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X-Men

Season 2 Episode 1

Till Death Do Us Part (1)

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Oct 23, 1993 on FOX
9.0
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The X-Men are divided and conquered, by none other than a friend they had thought dead.

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  • Morph is back, for revenge.

    9.9
    An absolutely magnificent beginning of the second season.



    It begins with Wolverine being upset because Jean married Psyclops. Meanwhile Morph is back and he wants revenge because his friends let him behind. First he changes bodies and makes Gambit kiss Rogue which screws up both, he makes Jubilee go to a place where they capture her and he makes some men shoot Storm and capture her as well. He also puts some extra force against Beast in the chamber room.



    The episode was extremely well written and nicely done. All the characters got their bit and we get to see what really happened to Morph. Someone is actually controlling him and making him do all those stuff, and that guy is enjoying everything as well. Morph also tricks Xavior into a trap and makes all the X-men in danger except for Psyclops and Jean. But those will come soon as well.moreless
  • Never stopped getting good.

    8.5
    Wolverine doesn't have the guts to attend the wedding of Cyclops and Jean, and takes all his anger out in the danger room. The president released Beast, but angry followers of his are blackmailing mutants into making the public think they really are as bad as they are. Beast was the primary target for blackmail, but the humans weren't the enemies the X-Men had to face. Morph survived the attack that night, and quickly separates the X-Men, defeating them individually. He's making Beast go through hell in the danger room, set up Gambit to kiss Rogue, and got Jubilee captured. They're now trying to stop the demonstrators in downtown, but Morph has also got the police against the X-Men. By the episode's end, a dracula esque mutant watches as his plan is in full swing.



    This was another action packed and twistful episode. I thought the beginning with Wolverine unleashing his anger out on the danger room, and disguising the robots as Cyclops, was both really emotional and humourous. It really emphasized on his emotions for Jean. Morph coming back as a villain was a twist that I never expected, and him singehandedly taking out most of the X-Men by himself was really clever. He used his knowledge of his former comrades, and combined it with his ability to morph into almost anything he desires. It really is providing some suspense, but nothing was better than the villain that was revealed by the episode's end.moreless
  • the X-Men get a surprise visit from one of their old friends and things dont quite go well.

    9.4
    Til death do us part (pt1) is a great way to kick off the 2nd season of X-Men, but it falls alittle short of perfect. the real problem here is the way the characters are handled or mishandled. i dont think bringing Morph back is that big of a gamble unless you hold to the axiom that the dead should stay dead. in that case, i would agree but it's apparent he wasnt quite dead when Sinister found him. that brings me to the main villian of season 2, Mr. Sinister. i think this is a great way to bring him in to the series as it is obvious that he has a connection with the Summers family and views Scott and Jean as the progenitors of a race of super-mutants, mutants he will lead. as for the other major plot, the emergence of the Graydon Creed-led Friends of Humanity creates a new outlet for the mutant haters of the world and an outlet for the writers to continue the main theme of the X-men, the main essence if you will. other than that the way Morph divided up the X-Men was nice but the X-Men shouldn't have fell for it. oh well...there is always part 2....moreless
  • The best season opener ever done in the entire series

    9.6
    Till Death do us Part-Part I is the most perfectly balanced season opener ever done in the series. Mark Edward Edens once again sets up the plots that will dominate the season in a superb fashion. This two parter could have easily gone seriously wrong.



    Bringing back Morph was a serious risk for the writers, but it worked to some extent. The real problem behind bringing him back lies on the fact that it takes back all the dramatic tension from Night of the Sentinels.



    It still works as the most effective introduction to the season. The opening sequence in the Danger Room was terrific. We see Wolverine battling holographic versions of Cyclops, including a bizarre model of a Cyclops/Sentinel hybrid. This battle is driven by the extreme rage of both opponents. This sequence works in perfect contrast with the wedding between Scott and Jean. Peace and happiness always works perfectly in balance with rage and destruction.



    What none of the X-Men know is that Morph is the real man behind the fake priest. Morph’s normal attitude, always laughing also works perfectly with his anger and desire for revenge. We also see his vulnerable side and begin to suspect someone is obviously behind this change of behavior as our old friend relives his traumatic defeat constantly. This time we see the complete flashback to Night of the Sentinels, and finally get to see how Morph was attacked by the Sentinels. The original pilot never showed Morph getting hit. Back then, not seeing him killed while hearing Beast’s cry of outrage had a lot more impact than this.



    On a side issue, one of the things I was always intrigued was the way Stan Lee decided to give superpowers to the X-Men. By simply claiming they were mutants, he managed to create a whole mythology behind it without any further explanation, forging major story possibilities. Years later, Chris Claremont explored this beyond anything I could expect by analyzing humanity’s hatred towards mutantkind using elements from the McCarthy era. Many of these elements are present in this episode. The Friends of Humanity are a direct byproduct of all this mess. As soon as the newly elected President Kelly promised to help the X-Men to create a better world for both races, his previous supporters lashed out at society in a fit of betrayal. By appealing to people’s fear and anger, Graydon Creed created the Friends of Humanity and set the slogan “No More Mutants” as a calling to war. This was also a terrific method for the writers to revive the human/mutant conflict for this season while staying fresh.



    We first see a clear sign of trouble when they start attacking several places in New York that are mutant-friendly, including the bar where Beast, Gambit and Wolverine are playing pool. This leads to one of the coolest battles of the season in which Gambit uses several weapons aside from his cards. My favorite weapon has to be his staff. Unfortunately, Beast becomes stupid enough to grab a gun from their opponents and allow himself to be filmed by Creed, creating a shameful display on network television.



