The biggest problem facing Wolverine and the X-Men is a question of pacing. Far too often in its debut season the series has halted the momentum of its greater story arc to focus on tangential plot lines, and episodes that could and should have been spent advancing the central plot were spent rehashing Wolverine's back-story, fretting on Cyclops' grief over the loss of Jean Grey or stalling with some other ancillary thread. If only all episodes were as focused as the latest, "Battle Lines," we might already be calling this the greatest animated X-Men series of them all.
The episode boils many of the series' most important plot lines to an explosive point that feels climactic and substantial enough to be the first season's end point, but thankfully that's not the case. As opposed to previous episodes which only advanced this saga incrementally, "Battle Lines" catapults the war between the MRD, Magneto's Brotherhood and the X-Men leaps and bounds until a point of tragic inevitability in which Wolverine's task to avert Professor X's apocalyptic future seems almost futile.
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