Episode Number: 26
Season Episode Number: 26
Production Number: 126
Airdate: March 12, 2009
Writer: Greg Johnson
Director: Boyd Kirkland
Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine), Nolan North (Cyclops), Fred Tatasciore (Beast), Danielle Judovits (Shadowcat), Kieren van den Blink (Rogue), Kari Wahlgren (Emma Frost), Liam O'Brien (Nightcrawler), Jennifer Hale (Jean Grey), (John Grey), Jim Ward (Professor X), Gwendoline Yeo (Domino), Unknown (Mastermold), Tom Kane (Magneto), Mark Hildreth (Quicksilver), Kate Higgins (Scarlet Witch), Unknown (Sebastian Shaw), Unknown (Selene Gallio).
Plot: The Inner Circle manage to draw the Phoenix out of Jean Grey but it proves to be more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Now Cyclops, Emma Frost and the rest of the X-Men must find a way to stop it before it destroys the world! Plus, the future X-Men begin their assault on Mastermold and the Sentinels!
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Wolverine and the X-Men Season One ends with a bang, and it's a big one! All the plots are brought together in a way that you can tell the writers have planned since the very first episode. Even in this final episodes there are major twists that change everything you thought you knew! And the X-Men finally get to see some action!
The future storyline brings back Polaris, a character I thought we'd never see again. But it's nice to be wrong as she proved to be a valuable team player. And Mastermold reveals her true form and it appears to look very similar to the manifestation the Danger Room took on when it gained self-awareness in Astonishing X-Men #9.
As I said in my review of Foresight, Part One, we have grown attached to this future band of X-Men and it is mostly likely that they no longer exist in the next season.
I suppose that Marrow is the only character that actually got any development so hopefully the writers will find a way to bring her to the present, and we'll see Xavier and Domino in the present in the next season, and I suppose Bishop could just travel back in time, so I guess we will see most of these characters after all. But what about Vanisher, Berzerker and Hellion?! Oh wait, I don't actually care about them.
The main bulk of this episode focuses on Emma's story. I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed that we don't get to see a little bit more of evil Emma. They built up her character a little too soft throughout the season, so the revelation that she was a mole made fans jump for joy. But it was short lived as she quickly realized what side she should be on.
And the love triangle didn't really play out like I was expecting. Although it was nice to see Scott be completely faithful to Jean and not fall into Emma's skanky rebound radar, Emma's swooning over Scott felt completely out of character to those who are used to Emma being a real bitch. Like many elements of the show, Emma's character has been rewritten for the show and a comparison between the show and the comics, however natural that may be, would not do the show justice.
As I said in a previous review, I'm glad that they played out the Phoenix Saga in a way that is different than what had been done before. It is new and fresh and kept us not knowing what would come next! And the ending... wow. It is so hard to write a review without giving away the major spoilers! Go watch this episode now if you haven't already.
This season has been really impressive. I'm glad to see that it lived up to all the hype and delivered us a quality program with top notch writing, acting and animation. Here's to an even better second season, which looks like it will be set in the Age of Apocalypse, one of my favourite comic book sagas! And I don't even care that I let that major spoiler out of the bag.