Review Wolverine and the X-Men: Season 1, Episode 18 - "Backlash"


There are three types of Wolverine and the X-Men episodes: unfortunate wastes of time, moderately enjoyable tangents, and those that actually advance the series' overarching plot in a meaningful and entertaining way.


The latest episode, "Blacklash", falls into that third category, which would normally be considered a good thing. However, seeing as how long it's been since an episode has dealt with the present day X-Men proactively trying to avert the apocalypse, the episode is in some ways an example of "too little, too late." In other words, to say this series has suffered from poor pacing would be a serious understatement.


The episode basically ignores the amount of episodes that have passed since the last time the series has dealt directly with the rise of Master Mold, and instead acts as if Wolverine and his team have been clamoring to avert the catastrophic mutant vs. human war ever since they first got wind of it. The result is jarring, to say the least, as the episode's attempt to establish a sense of immediate danger is completely undermined by the casual tangents of previous installments.


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