Wolverine and the X-Men: "Foresight - Part 1" Review


The first season of Wolverine and the X-Men has been mired by a mess of plot threads and tangential episodes that artificially delayed any sort of cohesive unification of these stories, which is why it isn't much of a surprise to see the first of its three-part finale spent on a mad dash to tie these threads together towards a resolution. The good news is that the writers mostly succeed in accomplishing this in a mostly organic and entertaining manner, even if they have to take some short cuts along the way.


"Foresight - Part 1" is a fast-paced first act to the big finale rife with double crosses and plot twists. Emma Frost has revealed her true colors as a member of the Inner Circle (a slightly altered version of the Hellfire Club), kidnapping Jean Grey from right under the X-Men's noses. Wolverine discovers this betrayal the same way he's discovered a number of important plot developments throughout the season, using his super smell to reconstruct a complete and exact picture of events that occurred out of his eyesight. It's a lazy and stupid storytelling device, one that's only made excusable because it pushes the story forward a rarity for this series.


With Emma and the Inner Circle in possession of Jean, the narrative switches over to the apocalyptic future, where Professor X, Bishop and their band of survivors are dealing with a double cross of their own after Marrow betrayed their whereabouts to Mastermold. The group is attacked and eventually incarcerated by the Sentinels, culminating in a turn of events that promises to eliminate the last remnants of the world's mutant survivors.


Meanwhile, on Genosha, Magneto also reveals his true colors by having Quicksilver kidnap Senator Kelly, replacing the anti-mutant spokesman with Mystique - another instance of the series trying a little too hard to incorporate a recognizable element of the films. That said, Magneto's actions and motivations all ring true to the character, and introduce an important ripple in the upcoming apocalyptic storm. In short, Magneto's hubris causes him to believe he can avert Professor X's future and ensure the dominance of mutant kind, even as it pushes the world towards that very disaster. Before he can unleash his plan, however, there's one more double cross to be had, as Wanda Maximoff alerts the X-Men to her father's plans.


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