Time Fugitives, Parts One And Two
Review and Media by Stu

Episode #21 - Time Fugitives, Part One
Original Airdate 11th December 1993

Bishop returns in order to stop a plague created by The Friends Of Humanity which mutants are blamed for.

Episode #22 - Time Fugitives, Part Two
Original Airdate 18th December 1993

Cable returns and attempts to stop Bishop from ruining his future by distributing the cure. Will he kill one time line to save his own?

Credits
Written By: Michael Edens (Part 1), Elliot S. Maggin (Part 2)
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy
Animation Services By: AKOM
Guest Starring: Philip Akin as Bishop, Lawrence Bayne as Cable, John Colicos as Apocalypse, John Stocker as Graydon Creed and Marc Strange as Forge


Review: This episode sees the return of both time travellerís and pits them against each other. Iíve never been too fond of either Cable or Bishop, but this episode is probably their best appearance.

The episode even continues some of the seasonís ďFriends Of HumanityĒ arc, with Creed doing whatever he can to plague mutant kind. It was certainly a little ďout thereĒ for an X-Men story, with a lot of this episodeís animation/scenes being repeated modified for the second part. One of the things I like most about the story is part oneís ending. Itís a little crammed, but to it was still cool seeing Apocalypse killing all of the X-Men and Creed with a simple thought, and Cableís realisation that he has to help Apocalypse.

Bishop was annoying as usual. I find his voice to be a little irritating, but the man reason is simply his design. I know itís like that in the comics, but he has an absolutely terrible costume and a hideous haircut. He was simply an eyesore of a character.

Part two is slightly more enjoyable than part one, with Cable added to most of the scenes, which basically created more tension in the already stellar action scenes. I especially liked the Blackbird falling from the rooftop and Jeanís attempts to catch it. These earlier episode often suffer from trying to get too many characters in. Someone on the showís staff must have noticed this by next season too, as the full team rarely appeared together again, if at all right up until the final episode. I personally think the show worked better with a handful of X-Men rather than the full team. A lot of characters are simply left standing around in some of these episodes.

The stories conclusion was well executed, and simply wrapped everything up nicely. Iím not too big a fan of time travel stories in this show (which is odd, I love them in most shows, but Iíve always been a sucker for going into the like Iron Manís Hulkbuster episode, rather than the future.) A fun story, with some memorable scenes. Not flawless by any means, but an enjoyable way to spend 40 minutes.

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