There's a fascinating world at work beneath the surface of Wolverine and the X-Men, and the show grows all the more absorbing as it continues to slowly flesh out the specifics of this strange status quo. As intrigued as I am with the series' central questions what caused the blast that landed Professor X in a coma, and how will the X-Men avert the apocalyptic future awaiting them? I find myself more and more interested in the minutiae of this unique mythos, which continues to reveal itself as an imaginative hybrid of comics, movies and cartoons from the past and present. "Greetings from Genosha" is the latest episode to pull me further into the series' spell, as it spent more time filling in the gaps of this world than it did on dark alternate futures.
The episode picks up where "X-Caliber" left off, with Nightcrawler and his boatload of mutant refugees arriving on the shores of Magneto's mutant safe-haven, Genosha. Magento arranges for his beautiful daughter Wanda, aka the Scarlet Witch, to give Nightcrawler a tour of the island, and Kurt is soon stunned to discover that Magneto has apparently made good on his promise of a mutant utopia. But this is Magneto we're talking about after all, and it isn't long before Nightcrawler realizes there's a seedy underbelly beneath Genosha's cheery facade. Magento is imprisoning those who dare oppose his omnipotent rule, a side with which Kurt quickly finds himself aligned.
Meanwhile, over at the X-Mansion, everyday life at Xavier's school is interrupted when Mystique breaks in to snoop around disguised as Angel. Always quick to sniff out an intruder, Wolverine springs in to action, and we're treated to the sort of cat-and-mouse, shape-shifting fight scene fans have come to expect from any Mystique appearance.
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