May 16, 2015

X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES

AVENGERS ROLL CALL: Beast joined the Avengers as a probationary member in Avengers #137, 1975 and became a full member in Avengers #151, 1976 before taking a leave of absence in Avengers #211, 1981. Rogue joined their mixed Avengers/X-Men Unity Team in Uncanny Avengers #4, 2013.

 X-MEN

(FOX, October 31, 1992-September 20, 1997)

Marvel Entertainment Group, Saban Entertainment, Inc., Marvel Studios (season 5)



MAIN CAST:
Norm SpencerCyclops/Scott Summers
Iona Morris (season 1-2) & Alison Sealy-Smith (season 2-5) – Storm/Ororo Munroe
George BuzaBeast/Dr. Henry “Hank” McCoy
Chris Potter (season 1-4) & Tony Daniels (season 5) – Gambit/Remy LeBeau
Alyson CourtJubilee/Jubilation Lee
Catherine DisherJean Grey/Phoenix/Dark Phoenix
Cedric SmithProfessor X/Charles Xavier

For the history of the X-Men, check out the post here.

The original X-Men: 1960s, 1980s and 1990s.

            Marvel ComicsX-Men were first animated as part of the Sub-Mariner segment of The Marvel Super Heroes in 1966, a limited animation program that essentially used art straight from the comics. Since then, two attempts had been made at giving the X-Men their own animated series. The first came in the Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends episode “The X-Men Adventure,” which was intended to serve as a backdoor pilot to a series which would include original creation Videoman from that series and a version of Ms. Marvel called Lady Lightning. The second attempt came in Marvel Productions’ failed pilot episode Pryde of the X-Men, whose subject matter networks felt wouldn’t attract their target demographics for Saturday mornings.


The X-Men: Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Gambit, Storm, Jubilee and Professor X.

            In 1990, Margaret Loesch left her post as Marvel Production’s President and Chief Executive Officer to become the head of the blossoming FOX Children’s Network; a children’s programming block on the Fox network that eventually became FOX Kids. Loesch was a big believer in the source material for the X-Men and one of the principals behind the production of Pryde. Unsurprisingly, the first deal she struck was for 13 episodes of an X-Men animated series. 


Poster by Jim Lee for the connecting covers of the debut issue of the new X-Men series.

            The series was a labor of love, helmed by those who worked on Pryde. Will Meugniot served as supervising producer, Larry Houston was the line producer and frequent director, and Rick Hoberg served as a designer and storyboard artist. They combined various elements of the characters throughout their history of the comics in order to determine the personalities presented on the show, but they went with the then-current costume styles designed by Jim Lee in the comics at the time. 


Morph says goodbye as he was made to die.

The team was comprised of X-Men television veterans with some new blood. Previously appearing characters included Professor Xavier (Cedric Smith), Wolverine (Cathal J. Dodd, the first actual Canadian to play the role), Cyclops (Norm Spencer), Jean Grey (who appeared as Marvel Girl in 1966, voiced by Catherine Disher), Storm (Iona Moris and Alison Sealy-Smith) and the blue-furred Beast (who appeared in his human form in 1966, voiced by George Buza). Animated for the first time were Rogue (Lenore Zann), a southern belle with super strength, flight and the ability to absorb anyone’s memories or abilities upon skin-to-skin contact; Gambit, aka Remy LeBeau (Chris Potter and Tony Daniels), a Cajun thief with the ability to charge any object with explosive kinetic energy; and Jubilee, aka Jubilation Lee (Alyson Court), a teenager who could project colorful plasma bursts from her hands. Created specifically for the show was Morph (Ron Rubin), a mutant shape-shifter that was a reimagining of the villain Changeling from Uncanny X-Men #35 (1967). The team largely reflected the Blue Squad featured in the recently launched adjectiveless X-Men comic, with Storm and Jean rounding it out from the Gold Squad featured in parent title Uncanny X-Men.

 
A Sentinel captures Jubilee.

