Wolverine and the X-Men

Season 1 Episode 1

Hindsight, Part 1

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 2009 on Nicktoons Networks
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Episode Summary

A year after a mysterious explosion destroyed the Xavier Institute and broke up the weary X-Men, an embittered Wolverine has lost himself on the open road, haunted by the unexplained fate of the missing Professor X and Jean Grey. But his efforts to keep a low profile end when he's brought back into the crosshairs of the Mutant Response Division (MRD) after rescuing a family from a fiery train derailment. When the family shows kindness to Wolverine, however, they're arrested by the MRD, charged with harboring a fugitive mutant. Galvanized into action, Wolverine enlists the help of Beast and together they infiltrate the enemy's lair, successfully liberating not only the innocent family, but a dozen captured mutants as well. But Wolverine knows these kinds of problems won't be going away, and so he's left with one option: bring back the X-Men.moreless

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  • A pretty average start

    The first episode of Wolverine and the X-Men started the series off well. Not too much action or characters with actual roles in the episode, but it was OK. Wolverine and Beast were really the only ones with roles in the episode, but I did love seeing cameos from Pyro, Boom Boom, Dust and Wolfsbane. The episode started off kinda slow, and then moved even slower. But it is just the first episode, not the best episode by any means, but pretty decent. It's probably equivalent to maybe the best episode of the original series. I.E. Really not that good.moreless
  • Logan protects a family, a family protects Logan.

    The animation is rich and the mythology seems to be set. The toned down violence doesn't bother me, I'm used to that with cartoons these days. My main issue was the lack of information right off the bat. The way the series starts a little jarring, and nothing is really explained (Didn't know what MRD stood for, characters come in without introductions- they assume we should all know who everyone already is), but there is a bit of intensity to the series that is very welcome, and direct nods to the movies (the way Rogue's ability is animated, and the identical look of Bobby Drake's home) were refreshing. If you haven't been reading the comics recently, some character models will take some getting used to (Avalanche, Toad).moreless
  • It begins...

    Waited for this series to start for so...looooooooooong...

    And it's started!

    And it's AWESOME!

    Here are some first impressions:

    ~Animation: It's great to look at. Not as realistic as the 90s cartoon, but not the same as the Evo version either. The characters look great for the most part (did you SEE Storm's hair?!), so no complaints there as of yet.

    ~Voices and music: The voices so far are SPOT ON. ALL of the accents are brilliant - Logan's gruff Canadian speech, Rogue's southern drawl, Nightcrawler's german accent, Colossus' russian and Kitty's valley girl talk are just SUPERB. Couldn't ask for better with respect to any of the characters. Simply perfect there - a grating voice can ruin a character very easily. REALLY happy that doesn't happen here.

    ~Plot: Pretty intense! Lots of unanswered questions, but then again it's a three-parter so I suppose things'll get clearer soon enough. The explosion at the mansion, Xavier's (and Jean's) disappearance, the MRD (LOVE that they're referred to as the Mardies ^^ Too cute) and the sheer darkness of what's happening. Torture? Yipes! Not that it hasn't been done before, but I was kind of surprised to see it. Anyway, Rogue's disappointment in Logan for leaving was very good, and the fact that there are so many things that happened that went unexplained (him LEAVING, the explosion, the disappearances...) as well as the fact that all of the X-Men have to be reassembled because everybody is missing...well, I find it cool how the team got broken up and is now having to be reformed, piece by piece. It makes for good fun!

    Also, the whole Wolverine vs MRD vs Citizens was a good way to start. We got a good look at the group of baddies, as well as the situation between mutants and the rest of the populace. That's always a good place to start, methinks. And it's nice to show the dynamics of human opinion: The people who are completely afraid and generally intolerant of mutants vs the people who recognize a hero when they see one.

