|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
|Release Date||January 23, 1993|
|Episode Number|| 4 (Season)|
Following his defeat, Magneto faces off with the X-Men once again. Meanwhile, Wolverine deals with his own friend turned mortal enemy.
Somewhere, Sabretooth falls backwards through a void screaming. Suddenly a bright light appears behind him. Images of Logan, a man in a red mask, a helmeted man, a robot, a blonde woman with glasses, and white-faced man appear around him.
Sabretooth falls into an ocean of red. He pops out and reaches up crying for help. Xavier notes that his life as a mutant has been difficult and he has failed to find acceptance.
Sabretooth rips off a cloth and is suddenly behind metal parts. There is a group of men, women, and children standing there laughing while they point at him. Some, however, call him scary. One man holds a wood branch as if meaning to attack.
More men walk towards the cage along with Xavier, who notes that cruelty to those they do not understand seems limitless. As he approaches the cage he begins to fade and the stars behind him appear through him.
Sabretooth roars as the people poke him with sticks and another throws a rock. He backs off as Xavier walks forward offering to become one with his pain.
Sabretooth glows then transforms into a combination of the two. Xavier says that together they will find the cause of his torment.
A devil-like monster leaps in front of Xavier/Sabretooth forcing the merged person back. It slashes at their chest so Xavier/Sabretooth punches it. It falls back engulfed in sparks. Xavier claims they can find these things together.
A green monster approaches and Xavier/Sabretooth punches that too. A blue tail wraps around their throat and pulls them forward while another monster watches behind them. As the blue creature pulls Xavier/Sabretooth in and wraps its arms around them, Xavier wonders if they are any closer to the reason for Sabretooth's rages.
The other creature's eyes flash then it transforms into flames. From it emerges a yellow creature with claws and large eyes and carrying a large staff looking like a monstrous version of Wolverine. The creature leaps onto the floor and howls before slamming Xavier/Sabretooth back.
The two crash into the wall and slump down. Then Sabretooth gets up and leaves Xavier. The professor calls out to him not to break their psychic link.
Sabretooth leaps away and into a brick wall. Xavier goes to follow but the wall closes off then turns into a cube above a large area of spikes. Xavier wonders what Sabretooth is hiding from him and why he keeps these thoughts from him. Xavier floats around but each wall is protected.
He floats to the top wondering if these thoughts are so painful. He urges Sabretooth not to resist him as he will know it all in time. He floats down and touches the side wall again causing Sabretooth to cry out. He notes how much hurt and rage there is.
Sabretooth moves back and the area goes dark. He floats around and returns to a sitting position in the infirmary next to the sleeping Sabretooth. He thinks that this is why Magneto believes there is no hope of peace. He turns to Sabretooth saying they must never give up trying.
Later, the mansion stands tall in the daylight.
In Xavier's office, Cyclops tells the professor that Magneto wanted them to join him. Storm and Wolverine stand nearby. He continues to explain Magneto wanted their special powers in his battle for mutant liberation. Wolverine drinks from his glass.
They flash back to Magneto descending down at the military base and Wolverine addressing him. Magneto floated up and attacked them. Cyclops explains that when they refused they were declared Magneto's enemies. They remember being lifted into the air and dropped to the ground.
Xavier explains that Magneto believes mutants are the next stage of human evolution, from Homo sapiens to Homo superiors. Magneto believes they are destined to rule a mutant-controlled world with his at the top. Wolverine takes another sip.
Storm holds up her coffee and points out how much more dangerous fighting for human-mutant peace has become and takes a sip.
Wolverine tells them to stop the philosophy and go kick his butt. He pops out a single claw to open his can and chugs it.
Wolverine pops his claws and demands that Sabretooth get out of there.
Sabretooth floats high above them in the war room. Xavier explains he has been spending time with him, probing his mind to help with his rages as he did for Wolverine. Sabretooth looks around and snarls.
He goes on to say that there are recesses of Sabretooth's mind that he has failed to penetrate. But he believes that given enough time he will. He presses a button on his chair and Sabretooth is lowered down.
Wolverine steps forward extending his claws saying he will penetrate his recesses. Cyclops grabs his shoulder and addresses him. Wolverine shakes with rage.
Sabretooth wonders why he and Wolverine haven't kissed and made up. Wolverine tells him to kiss his claws. Sabretooth smiles and tells the team that they used to be old friends, even working together, but they had a little misunderstanding.
Wolverine reveals that Sabretooth "wasted" from friends of his for no reason and asks if he misunderstood.
