I hadn't seen X2 till recently and afterwards I was asking myself why Jean Grey sacrificed herself. It just seems silly when Iceman could have just used his powers to freeze the water saving everybody. Am I missing something? What do you guys think?
Iceman was still learning his abilities. He wasn't as powerful as he is in the comics, but getting there. Jean used her abilities to power the jet and save everybody which was a big decision for her. Could there have been a way for her to live? Possibly yes, but she was already transformed into her Dark Phoenix persona.
I agree with New Captain. Bobby was still learning what he can do with his powers. You can see his demonstration to Rogue at Mutant High and at the museum. As for Jean Grey, it was a matter of life or death. You see scenes where her phoenix side was beginning to come forward and the phoenix came out when she focused on trying to get the aircraft up and running, while keeping the water at bay. That amount of energy took so much that Jean blocked Kurt, so she can focus more.
Kurt Wagner, Nightcrawler. I do agree that Jean could have been saved but I do like it as well. Storm could try to freeze it but I don't think her powers do that. She can make snow but not just freeze water like Iceman could which he couldn't at the time. But the water was moving rapidly as well. Jean was strong enough to hold it.