Season 1 Episode 13

The Final Decision (3)

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Mar 27, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Prominent anti-mutant and presidential hopeful Senator Kelly is caught in a tug-of-war between Magneto's goal of mutant superiority, the X-Men's dream of peaceful co-existence between mutants and humans, and the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots' goals of global domination.

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  • Rise of the Machines

    This was one of the best season finales in my book it was a great way to end season one. The whole plot with the Setinels is similar toward "The Terminator" series. In a way Mastermold is kinda like Skynet, like Skynet it desided mankind's fate in a microsecond, it has done it's own analysis and has came to a very startling truth which is actually true that mutants are human which means all with powers and no powers must all be exterminated.

    This episode is intense on both an action and emotional level because we know that the battle that their about to be engaged in is a suicide mission and there is a possiblity that all or none will come back. I'll admit I couldn't help but feel a little worried for them, I know that they have superpowers but that doesn't mean their bullet proof.

    It has one of the best battles I've ever seen, just seeing all of the X-Men fighting furiously against a crapload of Sentnels and their like everywhere I mean everywhere, left and right, up and down dang. It was great how we saw two levels of battle from the surface and air it was Storm, Rogue, Jubelee, and Prof X. Other than seeing the X-Women fight on the surface I thought it was really cool that for once Xaver actaully participated in battle, he was basically using the Blackbird and engaged in "Top Gun" dogfighting with them. But probably the most standout moment in this episode would be seeing Magneto working together with Xaver fighting along side him. It's always a great feeling seeing heroes and enimies working together, even though their on the opposite side of the spectrum they have the same cause. Down to what happens in the underground, I really liked how Wolverine and Gambit were holding their own down there. My favorate moment in that would be seeing Wolverine locking the door to keep Gambit safe from the fight. It was pritty exciting and suspenseful not just from the fact that Wolverine is alone surrounded by Sentnels in one cramped room but the fight is in the darkness. Seeing Wolverine jumping and running while lazer fire gives us a flash of his actions is just great, and as we see Wolverine junks the Setinels in that room another example on how balsy Wolverine is. But of course even he need help from Gambit in the end when things got harry.

    Of course my favorate moment in the episode would be seeing Xavier and Magneto kill Mastermold by raming him with the Blackbird full of explosives while Xavier delivers strong dramatic monalogue.

    And of course it all ends well, even though once again Xavier and Magneto go their seperate ways again I know it won't be the last time they work together, their just a great team.

    President Kelly has learned his lession and has given hope to humans with powers and no powers. He learned just because certain people have superpowers it doesn't mean their automatically evil, like in all things there are those that are good and those that are evil. Beast is freed from prison and thankfully plays a bigger role in things to come. The romantic chess game between both Gambit and Rogue as usual continues. And of course Cyclops and Jean get engaged to get married. So everything ends on a positive note, for now at least.moreless
  • The end to the sentinels, or is it?

    A very good end to the first season, not perfect and not one of the best. but still excellent.

    The episode begins a little bit slow and has a few cheesy moments. but it’s still action packed and all the X-men had their moments.

    Magneto had the senator and wanted to kill them but the sentinels are to strong and beat Magneto and almost destroy him. The X-men take him in and now they have to rescue the senator. The sentinels want to destroy everybody because Mutants are also humans so Humans have to be destroyed as well.

    The big fight was excellent, they manage to destroy all those sentinels and the big boss monster thanks to Magneto who helps Xavior for saving his life.

    The senator who becomes a president says that mutants are humans as well and not all are evil.

    That’s what develops this show and episode, Rogue was once again the big champion and stood out with her crush over Gambit. women.

    At the end, Beast is free and all the X-men are in peace for a short while. Jean and Cyclops are going to marry but there is someone watching who doesn’t want them to be at peace.

    The end of the first season was inspiring. The first season had plenty of fun and it had a very good end.

  • Badass!

    Magneto captured Senator Kelly, and brought him to a secluded place in order to ignite a civil war. Though Sentinels came to his rescue, and to Magneto's disadvantage, they're made out of plastic. The Sentinels brought Kelly back, but Mastermold's logic brought him to the conclusion that mutants are also humans, and that humans needed to be saved from themselves. He ordered Kelly's brain, along with all of the world leader's brains, to be replaced by computer chips. They got control of one of the heads of the sentinel program, and discovered the location of the sentinel factory. Mastermold has created over a thousand sentinels, so it was difficult for the X-Men to defeat him. They blew the place up, but Mastermold wasn't done yet. Xavier bravely crashed a plane full of bombs into Mastermold, destroying him. Magneto saved his life, and called it even, for now.