Much like Pryde before it, the first two episodes, “Night of the Sentinels,” focused on Jubilee’s introduction to the X-Men and their world. Jubilee’s foster parents, upon discovering she was a mutant, registered her with the Mutant Control Agency which prompted the giant robotic mutant hunting Sentinels (all David Fox) to attempt to capture her. The X-Men came to her aid, and after figuring out a connection between the Sentinel attack and the Mutant Registration Program decide to shut the program down. During a battle with the Sentinels, Beast ended up captured and Morph seemingly killed. From that moment, the series set itself apart from shows that came before in not only sidelining a main character for the entire season, but featuring an on-screen death. The death, however, was only granted to them when the producers promised FOX Morph would make a comeback in a future episode, which he did in season 2 under the control of immortal scientist Mr. Sinister (Christopher Britton) who had rescued and reprogrammed him. It was also notable as being one of the few cartoons to run in a serial format, something else the producers fought heavily for.

The original broadcast (top) vs. the regular broadcast.
 
            The first two episodes were previewed on Halloween of 1992 as an introduction to the series. Originally scheduled for Labor Day, the animation done by Animation Korea Movie, or AKOM Productions, Ltd., came in with numerous errors that the studio refused to fix. As a result, the episodes were aired with 50 scenes missing and only a single day of editing. After FOX threatened to sever AKOM’s contracts, the episodes were fixed in time for the official premiere in January of 1993. The series proved a commercial and critical success, earning high praise for its storytelling.


Older Wolverine protects Kate Pryde (top) while Bishop captures older Wolverine.

            The show closely adhered to the mythology established by the X-Men comics. Many stories from across their run, largely from the 15-year stint of writer Chris Claremont, were adapted into the cartoon with some character substitutions to fit in with their continuity and the combination of similar stories into one. For example, the two-part episode “Days of Future Past” was based on the comic story of the same name, in which a few remaining mutants survive in a dystopian future where mutants are hunted and exterminated. Kitty Pryde (the star of the aforementioned Pryde pilot) had her mind sent back in time to her younger body in order to try and prevent the events that set that future in motion. Another time-traveler named Bishop (Philip Akin), who came back in time to retrieve and escaped criminal, was used in the place of Kitty and physically traveled back with the aid of an the elderly mutant inventor Forge (Marc Strange). The notion of Gambit betraying the X-Men, which was Bishop’s driving plotline in the comics for several years, also played as a subplot for the entire first season. Trevor Fitzroy, the mutant criminal that brought Bishop to the past in the comics, was made responsible for the death of Xavier in the past in the episodes “One Man’s Worth” instead of Xavier’s son Legion. That led to an alternate timeline where the X-Men never formed akin to the Age of Apocalypse event. Like the comics, the series also dealt with social issues including divorce, faith, disease and, of course, bigotry.


Wolverine and Beast with X-Factor's Wolfsbane and Strong Guy.

Numerous X-Men supporting characters made appearances from major roles to minor ones, such as original X-Men Iceman (Dennis Akayama) and Angel/Archangel (Stephen Ouimette), time-traveling Cable (Lawrence Bayne), second generation X-Men including steel-skinned Colossus (Rick Bennett and Robert Cait), sonic-powered Banshee (Jeremy Ratchford), fire-powered Sunfire (Akayama) and teleporting Nightcrawler (Adrian Hough), and even the government-sponsored mutant team X-Factor. Recurring villains included their arch-nemesis Magneto (David Hemblen), the savage clawed Sabretooth (Don Francks), Xavier’s mystically-powered half-brother the Juggernaut (Bennett), Graydon Creed (John Stocker) and his Friends of Humanity hate-group, Senator Robert Kelly (Len Carlson) who ran the Mutant Registration Act with Henry Peter Gyrich (Barry Flatman) until the X-Men saved him and he won the Presidency on a pro-mutant platform, the shape-shifting Mystique (Randall Carpenter and Jennifer Dale), and the first mutant Apocalypse (John Colicos and James Blendick). Other non-mutant Marvel characters would appear in non-speaking cameos in various episodes throughout the series.


Ka-Zar and Zabu guide Xavier and Magneto in the Savage Land.

            Season 2 saw a dual narrative of Professor X and Magneto lost together in the Savage Land, a place out of time in the Arctic where dinosaurs still exist, while the X-Men dealt with it and other pressing threats. Focus was placed on expanding the backstories of the characters, giving viewers more familiarity with them. During this season, Morris left the show and was replaced as Storm by Sealy-Smith after episode 7. After season 3, ongoing story arcs were significantly reduced as FOX began airing episodes, except continuing stories, in a random order. Continuing animation problems would delay some episodes so much that they would appear in subsequent seasons, with season 4 episodes being used to fill the gaps. 


