X-Men

Season 2 Episode 12

Reunion (1)

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Feb 12, 1994 on FOX
9.0
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Professor Xavier and Magneto gain a native ally, as they finally come face to face with the new ruler of the Savage Land. A lead from Morph sets up a rematch between Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey and Mister Sinister & his Nasty Boys.

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  • God This Brings Back Memories.

    10
    This Brings Back Memories, I remember watching this when it was on Fox Kids, I would get so Pumped-up Whenever That Intro Comes on in Every Single Episodes, X-Men are all my Favorites, Even The Female Ones, God I wish there was a network that only airs Fox Kids cartoons and shows, because Kids today don't even know what they're missing.
  • The beginning of the end

    9.0
    Reunion-Part I works fairly well as part one of this prolongued season finale. Len Wein did a decent job setting up events for the big finish. At least, something's beginning to happen in the overall story arc.



    The episode begins in the Savage Land as Xavier and Magneto attempt to return to their craft. However, they meet up with Magneto's former mutants, who are determined to grab them. Without their powers, Xavier and Magneto don't stand a chance. Fortunately, the hunter Ka-Zar comes to their rescue. After they escape the mutants, Ka-Zar is ready to put Magneto to and end. He blames Magneto for his previous affairs on the Savage Land, which eventually led to the slavery of Ka-Zar's people, including his wife, who was previously seen captured by Sauron in Mojovision. Xavier decides to make the best use of this opportunity by forcing both of them to put aside their differences and work together to put an end to the new leader's reign on the Savage Land. This is a very good part of the episode as Xavier comes full circle to his former role in the series as a man of conciliation. Xavier, Magneto and Ka-Zar decide to invade the leader's fortress and free Ka-Zar's people.



    When they arrive in the fortress, they take a secret passage known only to Magneto. They are eventually discovered by their foes, who already knew of the passage. Ka-Zar narrowly escapes, while Xavier and Magneto finally meet their captor, Mr. Sinister. Xavier apparently already knew about him and never bothered to tell the X-Men about it. I don't think events would have changed that much though. These events would be explained further in Descent.



    Meanwhile, Wolverine, Jean and Cyclops track Morph down to some town, after receiving a distress call from him desperatly wanting to return. They finally meet up with Morph performing in a Jekyll/Hyde play. They track Morph backstage and are ambushed by Sinister's nasty boys. They try to kidnap Jean. While Wolverine and Cyclops put up an actually good fight, Morph betrays them again. Sometimes, I wonder how much control Sinister still has over Morph. Apparently some. Morph, the Nasty Boys and Sinister haul Jean away in their plane. Cyclops desperatly tries to shoot them down. Now that's some serious lack of regard for the consequences. Suppose if he had shot the plane down. Jean would obviously be dead as a result. Sometimes, Cyclops can be even worse than Wolverine, particulary when it comes to Jean.



    Jean is led to Xavier and Magneto, held captive in the fortress. Sinister introduces them to Sauron, who moves to try and force Xavier to bring the remaining X-Men down there. This leads to the highlight of the episode as we see Xavier using eveything he's got to try and protect his X-Men, despite Sauron's persuasion. This is a pivotal moment for the season as we see how much pain he's in and how much is at stake. This is the only time Sinister has ever been a credible threat. He eventually succumbs to Sauron and calls the X-Men.



    Beast receives the signal as Cyclops and Wolverine return to the mansion. They promptly ready the blackbird and fly to the South Pole. Thank god they're not bringing Jubilee this time around. We were spared several ridiculous scenes that would eventually haunt everyone in the upcoming Savage Land, Strange Heart two part episode. The X-Men are mindful of the possible trap that awaits them, but they're determined to confront the dangers ahead head-on. Cyclops prepares to bring the jet down below the foggy skies to the Savage Land. What they couldn't possibly know will eventually be their undoing. I almost feel sorry for them given that they'll lose their powers the minute they step into the place. This a very good end for the episode, keeping us in our seats for part II.moreless
Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann

Rogue

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

Norm Spencer

Norm Spencer

Cyclops/Scott Summers

Dan Hennessey

Dan Hennessey

Ruckus

Guest Star

Rod Wilson

Rod Wilson

Gorgeous George

Guest Star

Robert Bockstael

Robert Bockstael

Sauron/Dr. Karl Lykos; Ka-Zar; Brainchild

Guest Star

David Hemblen

David Hemblen

Magneto/Erik Lenhserr

Recurring Role

Ron Ruben

Ron Ruben

Morph

Recurring Role

Chris Britton

Chris Britton

Mr. Sinister/Nathaniel Essex

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode features the first appearances of Ka-Zar and his pet sabretoothed tiger Zabu, and Savage Land mutates Brainchild & Lupo.

    • Ka-Zar and his pet saber-toothed tiger Zabu lead a group of triceratops towards the band of savage mutants, Xavier, and Magneto. When they are heard stampeding, Barbarus proclaims, "it sounds like thunder." Vertigo remarks, "but I see no clouds" even though clouds are clearly visible in the background.

    • The color of the water-based dinosaur changes in the close-up shot with Ka-Zar from grey to orange.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Sauron: Resistance is futile!
      That expression was popularized by the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" characters known as the Borg.

    • Morph's play: Branston Theatre presents: Xavier Murphy starring in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.
      The play Morph appears in, in both roles, is based on the 1886 book "The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson, about a scientist who unlocks his dark side.

    • Brainchild: I am merely the keeper of these devices while the master is away...
      Brainkeeper, the master of the Savage Land's lackey, makes a remark highly similar to that of B-Movie character Torgo in the 1966 film, "Manos: The Hands of Fate."

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