Till Death Do Us Part (X-Men)

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"Till Death Do Us Part"
X-Men: The Animated Series episode
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Episode no. Season 2
Episode 14-15
Written by Mark Edward Edens
Michael Edens
Production code 201-202
Original air date Part 1: October 23, 1993
Part 2: October 30, 1993
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List of X-Men 1992 TV Series Episodes

Till Death Do Us Part is a series of 2 episodes in the animated TV series X-Men Animated Series.

Plot[edit]

Till Death Do Us Part, part 1[edit]

The episode begins with Wolverine in the Danger Room training against robots that look like Cyclops, clad in a tuxedo. Meanwhile, Jean Grey and Cyclops are getting married. Jean throws the bouquet for the girls (Jubilee attempts to restrain Rogue from flying and cheating), but the flowers fall on top of a box that Beast was carrying.

After the wedding is over, the reverend transforms back into Morph. He is still deeply disturbed at the fact that he was left behind to die (this happened in the Night of the Sentinels (Part 2) episode after he was shot and the X-Men thought he was dead). Still clad in her wedding gown, Jean goes to the Danger Room and apologizes to Wolverine.

The president pardons Beast of all the charges against him and he is released from prison. Graydon Creed, who is the leader of Friends of Humanity, sends in one of his men dressed up as a mutant to terrorize everyone. Soon the Friends of Humanity start anti-mutant riots.

Morph is appalled by this and does not really desire revenge on his former allies, but he has developed a split personality with his evil personality being dominant. He poses as Magneto and sends a fake distress call to Professor X, saying he needs his help and is in some kind of trouble in Antarctica. So, Xavier goes after him alone and tells the X-Men it's a personal matter.

Gambit, Beast and Wolverine go to a bar to play pool, where the Friends of Humanity attack them. Clayton Creed records the attack on video and uses the footage to slander Beast, as he appeared to be involved in a riot and terrorizing civilians. Wolverine gets mad at hearing this and goes out for a drive.

Morph transforms into Wolverine and gets inside the X-Mansion. He then transforms into Rogue and tells Gambit that she is able to touch other people. Gambit unwittingly later goes up to the real Rogue, kisses her, and falls unconscious.

Meanwhile, Morph transforms into Storm and tells Jubilee to go to a place to protect some mutants. It was a trap, as Morph had sent her to the headquarters of Friends of Humanity, where she was recognized and caught.

After hearing of another riot, Storm and Rogue go to stop them. Storm was badly injured when Morph transforms into the police chief and orders everyone to shoot her. Storm is taken away on an ambulance. Mister Sinister is revealed to be monitoring the whole process and then the episode ends in a cliffhanger.

Till Death Do Us Part, part 2[edit]

The episode starts off with Cyclops and Jean Grey on a sailboat headed for an island. Meanwhile, Beast is overloaded with the Danger Room, but is eventually able to stop it. Morph, outside of the X-Mansion, feels as if he belongs there. Mister Sinister approaches him, and convinces him to turn back to his evil side. He then states that Cyclops and Jean Grey will be his.

Cyclops and Jean Grey, enjoying their vacation, is interrupted by Ruckus, who tears their ship apart with his scream. The rest of the Nasty Boys ambush the pair, and slip the power-dampering collars on them, while Mister Sinister introduces himself. Rogue and Beast, back in New York City, sneak into the hospital where Storm is. Rogue feels remorse over not staying with her, and then blames Beast. A doctor eventually comes in and notices the two standing by Storm, rushing away to get security. At the Friends of Humanity rally, Graydon Creed brings out Jubilee, and the group plan on murdering her. Wolverine, who had managed to sneak in and disguise himself as a FoH member, bursts through and takes out the men, saving Jubilee and escaping.

Mr. Sinister and the Nasty Boys.

Beast and Rogue return to the mansion to find Gambit, who is recovering from kissing Rogue. Professor X appears, as do Wolverine and Jubilee. Wolverine immediately knows it is not Professor X, and the professor orders the X-Men to kill him. But Gambit makes Morph reveal himself before escaping. The others cannot believe Morph is still alive.

Later, Wolverine and Jubilee find Morph in the X-Jet carrier. Wolverine explains why they had to leave Morph behind, honestly believing back then that he was dead, but the disturbed Morph suddenly shapeshifts into Wolverine. Jubilee confusedly blasts the real Wolverine while Morph escapes in the jet.

Jubilee visits Storm at the hospital and tells her of Morph. Meanwhile, Morph lands on the island and returns to Mister Sinister. Cyclops is shocked to see him alive, but Morph reveals he was the minister that married him and Jean Grey. He continues to blame Cyclops for leaving him behind, and prepares to shoot him, but is stopped by Mister Sinister. As he explains how he found Morph, the X-Men enter.

The Nasty Boys immediately attack, Ruckus' scream blasting them out of the facility. Wolverine battles Hairbag, while Rogue fights Slab. Gorgeous George apprehends Gambit and attempts to rip him apart, but is flung away by Rogue. Ruckus is eventually defeated by Beast, and the X-Men prepare to battle Mister Sinister. Cyclops tries to convince Morph he's still an X-Man. Morph then shoots Mister Sinister in the back, but he is unaffected. Cyclops, enraged, is able to break out of his restraints, saves Jean, and blasts Mister Sinister. He groans in agony, and begs Ruckus to get the plane. The Nasty Boys grab Sinister and flee in a jet.

Cyclops and Jean Grey vow to get married again one day. Morph escapes, while Wolverine vows to find him.

In Antarctica, Professor X finds Magneto, both confused. An avalanche occurs and swallows both men.

References to other media[edit]

During the flashback scene images of Cyclops' past, a shot of him wearing a classic yellow & blue style X-Men uniform, and fighting the Super-Adaptoid (a green robot with the powers of the original "Marvel Comics' The Avengers") is a scene based out of Uncanny X-Men issue #29.[1] As Morph changes back into true form outside the X-Men Mansion, he makes reference to a 1990s Saturday Night Live skit as he says, "Making copies."

Production[edit]

Following Morph's death in the pilot episode after being struck by a Sentinel, the character became extremely popular and re-appeared in the second season under demand from fans. However, this was not initially planned and it was originally intended that Morph's character continued to be presumed dead by the X-Men throughout the series.[2]

Reception[edit]

Toon Zone published a review covering both chapters, describing the episode mostly positively, its only critical point being the episodes' conclusion.[3] Both chapters of the episode have an entry on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Roy (w), Roth, Werner (p), Tartaglione, John (i), Lee, Stan (ed). "When Titans Clash!" Uncanny X-Men 29 (February 1967), United States: Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Toon Zone (April 11, 2007). X-Men (Interview). Interview with Eric Lewald. FBC.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Stu. "Til Death Do Us Part, Parts One And Two". Marvel Animation Age. Toon Zone. Review and Media by Stu. 
  4. ^ "X-Men - Classic X: Mr. Sinister (1993)". United Kingdom: Rotten Tomatoes. 

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