Jean finally lets her hair down for the last season.

“Beyond Good and Evil” was intended to be the series finale, but FOX ordered more episodes at the last minute. AKOM was already committed to other projects and Saban hired the Philippine Animation Studio (who had worked on the second season of Marvel’s 1990s Fantastic Four cartoon) to complete the final episodes. As a result, beginning with “Jubilee’s Fairytale Theater” (the first episode aired after the change) the series’ animation style and character designs were significantly different and a lot more simplistic. Potter also left the show and was replaced by Daniels as Gambit.




            The series’ opening sequence was an original montage of the main characters being introduced and showcasing their abilities for audiences over an instrumental theme written by Ron Wasserman. The intro remained unchanged until the final season. When the animation changed, the theme was altered slightly and the intro became a series of clips from various episodes. When the series was broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo from 1994-95, a new anime-style intro was created with the song “Rising” by Ambience. After 42 episodes, a new intro was used with the song “Dakishimetai Dare Yori Mo.” The Japanese dubs featured rewrites to make the episodes more humorous and self-satircal, a trademark of director Yoshikazu Iwanami. These episodes were edited for time to allow promotion of Capcom’s then-new fighting game X-Men: Children of the Atom as the actors would pretend to play the game as their characters while cracking jokes. When the series was rebroadcast on Toon Disney (Japan), the series’ translation was more faithful to the American scripts and used the American intro and outro. 




Comparatively, the series had several ending credit outros. Originally, a rock and roll instrumental played over a faux computer screen where an unseen user accessed a computer-generated model of each character with an accompanying description of their abilities. Another outro featured a complete scene from a previous episode playing out over the credits, while another had the original X-Men intro reprised alongside the credits in a separate box and a version that showed clips from various episodes. When the series was rerun by UPN on Sundays, the original Japanese intro was shown behind the credits, although edited to run in the time allotted. The Japanese version showed various images of the comics.


The X-Men on Spider-Man.

Outside of the series, the X-Men appeared in a two-part episode of sister FOX show Spider-Man in the episodes “The Mutant Agenda” and “Mutants’ Revenge.” In these episodes, Spider-Man (Christopher Daniel Barnes) sought Xavier’s help in stopping his radioactive blood from mutating. While the character models appeared close to the series’, the characters’ coloring was altered due to the fact Spider-Man employed a different production studio. The X-Men were intended to appear in the Spider-Man “Secret Wars” storyline, but because the cast was located in Canada it was deemed too expensive to bring them to Los Angeles where Spider-Man was recorded. Instead, producers settled on using only Storm as Morris was located in L.A., marking her brief return to the role since X-Men’s second season. Smith, Zann and Britton also reprised their respective roles in 1995 for the Chef Boyardee X-Men pasta commercial, produced by The Ink Tank and Young & Rubicam Advertising


Rogue bio from the comics, mimicking the original ending credits sequence.

            Beginning in 1992, Marvel published a tie-in comic called X-Men Adventures. The first three seasons were adapted across three volumes. In 1996, the series was renamed Adventures of the X-Men and featured all-new stories set within the animated universe. The animated universe would become an official Marvel alternate universe, receiving the designation of Earth-92131 in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z volume 5, with Bishop’s future being designated Earth-13393 and Cable’s Earth-121893. In 1998, Marvel published X-Men: The Manga, a Japanese import that adapted the storyline from the show. The animated X-Men made a return to the comic pages in X-Men ’92, a tie-in to 2015’s Secret Wars event. Much like Firestar before him, Morph made the jump into comics as a character during the Age of Apocalypse event in the late 90s in X-Men: Alpha (1995), and later another version (although similar in appearance) became one of the dimension-traversing Exiles in Exiles #1 (2001) who was made a character in the Marvel Heroes video game. As part of 1993’s X-Men Series II trading card set, 9 cards featured stills and summarized the “Night of the Sentinels” episodes. A portion of the animated cast was represented on the Suspended Animation chase set of the 1995 Fleer Ultra X-Men trading card series.




