X-Men

Season 1 Episode 4

Deadly Reunions (2)

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Jan 23, 1993 on FOX
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Magneto & Professor Xavier come face to face for the first time in years amid an exploding factory, while Sabretooth & Wolverine face off in the mansion.

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  • Magneto strikes back

    9.6
    Without a doubt the best episode so far, great character developments and a lot of neat action.



    The episode continues where the last one left us, Magneto still wants revenge and Xavior is trying to cure Sabertooh from his fears by going into his mind and trying to get rid of them.



    Meanwhile Magneto destroys a place and makes the X-men arrive, He almost chokes Psyclops and he throws a fall onto Storm which causes her pain and memory into when she was a girl. Rogue saves both and makes PSyclops breath again by having a mouth-to-mouth moment but that makes her steal his powers accidentally, she can’t control it but Xavior helps her to see and guide her back. The way he defeats Magneto is by showing him his past of when he was a little boy, Magneto couldn't take it and flees away.



    but Miss idiot child aka Jubilee was so idiotic to let Sibertooh go, luckily Wolverine was there and hey fight, but he almost get stabbed to death before Jubilee uses her power to beat Sibertooh.



    The episode was excellent, we learned a lot more from each character and their fears,. Rogue is without a doubt the most lovable character an Jubilee the most idiotic and irritating one. But the episode was brilliant, almost a classic.

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  • Well written.

    8.2
    The professor is trying to figure out what Sabertooth's problems are, but he's created a mental wall that not even he can penetrate. Though they'll have to put the issue of Sabertooth on hold, for Magneto has threatened workers within a nuclear plant. The X-Men try to stop him, but his magnetic powers are way too powerful. The professor comes, and drives him away by making him remember the horrible incident of him losing his parents. Back at the school, Jubilee is watchin a TV with a senator running for president, and promising to relocate all mutants. Jubilee, feeling pity for Sabertooth, loosens his chains, but was quickly caught. Wolverine came in, and the two fought. Sabertooth tells him that he was sent by Magneto to destroy the school and the professor. However, he failed to do that as the force arrived. Professor apologizes to Wolverine for not believing him.



    The whole psychological scene in the beginning was pretty intriguing. I really like how scenes like that play out. The pacing of the episode was good, accomplishing a lot of things. The title of the episode made it believe that the reunion would be only between two people, but it was between four people. The battle with Magneto was pretty much one sided because of the events in the previous episode. Instead of rushing off to Magneto, the X-Men should have came up with a way to defeat him. Right now, only the professor can even attempt to battle with him. Though the fight in the nuclear plant was pretty entertaining. Storm reminiscing her past, and Rogue absorbing a little of Cyclop's powers were little non plot related things that contributed to the episode.moreless
  • A true classic in the series.

    9.6
    Deadly Reunions gets everything right where Enter Magneto fell short. Without any further need for introduction, this episode launches directly into the action. Although we get to see an unnecessary flashback to the events in the missile base. We know what happened. Was writer Don Glutt short on material, in order to fill this gap?



    Despite this nitpick, once Magneto strikes the Metrochem, the episode really begins to work. Rather than using nuclear warheads that were bound to be stopped, he decides to hurt people directly and that has an immediate impact on the viewer. Magneto did all of this simply to get Xavier's attention so he could meet him. Rogue, Storm and Cyclops race to meet him. Like the previous episode, none of them are a match for the master of magnetism. They all get knocked out badly, especially Storm. This episode introduced her state of claustrophobia. Now this is a true masterpiece of animation and voice acting. Storm's desperation calls out to anyone watching this. We also get a flashback to her childhood trauma, which explains this perfectly to the viewer.



    We finally see the meeting of Xavier and Magneto. It's little more than a battle of wits, concerning their views on how they should deal with humans. Magneto has the upper hand in mobility, but he underestimated Xavier's mental powers. Bringing back Magneto's childhood memories was more than enough to send him running away for a while.



    On another front, we finally see the full effect of Rogue's powers. I only wish I were Cyclops at that moment. The kiss inevitably leads her to absorb his powers. One minor nitpick however: the editor apparently used the same shot of Rogue's eye blast blowing the building's all twice for no reason at all. I only wonder why.



    The Sabretooth story finally gets interesting in this episode. Xavier's probing of his mind was filled with interesting metaphors. The brick box was my favorite one. Xavier couldn't break the box immediately, but he could sense Sabretooth's rage.



    While seeing a new development as Senator Kelly decides to run for president in order to put an end to mutant affairs, we also see Jubilee's first of many blunders she would commit throughout the series. Viewers had to tolerate this way too much. Of course, this kid thinks Sabretooth really is changed despite his statement about wanting to grab Kelly's throat. Then she is shocked with his wrist as if it was injured or something. Then she releases it to treat it and pays the price for being a complete idiot. Fortunately Wolverine arrives to save her.



