Wolverine and the X-Men's three-part finale continues with a maelstrom of deadly circumstances descending upon the X-Men, threatening to push the world towards the apocalypse in which Professor X has found himself. Only the efforts of its star character can hope to save them, which should come as either good news or bad news depending on your opinion of this show's prominent use of Wolverine, but certainly not surprising news for anyone that's been paying attention.
Keeping with the breakneck pace of "Foresight - Part 1," "Part 2" keeps the pedal to the metal and never lets up, pushing the series' many plot threads and chess pieces together towards an inevitable conclusion. The Sentinels have grounded the X-Men and are on their way to Genosha for Magneto's staged war, Emma Frost and the Inner Circle have their hands and considerable telekinetic powers around Jean Grey, and Professor X is still stranded in the future in the custody of the Sentinels. By the time the episode is through, these threads run dangerously close to one another - which is a good thing, by the way - and seem poised to explode in the type of fireworks display that can make for a great season finale. More importantly, it's a good deal of fun watching them get there.
The episode begins on last installment's most interesting plot, with Jean Grey resisting the pleas of Emma Frost only to be telepathically subdued by the powerful Stepford Cuckoos. From there, Emma and the Cuckoos set about entering Jeans mind to break down the telepathic barriers built by Professor X to withhold the Phoenix force, ultimately failing because of the strong psychic connection between Jean and Cyclops. This leads to the finale's second major plot development: Sebastian Shaw and the rest of the Inner Circle have strayed from the organization's centuries-old plan to destroy the Phoenix force, and now seek to control and exploit the powerful entity towards their own nefarious agenda. It's a great twist, and one with strong parallels to Magneto's hubris in thinking he can exploit the war with humankind towards his own ends despite Professor X's warnings.
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