            From 1991-98, Toy Biz manufactured a line of X-Men figures featuring various characters from throughout the franchise. While there was no specific series inspired by the show, the commercials made use of the series’ intro and the timing of the releases of certain figures could be attributed to their appearances on the cartoon. There were, however, several figures directly inspired by the show. In 1994, Morph received his first figure, giving him interchangeable character heads, and later was featured as part of the 1998 Shape Shifters line as a transforming figure. 1995’s Civilian Wolverine figure, its 10” counterpart and Projector version directly resembled Wolverine’s out-of-costume appearance on the show. Speaking of the Projectors, each figure came with a slide of stills from the cartoon. The Sentinel released in 1994 and the Blackbird Jet released in 1995 took their designs more from the animated series version than the comics. Also in 1995, several previous figures were re-released as part of the Classics line with an animated series theme. Toy Biz also produced a line of CD-Rom comics, which reprinted a primary comic, several secondary comics, and included clips from the series.


Character select screen from X-Men: Children of the Atom.

In 1993, Capcom gained the license to produced video games based on the X-Men. The following year, they released the game that would launch their highly successful Marvel vs. Capcom series of fighting games: X-Men: Children of the Atom. Although it did not feature the same line-up as the cartoon, it did enlist several of the show’s actors including Dodd (who also voiced Iceman), Disher (who voiced all the featured female characters), Buza (who played Colossus, Omega Red, Juggernaut, Magneto and provided announcing duties) and Spencer. Zann and Daniels reprised their roles, as did Bennett as Juggernaut and Francks as Sabretooth, for X-Men vs. Street Fighter. When the series began to encompass the greater Marvel Universe, Dodd assumed the additional roles of Captain America and U.S. Agent, while Court reprised her role as Jubilee and Bayne as Cable. Their voices would continue on in each of their characters’ appearances throughout the franchise until they were all ultimately replaced in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, accompanying new game sprites. 


Storm and Wolverine married in an alternate timeline.

In 1996, Dodd and Morris would reprise their roles for the PC game X-Men Cartoon Maker by Instinct Corporation and Knowledge Adventure, which allowed users to create their own X-Men cartons featuring sprites with limited animations. The game also made use of sound effects from the cartoon. In 2000, Dodd, Buza, Daniels, Disher and Francks would reprise their roles again for the Activision fighting game X-Men: Mutant Academy, which was created to tie into the X-Men film (the characters were playable in both their comic and movie costumes, with approximations created for non-movie characters). Joining them were Hemblen as Magneto, Sealy-Smith as Storm, and Dale as Mystique. Bayne would also reunite with his former cast members, assuming the role of Xavier. Bennett joined the cast in Mutant Academy 2 as did Strange as Forge and Hough as Nightcrawler, while Daniels would replace Dodd as Wolverine and Rod Wilson came in as Cyclops’ brother Havok. Daniels would be the only actor to reprise his roles in next follow-up X-Men: Next Dimension. Buza made a cameo appearance in the first X-Men movie as the trucker who brings Rogue (Anna Paquin) to where she eventually meets Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Hough would appear in X-Men: The Last Stand as young Jean Grey’s (Haley Ramm) father.



X-Men has been released numerous times on VHS between the 90s and the early 2000s. Pizza Hut produced two VHS tapes featuring two episodes each and had a round-table discussion between series co-creator Stan Lee, X-Men writers Fabian Nicieza and Scott Lobdell, and X-Men editor Bob Harras. Universal Studios released 16 tapes containing 2-4 episodes each in the early 2000s, as well as three DVD collections featuring five episodes each. In Australia, “Night of the Sentinels” was included in an X-Men branded merchandise bag offered at various county fairs. PolyGram released selected episodes of the series, predominantly from season 1, in various international markets including the original Japanese dubs. In 2008, Morningstar Entertainment gave released a DVD in Canada featuring the two-part Spider-Man crossover. In 2003 Buena Vista Home Entertainment released two DVD collections before finally releasing the entire series across 5 volumes beginning in 2009. Liberation Entertainment and Clear Vision handled the United Kingdom versions of these DVDs.
 



