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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

C-A-D: X-Men TAS - 102

X-Men The Animated Series
Episode 102
Night of the Sentinels - Part 2

Just as you might have suspected, part 2 of Night of the Sentinels picks up literally where we last left off in episode 1 - the X-Men in danger. But thank god they're the X-Men and can get out of any sticky situation. After getting into the compound and destroying the files, the X-Men flee to the Blackbird, but are confronted by an onslaught of Sentinels. The X-Men fight the good fight but lose two of their team members in the process. Beast is captured and another (who I will refrain from naming for those who have yet to see it) is killed in battle. They just don't make cartoons like this any more! The writers of the show really set up the series letting the audience know that anyone could die or be captured at any moment. Being a mutant is not fun and is potentially dangerous and this episode clearly shows that. 

Like episode 1, I think this episode has some great one-liners. It's been a number of years since I last watched this episode and I still remember a lot of the dialogue by heart. For instance, when Wolverine yells at one of the Sentinels, "Hey Tin Woodsman! I'm sending you back to Oz... in pieces!" Absolutely brilliant dialogue. With introductions out the way, X-Men the Animated Series was finally ready to begin - hence the reason I give it a slightly higher score. You really feel like the series takes off at the end of this episode. It's hard to compare Part 1 and 2 as they are essentially the same story, but since I'm forced to I'd have to say Part 2 is the better episode. One last thing I'd like to mention... it's very fascinating that the president in this episode is portrayed as a woman. Another very liberal decision on the part of the writers and I commend them for writing it that way. 


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