Xavier tells them both to calm down. He points out that since he helped Wolverine conquer similar rages that he should understand what Sabretooth is going through. He says he needs Wolverine's assistance with the next phase of Sabretooth's therapy.
Wolverine asks if he is joking. He decides that as long as Sabretooth is there he is going to be somewhere else. Jubilee calls out to him to return but the door shuts behind him.
Rogue reassures the teenager that Wolverine will calm down when he's ready.
Xavier says that they will deal with Wolverine's attitude later. He moves around the table saying they cannot be distracted from their more urgent problem. Cyclops knows it is Magneto.
Xavier explains that Magneto's missile attack failed but he will attack again and soon. He warns that next time Magneto will not be as merciful.
Meanwhile, Magneto sits in his hideout at a computer console. He flips through maps wondering where Xavier will expect him. He supposes that any place would be good as long as it is populated by humans to be used as bait. He pulls up an image of Metro Chemical.
He watches footage of the facility. Men stand around the security gate. A truck passes through.
A worker looks up and is shocked when Magneto causes a pipe to burst. It spills chemicals everywhere and the man runs screaming. He gets out of the way before it falls down.
It is chaos as people run for their lives and chemicals pour onto the floors.
In the roof above the flames, a hole opens up allowing Magneto to enter. He looks down at the people fleeing in terror.
Elsewhere, Xavier explains that Cerebro is monitoring all the emergency frequencies. If Magneto attacks anywhere in the vicinity it will find him. He is then cut off by an alarm blaring.
He, Rogue, Cyclops, Storm, and Jubilee see the monitor flash the name METROCHEM. Rogue jokes that Magneto didn't wait long.
Xavier knows that Magneto is challenging him, hurting the workers just to get to him. He orders Jubilee to stay there and look after Sabretooth. He sarcastically retorts that it's her favorite job. He warns her to be careful as even shackled he could be dangerous.
Xavier floats up saying they must now face the master of magnetism. Cyclops accepts the order.
It rockets down the runway tunnel and lifts off. It shoots out of the cliffside hanger door and into the air.
Back at Metro Chemical, people are still running and screaming trying to escape. The place is engulfed in flames.
Magneto floats above them all. He wonders what Xavier looks like after all these years, thinking that maybe he wears a toupee.
Just then, a brick wall is blasted in. Cyclops sets in and Storm flies in behind him. Rogue soon follows.
Magneto hovers down saying he is disappointed as he wanted Xavier to be with them. Cyclops apologies and says he will have to make do with them. He then fires up at Magneto.
Just like before, Magneto shields himself so the blast has no effect. It instead bounces off him and hits a vat high above.
Magneto scowls feeling they have wasted his time. He warns that if Xavier does not face him he will make him pay for being a coward.
Storm fires more lightning at him but he simply absorbs it. He redirects it into a blast and Storm warns Cyclops.
Cyclops ducks at Magneto's blast hits a toxic vat behind him. Gas escapes engulfing Cyclops. He coughs then passes out.
Above, Storm flies up to face Magneto. Magneto fires a blast knocking Storm out of the air. She slams against a brick wall and cries out as she slumps to the floor. Magneto then blasts the wall above her.
Storm looks up to see the wall crumbling down. She becomes wide-eyed and flashes back to some time in her youth. The young Ororo cries out as does the adult Storm while the bricks come falling down.
Rogue pushes the barrels off her. She jokes about not getting close to Magneto, then calls out to Storm when she sees the wall coming down.
She flies over and pushes against the wall. She apologizes saying she does not know how long she can hold it up, but is cut off by Storm's screams.
The whole wall collapses on top of the two women.
Magneto floats over to the debris. He cries out wondering how many more must suffer before Xavier will face him. He turns and uses his power on more machinery.
Just then, he is gripped with pain. Xavier orders him to stop the carnage immediately. Xavier floats down into a hole in the wall. He says that since Magneto wants him he is there.
The two friends-turned-enemies stare off against each other.
Meanwhile, smoke pours up from the massive flames. Rogue flies up through the pile of bricks. He lifts off a piece of wall saying she must be losing her touch. However, she is shocked when she sees Storm's unconscious hand.
She walks over to Storm still under a piece of wall. She lifts off the wall and scoops up Storm. She begs Storm not to do this as the bricks were not that heavy.
Storm begins stirring. Rogue is happy telling Storm not to scare her. She then looks over and sees Cyclops also unconscious.
She flies over and begins coughing. She turns him on his back and listens for his heartbeat then feels his neck for a pulse.
