Season 1 Episode 3

Enter Magneto (1)

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Nov 27, 1992 on FOX
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Enter Magneto (1)
As the Beast faces an arraignment in court before a mutant-hating public, the X-Men unwillingly take in an old enemy of Wolverine's. Magneto, an old friend turned enemy of Professor Xavier's, attacks a military base in an attempt to unite mutants against humanity.

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  • The X-MEN duel with Magneto and try to stop him from launching missile attacks.

    Great episode. Although Magneto is often seen as the crazed villain these type of episodes show why Magneto is not as crazy as they make him out to be.

    Humanity hates and discriminates against Mutants. Xavier is the ultimate pacifist who thinks the answer is peace without force. Eric, Magneto, knows that humanity will never embrace mutants. Magnet's ultimate decision is to destroy all mankind. It's an extreme answer, but you can definitely see why Magneto feels this way.

    We see the mistreatment that Xavier, Magneto, and in this episode Hank receives. The trial for Beast is nothing but a joke. Sabretooth comes out to start carnage in the courtroom. Wolverine would like to see Sabretooth dead, but Professor is going to take him a really stupid decision that would be disastrous.

    Highlight of this episode is Magneto having his first of many fights with X-MEN. It's clear Magneto is stronger than any other mutants making him a strong adversary for many times to come.

    X-MEN finally stop the missile attacks, but it's only a sign of things to come.moreless
  • Fantastic Introduction of a Would Be/Would Be Not Villain

    Magneto. Magneto has been the greatest and most popular of all the X-Men's villains throughout their entire history. The amazing thing about Eric "Magnus" Lehnsherr is the fact that he and Professor Charles Xavier remain friends throughout the series, and that the greatest villain of them all is also a very strong ally. That is what makes this episode work. It unravels so much about the past between Magneto and Professor X and also delivers some awesome action. I would say the only flaws within this episode are, as most episodes have shown, the ability to focus on Wolverine far too much, and the gentleness that Magneto actually shows. In the comics he was never as gentle as he was with them, believe it or not. But, anyways, and like all other episodes in this series, it was a great episode and deserves a big ten!moreless
  • The first episode that alludes to the past of many of our favourite characters.

    This episode dives deeper into the conflict, and shows that things are not always black and white even in the comic world. This episode sets the story for the series, in which the main battle is the Humans Vs the Mutants, and also the Mutants Vs the Mutants. Magneto is leading a Mutant charge in which they want to destroy the humans, which we learn more about later, and Xavier wants to keep peace between the two worlds and help the humans understand that mutants aren't a threat. We learn a lot about our characters, and where their loyalties lie such as when Beast is free'd from his prison by Magneto, but chooses to stay so he can explain himself to the human court. We also learn about the past between Xavier and Magneto, and Wolverine and Sabertooth. these are two of the greatest rivalries in the whole X-men saga, and this episode is a great reference to why the characters are the way they are.moreless
  • The man who's called: Magneto

    A great episode to continue the pilot. In this episode we meet the enemies of Xavior and wolverine. First we meet Magneto who tries to free Beast but fails to, because beast doesn’t want the humans to fear him, he just wants them to make peace.

    Magneto and Xavior used to be friends and help patients until Magneto realised he hated human kind and began to destroy it. He even tries to loose some nuclear bombs but Storm stops them, she almost sacrifices her life for it but manages to destroy them and push them into water.

    We also meet Wolverine’s enemy, Sibertooth, he seems to have the same temper and Wolverine hates him and wants to murder him but the others will not let him do that.

    The episode was well written and it was great to meet new X-men. I did miss a few other X-men who weren’t in the episode like Jean, Rogue and Gambit. But still, a very nice episode, well written and enough action .

  • "Looks like I'll have time to catch up on my Dostoevsky" - Beast

    Beast is being held in a prison for breaking in the Mutant Agency, and it seems someone's here to rescue him. It's Magento; a former friend of the professor. He's hellbent on destroying mankind due to the fact that his parents were killed in a guerrila attack. During Beast's trial, he does his best to defend himself, but is rejected of bail. A mutant named Sabertooth ravages the court, and is quickly taken care of by the police. Cyclops helps him out, while Wolverine watches as he's about to die. Back at the school, Wolverine tries breaking him out, but an emergency came as Magneto was attacking a military headquarters. He initiated the nuclear bombs, targeting the base itself, and spreading the word around that Magneto is on the loose. Storm disables the warheads, and Magneto's desire for a civil war was delayed.

