Season 2 Episode 7

Time Fugitives (1)

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Dec 11, 1993 on FOX
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Time Fugitives (1)
Bishop returns from the future to again attempt to fix his world, this time trying to stop a plague from infecting mutants. But his noble actions lead to a far greater tragedy.

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  • The X-Men must try and uncover the conspiracy behind a mysterious new plague that is causing anti-mutant bigotry to rise. Bisop and Cable cross paths and a nice plot twist shows just how evil Apocalypse really is.moreless

    'Time Fugititives' brings back the time travel element, with the future still looking bleak and oppressive. Bishop returns and we get to see much more of Cable.

    Time travel and the possible parodoxes that can occur will end up becoming a frequent theme in the X-men series, which I loved. The episode also presents a fairly mature ethical dilemmia. Both Bishop and Cable believe that they must do whatever it takes to save their future, even at the expense of other people.

    The central virus storyline has applicability to real life events, namely the AIDS-HIV pandemic. As occured in real life, prejudice is directed at those people infected and certain unpopular segments of the society are unjustly scapegoated.moreless
  • WEll this episode is about saving the future bishop returns from the future and tries to save the world again. this time the grate hero from anothe future-cable helps him and the x men to deffet the grates villan of the all appocalipsmoreless

    the proccess of this two ephisodes is amazing.

    how caracters come from the future to the present and try to change it- and they have to do it twice.

    in this episode isaw cable for the first time- i was 15 years old-and loved this guy.

    this guy didnt fear anything and workt alone with grate courage.

    he fought the x men by himself at first (thinking they were his enemies)- and almost deffited them!

    Cable remindes me of arnold in the terminater( he to has a robots eye)

    A GRATE episode-with a very surprising ending.

    i think this was a grate series and loved Cable as in some ways I think Im like him- very stuburn and i fight my fights alone

  • Surprising twist.

    Around the year 4000, Cable and his comrades are battling Apacalypse's army in a classic tale of man vs. machine. However, in the sky, a faint image of Bishop is flying through, and a tornado emerges. Cable was informed from his computer that time is fixing itself because change that occured in the past. He gets a projection of what happened. Bishop traveled back to the past again because of a plague that was blamed solely on mutants. It seems that Apacalypse and Creed were behind it all. Creed tried injecting Beast with the plague on live television, but Bishop stopped him, accidentally getting himself. He requested aid from Apacalypse, but he refused to give it. The X-Men followed him, and destroyed the lab. Apacalypse efficiently eliminated the X-Men, and the virus was destroyed. However, the future was in a huge downwards spiral.

    Probably the most consistent X-Men episode I've ever seen so far. The storyline to this two episode set is surprisingly deep filled with a pretty nice twist in the end. While the virus was destroyed, the virus that was still out there, spread, and anti bodies were never created to counter them. Kind of funny how Bishop screws up almost everything he does, but that's just him. I really liked how the episode started; Cable and his comrades are battling Apacalypse, but then tornadoes rip apart the city. In fact, it's probably one of the most unique starts to an episode I've ever seen. The same can also be said for its ending. Though the middle parts can't also be disregarded. Creed's attempts of creating another conspiracy was really well executed, and it really pulled some emotion out of you to provide support for the mutants.moreless
  • Part one of a really bizarre time paradox

    Time Fugitives-Part I works both as a stand-alone story in two parts as well as an overall pivotal plot point in the story arc of the series. We also finally get to discover Cable's history. Michael Edens hits a home run with this episode. Part I shows the whole story in one for, which has a powerful impact by the end of this two parter. Being able to bring to time travel stories together can be truly a work of genius, if properly interwoven.

    The story begins at the year 3999, where Cable and his comrades fight a truly apocalyptic battle against the forces of Apocalypse. A strange event begins to take shape as a series of violent tornados begin to sweep the world in that far-off future. Even Apocalypse doesn't seem to understand it. Cable's friends are swept away by this storm.

    Cable is forced to make a run for it and asks his personal computer for an explanation. It turns out to be Bishop's own fault. It turns out that after Bishop's return from the events of Days of Future Past, New York had an even worse problem in the form of a mysterious plague, responsible for wiping out mutantkind. Forge promptly sent Bishop back to the present to correct this.

    Meanwhile, Jubilee sends a broken appliance for repairs at a parts shop. The manager suddenly gets very ill. The effects of the virus turned out to be a spooky bit of animation. Very effective, as it sets the dark mood for this story. One of the friends of humanity points his finger at poor Jubilee, blaming mutantkind for the plague. This episode works on many levels, including upping the stakes related to strained human/mutant relations. Storm saves Jubilee from this mess. After Beast examines her, it turns out she's clean. This is also the first real Beast story done this season, in which he ends up playing a part that actually has some relevance to the plot.

    As Bishop works to uncover the one behind this mess, the Friends of Humanity go on a protest against some innocent mutants, cooped up in a safehouse. Bishop actually tries to be polite and ask eveyone to leave. When one of the FOH shoots him, it's enough to get this rookie angered and powered up to create a real mess against the crowd. This is where the X-Men are forced to take action.

    I loved Wolverine's drop from the blackbird, parked on a rooftop straight down to the ground to take Bishop down. Meanwhile, Rogue and Storm work to disperse the remaining FOH. After everything is settled, Bishop gives his story to the X-Men, which promptly leads to an hilarious comeback by Wolverine.

