Season 1 Episode 1

Night of the Sentinels (1)

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Oct 31, 1992 on FOX
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Night of the Sentinels (1)
The X-Men connect a mutant registration program, with ties to the government, to a group of mutant-capturing robots called Sentinels, after they rescue a teenage mutant girl named Jubilee.

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  • The X-Men battle the Sentinels and save a new mutant named Jubilee.

    A lot of changes to the comic but remains true to the characters and themes.

    It was a while since the X-Men had been on any cartoon let alone have their very own show.

    There were changes in the comic such as Jubilee's background and how she is brought in to the X-MEN but overall the pilot delivered in delivering the world of X-MEN.

    The pilot works on a lot of levels showing X-MEN's power of the bat. They also address the themes of Hate, and discrimination that humans have for mutants and vice versa something that's a big part of the comic books. Pilot also captures the personalities of the characters very well from Professor Xavier, to Beast, Wolverine and Cyclops to name a few. The show does deserve credit for that. It's no wonder it has become so popular.

    Even though this was a PG rated type of show geared for kids it was still very entertaining. It was a nice adaptation at the time from comic book of Marvel to TV.

    The story was easy to follow and ends on a decent cliffhanger. A lot of positives here. Overall a successful pilot episode.moreless
  • A Great Opening Episode!!!

    This is one of the best opening episodes for any cartoon or television series. Not only does it provide us with an astonishing storyline that will continue to reach maximum excellence, but it invites us in to the world of the X-Men without pushing too much onto us at once. With already increasing character development and interesting sequences and probabilities, this episode completely prepares you for the second part, and further episodes. Most cartoons, and/or television series simply begin with a random episode and don't even try to explain where this fictitious world stands until much later into the series. With "Night of the Sentinels" we gather a glimpse that prepares us for what's in store, and has us waiting for more!moreless
  • The beginning of everything.

    This episode was the beginning of not only one of the greatest cartoon series in history, but also of the Human/Mutant battle. We are introduced to the X-men, the good guys who seek out troubled young people who develop their mutant powers in order to help them understand and control their various powers. This episode was shows us many classic things from the comic apart from the main characters, including but not limited to the sentinels and the danger room. The episode focuses on Jubilation Lee, or Jubilee as she is known, and how the X-men rescue her from the clutch of the sentinels and the humans that created them. Like all great X-men episodes, this leaves us on a superb cliffhanger.moreless
  • Smarter than your average animated show!

    Action. That's probably one of the first words that comes to mind when thinking of the X-Men. Thankfully, the writers of this episode remembered this. This episode could so easilly have been a talky snore-fest explaining all about why the mutants exist and how the X-Men were formed etc, but by taking the wise choice to just get on with the action and literally start the episode off with a bang, the writers ensured I was hooked from the outset.

    I think it's fair to say that a lot was packed into this episode, but never did the story seem rushed. The plot was paced perfectly, and still allowed for us to get an idea of what each character's role in the group is.

    With a subject matter so great, and literally decades of storylines and characters from which to pull from this show cannot fail and this is the perfect start to the series.

    The first scene with Jubilee overhearing her parents discuss her mutant status foreshadowed some serious events later in the series, and showed straight away that the show deals with some serious issues.

    From Jubilee's first meeting with Rogue and Storm, to Gambit's attempt at picking up the shop assistant, this episode was filled with exciting, funny and intriguing moments all the way up to the cliffhanger ending.

    If anyone is ever in need of proof that animated shows can deliver the goods just as well as live-action ones, then by all means watch X-Men!moreless
  • The x men attack a mutant registration centre thats been feeding names to giant robots ,the sentinels

    A young mutant named jubilation lee

    is discovered to be different and her foster parents contact the mutant registration agency.

    The sentinels attack and attempt to kidnap her in a mall.

    But the x men are already there and destroy the giant robots.

    Jubilee is introduced to the xmen and is taught there philosophy on human mutant intergration.

    This episode is a classic It sums up the unfortunate and basic instict all humans have against those that are different.

    The x men have always been in an impossible situation

    with mutants thinking them tratiors and risking there lives to defend those who hate them

    Welcome to the worldmoreless
Iona Morris

Iona Morris

Storm/Ororo Monroe

Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann


Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Gambit/Remy LeBeau

Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Jean Grey

Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Barry Flatman

Barry Flatman

Henry Peter Gyrich

Recurring Role

Don Francks

Don Francks

Sabertooth/Victor Creed

Recurring Role

David Fox

David Fox


Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • This episode features the first appearance of the X-Men (Wolverine, Beast, Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Gambit, Rogue, Professor Xavier, Morph, and Jubilee), the Sentinels, Henry Peter Gyrich, and Senator Robert Kelly.