She notes that he will not like this and begins CPR. She breathes into his mouth then presses down on his chest saying it will be better than not breathing. She tells the "pretty boy" to make a girl feel welcome.
She breathes into him again and he begins coughing. She jokes that she won't tell Jean.
Just then, Cyclops' optic blasts shoot from her eyes. She is thrown backwards by the force.
Outside, the roof is blasted outwards.
Rogue flies back and lands. She looks down and is blasted up into a vat. As she slams against the metal she looks up.
Outside, more of the wall is destroyed as the optics tear through the building.
Cyclops sits up coughing some more and rubbing his head. He wonders what is going on. Rogue says she could not help it. He turns and sees her standing there blasting apart the building. She explains she absorbed his powers when she touched him.
She looks down at her hands deflecting the optics but then looks up. Her hands smoke. She asks about shutting off the powers.
Cyclops dodges the optics as she looks down nearly slicing him. He gets up telling her to shut her eyes. He narrowly misses the blasts as they cut apart the floor and a vat.
Rogue covers her eyes and puts her hand over them. Cyclops then falls down again. Rogue feels her way around trying to find Cyclops wondering if he is okay.
Magneto then gives one last chance for Xavier to join him. But Xavier questions his methods and refuses. Magneto grows angry and knocks Xavier out of his chair.
Just as Magneto moves in for the kill Xavier enters his mind and forces him to relive traumatic memories of himself as a child during the war. Unable to deal with the memories Magneto flees.
Rogue blindly flies around the burning plant and finds Xavier. He mentally becomes her eyes to guide her out of there while she carries Storm and Cyclops.
They escape just as the plant explodes and finally burns down.
At the Xavier Mansion Jubilee watches the conference on the television. The Senator's comments anger Sabretooth who in turn damages his own wrist.
Jubilee then foolishly loosens the grip so he can move it around to make it feel better. When she goes to leave he grabs her, it was a trick. He had been lying to Xavier during the whole time of his treatments. Magneto had ordered him to find that place and take it over knowing Xavier would take him in.
Wolverine then appears, he had never left. Sabretooth throws Jubilee across the room and into a wall knocking her out. He and Wolverine decide to battle one on one. The two duke it out destroying some pieces of equipment in the process.
The rest of the X-Men return home and hear banging in the War Room.
Wolverine knocks Sabretooth down when the X-Men enter the room. Xavier scolds Wolverine for letting go of his temper but Jubilee defends him saying that Sabretooth tricked them all and was going to destroy the mansion.
Sabretooth jumps up and slashes at Wolverine and about to finish him off when Jubilee knocks him through a wall and outside. Sabretooth runs off into the night.
After stabilizing Wolverine's condition, Xavier apologizes saying that he let his ideals blind him to the truth. He only tricked Magneto this time. He tells them that they cannot afford to lose again.
Over the city, Magneto promises to raise an army of thousands to overthrow humanity and destroy Xavier.
"Is there no limit to the torment in your mind, Sabretooth? Have you only known betrayal by your friends and persecution by humanity? We must probe deeper. Your mind is full of torment, Sabretooth. Your mutant life has been difficult. Your search for acceptance, a failure. Cruelty to creatures we don't understand seems limitless. Let me become one with your pain. Together, we can find the cause of your torment."
- -Professor X
"What are you hiding from me, Sabretooth? Why do you keep these thoughts from me? Can they be so painful? Don't resist me. I will know it all in time."
- -Professor X
"Such hurt. Such rage. No wonder Magneto believes there is no hope of peace. But we must never give up trying."
- -Professor X
"Magneto thought we would join him, Professor. He wanted us to use our special powers in his battle for mutant liberation. When we refused, he declared us his enemies."
"He believes we are the next stage in human evolution, beyond Homo sapiens to Homo superior, and that we are destined to rule a mutant-control world under his domination."
"Fighting for humant-mutant peace has just become more dangerous."
"Stuff the philosophy. Let's go kick his butt."
- -Cyclops, Professor X, Storm, and Wolverine
"What's wrong, Wolverine? No kiss and make up?"
"We used to be old pals. Even worked together. But we had some...little misunderstandings."
"Yeah, right. He wasted from friends of mine for no reason, and I misunderstood?"
- -Sabretooth and Wolverine
"After conquering your own rages, Wolverine, you more than anyone knows what Sabretooth is going through."
- -Professor X
"His missile attack failed, but he'll attack again soon. And next time he won't be so merciful."
- -Professor X
"Well, Xavier, old friend. Where shall it be? Hm? Where will you expect me? One place is as good as another. As long as it is populated with Homo sapiens, human lives can be used as bait."