    Beast ends up testifying on behalf of mutants in the hearing concerning this new plague. What none of them know is that Creed is working with the creator of the plague and plans to secretly infect Beast at this hearing. The hearing itself was quite a sight. There was a lot of McCarthy elements to it. As much as I like to give the show's writers their due credit, Chris Claremont deserves a round of applause for his development of the X-Men storyline. It was his hand that gave life to this universe in the first place, with a clear vision and a lot of background as well as depth.

    Bishop uncovers Creed's intent and begins a major confusion in this hearing. Creed appears infected and tries to use the infection against the mutants. As the X-Men take Bishop away, Creed retreats to his hideout where the creator of the virus keeps working.

    Creed asks for a cure and the nameless man tells him he's in charge now. It turns out he's really Apocalypse in disguise. He used the FOH as an avenue to infect mutants covertly. This was a terrific way to link several plot strands. The Bishop plot, the Cable plot, the Apocalypse plot and the FOH plot all come together in this end.

    The X-Men follow Creed and invade his hideout. But Apocalypse proves once again to be too much of a powerful adversary for them. Nobody can even scratch him. When Apocalypse tries to fire the virus at Wolverine, Bishop pushed him away and blows every vial in the lab using a pulse bomb. The X-Men promply escape while Beast ironically carries Creed to safety. Apocalypse then grows gigantic in a fit of rage and blasts the escaping X-Men to mere ashes.

    Cable in despair find out it really was Apocalypse and that with the end of the virus, anti-bodies were never created and the virus mutated and wiped out everyone. In short, Bishop's attempt to change the timeline really screwed things up far ahead. It's the ultimate paradox. Now Cable has to find a way to help Apocalypse to release this virus.

    This was the best possible cliffhanger for an episode I've ever seen. Seeing this whole story from Cable's perspective also worked very well. It made us care for his character and his subsequent intentions. Seeing the X-Men killed by Apocalypse was also a stunning event. I couldn't wait for part 2.moreless
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Lenore Zann


Catherine Disher

Catherine Disher

Jean Grey

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Norm Spencer

Norm Spencer

Cyclops/Scott Summers

Alison Sealy-Smith

Alison Sealy-Smith

Storm/Ororo Monroe

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd


Philip Akin

Philip Akin


Recurring Role

John Colicos

John Colicos

Apocalypse/En Sabah Nur

Recurring Role

Lawrence Bayne

Lawrence Bayne

Cable/Nathan Summers

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Professor X does not appear in this episode. This means that Wolverine is the only character to have appeared in all the episodes so far. Gambit appears in this episode, but doesn't speak.

    • Cable's fellow warriors in the year 3999 are known in the comics as "The Clan Chosen." Their names (not given onscreen) are Hope, Kane, Dawnsilk, and Boak. They'll all next appear in season 4's "Beyond Good & Evil (1)".

    • The two mutants quarantined were Morlocks (who seem to be living above ground): Scaleface (from "Captive Hearts") and Mole (from "Till Death Do Us Part (1)").

    • Cameos during Graydon Creed's speech: Gamesmaster (an omnipotent villain from the comics); and in the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, War Machine (from Iron Man), G.W. Bridge (from X-Force), and Nick Fury (from various Marvel Comics).

    • Colossus and his sister Illyana, as well as Warpath, Feral, & Cannonball of X-Force, appeared in the alternative future recap at the end of the episode.

    • Callisto's picture is among the head-shots of the X-Men on the FOH member's watch database.

    • The markings of Apocalypse's plague are similar to the ones Pestilence, from season 1's "Come the Apocalypse", made when she touched humans.

    • Bishop's reaction when returning to the future at the beginning doesn't match up to his reaction when he returned in the end of "Days Of Future Past (2)".

    • On the Friend of Humanity's watch database, Wolverine has blonde hair.

    • After shouting "victory or death", the second robot Cable shoots is identical to War Machine, who later appears in the past during Creed's speech.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • The hospital patient list is made up of crew members or their families: Alexandra Fierro, Frank Squillace, Emmitt Houston, Lucille Brown, Angel Pollard, Adrian Houston (who's supposed to be the infected Store Clerk from "Emmitt's Electronics Store"), Mark Lewis, Brendan Thomas, Larry Houston, Greg Garcia, Joe Brown, and "Babes" Battle. The bookstore Storm visits at the mall, "Angel Zenobia's Books" seems to be an inside reference as well.


    • Terminator.

      The robots cable fights at the beginning of the episode look like the endoskeletons of James Cameron's Terminators.

    • "The Plague"
      The Virus which is the basis for this and the next episode seems to be a reference to the AIDS epidemic which had begun to lead to widespread panic during the time this episode airs. In the same fashion, a particular group of people is (wrongly) accused of being the source of the plague, in this case it is Mutants who are blamed.

    • Graydon Creed: I have here the names of 5,000 people who have been infected through contact with mutants.
      Grayden Creed's declaration echoes the speech that then-Senator Joseph McCarthy made in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1950: "I have in my hand 57 cases of individuals who would appear to be either card carrying members or certainly loyal to the Communist Party, but who nevertheless are still helping to shape our foreign policy…." The parallels between the 1950's McCarthyism and anti-mutant hysteria make this a logical reference.