    • Magneto's cadre of villains in the opening credits sequence includes Thunderbird (or Warpath), Pyro, Mystique, Sabretooth, & Avalanche. Also included on his side are Juggernaut and Gargoyle (an old Incredible Hulk villain), who aren't mutants in the comics, yet seem to be considered such on the show.

    • Cameo appearances seen in the Mansion's monitors include mutants Domino (the white woman with the eye-spot), Cannonball (the blast-bottomed guy), Sabertooth (the feral creature featured on the news), Magneto (using his magnetic powers with his back to the camera) and an ad for the "Genosha Beach Inn", which will play a larger role in the episode "Slave Island."

    • (Here's the Sentinel's mutant-scan readout)
      Mutant File: 051063-244
      Subject: JUBILEE
      Name: Jubilation Lee
      Height: 5' / 152 Centimeters
      Weight: 90 lbs / 40 Kilograms
      Race: Chinese-American
      Address: 764 Lucille Court West

    • Rogue's comment about putting her boyfriend in a coma at 13 will be shown to us in the season 1 episode "The Cure".

    • The Sentinel scan read-outs for Storm, Rogue and Gambit read "Ht. 5'11, Wt. 127 lbs"; "Ht. 5'8, Wt. 120 lbs"; and "Ht. 6'2, Wt. 180 lbs", respectively.

    • While being held prisoner by Guyrich, Jubilee is held down by three straps in addition to the wrist and ankle restraints. When she escapes in the next episode, the straps are strangely absent.

    • Footage culled from the Sentinel's head in the Mansion includes a shot of Jubilee on her bed crying. Unless the Sentinel staked her out prior to the earlier scene, it couldn't have gotten that shot (since it landed AFTER she was out of her bedroom entirely), nor that angle (which would be from an interior wall).

    • The Sentinel scan read-out calls Jubilee by her code-name, yet lists her "real name" as well, long before she's ever an X-Man to HAVE a code-name. It's her nickname, true, but why would the registration agency call her anything but her full name?

    • Morph's wearing his jacket when he gets off the Blackbird. It vanishes through the rest of the show, until the final scene. Is it part of his shapeshifting, as well? The "gas gun" he uses on the guard also makes no other appearance, meaning it's either a goof, or he can "morph" part of himself into a gun, and fire off bodily gas out of it!

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Morph: Wolverine! Pull back!
      (Morph throws Wolverine out of the way and the Sentinel fires)
      Jean: AHHH!
      Xavier: What's wrong, Jean?
      Jean: It's Morph! Can't you feel it?
      Xavier: Morph? I... don't sense anything...

    • (Jubilee is coughing after inhaling knockout gas as she approaches Cyclops)
      Jubilee: Who are you?
      Cyclops: Cyclops. Get down!
      Jubilee: (falling into Cyclops' arms) I don't have a whole lotta... choice.

    • (Jubilee accidentally destroys an arcade game)
      Jubilee: No! Not again!
      Arcade Manager: Hey you! Do you know how much that game costs?!
      Jubilee: Yeah. A quarter.

    • Morph: When I got in trouble in school, I used to turn myself into the Principal (laughs)
      Beast: Consider yourself fortunate; I had dandruff.

    • Sentinel: Stand aside, I must apprehend that mutant.
      Gambit: Hey, apprehend this! (Gambit shoots his flaming cards at the Sentinel)

    • Jubilee's Father: (Talking about Jubilee) She's one of them Martha, she needs help.
      Martha: But how could you register her with that mutant control agency as if she where some sort of criminal.
      Jubilee's Father: The agency isn't a prison Martha, its an outreach program to help these unfortunate people…. Its for her own good. You know I love her.
      Martha: But what will happen to her now?
      Jubilee's Father: I don't know. Let's just hope the neighbors never find out our beautiful Jubilee's a mutant. They would never understand.

    • [After Jubilee runs into Storm and Rogue knocking them over]
      Jubilee: Hey! Why don't you watch where you're going?
      Rogue: Us! What bug crawled up her shorts?
      Storm: I believed it's called youth, Rogue.

    • Storm: Storm, mistress of the elements, commands you to release that child!
      Rogue: Lighten up on the speeches sugar.

    • (After a Sentinel falls into a store)
      Clerk: What's that?!
      Gambit: Don't worry cher, your insurance can handle it.

    • (Rogue smashes a Sentinel square in the face)
      Jubilee: Did you see what she did?!
      Storm: Yes, Rogue has a way with men.

