The latest installment of Wolverine and the X-Men, "Badlands", is the type of episode I hope to see whenever I tune into the show: one that advances the overarching plot of the series in a significant and, more importantly, entertaining manner.
In a way somewhat reminiscent of Smallville, which sadly spends far too many mid-season episodes spinning its wheels on "adventures of the week" that have little to no bearing on the show's main storyline, Wolverine and the X-Men has shown an annoying propensity for slamming on the breaks in order to waste valuable time on some well-traveled area of the X-Men mythos namely, Wolverine's back story. "Badlands" isn't one of those episodes, meaning it's mostly a reminder of the type of exciting storytelling the show is capable of when it keeps the pedal to the metal.
The episode begins with a pre-credits sequence in which Professor X and his small band of mutant refugees flee from a squad of highly evolved Sentinels in the future. From there, it jumps back to the present day, where Wolverine, Kitty Pryde and Forge (sporting costumes inspired by the current X-Force comic) break into an MRD facility in charge of developing Bolivar Trask's Master Mold project.
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