"Your old buddy doesn't let the grass grow under his feet."
"Now, we must face the master of magnetism."
- -Professor X
"I wonder how you'll look, Charles, after so long. Perhaps a toupee?"
"You've wasted enough of my time. If Xavier refuses to face me, I'll make him regret his cowardice."
"You just can't get close to some men."
"How many must suffer before you will face me?"
"Enough, Magneto! Stop this carnage now. It's me you want. So here I am."
- -Magneto and Professor X
"You're not gonna like this but...It's better than not breathing. Come on, pretty boy. Make a girl feel welcome."
"Don't worry, I won't tell Jean."
"The years have been kind to you Charles. Too bad they haven't brought you wisdom."
"You're wisdom? You find wisdom in this destruction?"
- -Magneto and Xavier
"When I was a child my people talked while others prepared for war! They used reason while others used tanks! And they were destroyed for their troubles! I won't stand by and let it happen again!"
"You were the best of us."
"I intend, this very evening, to declare my candidacy for President of the United States."
"Yeah, and I will be the Queen of England."
- -Robert Kelly on television and Jubilee
"I heal real fast!"
"Wolverine should never have let me live!"
"You used to backstab people for fun. What turned you into a rat for hire?"
"Alright you egg-sucking piece of gutter-trash! You always like pushing around people smaller than you! WELL I'M SMALLER! TRY PUSHING ME!"
"We'll have to do it again sometime."
"Yeah, well, um…"
- -Rogue and Cyclops
"You always were second best!"
- The comics would eventually explain that Cyclops could not control his powers because of trauma. Here, Rogue is unable to control the powers even though she has not had any such trauma. However, that explanation came after this series so Cyclops' uncontrolled powers have a different reason.
- Apparently, Xavier can either control his chair psychically or was able to move a button with his mind to make it come to him.
- Magneto is partially correct. In his flashback he was apparently taken by Nazi men to probably a German internment camp, which he promises to never let happen again. Kelly, in his address, states he wants to send mutants to internment camps.
- Despite Metro Chemical being engulfed in flames there is little smoke and no one has any ill effects from what there is.
- Beast, Gambit, and Jean Grey do not appear.
- First appearance of Deadpool, Maverick, a Shiva robot, Janice Hollenbeck, and Omega Red.
- First mention of Storm's claustrophobia. It would be explained in "Captive Hearts".
- Homo superior, the scientific name for mutant, is stated for the first time. Indicating that at least some believe mutants to be a separate species.
- Although Wolverine indicates more than one person, he believes that Sabretooth killed Silver Fox. The episode "Weapon X, Lies and Videotape" would reveal that Fox had not been killed but that memory was implanted. Which leaves open questions of whether Sabretooth killed any of Wolverine's friends or if they were even friends at all.
- The Blackbird's seaside hanger door is seen for the first time.
- First time Rogue absorbs someone's powers and uses them. She absorbed Wolverine in "Night of the Sentinels, Part Two" but only to knock him out and wasn't shown with his powers.
- This is the last major time Magneto is a direct threat to the X-Men. In subsequent episodes he would oppose others that cause problems for the X-Men or would be an ally.
- First indication that Sabretooth can heal and has an acute sense of smell like Wolverine.
- The War Room is revealed to be on the ground floor.
- Senator Kelly announces his intentions to run for President of the United Sates. He would win the election in "The Final Decision" and take office in "Till Death Do Us Part, Part One".
Main Actor Role(s) Cedric Smith Charles Xavier/Professor X Norm Spencer Scott Summers/Cyclops Cal Dodd Logan/Wolverine Iona Morris Ororo Munroe/Storm Lenore Zann Rogue Alyson Court Jubilation Lee/Jubilee David Hemblam Erik Magnus/Magneto Don Francks Graydon Creed, Sr./Sabretooth Len Carlson Robert Kelly
James Harvey of Marvel Animation Age felt this was a great example of a two-part episode feeling there were many great moments. He noted that Jubilee was a problem for most of the series, but did enjoy how she got some comeuppance for helping Sabretooth. He praised the focus on Xavier and Magneto with their different ideologies coming to a showdown. He loved the backstory for Magneto and how the show used the delivery and words to provide sympathetic motivation. "Add in a fan-boy moment with Rogue absorbing Scott’s powers and you have a great cap-off to the introduction to Magneto. While Magneto’s character would eventually become complicated and watered down, his bare bones, brutal portrayal here sells him as a credible threat."
The episode has an 8.9 on TV.com and 7.9 on the Internet Movie Database.