Wolverine and the X-Men: "Aces and Eights" Review Episode 22

With the first season of Wolverine and the X-Men drawing to a close, the series has gradually ditched its meandering ways and started focusing first and foremost on its main story threads. Considering how frustrating it has been to watch this series spin its wheels on tangential plot lines, you'd think that new sense of focus would lead to a rise in quality. Not so. As this series has proven time and again, the show's writers are not above relying on the most convenient plot contrivances to push their storyline forward. "Aces and Eights" is just the latest and most blatant example.

The episode begins with the one plot contrivance relied upon most by the writers of this series Professor X coming back from the future to conveniently warn Wolverine of a coming development in the conflict between man and mutant in this case, the knowledge that Senator Kelly has hired a mutant spy to steal Magneto's helmet. As we soon learn, that mutant is none other than Gambit, who has already demonstrated his duplicitous ways earlier this season. Gambit arrives on Genosha, fights a few of Magneto's henchmen, and then provides one of the episode's only surprising moments when he tells Magneto exactly why he's arrived on the island.

After Gambit's honesty is rewarded by Magneto with sanctuary on Genosha, the plot stumbles into its next contrivance. Gambit begins a flirtation with Polaris in which he presses her for information about Genosha's infrastructure, and Polaris quickly obliges him and falls in love for no believable reason whatsoever. It's almost as if Polaris read the script before hand, and knew the story demanded her to fall for Gambit.

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