    The only thing that left my words after this episode was done was just badass. Mastermold would have been a great main antagonist, if he didn't blow up. The story was just flat out great thanks to the oversized sentenel and his logic. I really didn't expect anything on the lines of what was presented in this episode. Since the future didn't change yet, I thought that Kelly would have in fact been assassinated by Magneto, but the story simply shifts into a completely different direction, giving the antagonist role to Mastermold. It was just really rewarding how there was another method of causing the civil war without the assassination, and that was through Mastermold. Too bad he blew up though. There goes my hopes of a three way battle between Apacalypse, Mastermold, and Magneto. Even though Mastermold does reappear again, I know my fantasy fight is almost impossible. I can hope.moreless
  • the X-Men launch their final assualt on the Sentinel threat

    what can i say? this episode set a standard for big-time, over-the-top, season-ending battles that most animated shows still use to this day. there was probably never a more fitting title than this episode's because the "final decision" was indeed the X-Men's to make. but not only the X-Men but the decision of Senator Kelly changing his stance on human-mutant relations. this has a major effect on the future timelines of time-travelers Cable and Bishop.

    the episode starts off in the right direction and never veers off course. we see the ramifications of "days of future past" as well as Magneto's attempt on the good senator's life. then the sentinels poke their proverbial noses in and it goes south for Magneto.

    the poignant scene in which Xavier (one of the coolest characters in history) says it up to each X-Man whether to join him to save Kelly. the reactions each member displays and the revelation of what being a X-Man means to each of them (especially Wolverine and Jubilee and to a lesser extent Cyclops) were ahead of their time, for saturday mornings anyway. as the X-Men fly off for the sentinel base, Magneto watches and delivers one classic line : "you're all fools....heroic fools. the brave are always the first to die" well said Magneto. the voice acting was once again top notch and the music fit the moment and the emotion. it was as if the writer realized that his heroes might not come back from this one. the episode wraps up with the big fight i mentioned, they save Kelly, destroy MasterMold(the head sentinel, i guess), and everyone goes home happy. Beast gets released as a result of Kelly's change of heart and seeing that not all mutants are evil. in the epilogue when Scott proposes to Jean, they are beeing watched by season 2's main nemesis, Mr. Sinister. what a way to end the inaugural season.moreless
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

Norm Spencer

Norm Spencer

Cyclops/Scott Summers

Nigel Bennett

Nigel Bennett


Guest Star

Barry Flatman

Barry Flatman

Henry Peter Gyrich

Recurring Role

David Hemblen

David Hemblen

Magneto/Erik Lenhserr

Recurring Role

Brett Halsey

Brett Halsey

Bolivar Trask

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Mastermold and the Sentinels aren't to be counted out just yet, as they'll return in season 4's "Courage" (but not before menacing the year 2055 in "One Man's Worth (1)").

    • Beast is finally released from prison at the end of the episode, having been in jail since "Night Of The Sentinels (2).

    • Appearing in the monitor of images from Gambit's memories are Rogue, Henry Peter Gyrich, ex-fiancee Belladonna (as will be seen in next season's "X-Ternally Yours), and Marvel Comics anti-hero Ghost Rider.

    • Cyclops' glasses during the final scene have black lenses. Only ruby quartz can contain his powers.

    • Though numerous world leaders are kidnapped by Sentinels, never ever arrive at the Mastermold factory, and what exactly happened to all of them with their Sentinels when MM was destroyed is unknown.

    • If Magneto wants to kill Senator Kelly, why didn't he do so sooner, instead of waiting as long as he did? Ahh, I know. Old TV villains' mentality...

    • In the scene where Magneto hurls a lot of screws from the floor to a sentinel you can see his right arm is bandaged for a moment.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Two of the world leaders are named Andrew Houston and Kathi Castillo, who just so happen to be part of the show's crew.

    • Mr. Sinister appears, as a voice & shadow, in a cameo. In this episode's first USA airing (and still to this day in some other countries), Mister Sinister's voice at the end was different than in season 2, as the role hadn't been cast yet. It was changed for the second USA airing on June 26, 1993.


    • Rogue: Where are we supposed to start lookin', sugah? Sentinels R' Us?
      Rogue's comment about trying to find where the Sentinels are being made, is a parody of the famous toy-store chain, "Toys 'R Us."

    • Beast: Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day.
      The Beast quotes Act V Scene V, of the Shakespeare play, "Tragedy of MacBeth."