Appearing in "Slave Island"
- The X-Men
- Cable (First appearance)
- Bolivar Trask
- Henry Gyrich
- Master Mold (First appearance)
- Leader (First appearance)
- Cameron Hodge (First full appearance)
- Moustachioed commander
- Female second
- Blob (Frederick Dukes) (First appearance)
- Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida) (First appearance)
- Feral (Maria Callasantos) (First appearance)
- Mystique (Raven Darkholme) (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Pyro (St. John Allerdyce) (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Rictor (Julio Richtor) (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Avalanche (Dominikos Petrakis) (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Thunderbird (John Proudstar) (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier) (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Aurora (Jeanne-Marie Beaubier) (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Caliban (Cameo) (First appearance)
- Domino (Neena Thurman) (Cameo)
- Unidentified grey-skinned mutant with ape-like stature (1:30, Part 3 or 0:20, Part 3)
- Moira MacTaggert (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- United States of America
- Cairo, Egypt (Mentioned)
- United Kingdom (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Switzerland (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Slave Island"
Gambit, Storm, Jubilee and a host of other mutants are made to work as slaves in Genosha to complete a dam which will power a Sentinel factory. Special collars on mutants' necks prevent them from using their powers, but Gambit manages to escape. During his escape, Gambit finds Cable who is looking for the one responsible for enslaving the mutants, the Leader. Cable gives Gambit a key to unlock his collar before attacking the Sentinel factory. Gambit frees the other Mutants, who begin fighting with the guards and Sentinels before fleeing. Storm uses her powers to bring down the dam, causing a flood to destroy the entire factory. The X-Men return home to find the X-Mansion destroyed.
Jubilee, Storm, and Gambit, along with many other mutants, wake up in a detention center on Genosha (having been captured in "Cold Vengeance"). They have been fitted with special collars that prevent them from using their powers, and are being used as slaves to construct a dam. When their collars are switched off to let them use their powers to help with the building, Storm immediately tries to escape (Gambit, realizing the futility of the gesture, prevents Jubilee from doing likewise). The collars are immediately reactivated, and Storm is recaptured by a Sentinel. Bolivar Trask appears and orders Storm killed, but Gambit bargains for her life by revealing that she could easily fill up the lake with her mutant control over the weather. Instead, she is locked in "the Box," which aggravates her childhood claustrophobia.
As the other mutants get to work on the dam, Gambit and the soldiers see a fire in the forest in the distance. Sentinels are sent to apprehend the man responsible, while the guards send the mutants back to their cells. That night, a power failure occurs in the detention center and Jubilee manages to get out of her cell. She has a plan how they can jump the guards and escape, but neither Gambit nor any of the mutants in neighboring cells are willing to listen to her. She returns to her cell as the lights come on again.
Meanwhile, back at the mansion, Wolverine returns from his trip to Canada (again, in "Cold Vengeance"). Scott is upset that they cannot contact their allies on Genosha. The X-Men decide to go to Genosha to check in. Xavier declines to join them, saying he has things to do. Once the others have left, Xavier calls his "old friend" Moira MacTaggert at the Muir Island Mutant Research Center in Scotland.
On Genosha, Jubilee wakes up to find that Gambit was taken away in the night. The other mutants agree to her breakout plan, but it fails when it is revealed that Gambit had informed the guards about her plan. Jubilee is thrown into the Box where she finds Storm, who is now delirious. She promises to make a snow-storm, forgetting that she does not have her powers, and says that Gambit will save them.
In a nearby factory, Bolivar Trask reveals the existence of Master Mold, a self-contained Sentinel production line, to Henry Gyrich, as well as to the leader of Genosha, a former colonel and associate of Gyrich's who now refers to himself as "Leader", and to Cameron Hodge, the "Development Advisor to the government of Genosha." They reveal that the purpose of the dam is to power Master Mold, which is currently drawing too much power from the Genoshan energy grid. They also bring in Gambit, who Gyrich questions about the X-Men. Gambit promises to lead Gyrich to them, and Gyrich sends him back to the prison. However, on the way back Gambit escapes from his guards, and encounters a heavily-armed mercenary named Cable, who is looking for the Leader. Cable drives off the guards and destroys their vehicle. When Gambit asks him to help free the slaves, Cable gives him a key to the control collars that he stole a week earlier.