EPISODE GUIDE:

Season 1:
“Night of the Sentinels Part 1” (10/31/92) – The X-Men rescue Jubilee from Sentinels and learn the Mutant Registration Program is really a mutant hit-list.

“Night of the Sentinels Part 2” (11/7/92) – The X-Men destroy the MRP’s mutant files, but not without Morph being killed and Beast being arrested.

“Enter Magneto” (11/27/92) – Magneto attempts to free Beast, but Beast refuses. Cyclops brings an injured Sabretooth to the X-Mansion’s infirmary.

“Deadly Reunions” (1/23/93) – Professor X tries to help Sabretooth against Wolverine’s objections while Magneto attacks a chemical plant to gain Xavier’s attention.

“Captive Hearts” (1/30/93) – Cyclops and Jean are captured by the sewer-dwelling Morlocks and Storm battles their leader Callisto for their freedom and leadership of the Morlocks.

“Cold Vengeance” (2/6/93) – Sabretooth ambushes Wolverine in the arctic while Gambit, Storm and Jubilee investigate Genosha Island, a supposedly safe-haven for mutants.

“Slave Island” (2/13/93) – The X-Men learn Genosha enslaves mutants to work on building their factory that houses their Sentinel-producing Master Mold.

“The Unstoppable Juggernaut” (3/6/93) – The X-Men track down Juggernaut, who destroyed the X-Mansion, and take him down with the help of Colossus.

“The Cure” (2/20/93) – Rogue seeks out a cure for her powers on Muir Island and almost becomes a slave of Apocalypse.

“Come the Apocalypse” (2/27/93) – Apocalypse turns seekers for his faux-cure into his Horsemen to begin his quest to cull the weak.

“Days of Future Past (Part 1)” (3/13/93) – Bishop is sent back in time by Forge to prevent an X-Man from killing an important political figure, causing the Sentinel-ruled future he lives in.

“Days of Future Past (Part 2)” (3/20/93) – Bishop and the X-Men prevent the assassination of Senator Kelly, but Bishop returns to the future to find nothing has changed.
 
“The Final Decision” (3/27/93) – Magneto and the X-Men save Senator Kelly from Master Mold, causing him to change his stance on mutants and pardon Beast.
 
Season 2:

“Till Death Do Us Part (Part 1)” (10/23/93) – Mister Sinister uses a brainwashed Morph to destroy the X-Men.
 
“Till Death Do Us Part (Part 2)” (10/30/93) – With the X-Men distracted by Morph, Mister Sinister kidnaps Cyclops and Jean.
 
“Whatever It Takes” (11/6/93) – Rogue accompanies Storm to Africa to free her spiritual son Mjnari from the grips of the Shadow King.
 
“Red Dawn” (11/13/93) – Colossus asks the X-Men for help in stopping three generals from using revived super-soldier Omega Red from conquering the crumbling Soviet empire.
 
“Repo Man” (11/20/93) – Alpha Flight captures Wolverine in order to learn the secret of his adamantium skeleton.
 
“X-Ternally Yours” (12/4/93) – Gambit is forced to return home to participate in a ritual between the Thieves Guild and the Assassins Guild.
 
“Time Fugitives (Part 1)” (12/11/93) – Cable discovers that Bishop traveling to the past caused a plague to spread by Apocalypse that destroys his own future timeline.

“Time Fugitives (Part 2)” (12/18/93) – Cable comes to the present to stop Bishop and find a way to save his future from Apocalypse’s plague.

“A Rogue’s Tale” (1/8/94) – Mystique forces her foster daughter Rogue to revisit her past.

“Beauty & the Beast” (1/15/94) – Beast falls for his blind patient, Carly, whose father hates mutants until the Friends of Humanity kidnap Carly to get to Beast.

“Mojovision” (2/5/94) – Mojo kidnaps the X-Men and brings them to the Mojoverse in order to perform in his sadistic television shows.

“Reunion (Part 1)” (2/12/94) – Mister Sinister traps Magneto and Professor X in the Savage Land in order to lure the X-Men there.

“Reunion (Part 2)” (2/19/94) – The X-Men’s powers are neutralized by Sinister’s devices, allowing them to be easily captured by his Nasty Boys and the Savage Land mutates.

