Episode Number: 7
Season Episode Number: 7
Production Number: 107
Airdate: October 18, 2008
Writer: Christopher Yost
Director: Doug Murphy
Voices: Steven Blum (Wolverine), Alex Desert (Nick Fury), Fred Tatasciore (Hulk), Gabriel Mann (Bruce Banner), Chris Edgerly (Agent Haskett).
Plot: Nick Fury enlists the help of Wolverine to take down a brutal force that is destroying cities: The Incredible Hulk. Only, there is more going on than Fury is letting on and it means that Wolverine and the Hulk might have to get their fight over with soon as the real threat is on the way.
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): My first reaction after watching this episode is where are the X-Men? This is the third episode in a row where the X-Men haven't seen any action. Sure, the show is called Wolverine and the X-Men and Wolvie definitely is the star, but with a title like that I expect to see some X-Men!
I have heard that a general rule for TV writing is that the first seven episodes set up the premise for the show before going to far down the continuity hole. These first seven episodes of Wolverine sure are setting up Wolverine's character as well as the world he lives in and his mission to reform the X-Men, but we really need to get on with the impending storyarc that we all know is there.
Now that I've got that out of my system, let's talk about this episode:
Many online sources have stated that this episode is round two between Wolverine and the Hulk (round one is the Hulk vs. Wolverine DVD movie), however, this continuity is messed up due to the Canadian airing of this episode three months before the debut of the DVD. I love the fact that Steven Blum and Fred Tatasciore provide the voices of Wolverine and the Hulk for both productions.
While this episode is a fun romp in the park, it doesn't really serve any purpose to the overall storyline. We are not introduced to any new characters from the X-Men world. Fury even states that he is staying out of the way of the whole mutant round-up business claiming it's just 'politics'. This leads us to believe that we may never see Nick Fury again.
In fact, if Nick is to play a main role in the future, this episode could have featured the Juggernaut, Sabretooth, or even Unus the Untouchable rather than bringing in a guest star this early in the series.
That being said, the Hulk is well-written in this episode. His brute strength coupled with his mental state worked very well as a means for Wolverine (and the animators) to show some of his fancy moves. Plus, he's funny.
The character of Nick Fury has been forever changed by Mark Millar's Ultimates comic book. Fury's design in this episode is influenced by his Ultimate black persona as well as his deceptive and manipulative behaviour, which one would expect from a man who basically controls the world. The interaction between him and Wolverine is priceless.
Oh yeah, and there's this whole subplot about Wendigo. I know that Wendigo runs into Wolverine every once in a while but he's really a Hulk villain. So what were we watching? An episode of Wolverine and the X-Men guest starring the Hulk? Or and episode of The Hulk guest starring Wolverine?