they want action, they want protection, they want revenge! Mutant control laws pass, calling for an army of Sentinels. They march across the nation, seeking mutants, hunting them like animals. Some fight back, but not for long! The Sentinels herd the surviving mutants into detention camps. The camps...are your final stop. You never leave. NEVER! But those who control the Sentinels don't stop with mutants. Eventually, they bring their new world order to all humans!
      (To Gambit)
      Bishop: I've hated you ALL my life!

    • Wolverine: Time out, rookie.
      Bishop: You mean times up! For all of you! Because of him, the whole world is going to be enslaved. Everything you believe in will lie in ashes, and the X-men are going to die!

    • (After Kelly has been kidnapped)
      Xavier: I don't believe this is the work of the same gang.
      Jean: Why not professor?
      Xavier: Because, my watch has stopped.
      Cyclops: I...don't understand. Why is that important?
      (Xavier removes his watch and drops it, but instead of falling to the floor, it stops in mid-air and flies to his wheelchair, sticking to it.)
      Xavier: Because...it's been magnetized.

    • Professor X: He claims to be a time traveler... from the future.
      Gambit: Yes... and I'M da Queen of France!

    • Bishop: Two of you?!
      Gambit: That one's an imposter.. a shapeshifter!
      Bishop: Maybe... better take ya both out just to be sure... (Cocks gun) ...at full force!

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Gambit: Hey, watch the road, chere! Where you learn to drive?!
      Rogue: With good ole boys on country back roads! Best teachers in the world.
      This is a possible allusion to the 80s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard about two cousins righting wrongs in a small town, famous for their reckless driving whilst fleeing from the authorities and nicknamed 'The Good Ole Boys'.

    • Senator Kelly: Professor Xavier, have you associated in the past with renegade mutants?
      This comment, and the whole Mutant Affairs hearing, echoes the 1950s senate hearings on communism, spearheaded by Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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