Reunion - Part 1
Written by Len Wein
Summary: The X-Men respond to a message left by Morph, who’s terrified of Mr. Sinister. When they arrive, the Nasty Boys ambush the team and kidnap Jean Grey. In the Savage Land, Xavier and Magneto are abducted by the Savage Land Mutates. Sinister uses Sauron’s hypnotism to force Xavier into calling the X-Men to his citadel. The X-Men willfully enter the trap in order to rescue Jean and Xavier.
- Sinister explains that Xavier’s ability to walk was an unintended side effect of the field he uses to dampen mutant powers.
- Morph is living as an actor, starring in the role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The version of Mr. Hyde he transforms into strongly resembles the Marvel supervillain.
Review: I don’t think it’s a big secret that many of the early episodes of this series were directly inspired by the Claremont/Lee issues of Uncanny X-Men, which would explain the version of the Savage Land Mutates used here. With the exception of miniskirt Vertigo, this cast of Mutates is identical to the one used circa Uncanny X-Men #275, a collection of villains I have a lot of nostalgia for (although it would’ve been nice to see Whiteout and Worm, as well). After weeks of teasing, we finally see the Mutates actually accomplish something and bring in Xavier and Magneto, just in time for the big season finale. Wein’s able to pull together the three Sinister-related threads that have run throughout the season (Morph’s resurrection, Xavier and Magneto’s Savage Land adventure, and Sinister’s obsession with Scott and Jean) organically, making this feel like a legitimate payoff after months of waiting. The only real cheat is the explanation for Xavier’s sudden ability to walk; as if having a damaged spinal cord is in some way connected with telepathic powers. As absurd as this is, it does introduce a question the show never asked -- would Xavier give up his mutant powers if it meant walking again?
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