Wolverine and the X-Men: "Foresight - Part 3" Review


Throughout the course of Wolverine and the X-Men's first year, it seemed like the writers were trying to throw as many stories, characters and elements of the mythology into the mix regardless of whether they could make it all work together. The X-Men films, Days of Future Past, The Dark Phoenix Saga, Grant Morrison's New X-Men, the nostalgically beloved '90s animated series - no story or incarnation seemed out of bounds when it came to this series' attempts to combine the old together in an effort to come up with something new and exciting. The question heading into the third part of the season finale remained whether they'd be able to pull it all together in an entertaining way that still felt logical. As it turns out, the answer is mostly yes.


Now the reason I say "mostly yes" as opposed to "definitely yes" is because many of the series' major plot threads 'the ones this first season spent ample time exploring' proved to be mere subplots to its grand finale, slipping into the background while other plots proved far more important in the end. The war between Magneto's forces and Senator Kelly's immediately comes to mind as an example, and it's hard not to feel like the writers used this storyline throughout the season only to bait and switch at the last minute and focus elsewhere. For that matter, the same old problematic issues of pacing and focus endemic of this series lingered all the way through till the credits rolled, suggesting that the writers may have been better off limiting their scope and taking a "less is more approach."


But that's sort of beside the point in a review of "Foresight - Part 3." What's important is that this episode serves as a wonderfully entertaining, fast-paced finale that shatters expectations and tweaks the X-Men mythos in exciting ways. The Dark Phoenix Saga is completely turned on its head and channeled through a new tragic heroine, and Days of Future Past is blended, if not seamlessly, then at least compellingly with another classic alternate reality X-tale.


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