    • Gambit: I go in there alone easy.
      Xavier:No, Storm will take three X-Men in with her Wolverine, Beast and Morph.
      Morph: If it makes you feel any better Gambit (morphs in to Gambit) I go in like this huh?
      Morph Gambit: hahaha!

    • Jubilee: How did you do that?

      Gambit: With style, petite. With style.

    • (After a sentinel smashes through the mall parking lot)
      Woman: Can't you do something?
      Police Officer: What do you want me to do? Arrest him?

    • Rogue: What makes us like we are anyway?
      Beast: Gamma Rays. Pollution. Ozone depletion. Television?
      Morph: Progess!

    • Storm: All of us here are mutants. Like yourself.
      Jubilee: Well tell me this. What is a mutant?
      Storm: No one knows who will be a mutant at birth. We discover our extraordinary powers at about your age. Professor Xavier is our leader and he has named us the X-men.

    • Cyclops: Energy blast huh... Here's one from a pro!

    • Sentinel: Unidentified mutants. Ignore.

    • Kid: (Seeing giant robot Sentinel rampaging through the town) Mommy! Buy me that! Buy me that!

    • Rogue: You look as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs!
      Cyclops: I just wish I knew what was happening in there.
      Gambit: If it was me in there you wouldn't have to worry.

    • Beast: Ahem. (Showing Wolverine a set of keys) The guards keys...
      Wolverine: So I'll buy em' a new door.

    • Morph: (As Senator Kelly) My fellow Americans...I am an idiot.

    • Beast: It would be quite disconcerting if this were to detonate. Disconcerting, yet provocative!

    • Jubilee: So why do people fear us?
      Storm: Because people fear what they don't understand.

    • Wolverine: Her trail went cold outside the house... Got bit by a dog, too.

  • NOTES (8)

    • The original "preview" version (aired only once) featured not only mistakes (in the opening, Xavier's name logo in opening colored gray, Magneto has coloring mistakes in his costume, and day and night background inconsistancies; Cyclops' glasses when visiting Jubilee's parents are black instead of red; Rogue is incorrectly in costume in Gyrich's picture; Gambit's eyes were often normal colored; Beast often lacked the shadows in his hair and fur; Jubilee is sitting in the War Room when the team is watching the President's speech; the shot of the soldiers at the end had them in red riot gear instead of green uniforms) but also two lines which ended up being edited out in all repeats (when Rogue asks "what bug crawled up her shorts?" Storm replies "I believe it's called youth, Rogue", and after Gambit saves the female store clerk she responds "well, call me irresistible!").

    • Originally scheduled to air on September 12, 1992 (then October 10, then October 24), this episode was postponed repeatedly due to animation delays. As it was, the first version aired had numerous animation mistakes. The corrected version ended up making its debut in January 9, 1993.

    • Other Voiced Characters: Martha (Jubilee's Foster Mother), Martha's Husband, Various Sentinels, Cop, Panicked Woman, Arcade Manager, and Woman in Store.

    • This wasn't the first time the X-Men had made animated appearances: the 1966 toon The Sub-Mariner had the original team in the episode "Doctor Doom's Day"; the 1981 series Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, the team appeared a few times (notably "The X-Men Adventure"). And again on the 1988 aired-in-syndication special Pryde Of The X-Men.

    • Animation Company for every episode this season: Akom Production Company.

    • The scenario with Jubilee's foster parents dealing with mutant registration, as well as her destruction of the arcade game, were re-used in the live-action "Generation X" TV movie which aired on Fox in 1996.

    • During the first season, when aired on Fox Kids, featured a "computer interface" with CGI character profile models during the end credits (and a very different metal guitar theme song). Some later airings replaced these credits with those similar to season 2. To read what they said, check out the recap above.

    • An original X-Man to the animated series, Morph, is loosely based upon a shape-shifting character from early in the comics named Changeling. He became so popular, that an alternate version of Changeling in the "Age of Apocalypse" comics run was named Morph.


    • "Victoria's Secret"
      While in the mall Storm and Rogue stand in front of a store named "Elizabeth's Secret", which is a parody of the store "Victoria's Secret."

    • Beast: The faint heart averted many feet and many a tear, in our opposed path to perservere.
      The "minor poet" Beast paraphrases is Coventry Patmore, from his poem "Farewell", in the collection "The Unknown Eros."

    • Television: Aggression, by Calvin Clone.
      The commercial Morph watches and mimics is for "Aggression", a perfume by "Calvin Clone". It's a parody of the "Calvin Klein" brand of various perfumes and other highly priced products.