Season 5 Episode 1

Phalanx Covenant (1)

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Sep 07, 1996 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Cyclops and Jean Grey do not appear in this episode. Gambit and Rogue appear, but do not have any lines.

  • Quotes

    • (Referring to Sabertooth)
      Wolverine: Fine, but if he's stayin, he gets me as a babysitter.
      Xavier: I'd prefer it if you'd get some rest.
      Wolverine: I'd prefer that too! But it ain't gonna happen!

  • Notes

    • Starting with this episode, all shows to premiere during season 5 featured a new opening credit sequence, taking bits of the old one, adding clips from previous seasons, and a slightly remixed theme song (with a heavier guitar score). Though, broadcasts in other countries used the old opening until the final 6 (see "Analysis" below).

    • Rogue is military pressing 65 tons in the gym, consistent with her strength in the comics.

    • The trucks have "Joe's Calamari" signs on the sides, another reference to executive producer Joseph Calamari.

    • Originally broadcasted as a one-hour special, back to back with its second part.

  • Allusions

    • Star Trek: The Next Generation
      The Phalanx itself is very similar to the Borg, an alien race from Star Trek. The Borg is a race of half biological, half mechanical organisms that roams through the galaxy, assimilating other races into their collective, always trying to reach their definition of "perfection".

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