Wolverine and the X-Men: Beginning of the End — Dystopia Becomes More of a Reality
Written: Jul 8, 2012
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Pros:Great set of episodes; character driven; good animation Cons:Only five episodes on disc The Bottom Line: Wolverine and the X-Men: Beginning of the End continues a great story arc that takes of a cinematic feeling. It's hard to be to be invested in the tales.
A time-displaced Professor X has witnessed the demise of mutantkind in the future. His only hope is to prevent this dystopian future from happening by changing the past. In order for that to happen, he needs Wolverine to reform the X-Men in the present while communicating his findings from the future. But the journey isn’t an easy one for the scrappy Canadian as the quest to gather the team continues in Wolverine and the X-Men, Volume 3: Beginning of the End with another five episodes.
“Future X” Trapped in the future, Professor X must find a way to survive only to be captured by the Sentinels. With the help of a ragtag team consisting of Bishop, Domino, Marrow and Hellion, he plans to free himself from his jailers. In the present, Wolverine and the X-Men look for any information on Master Mold in hopes to prevent his creation.
“Greetings from Genosha” Nightcrawler finally arrives on Genosha and receives a tour from Scarlet Witch on the happenings Magneto has created on this island. But there is more than what it seems as Dusk informs Nightcrawler of shady dealings. In escaping Genosha and reaching the X-Mansion, Nightcrawler encounters Mystique with unsatisfactory results.
“Past Discretions” Wolverine is still searching for information about his past and his journey takes him to the daughter of Maverick. The Weapon X program doesn’t want Logan to remember anything about his team with the organization so they dispatch Sabretooth to deal with the problem. But Sabretooth isn’t the only one searching for Wolverine, as Rogue overhears Quicksilver’s mission from Magento and sets out to inform the X-Men.
“eXcessive Force” A despondent Cyclops is still feeling the loss of Jean Grey and believes that Mr. Sinister has her. His rage blinds him from any rational thought as he takes on the Marauders to get to Sinister. But the results aren’t exactly what he expects even with the X-Men’s help.
“Battle Lines” It’s a prison break as Magneto sends to Acolytes to retrieve some mutant prisoners. The X-Men standoff against the Brotherhood but run across a young mutant whose nightmares become real and manifest into monsters. Meanwhile, Rogue’s purpose with the Brotherhood is finally revealed.
I have been enjoying these episodes because they are extremely character driven. It also follows the quest theme that I truly enjoy where the pieces need to be collected along the way before it makes any sense. This is what happens with each episode as we learn what happened to certain characters after their year long absence from the team. While each episode can be enjoyed on its own, it also fits into the bigger picture. And it’s this bigger picture that is starting to come more in the forefront. In a sense the producers and writers really wanted this entire season to feel like a cinematic movie once all the stories are put together. I really get that sense the more episodes I watch. The animation is very well done with the voice acting matching the characters in play.
I was skeptical at first when this series came out. I wasn’t in the mood to invest time in yet another X-Men series that delves into the beginning again. Thankfully that wasn’t the case at all. Instead, the team is already established and becomes a story of rebuilding the team. Wolverine and the X-Men, Volume 3: Beginning of the End starts to reveal how to present and future are connecting with each other with the necessary puzzle pieces coming into play. Which future emerges depends on how Wolverine can anticipate the path needed to take to prevent dystopia.