Thursday, March 26, 2009

Foresight, Part Two

Season: 1
Episode Number: 25
Season Episode Number: 25
Production Number: 125
Airdate: March 11, 2009

Writer: Greg Johnson
Director: Nick Filippi

Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine, Vanisher), Nolan North (Cyclops), Fred Tatasciore (Beast), Jennifer Hale (Jean Grey), Kari Wahlgren (Emma Frost), Jim Ward (Professor X), Kevin Michael Richardson (Bishop), Gwendoline Yeo (Domino), Unknown (Mastermold), Tom Kane (Magneto), Liza del Mundo (Polaris), Kate Higgins (Scarlet Witch), Mark Hildreth (Quicksilver), Unknown (Sebastian Shaw), Unknown (Selene Gallio).

Plot: Sentinels begin their attack on Genosha causing dissension in the ranks when Scarlet Witch makes an important decision about which side she's on. Plus, the Inner Circle's true intentions with the Phoenix are revealed causing Emma Frost to question her loyalty. Meanwhile in the future, the future X-Men form their plan to take down Mastermold.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Part two of the three-part finale continues to deliver plenty of action, unfortunately none of it has to do with the X-Men.

Once again, the X-Men are treated as totally useless characters, focusing on the dozens of other characters that have been introduced over the course of the season. The X-Men get captured, then walk into a building. Whoop-de-doo. I sure hope that the last episode actually features the titular team.

This griping may make it seem like I didn't enjoy this episode. On the contrary, I thought it was really good. We get to see the return of X-23, a character we only saw briefly in Stolen Lives. But this time there is four of her! An army of Wolverine and four Wolverine clones would probably be enough to take down Mastermold. I don't know why Logan asks the rest of the team to help.

We get to see the members of the Inner Circle (they still haven't been called the Hellfire Club) use their powers.

Here's how they break down: Donald Pierce emits a blast from his hand. This is because he is a cyborg; Harry Leland has the power to change an object's mass, which is why Cyclops is forced to the ground; Sebastian Shaw absorbs kinetic energy, much like Bishop, but does not redirect it. The energy simply makes him stronger; Selene has the ability to drain one's life-force.

Even though the main plot of this three-part finale focuses on the Phoenix and the Sentinels, the real arc is in the characters of Emma Frost and Scarlet Witch, both of whom have to make a big decision in this episode about loyalties.

Foresight, Part Two is another excellent episode. However, if I have one thing to say, it is this: I feel that the episode falls into the trap that many second-of-three episodes fall into. There is too much story for two episodes, but not enough for three. I thought that much of this episode was drawn out because there wasn't enough content. But this is a minor squabble, especially since the optimal viewing experience is on DVD where all three episodes can be watched as a whole rather than on television.

DVD Releases:
  • Wolverine and the X-Men, The Complete First Season (Canada Exclusive)

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    1 comment:

    Orphen said...

    This episode got very good, demonstrates the Hellfire Club's powers, which was enjoyable. It also really easily had three different story lines converging, in this episode and the next one.