The final chapter of Wolverine and the X-Men's three-episode debut, "Hindsight," wraps Friday night on Nicktoons, and it is by far and away, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the most telling and revealing episode yet in terms of gauging what this new series has to offer. It is also, by no coincidence, the most entertaining. Whereas the first two episodes lured me in with little more than solid animation, strong voice acting and the inherent appeal of its strange conglomeration of movie and comic book continuities, "Hindsight, Part 3" hooked me in by delivering all that plus a meaty and worthwhile plot. By the time the episode was over, and I had been allowed a look behind the curtain at what's to come in this first season, I was convinced this is a series well worth a regular spot on my DVR.
Beginning a series with a three-part storyline is a trickier gamble than one might think. There are definitely benefits to the approach, to be sure; it's always nice to kick a new show off with an epic storyline, and those "to be continued" taglines are a convenient way to make sure some viewers tune in the next week. The problem with this approach, however, is that because the three-episode arc almost always adheres to the golden three-act structure, the first two episodes rarely deliver much in terms of pay-off. I suspect this is the reason why I was relatively lukewarm on the story of "Hindsight" parts 1 & 2, but was able to really latch on to the plot in this third installment.
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