X-Men: The Animated Series, based on Marvel's X-Men comic book, ushered in a new age of high-quality, small-screen fantasy offerings, including Gargoyles, The Tick, and Animaniacs. The series first aired on the Fox Network in October 1992.
Given the recent announcement of X-Men 97 to air on Disney+ and the upcoming addition of mutants to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is time to review the ten best episodes of the original animated series.
"Night of the Sentinels Part I" S.1 Ep.1
Jubilee, a foster child who is feared by the Mutant Control Agency, flees home. A darkly Sentinel appears at the local mall, searching for the young mutant. A group of super-powered characters, each with different abilities and appearances, joins Jubilee in the class of gifted youngsters.
This first episode of a new animated Marvel series, which had been waiting for years, was a welcome addition. Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's soon-to-be iconic music and action-packed opening credits signified the beginning of things to come. Wolverine displayed clear evidence that he is the best at what he does.
"Deadly Reunions" S.1 Ep.4
Professor Xavier is dedicated to assisting Sabretooth, probing the villains' mind in a bid to quell his incredible rage. The Master of Magnetism easily handles the X-Men. Rogue rescues Storm and Cyclops, but fails to inflict any harm on the male X-Mans.
Deadly Reunions, a series of untold stories between X-Men enemies, is a must-see episode. Both suspects in a past personal and professional relationship while the other accuses Sabretooth of murder. Xavier, the pacifist, hopes for coexistence between mutant and human, while Magneto, the aggressor, believes mutants are the next step in human evolution.
"The Cure" S.1 Ep.9
Rogue is both blessed and cursed. Despite being gifted superhuman strength, the ability to fly, and the ability to take another's traits as a result of mere contact, she is emotionally isolated. Thus, Rogue decides to travel to Muir Island, where a cure for the mutant gene appears to be on the way. However, everything isn't as it appears.
The X-Men's beauty is the characters' vulnerability, insecurities, and humanity. The viewer is compelled to sympathize with Rogues. Although she has extreme power, she cannot derive the simple pleasure of human touch.
"Days of Future Past Part I" S.1 Ep.11
Bishop goes back in time to assist Wolverine while he meets with another rebel, Forge. He crosses paths with the X-Men.
Alternate timelines and possible futures are a major part of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Uncanny X-Men storyline, written by Whilce Portacio, is heavily influenced by the episode. It also has traces of a 1990s Uncanny X-Men plot, which includes future gravestones commemorating Cyclops, Rogue, Storm, and Jubilee.
"Till Death Do Us Part Part I" S.2 Ep.1
The wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey is featured in the opening episode of the second season. Anti-mutant hysteria is rapidly developing. A former hero rises from the grave and begins his revenge.
"Till Death Do Us Part Part I" is a wonderful journey into the mutant past of the 1990s. President Robert Kelly and anti-mute figure Graydon Creed also feature. Morph, killed in the second episode of the first season, returns, raged that his former teammates left him for dead.
"Repo Man" S.2 Ep.5
Wolverine arrives in Canada after receiving a message from an old acquaintance. Once there, he finds himself embroiled in a confrontation with Alpha Flight, Canada's own super team. Military figure General Chasen is planning to discover Wolverine's adamantium-laced body.
The Wolverines past, which is a popular cult classic, is addressed. Not only does it include Vindicator, Puck, and Snowbird, but there is also a mention of the Weapon X program, the subject of the Barry Windsor-Smith graphic novel.
"The Dark Phoenix Saga Part I- Dazzled" S.3 Ep.11
Professor Xavier and Moira MacTaggart treat Jean Grey as follows from The Phoenix Saga Part 5- Child of Light. While the Inner Circle Club (the comics Hellfire Club) plots to control Jean's thoughts, the Phoenix Forces' domination of Jean grows.
The Uncanny X-Men's Claremont-Byrne run transforms Jean Grey into the all-powerful Dark Phoenix. There are human drama, science-fiction elements, and treats for long-term fans here, including Dazzler and Emma Frost.
"Nightcrawler" S.3 Ep.18
Wolverine, Rogue, and Gambit meet a demon-like creature who is perceived by locals as a threat. Nightcrawler confesses that he was abandoned as a child, but later decided to dedicate his life to God.
Kurt Wagner, one of the most popular X-Men, gets his onscreen due. This installment includes a strong theme about Nightcrawler's work, and that theme is apparent at one point. At one point, Wolverine declares he had lost his faith in religion, but Nightcrawler assists Wolverine in seeing the light once again.
"One Mans Worth Part I" S.4 Ep.1
When Bishop and sister Shard go back in time to seek assistance from the X-Men, they find themselves in an unfamiliar situation. Professor Xavier has been eliminated from the timeline. What remains is a brutal reality with extreme variations of some familiar faces.
Fans of comic books from the 1990s will remember Marvel's Age of Apocalypse, which saw the usual X-Men books removed and replaced with new ones focusing on a distant future without Xavier. While it isn't a complete adaptation of the comic story, it's still a thrill to see a split dystopia unfold. Storm with a mohawk, a bearded and heroic Magneto, and a cybernetically-enhanced Beast
"Old Soldiers" S.5 Ep.11
Wolverine, the evil Red Skull, has teamed up with Captain America during World War II. An army of androids has been created by a group of scientists.
Further information on Wolverine's background is provided. A red, while, and blue shield blocks the path of an enemy soldier, also reclaiming the hand of the one-and-only Captain America.