Reunion - Part Two
Written by Michael Edens
Summary: The X-Men arrive in the Savage Land and immediately realize their powers have been neutralized. The Nasty Boys and Savage Land Mutates kidnap the team, but Wolverine manages to escape. He meets Ka-Zar, and after an initial misunderstanding, teams up with him to stop Sinister. They reach Sinister’s citadel and distract him long enough for the X-Men to break free and destroy his machines. Sinister is blasted into pieces after Morph fights against his brainwashing and aids the X-Men. Magneto departs peacefully, while Sauron secretly plots his own plans for the Savage Land.
- Gambit tells Rogue that he loves her while they’re being held captive. He also kisses her without consequence when their powers are neutralized.
- Sinister’s motivation is to “take mutantkind to the ultimate expression of their power.” His dialogue implies that he himself is a mutant, although Marvel instead makes him a human mad scientist when his origin is later revealed. He of course isn’t dead at the episode’s end; somehow, particles making the shape of his face wash up on the shore.
- Sinister’s master plan is to use his technology to power up one mutant with another’s powers. He absorbs Magneto’s powers and uses them to supercharge Vertigo.
vague talk from Sinister: He tells Cyclops that he “can’t, won’t”
leave him and Jean alone. He claims, “The world needs…” before he’s
silenced by Cyclops’ blasts.
The basic structure of the season is a strong one, as the opening two-parter introduces a subplot that carries throughout all of the episodes, while the main stories are free to do character-driven plots for most of the X-Men until it’s time for the season finale. Jubilee’s episode gets absorbed by a Colossus story for some reason, and Cyclops and Jean aren’t given time alone outside of their interactions with Sinister, but the rest of the cast is fleshed out and given something to do outside of the team. I’m sure every kid had his or her own favorite X-Man, so doing spotlight stories was a great way to keep them involved in the show, while routinely cutting away to the Savage Land kept some momentum going.
This episode draws the Sinister/Savage Land story to a close, hitting on most of the things you might expect to find in a Savage Land story. Wolverine fights dinosaurs. Wolverine fights Ka-Zar. Ka-Zar rallies the Fall People to help the X-Men. And the united Nasty Boys/Savage Land Mutate pairing actually provides one of the strongest challenges the team has faced so far. Add in a happy ending for Morph and a classy departure for Magneto and it’s a solid episode. Not as memorable as the first season’s finale, but still one of the better episodes of the series’ run.
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