    ~Overall: Well, it was a danged good episode. I was literally squealing with excitement all the way through. I loved almost everything about it, and am just filled with YAYNESS about the whole project.moreless
  • After the unknown explosion that took away Professor X and Jean Grey, the X-men disbanded. 1 year later, Wolverine continues his lonely journey. While stumbling upon a couple whose daughter is endangered, he risks his life to the rescue.moreless

    One thing for sure, Wolverine is an obvious choice for the series to begin the pilot since he's now a title character. What really caught my attention in this episode is that he selflessly rescues a little girl named Erica from an explosion despite the fact that there are human witnesses who most likely react with fear since their prejudice towards mutants are inevitable. The only humans who openly welcome Wolverine as a hero are Erica's parents, as they are the only non-mutant characters I respect so far is because they did not shun Wolverine as a mutant. What makes them even more unique is that they also criticized the M.R.D (Mutant Response Division) for being the ones that citizens should watch out for. It is a rare sight to see humans to accept mutants. This is exactly what Professor X dreams of: a world where humans and mutants can live in harmony. Come to think about it, doesn't Professor X remind you guys about Martin Luther King Jr.? I mean, he did fought for the dream of racial unity! It is such a shame that every time a new race and minority is introduced, they are always bound to the subject of racism. Typical human nature is sad but true, but hopefully, this show will motivate people to break the cycle so that the mindless carnage and rampage will end.moreless
  • A good start to what looks like a great and exciting series.

    I'm not a huge X-Men fan. Yeah, I've seen the movies and I like them, but there aren't that many characters I care for. Wolverine is awesome though, and luckily, for me anyway, is that he's the main star in this show. I know, I know. "Gee, how'd you figure that out?" We're not introduced to all the X-Men in this episode, and none of the well-known mutant villains appear. In time hopefully, I want to see Toad, Mystique and Sabretooth. Instead we've got Wolverine and Beast trying to save a normal human family from this bad guy. I don't read the comics, so I'm not familiar with this evil character. And he's EVIL alright, torturing the dad, and willing to torture a little girl to get information about Wolerine. Apparently he has a history with Wolverine, we see some huge scars on his face, made by Wolverine's claws. If this episode is any indication of things to come, then this is gonna be a much darker show than earlier X-Men shows. Great, as long as it doesn't get too depressing. But this was a good way to start, and I'll definitely keep watching.moreless
Steven Jay Blum

Steven Jay Blum


Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale

Jean Grey

Danielle Judovits

Danielle Judovits

Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat

Nolan North

Nolan North

Scott Summer/Cyclops

Liam O'Brien (V)

Liam O'Brien (V)

Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, Warren Worthington III/Angel

Fred Tatasciore

Fred Tatasciore

Hank McCoy/Beast

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Character Debuts:
      Wolverine, Shadowcat, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Professor X, Beast, Rogue, Pyro, Boom-Boom, Dust, Rockslide, The M.R.D.

    • Shadowcat and Colossus opening the episode together, during a training program, may be a hint to their relationships in the comics.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Wolverine: What are you doing? Where are the other mutants?
      Beast: Gone their seperate ways. But those cells we emptied, they're be full again tomorrow... and the next day.
      Wolverine: Yeah... Hank, we both know what's going on. There's a war coming, and it ain't gonna be pretty.
      Beast: I agree. So, what's next?
      Wolverine: We bring back the X-Men.

    • Wolverine: Anyone here torch a hanger?
      Pyro: You're singin' my song, mate! Boom Boom, light 'em up.
      Boom Boom: Sure thing, hot shot.

    • Wolverine: (To Col. John Wraith) Now, I want you to leave that nice family alone. Got it? And so you don't forget, here's a little... incentive. (Turns on the sensory assault helmet)

    • Col. John Wraith: This is a sensory assault helmet, the cutting edge in information gathering. Last chance...
      Randy: You're the ones people should watch out for, not the mutants.

    • Randy: So what now, you gonna torture me?
      Colonel John Wraith: Think of it as... incentive to tell me the truth about Wolverine.
      Randy: I'll tell you the truth- he's a hero!

    • Wolverine: (To Beast) Let's go, Chewy. You find out where they keep the prisoners, I'll lock up these guards.