    What I love the most about X-Men is the rather close and distanced relationship between the professor and Magneto. Usually in shows, if the leader of one group, the leader of another, were previously close friends, they would grow to hate each other. Instead, Magneto and the professor simply see as each other with different ideals, bearing no real hatred among each other. The movies do a pretty good job of displaying this relationship as well. Plus, it did a good job of separating the ideals between the two. The professor is pushing towards peace between humans and mutants through Beast's trial, while Magneto wants to liberate the earth of all humans through destroying them one by one. Wolverine's hatred for Sabertooth did a good job of showing his character. If he likes someone, he'll help them no matter what, and if he hates someone, he'll care less if they're a mutant or not; just as long as they're dead. It's a good thing they made him the main character in the movies.moreless
Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Norm Spencer

Norm Spencer

Cyclops/Scott Summers

Alison Sealy-Smith

Alison Sealy-Smith

Storm/Ororo Monroe (redub)

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd

Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett

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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

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

    • After Beast's sentence when Wolverine and Cyclops start to leave, Sabretooth is suddenly throwing chairs out of anger in the middle of the courtroom, which means he must have been in the courtroom during the trial given that Cyclops and Wolverine were seated right by the entrance. But he's in his uniform, so wouldn't somebody notice him before he flipped out?

    • Xavier's flashback is a toned down version of Magneto's origins. It is clear that these events occurred during World War II, the Holocaust and the Nazis are depicted in subtext and generic army men.

    • This episode has the first full appearance of the X-Men's greatest villain, Magneto; and Wolverine's arch rival, Sabretooth. Both had a cameo in the first episode.

    • Beast's lawyer's name is Hodge, possibly of relation to Cameron Hodge from "Slave Island".

    • In the entire scene after the courtroom with Jubilee, Storm, and Xavier, the audio is about a second later than the lip movements or events. This problem is fixed after the commercial break. Also, this problem is only on the Storm-redubbed episodes.

    • At the cerebro scene, while Storm's mouth is moving Jubilee's voice is coming out.

    • The size of the bunk beds behind Beast in his cell changes repeatedly when he's talking to Magneto, to the point they're twice as big as the both of them, to so small nobody could fit comfortable on the bottom bunk!

    • When Xaiver is looking for Magneto it goes to a closeup of him and his tie is yellow and black but then the camera closes up to storm then goes back to Xaiver and his tie is blue and black.

    • In the "previous on X-Men" sequence, a shot from the original-broadcast version of "Night Of The Sentinels (2)" is left in, showing Jubilee sitting in the room with the X-Men as they watch the President's speech about the break-in. In the revised version, Jubilee was removed, since, at that time in the show, she was captive in Detroit! But you can see it here, in that recap.

    • Another shot from the original broadcast of the previous episode is in that recap, showing Cyclops with grey-lensed glasses on when shouting, "Not!" to the Sentinel.

    • In the opening scene, Beast is flipping through the pages of Animal Farm - backwards.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode made its debut on a Friday afternoon (the only episode of the show to premiere on a weekday until season 3), for a good reason. X-Men won the 1992 Fox Kids TV Takeover, in which viewer's could mail-in their picks for the best shows on the line-up. The special block of all-viewer-picked shows then aired the day after Thanksgiving.

    • This episode is loosely based on "Uncanny X-Men #1" (September 1963), where Magneto attacked the Cape Citadel missile base.

    • When this episode originally aired, it had Iona Morris still doing the voice of Storm. But all subsequent repeats have redubbed Storm's voice with Alison Sealy-Smith's.


    • Beast: Looks like I'll have time to catch up on my Dostoevsky.
      The book Beast plans to read while in prison awaiting trial, titled "Crime and Punishment", is very appropriate reading indeed (considering both his legal plight, and how long it'll take to read it!)

    • Beast: To paraphrase the Bard... I am a mutant. Have not a mutant senses? Affections? Fed with the same food, warmed and cooled with the same winter and summer as a human is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
      The original quote Beast alters to make his point comes from Shylock's lament in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

    • Beast's Book: "Animal Farm" by George Orwell
      The book Beast is reading in prison is none other than George Orwell's famous novel "Animal Farm."