Season 3 (“*” denotes aired in season 5):

“Out of the Past (Part 1)” (7/29/94) – Wolverine’s former lover, Yuriko Oyama, brings Wolverine to the Morlock tunnels in order to open an alien ship she found.
 
“Out of the Past (Part 2)” (8/5/94) – Wolverine and the newly arrived X-Men have to keep the Spirit Drinker from reaching the surface and consuming everyone’s spirits.

“Phoenix Saga (Part 1): Sacrifice” (9/5/94) – After dealing with Erik the Red in space, Jean is possessed by the Phoenix Force while trying to pilot their shuttle back to Earth safely.
 
“Phoenix Saga (Part 2): The Dark Shroud” (9/6/94) – Jean becomes the Phoenix while Xavier’s dark side manifests as an astral projection bent on destroying the X-Men.
 
“Phoenix Saga (Part 3): The Cry of the Banshee” (9/7/94) – Shi’ar princess Lilandra comes to Earth seeking protection from her evil brother D’Ken who wants the M’Kraan Crystal.
 
“Phoenix Saga (Part 4): The Starjammers” (9/8/94) – The Starjammers steal the M’Kraan Crystal from Lilandra as a plot to get close enough to assassinate D’Ken.
 
“Phoenix Saga (Part 5): Child of Light” (9/9/94) – D’Ken merges with the crystal forcing the X-Men and Shi’ar Imperial Guard to team-up to fight him.
 
*“No Mutant is an Island” (9/21/96) – A mourning Cyclops quits the X-Men and returns to the orphanage where he was raised, discovering Zebediah Killgrave’s plot involving mutant kids.

“Obsession” (9/24/94) – Former Horseman Archangel becomes obsessed with destroying Apocalypse.

*“Longshot” (10/5/96) – Jubilee befriends Longshot and helps him invade the forces of Mojo who hunt him.

“Cold Comfort” (2/4/95) – Iceman searches for his missing girlfriends, Polaris, whom she finds working with the government team X-Factor.

“Savage Land, Strange Heart (Part 1)” (9/10/94) – Sauron brings Storm to the Savage Land in order to perpetually feed off of her mutant energy.
 
“Savage Land, Strange Heart (Part 2)” (9/17/94) – Garokk unites with the Savage Land’s volcano in order to use the planetary force below it.

“The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 1): Dazzled” (11/12/94) – Phoenix begins to take over Jean, allowing Mastermind to alter her memories and make her an ally of the Hellfire Club.

“The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 2): The Inner Circle” (11/12/94) – Xavier battles Emma Frost for Jean’s mind while Phoenix becomes intoxicated by the evil sensations unlocked in her.

“The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 3): The Dark Phoenix” (11/19/94) – Dark Phoenix goes on a rampage and the X-Men are forced to figure out how to remove it without hurting Jean.

“The Dark Phoenix Saga (Part 4): The Fate of the Phoenix” (11/26/94) – The Shi’ar want to destroy Phoenix and the X-Men challenge them to a trial by combat for her fate.

“Orphan’s End” (2/25/95) – Cyclops learns that Corsair is his father and helps him evade Shi’ar forces.

“The Juggernaut Returns” (5/6/95) – The X-Men have to save Juggernaut’s life when someone else claims his power.

“Nightcrawler” (5/13/95) – On a ski vacation in Germany, a restless Wolverine hears about a demon in a local monastery and decides to go on the hunt.
 
“Weapon X, Lies and Videotape” (6/11/95) – Wolverine is driven to return to the Weapon X facility, along with Sabretooth, Maverick and Silver Fox.
 
Season 4 (“*” denotes aired in season 5):

“Love in Vain” (2/10/96) – Wolverine encounters bug-like aliens called “The Family” who use Rogue’s old boyfriend in a ploy to make her their new queen.

*“A Deal with the Devil” (9/14/96) – The US Military thaws out Omega Red to investigate a Soviet nuclear submarine in return for his restored humanity.

“Sanctuary (Part 1)” (10/21/95) – Magneto offers safe haven for mutants aboard Asteroid M, but Fabian Cortez takes over and blames the investigating X-Men for Magneto’s disappearance.

“Sanctuary (Part 2)” (10/28/95) – Cortez launches a missile attack on Earth while Rogue tries to find a missing Gambit and help the X-Men.