    Xavier receives a desperate message from Magneto asking for his aid. This is another one of Morph’s disguises. Xavier decides without any hesitation to find Magneto at the designated coordinates, in the South Pole. That was a rushed and foolish decision. Why didn’t he simply attempt to read his mind in order to find out that was Morph?



    Morph decides to get busy by separating the X-Men. First he makes Rogue act like a complete bimbo by appealing to Gambit’s attraction towards her. He sets the Danger Room in maximum level while Beast trains inside. He then poses as Storm and sends Jubilee to the very headquarters of the FOH. The animation in Beast’s sequence was unbelievably good. Better than anything the show’s done to this point. Meanwhile, I had hoped Jubilee would perish in this episode. Not only she was completely stupid to believe Storm would trust her with such an important mission, but I loved Morph’s remark about her taking his place in the X-Men. Jubilee’s death could really have driven the characters even further this season. You don’t always get what you want.



    Meanwhile, Gambit kisses a sleeping Rogue. How did he fall so easily by Morph’s claim that “her” powers were always a big fat lie? He had seen Rogue use her absorbing powers before. That’s what you get when you let your hormones do the thinking instead of your brain. Gambit falls into a very sweet coma for the remainder of the episode, leaving poor Rogue with his uncontrolled powers.



    Rogue and Storm move to stop another anti-mutant uprising. For some weird reason, Storm sends Rogue away claiming that Beast will soon be there to assist her. Even if Morph hadn’t tricked her by posing as Beast, what good did she do by sending Rogue away? Neither of them were in any serious danger. Then, Morph disguises himself as a police captain and orders his men to fire on Storm. Storm gets shot down pretty bad and gets sent to the nearest ER in critical condition. Mr. Sinister watches all of this from his lair, enjoying Morph’s rampage more than anyone. A brilliant conclusion to part one of this amazing two part story.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

David Hemblen

David Hemblen

Magneto/Erik Lenhserr

Recurring Role

Ron Ruben

Ron Ruben

Morph

Recurring Role

John Stocker

John Stocker

Graydon Creed

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Those silver things on Wolverine's hands where his claws come out, usually are there even when he isn't in costume, however the entire episode they are not there, except when he is in costume. This is either a new design or the animators forgot.

    • When Wolverine is in the Danger Room at the beginning he is on some sort of ledge, and his claws are out. He then jumps down and his claws are in, and he puts them out.

    • This episode features the first appearances of the anti-mutant group known as "The Friends of Humanity", and their leader, Graydon Creed. Also, the first full appearance of Mister Sinister (after a semi-cameo in the previous episode).

    • Scott "Cyclops" Summers and Jean "Jean Grey" Grey get married in this episode. Well, almost. Seems Morph doesn't have a proper license to perform marriages! Their real, actual wedding will be in season 4's "Beyond Good and Evil (1)".

    • The three Morlocks who are chased by the FOH in this episode are Ape & Tommy (from "Captive Hearts"), and the first appearance of Mole (whose powers in the comics are matter manipulation, but here is "just looking weird").

    • Senator Robert Jefferson Kelly is sworn in as President, and remains so for the rest of the series. It's said that the X-Men saving him (as seen in the previous episode, "The Final Decision"), took place "last year", meaning a year has passed between seasons.

    • The coordinates of "Morph-neto"'s transmission, are 75 SW - 139 E. They're incorrect, as the latitude coordinates should be 75° S iso SW.

    • Cyclops' glasses during the wedding have white lenses. Only ruby quartz can contain his powers.

    • Rogue, when meeting Morph-erine in the hall, is holding up a steaming cup of java. When she turns a moment later to go catch a nap, she's holding the cup sideways, like it's empty, without ever sipping from it.

    • The Professor seems to enjoy making his team distressed. He knows the worry and concern over his taking off without explaining where he was going back in "The Unstoppable Juggernaut", but he does it again here.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Morph: Even Wolverine's Jeep sounds angry!

    • Wolverine: (draws claws and cuts into car filled with villains) Let's take these sardines outta the can!
      Beast: A colorful metaphor, Wolverine. I'm blue-green with envy!

    • Waitress: (to Beast) I bet you know the president!
      Gambit: They're like brothers, petite.
      Wolverine: Yeah. I noticed a resemblance.

    • Cyclops: Aren't you staying for the reception, Reverend?
      Reverend: If only I could...but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. Pleasant dreams. (He steps outside.) Promises to keep... morphs into Morph Promises to keep, my friend. Heheheh!

    • Xavier: You seem well for a dying man, Magneto.

    • Jean Grey: (after Beast catches boquet) If you're going to be the next to marry, perhaps we should start calling you 'Mister McCoy.'

  • NOTES (3)

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

    • The end credits sequence on the originally aired versions of all episodes from this season, and next, featured a blue background, the instrumental (meaning no sound effects) theme song, and various footage from episodes on the left side of the screen, as the credits displayed on the right.

    • Morph is revealed to still be alive, having last been seen in "Night of the Sentinels (2)". Originally, he was intended to be a throwaway character, an attempt by the show's creators to show the dangers the X-Men face, that even one of their members can die. But he proved so popular in his two appearances, he was brought back in a large role for season 2.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Visual: Poster of Elvis
      Jubilee has a poster in her room of a singer who highly resembles Elvis Presley (during the "fat" years).

    • Beast: What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.
      Beast, after catching the bouqet, quotes William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet", Act 2 Scene 2.

    • Reverend: I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
      The Reverend at Scott & Jean's wedding quotes Robert Frost, from his poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

    • Morph: Makin' copies!
      This is a reference to the recurring Rob Schneider
      skit where an office worker would observe his fellow co-workers using a nearby copy machine, during the mid-90s on "Saturday Night Live.

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