    • M.R.D. Agent: Hands behind your head, freak. Now!
      Beast: See here gentlemen- let's take a deep breath, shall we? You see, I'm a pacifist by nature so, those weapons are not... (Wolverine drop kicks the agents)
      Wolverine: Let me guess, the shackles were chaffing, right?

    • M.R.D. Agent: What kind of mutant do you got in there?
      Wolverine: One big, ugly beast. Now can we hurry it up? You do not want this thing bustin' out right here.

    • Wolverine: How you making out, Hank?
      Beast: It smells back here.
      Wolverine: Well, I don't think prisoners should ride in the front, do you?

    • Wolverine: I gotta fix this, and I want you with me.
      Beast: No, no I can't. Why don't you ask the others?
      Wolverine: What others? I don't know where anyone is. Hank, I need your help.
      Beast: Well... I can't remember the last time you ever asked for assistance.

    • Wolverine: Learn anything new?
      Beast: I have confirmed that the explosion was indeed centered on Charles' position, so he was the likely target.
      Wolverine: But what was the cause?
      Beast: It defies classification! No evidence of combustion, chemical reaction, radiation or electro-magnetism.
      Wolverine: That pretty much rules out the M.R.D. Probably Magneto too...

    • Wolverine: But you've gotta learn to relax, Hank. Try getting out a little more.
      Beast: Well, with Charles and Jean, you know... unaccounted for I just can't think of anything else.
      Wolverine: Me either... Believe me, I've tried.

    • Beast: Logan, seriously, must you always make an entrance?
      Wolverine: Yeah.

    • Agent Haskett: Where is he?
      Randy: Where is who?
      Agent Haskett: Wanna play it that way, fine. You're all under arrest.
      Randy: On what charge?!
      Agent Haskett: Harboring a fugitive mutant.

    • Erika: You're getting better really fast you know. Daddy says that's good because you wouldn't want to go to a hospital.
      Wolverine: Your dad's a smart man.

    • Carl: (About Wolverine) Forget him, he's the M.R.D's problem now.
      Randy: You turned him in, Carl? After what he did?
      Carl: He's got razors in his hands, Randy. Haven't you been watchin' the news? The M.R.D.'s been looking for this one.
      Randy: Well they won't find him here.

    • Construction Worker: (Trying to stop Wolverine from going in to the burning building) No, don't! It's too dangerous.
      Wolverine: Not for me.

    • Wolverine: Aren't you gonna say goodbye?
      Rogue: No...
      Wolverine: You know I'll be back, Rogue.
      Rogue: Who cares? Maybe I'll just take off too.
      Wolverine: Why would you do that? This is your home, kid.
      Rogue: No! It's not home, not when you're gone...

    • Wolverine: Hey, Hank, you waiting there long?
      Beast: Not really. Just wanted to make sure I didn't miss you.
      Wolverine: Have you seen Rogue?
      Beast: For reasons beyond my comprehension, Rogue just doesn't enjoy the thought of you leaving...
      Wolverine: Go figure.

    • Shadowcat: (After being beaten) What just happened?
      Colossus: He happened. (Points to Wolverine)
      Wolverine: (Waving) Just my little way of saying goodbye. See you when I get back.
      Shadowcat: Yeah, you better run... Wait! Come back here and let us down. Logan... Logan!

    • Shadowcat: Admit it, Piotr, you're being schooled by a girl... (A giant tentacle grabs Shadowcat)
      Colossus: Well, well. Looks like school is out.

    • Shadowcat: Hey! Somebody get me down.
      Nightcrawler: Why don't you just phase through it?
      Shadowcat: And fall on my face? No thanks...

  • NOTES (2)


    • Wolverine: (To Beast) Let's go, Chewy.

      This is a reference to Chewbacca from George Lucas' "Star Wars" films. Both Beast and Chewbacca look alike, in that they are hairy creatures. In addition, the situation in which Wolverine and Beast find themselves is almost identical to Han Solo, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker making their way around the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Just as Wolverine and Beast posed as captor-captive to sneak into the MRD center, Han and Luke posed as Stormtroopers with Chewbacca as captive to get to the detention area and free the princess. Similarly, both Beast and Chewbacca find that their handcuffs don't fit.