“Xavier Remembers” (4/27/96) – A concussion leaves Xavier open to invasion by the Shadow King, leaving Jean to try and rescue Xavier from the Astral Plane.

“Courage” (9/23/95) – Morph rejoins the X-Men just in time for a terrorist attack, but encountering Sentinels sends Morph into paralyzing flashbacks.

“Secrets, Not Long Buried” (2/17/96) – Cyclops crashes and discovers a mutant-only town where, due his powers being out, he’s mistaken for a human and hunted.

“One Man’s Worth (Part 1)” (9/9/95) – Master Mold sends Fitzroy and Bantam back in time to kill Xavier, forcing Bishop and Shard to travel back and prevent the resulting hellish timeline.
(Age of Apocalypse)

“One Man’s Worth (Part 2)” (9/16/95) – Failing to save Xavier, Bishop, Shard, Wolverine and Storm travel to the future in order to go back minutes before Xavier was killed.

“Proteus (Part 1)” (9/30/95) – Moira MacTaggert is forced to call the X-Men for help when her mutant son Proteus escapes Muir Island.

“Proteus (Part 2)” (10/7/95) – Proteus encounters his father, and after a negative reaction goes on a rampage.

“Family Ties” (5/4/96) – The High Evolutionary captures Magneto, Wolverine, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and discovers Magneto is Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch’s father.

“The Lotus and the Steel” (2/3/96) – Wolverine goes to Japan to find himself, but raids on villages led by the Silver Samurai call him back into action.

“Have Yourself a Morlock Little Christmas” (12/23/95) – Last-minute shopping is interrupted when Storm, Jubilee and Wolverine have to rescue Leech of the Morlocks.

“Beyond Good and Evil (Part 1): The End of Time” (11/4/95) – Apocalypse steals Cable’s time machine and goes back, recruiting Mr. Sinister to kidnap psychics around the universe.

“Beyond Good and Evil (Part 2): Promise of Apocalypse” (11/11/95) – Cable steals a new time machine while Bishop ends up trapped in the axis of time.

“Beyond Good and Evil (Part 3): The Lazarus Chamber” (11/18/95) – Cable recruits the X-Men to destroy Apocalypse in the past while Apocalypse plans to recreate the universe.

“Beyond Good and Evil (Part 4): End and Beginning” (11/25/95) – Apocalypse’s allies join the X-Men to stop him while Bishop frees the psychics.

*“The Phalanx Covenant (Part 1)” (9/7/96) – The X-Men discover the existence of the alien Phalanx who can assume the guise of anything or anyone.
 
*“The Phalanx Covenant (Part 2)” (9/7/96) – Beast joins forces with Forge, Mr. Sinister and Warlock to stop the Phalanx while Magneto plots to turn the invasion to his advantage.

*“Storm Front (Part 1)” (11/2/96) – Akron brings Storm to his planet under the ruse of helping restore meteorological order.
 
*“Storm Front (Part 2)” (11/9/96) – Akron plans to marry Storm while the X-Men arrive and discover that Akron is really a tyrant.

*“Bloodlines” (10/26/96) – Nightcrawler is lured into a trap under the pretense of helping his estranged mother: Mystique!

Season 5:

“The Fifth Horseman” (2/8/97) – Apocalypse recruits Cortez with finding him a new body to escape the Astral Plane, and Cortez selects Jubilee.

“Jubilee’s Fairy Tale Theater” (11/16/96) – Trapped in a cave with some children, Jubilee entertains them with a fairy tale starring versions of her friends.
 
“Old Soldiers” (2/22/97) – Wolverine reminisces about serving in WWII with Captain America as the pair worked to free a scientist from the Red Skull.
 
“Hidden Agendas” (9/6/97) – Xavier receives a call about new mutant Sam Guthrie whom needs an education about how the world works when an army official attempts to use him.
 
“Descent” (9/13/97) – A debate about evolution with Dr. James Xavier leads Dr. Nathaniel Essex to experiment on himself, becoming Mr. Sinister.

“Graduation Day” (9/20/97) – Gyrich attacks Xavier with an energy disruptor, forcing Xavier to go to the Shi’ar throneworld with Lilandra for a cure.

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