The episode shines a spotlight on Rogue, as she grapples with the loss of both Gambit and Magneto. We see her journey through grief and rage, as she seeks vengeance against Bolivar Trask, the man she believes is responsible for the Genosha massacre. Nightcrawler offers Rogue comfort, and they are soon joined by the rest of the X-Men, who are determined to uncover the truth behind the tragedy.

Meanwhile, Captain America makes a cameo appearance, adding to the already star-studded roster of Marvel characters in this season. The episode also introduces a new villain, Bastion, who is revealed to be working with Mister Sinister. Bastion’s appearance is a significant moment for fans, as it sets the stage for an epic showdown in the remaining episodes of the season. He is voiced by Theo James, adding a new layer of complexity to this already colorful and dangerous world.

The X-Men find themselves in Madripoor, where they confront Trask and learn of his connection to the Genosha attack. Trask reveals that Mister Sinister manipulated him into giving the villain access to Master Mold, thus allowing the massacre of Genosha to occur. This revelation not only solidifies the X-Men’s determination to bring Trask and Sinister to justice but also adds to the already high stakes of the season.

In a huge reveal at the end we find out Magneto is still alive. Bastion has him hostage and is planing something sinister. It may have to do with Charles as we see Bastion and Sinister observe him from a monitor. It could possibly lead us to a new big bad that is lurking in the background who makes Bastion look like a joke. 

This would be Onslaught. Onslaught is an entity born from the combined consciousness of two powerful mutants, Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto. Making him one of the most formidable adversaries the X-Men and the Marvel universe have ever faced. This dark entity emerged during a pivotal moment when Xavier used his telepathic powers to shut down Magneto’s mind, inadvertently allowing Magneto’s anger, grief, and lust for vengeance to merge with Xavier’s suppressed negative emotions. This fusion of their psyches led to the creation of Onslaught, a malevolent force with a deep-seated resentment towards both humans and mutants.

Onslaught possesses a variety of terrifying abilities, including the power to manipulate metal at incredible speeds, control the blood flow in a person’s brain, levitate individuals or control their actions by manipulating the iron in their bloodstream, and even alter Earth’s magnetic field. This makes him a formidable foe, capable of causing widespread destruction and chaos.

The emergence of Onslaught marked a significant event in the Marvel universe, leading to a cataclysmic battle that involved many of Marvel’s most iconic heroes. Despite being defeated, Onslaught’s impact on the X-Men and the broader Marvel universe continues to be felt, making him a crucial and unforgettable character in the Marvel mythos.

The episode is praised for its exploration of Rogue’s emotional journey, as well as the introduction of Bastion and the deepening of the conspiracy surrounding the Genosha attack. However, some critics note that the episode may have tried to do too much, jumping from one storyline to another without allowing for much breathing room.

Overall, “X-Men ’97 Episode 7: Bright Eyes” is a compelling addition to the series, offering fans a mix of drama, action, and intrigue. With the introduction of Bastion and the ongoing mystery surrounding the Genosha attack, the stage is set for a thrilling conclusion to the season.

By Barreda

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