Trivia: This episode depicted Bella Donna as being Gambit's former fiancée. In the comics, the two were actually married. This change was likely made for the show due to it being too mature of a theme for a kids' show for Gambit to have both an estranged wife and an extramarital relationship with Rogue.
Trivia: The main antagonists in this episode as well as the episode that follows it are the Inner Circle. In the comics, the Inner Circle are a sort of clandestine group of mutants that operate within an elitist social group known as the Hellfire Club. Due to censorship reasons, the Hellfire Club aspect of the group is not acknowledged. Its members are visually based on famous actors. Sebastian Shaw is based on Robert Shaw, Harry Leland is based on Orson Welles, Donald Pierce is based on Donald Sutherland, and Mastermind in his Jason Wyngarde persona is based on Peter Wyngarde. The White Queen/Emma Frost is based on the character Emma Peel from the British television series "The Avengers."
Trivia: The team roster depicted in this series is largely made up of members of the Blue Team (Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast, Gambit, Rogue and Jubilee) that was established in the first issue of X-Men Vol. 2, with Storm and Jean Grey representing the Gold Team. Most of the characters' designs are also based on artist Jim Lee's redesigns.
Trivia: This episode has a similar plot to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," and in particular the scene where Warlock deduces that President Kelly has been assimilated by the Phalanx because he knew of Warlock's association with Beast without Beast having told him is a reference to the 1978 film where it is deduced that the police are pod people when they acknowledge the name of Donald Sutherland without him having told them.
Trivia: The reptile-like aliens in this episode are based on the Brood, an insect-like alien species from the comics. Apparently the Fox censors found the Brood from the comics to be too scary for young children, so their appearance was changed and their name was changed to the Colony. Although a Brood alien can be seen in the season 2 episode "Mojovision" and a Brood queen can be seen in the season 3 episode "Cold Comfort."
Trivia: At the end of the episode, Archangel tells Psylocke that although he doesn't know why, he was concerned for her safety when she was held captive by Apocalypse. This is a nod to the two having been a romantic item in the comics at one point.
Trivia: The character that is watching Magneto and the other mutants depart is Black Panther, who in the comics is the ruler of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and at the time of this writing is set to make his feature film debut in "Captain America: Civil War", followed by his own film in 2018.
Trivia: During Wolverine and Sabretooth's first joint flashback, they are shown stealing a device from Omega Red labeled "C-Synt." This is short for Carbonadium Synthesizer, which in the comics is capable of damaging Wolverine's healing factor as well as protecting Omega Red from his own "death factor."
Trivia: The shot of the newspaper that Lorna shows to Iceman shows that the newspaper is the Daily Bugle, which is the place of employment for Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man. The editorial on the front page is said to be written by Spidey's boss, J. Jonah Jameson.
Trivia: After his hoverchair was destroyed by the Dark Phoenix in the previous episode, Professor X is provided with a new one in the Shi'ar starship. In the comics, Professor X's hoverchair was actually created using Shi'ar technology.
Trivia: At around the 7 minute mark of this episode, Doctor Strange, Thor and Uatu the Watcher make brief cameo appearances. A few moments later when the Dark Phoenix is flying through space, the entity known as Eternity also makes a cameo appearance.
Trivia: When the waiter is on the phone, he asks where his Chateau Calamari 59 is. This is a reference to Joseph Calamari, who has been Executive Vice President at Marvel Comics since 1986 and was also an executive producer on this show.
Trivia: Lady Deathstrike's outfit had to be slightly modified due to censorship issues. In the show she is wearing a white shirt under her vest. In the comics, the white shirt is not there, revealing a lot of cleavage. Obviously not acceptable for a kids' Saturday morning cartoon show.
Trivia: The basketball game between Gambit and Wolverine was inspired by X-Men, Volume 2 #4 which depicted a game of basketball featuring Gambit and Jubilee vs. Wolverine and Rogue (which Gambit dominated). Wolverine and Gambit's game attire is even the same they were wearing in the comic.
Trivia: One of the women tending to Longshot in his dressing room when Mojo is firing him is Dazzler, who would make her first official appearance on the show in the season 3 episode "The Dark Phoenix Saga Part 1, Dazzled" although with a different hair color. Longshot and Dazzler were a romantic item in the comics.
Trivia: The show contained numerous references to the Terminator film series. Several episodes such as "Time Fugitives" and "One Man's Worth" (also "Days of Future Past," but that was based on a pre-Terminator comic) featured one or more characters traveling into the past to prevent an event that causes a dystopian future. The robots from Cable's future bear a resemblance to the T-800s. When Mr. Sinister's body is blown to bits in "Reunion, Part 2" it begins to reassemble itself exactly like the T-1000 when it was frozen and then blown to bits. Wolverine even refers to Bishop as Mr. Terminator in the episode "Days of Future Past, Part 1." Another Schwarzenegger movie, "Total Recall", is referenced in "Time Fugitives, Part 2" when Cable uses a hologram of himself in order to bait someone into shooting at him.
Trivia: War Machine (the supporting character from Iron Man) makes two brief cameo appearances in this episode. The first is in Cable's future after Cable tells his team that they aren't retreating. Whether or not the person inside the armor is James Rhodes or why he is a servant of Apocalypse is not explained. The second is when he is watching the Senate committee on TV along with G.W. Bridge and Nick Fury.
Trivia: Despite the character's current massive popularity, Deadpool only made three unofficial cameos on this show, as the character was not nearly as popular in the early 90s. Once as a mental projection during a psychic session between Professor X and Sabretooth in the season 1 episode "Deadly Reunions"; as an illusion created by the dark side of Professor X's consciousness in the season 3 episode "The Phoenix Saga Part 2: The Dark Shroud"; and as form that Morph took during a confrontation with Wolverine in the season 2 episode "Whatever It Takes." Deadpool was set to make his first official appearance in a television series in the second season of "Wolverine and the X-Men", but that show was canceled before this ever came to fruition.
Trivia: This episode marks the return of the Sentinels. Before Xavier expresses his wonder as to who brought the Sentinels back, Beast relates Morph's predicament to the story of Ahab. In the comics, a character named Ahab was the leader of the Sentinels in an alternate future.
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