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The Final Decision
Review and Media by Jim Harvey, Other Content by Stu

Episode #13 - The Final Decision
Original Airdate - March 27th, 1993

When Mastermold tries to replace Seneator Kelly's brain with a computer and kill all humans and mutants, the X-Men and Magneto must join forces to finally put a stop to The Sentinels.

Written By: Mark Edward Evens
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy
Animation Services By: AKOM
Guest Starring: Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Norm Spencer as Cyclops, Cedric Smith as Professor Charles Xavier, Iona Morris as Storm, Chris Potter as Gambit, Lenore Zann as Rouge, George Buza as Beast, Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, Court as Jubille, Ron Rubin as Morph, Len Carlson as Senator Kelly, Barry Flatman as Henry Peter Gyrich and David Fox as The Sentinels.

Review: An immediate follow-up to the last episode, we find Magneto under attack by a Sentinel sent out to recover a kidnaped Senator Kelly. After discovering that Master Mold, the robot who creates these mutant hunting machines, is kidnaping various political figures to replace their brains with computers, we’re set-up for a final showdown with this tower contraptions.

The plot couldn’t get any simple, and damn is it fun. With the last ten minutes dedicated to the X-Men simply ripping apart Sentinel after Sentinel, you can’t deny how fun this episode is. Not only that, but it provides solid closure to the first season and sets up a second one with a teaser at the end.

It’s a knockdown fun episode with some great character moments and an a-class moment where Wolverine finally lays his peace with Morph. While the scene with Professor X flying a Blackbird full of dynamite is a bit hokey, it’s just an “jump out of the chair” fun. This episode has such a high replay value.

The only complaint I can think of is how they bungle that great teaser at the end of the episode. We find out that someone is watching Scott and Jean Grey on their picket . .. by seeing some really bad computer-added animation. It just looked . . . bad. Just really bad.

Aside from that, a first class fun way to end the first season! Seriously folks....fun.