    The Magneto plot coincides with the Sabretooth plot as he reveals he works for the master of magnetism under others to take over the mansion. What was he thinking? Did this dimwit really think he could take on 7 powerful mutants, including his old nemesis?



    As Logan and Sabretooth fight, Xavier distracts our hero long enough to get seriously injured by our visitor. This leads Jubilee to take charge for once and make up for her incompetence as she blasts Sabretooth out of the mansion.



    As the episode winds down, Xavier finally reflects on his shortcomings as a visionary. He finally recognizes his ingenuity in believing that all mutants could be brothers. That's also in parallel with Magneto's idea of a brotherhood. The X-Men admit their first failure and the future looks bleak for our heroes. We get to watch terrific conclusion to the episode as Magneto vows to recruit others to follow his path in taking on humankind and wiping the X-Men out of their way.moreless
Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann

Rogue

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)

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd

Wolverine/"Logan"

Alyson Court

Alyson Court

Jubilee/Jubilation Lee

Don Francks

Don Francks

Sabertooth/Victor Creed

Recurring Role

David Hemblen

David Hemblen

Magneto/Erik Lenhserr

Recurring Role

Len Carlson

Len Carlson

Senator Robert Kelly

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Beast, Gambit and Jean Grey do not appear in this episode.

    • Storm is revealed to suffer from claustrophobia, due to an accident as a child. It will be explained further in the next episode.

    • This episode features the first time we see Rogue using someone else's powers she absorbed (specifically Cyclops').

    • The theory that mutants are a separate species, Homo superior, is mentioned for the first time here.

    • When Xavier scans Sabertooth's mind at the very start of the episode, head-shots of various members associated with Project Weapon X appear (Deadpool, Wolverine, Maverick, the Shiva robot, a blonde woman with glasses {presumably Mystique's 'Leni Zauber' persona}, and Omega Red).

    • The underground hangar for the Blackbird is revealed, on the underside of a cliff overlooking the water not far from the school.

    • Rogue absorbs Cyclops' power and yet appears unable to control it. In truth, Cyclops cannot control his optic blasts because of brain damage suffered as a child. Rogue has no such problem and should be able to focus and control that power.

    • Doesn't Rogue put people into a coma when she drains people? Yet she "kisses" Cyclops to give him mouth-to-mouth to revive him, and he wakes up! Perhaps she was careful not to touch his lips too closely, but even minor touching led to the absorbtion. And, as we see, Cyclops ends up passing out again soon.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Cyclops is knocked out)
      Rogue: You're not gonna like this but- (Gives Cyclops mouth-to-mouth CPR) -it's better than not breathing. Come on, pretty boy. Make a girl feel welcome. (Gives Cyclops mouth-to-mouth; Cyclops coughs) Don't worry, I won't tell Jean.

    • Xavier: Jubilee, you stay here. Look after Sabretooth.
      Jubilee: (Glumly) My favorite job.

    • Xavier: Is this your answer? This... horror? After all the suffering we both have seen, you wish me to wage war on six billion humans?!
      Magneto: When I was a child, my people talked while others prepared for war! They used reason while others used tanks, and they were destroyed for their trouble! I won't stand by and watch it happen again! I WON'T!!

    • Xavier: I was wrong Wolverine, I should have listened to you. I let my passion that all mutants could be brothers blind me! That's twice I failed.
      Storm: We failed Professor, together.
      Xavier: We can't afford to lose again or Magneto and others like him will prevail. He's out there scheming, planning. I was able to trick him today but, I wonder when the time comes will the X-Men be ready?

    • Xavier: Magneto! Stop this senseless violence now! It's me you want, so here I am.

    • Rogue: (In regard to Magneto's quick second attack) Your old friend sure don't let the grass grow beneath his feet.

    • Wolverine: (Cuts open a can with one claw and prepares to drink) Stuff the philosphy. Let's go kick his butt!

    • Wolverine: Alright, you eggsuckin piece of gutter trash. You always liked pushing around people smaller'n you. Well, I'M smaller! Try pushing ME!

    • Rogue: (Recovering from Magneto's knocking her away) You just CAN'T get close to some men...

    • Magneto: I wonder how you'll look, Charles, after so long? Perhaps a toupee?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Magneto beyond this point does less to oppose Xavier and the X-Men. After season 1 he deviates from his true role as a villain, and acts more as their ally or does other things where the X-Men get involved but he doesn't battle them.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Like the previous episode, "Deadly Reunions" provides a fairly accurate depiction to Magneto's traumatic childhood during the Nazi Holocaust.

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