Review Wolverine and the X-Men: Season 1, Episode 17 - "Code of Conduct"


That's the name of the game when it comes to the progression of Wolverine and the X-Men's core storyline, and it's one that's becoming increasingly frustrating to watch. Just when the show finally gets around to pushing its main plot thread forward in an exciting fashion, it slams on the breaks to explore a corner of Wolverine's back-story that has little to no relevance to Professor X's struggle to help Logan avert an apocalyptic future. And worse, the show's main problem isn't that it sacrifices momentum to showcase its star character; it's that when it does, it usually sacrifices all semblances of logic as well.


"Code of Conduct" begins with an admirable yet ultimately moronic attempt to showcase Wolverine's powers. The X-Men have been kidnapped by the Silver Samurai, and Wolverine investigates the scene of the crime, using his heightened sense of smell to fully visualize exactly how each of his teammates were taken down in explicit detail. In short, the scene defies all logic unless you're willing to accept that some of Professor X's telepathic powers have rubbed off on Wolverine over the years. It does, however, establish Silver Samurai as a ridiculously capable warrior - even if it never follows up on that characterization.


Before Wolverine sets out to free his friends, he outlines his age-old feud with Silver Samurai to Rogue. Here, the episode segues into a flashback to "a few years ago," where it quickly sets about outlining another illogical turn of events. Logan and the Samurai both vie for the heart of the same Japanese woman, Mariko Yashida, and engage in deadly combat to decide who will win her hand in marriage.


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