Season 4 Episode 17

Family Ties

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM May 04, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

X-Factor's Quicksilver, and his sister, the Avenger called Scarlet Witch, seek revenge against Magneto when they learn that he was responsible for their birth mother's death. But the trio is unaware of the common bond between them, nor the true purposes of the mysterious man who brought them all together.moreless

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  • A little plot twist here, other than that nothing special.

    Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have been revealed that their dying father isn't actually their father. They head towards a citadel in order to discover their true parents. Sources lead them to Magneto, but in the end it was all a trap in order to lure Magneto back into the citadel, where High Evolutionary uses the DNA of Magneto and his son and daughter to accelerate the evolution of his half beast half human creatures. The X-Men however, raid on his party, and is forced to retreat. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch refuse to forgive their father for ultimately destroying their mother, and Magneto has no words to defend himself with.

    An average episode, some shallow drama. It felt like those long winded drama movies, but condensed into just thirty minutes, which actually might be a good thing. They have the little plot twist that is a bit predictable, the antagonist who is the one responsible for breaking the little plot twist between the family members, and Wolverine to act as comic relief. Wolverine was funny in this episode by the way, like he has been in every episode. All in all, average episode at best; don't watch if you're expecting big things.moreless
Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd

Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett

Susan Roman

Susan Roman

Scarlet Witch

Guest Star

Adrian Egan

Adrian Egan


Guest Star

James Blendick

James Blendick

High Evolutionary

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (20)

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

    • The Scarlet Witch appears for the first time (due to having been part of Force Works on the Iron Man cartoon series which aired until just prior to this show's debut). Professor X and Wolverine seem to know who she is, suggesting that she's been active off-screen (of course, she had a cameo in season 2's "Repo Man"). She'd later be part of Fox Kids' final Marvel Comics team toon series, The Avengers.

    • The High Evolutionary makes his first (and only) real-time appearance, after having been shown in a flashback in "Savage Land, Strange Heart (2)". He (or a reasonable facsimile) would later take a more prominent role on the Marvel animated series, Spider-Man Unlimited.

    • Forge has a nonspeaking cameo in this episode.

    • Magneto will next appear (along with Quicksilver) in "Phalanx Covenant (2)".

    • When Wolverine is changed into the large animal version of his moniker, his costume is shredded, particularly after he's changed back to normal. But when Magneto flies away at the end of the last scene, Wolverine's costume is intact and includes long yellow sleeves!

    • When telling Quicksilver where Magneto is every year at this time, High Evolutionary's "teeth" are red.

    • Wolverine's mask is colored yellow where it should be black, when Xavier tells him to follow Magneto.

    • The magnetic bonds on Wolverine's legs are visible through the console over his lap in one shot.

    • The babies in Bova's arms switch places between angles. In close-ups, the blue blanketed one is in her right arm, pink the left, and longer-away shots have it the opposite.

    • Wundagore is misspelled "Wundargore" on the on-screen title, despite pronounication otherwise.

    • When first meeting the High Evolutionary, Scarlet Witch's headpiece is colored pink in several shots.

    • When saying "the mutant who did this", Quicksilver's neck is colored blue.

    • When his hands are cuffed, Quicksilver fails to make use of his super-speed to escape.

    • Quicksilver's upper section's movements don't match his lower body when trapped in amber and talking to Magneto.

    • Prior to capture, Magneto is wearing civilian attire. Once in the citadel, he's got his full costume on.

    • When hit by Magneto's blast, Wanda doesn't have the energy whip in her hand.

    • Forge's head vanishes from the transmission when his signal is interrupted, yet the background from where he's calling from remains!

    • The Hummingbird is just the Starjammer's ship repainted black.

    • Django Maximoff's eyebrows switch from white to gray when he's first shown.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (7)

    • Very few minor changes between the version which airs in the US, and that of other countries:
      - A few musical alterations during some scenes (such as Xavier and Magneto in the study).
      - No onscreen title for when Wundagore is shown.
      - The DNA scanning shows four helixes on the screen, comparing each, instead of just some random computer text graphics.
      - High Evolutionary's clapping for his creatures to appear lacks sound.
      - The citadel exterior shot between the Xavier scene and the four mutants trapped in amber has a repeated pink glow from H.E.'s earlier appearance.
      - The spotlights flashing back and forth are louder than the alarms.
      - Season 3 end credits style and listings.

    • Animation Company: AKOM Productions.

    • Original broadcast end-credits-scene: "Savage Land, Strange Heart (1)"; Sauron is restored to power in New York after feeding on Wolverine.

    • Wolverine's genetic manipulation by High Evolutionary in this episode is ironic, since character creator Len Wein and initial X-Men artist Dave Cockrum originally intended to reveal Logan was an actual wolverine mutated into a man by said character.

    • The animal-men created by High Evolutionary aren't given a specific name, but in the comics are called the "New Men", and the warriors are the "Knights of Wundagore."

    • Episode director/producer Larry Houston is not credited (he'd left the show by the time this aired, and either denied being credited for it, was denied for it by those in charge, or was just accidentally left off).

    • David Hemblen does not provide the voice for Magneto in this episode (his replacement is uncredited).


    • Beast: To quote Isaac Watts, "Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away; They fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening of day."
      Beast quotes the famed English hymn-writer, and his song, "O God, Our Help In Ages Past".

    • Wolverine: It's the blasted Island of Dr. Moreau!
      "The Island of Doctor Moreau: A Possibility" by H. G. Wells relates the tale of Edward Prendick, who is shipwrecked on a South Seas island where Doctor Moreau creates combinations of men and beasts.