Elsewhere, Cameron Hodge explains that Cable is apparently an American, and that he was a mercenary in the Leader's army until he discovered that the Leader was not really a champion of democracy. He threw his wages back in the Leader's face and took to the hills. He may also be a mutant. Gyrich offers to have Cable eliminated if Leader will provide large numbers of control collars. Before the deal is made, Cable attacks the factory.
Gambit rescues Jubilee and Storm from the Box, having decapitated the Sentinel that was guarding them. They then attack the dam and Jubilee steals the control for the power-dampening collars, freeing the slaves. However, the slaves refuse to help destroy the Sentinels until they have taken over the whole of Genosha, and they leave.
Cable infiltrates the Sentinel factory and destroys many Sentinels, then tracks down the Leader. Master Mold produces a smaller-sized Sentinel of a different design, which follows Cable and attacks him, allowing Leader to escape. Cable defeats the prototype Sentinel. Storm summons a thunderstorm and heavy rain to destroy the dam and the factory. Although it crumbles, she is too exhausted to fly to safety. She is rescued by the timely arrival of Rogue.
Cable accosts the Leader and Cameron Hodge as they flee the factory, planning to go to Switzerland. He destroys their car. He holds up Leader and Hodge pulls a gun on him, but before they can take any action the flood waters from the dam stream towards them in a huge wave. Cable laughs as the three of them are washed away. Inside the factory, Master Mold attempts to flee the flood, but cannot escape because it is still plugged in. The wave destroys the factory.
The X-Men return to the Xavier Institute, where they find that the school has been completely demolished.
- When the episode originally aired on February 13, 1993, the following episode "Unstoppable Juggernaut" was not ready to be aired for unknown reasons. As such, the original airing of this episode had a different ending, instead of the cliffhanger wherein the X-Men return home to find that the mansion was destroyed, instead the episode ended with the typical stock footage of the Blackbird landing at the mansion. Episodes "The Cure" and "Come the Apocalypse" were aired on the following weekend of February 20th and 27th. When "Slave Island" was played in reruns for the first time, it had the original ending as intended.
- Jubilee recognizes Bolivar Trask from her previous capture by Sentinels, in "Night of the Sentinels: Part 2". Gambit also mentions that the President of the USA previously closed down the Sentinel program in America (from the same episode), forcing them to relocate (to Genosha).
- When interrogating Gambit, Gyrich refers to Gambit helping Jubilee at the Salem Center Mall (from "Night of the Sentinels: Part 1"), and to the X-Men's attack on the Sentinel factory (from "Night of the Sentinels: Part 2").
- Domino, who cameos in this episode, had previously appeared (in an even smaller cameo) on a television monitor in episode 1, "Night of the Sentinels: Part 1".
- A man named "Mr Hodge", who resembled the Cameron Hodge introduced in this episode, appeared as Beast's defense attorney in "Enter Magneto". It is unclear if they were intended to be the same person.
- Leader reveals that the control collars used in this episode were invented by "a scientist in Scotland, a true genius". Two episodes later, in "The Cure", it is revealed that the inventor was Gottfried Adler.
- Gyrich says that he is going back to Washington at the end of this episode.
- When Xavier calls Muir Island, he apparently dials 011 555 2222. This is not long enough for a UK telephone number, and omits the country code, which is 44.
- When Gambit asks who Cable is, he claims to be "The wild man of Borneo".
- Several of the mutants that appear in this episode were members of Cable's X-Force team in the comics, including Cable, Domino, Feral, Warpath, Caliban, and Rictor. There is no suggestion in the episode that these mutants are part of a team like X-Force, or that they even know each other.
- Genosha's treatment of mutants as slave labor is adapted from Uncanny X-Men #235 through Uncanny X-Men #238. However, the premise of how the Genoshan's enslaved mutants is greatly retooled, likely to be more appropriate for children's television.
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