Episode #2: Hindsight, Part Two
Original Airdate - January 23rd, 2009

Logan and Beast are trying to pull the X-Men back together. Scott Summers is severely depressed by the disappearance of Jean Grey during the Mansion explosion and not willing to join the team. They find Bobby and Kitty who are thrilled to see them and excited about the reunion. Logan finds Rogue but she feels so abandoned by the teams initial split that she’s not about to join up with Logan again only to endure the same heartbreak. Instead she falls in with the conniving Brotherhood clan who end up using her to set up the X-Men. Rogue is encouraged by the Brotherhood to siphon information on Senator Kelly with her powers from Warren Worthington Sr. while his son and friend to the X-Men Warren Jr. watches in sad dismay. The Brotherhood’s plan goes off without a hitch and the X-Men are blamed for sabotaging Senator Kelly’s conference, which leads directly to his implementation of the Mutant Registration Act. The hardest part for the X-Men is knowing that Rogue set them up.

Written by Greg Johnson
Directed by Steve Johnson
Music by Dean Grinsfelder
Animation By Noxxon Entertainment

Steve Blum as Wolverine
Fred Tacasciore as Beast
Nolan North as Cyclops
Kieren van den Blink as Rogue
Danielle Judovits as Shadowcat
Liam O'Brien as Angel
Richard Doyle as Senator Robert Kelly
Yuri Lowenthal as Iceman

Review: Arsenal - In its first episode, “Wolverine & the X-Men” showed it had respect for the source material. It drew from the comics, movies and even previous cartoons.

In “Hindsight, Part Two,” the creators showed they aren’t afraid to deviate from that source material. (Spoilers on, true believers.) Rogue has played both sides of the fence before. In the comics, X-Men: TAS and X-Men: Evolution, she worked for the Brotherhood before she became an X-woman.

But Rogue was always portrayed as naïve. She was with the Brotherhood because she had not found a home with the X-Men yet. This is the baddest we’ve seen Rogue. Not only does she side with the Brotherhood. She punks the X-Men.

Yes, she definitely has moments of doubt—when she is about to drain Worthington Jr. and when WW III, better known as Angel, saves her from an MRD lackey. But that smirk at the end suggests she’s comfortable with her decisions.

Now, there is plenty of time left for Rogue to surprise us. This could all be part of elaborate double-punking, orchestrated by Wolverine. But if Rogues’ actions in this episode can be taken at face value (which they cannot yet), then the creators have made an interesting choice regarding her loyalties.

Rogue was an interesting, sympathetic character. She loses a lot of audience sympathy if she becomes too vindictive. But Rogue’s actions are just one part of another solid episode. If nothing else, this show does a great job introducing characters. In a short period of time, we met Angel, his father, Quicksilver, Domino, Blob, Toad, Avalanche, Iceman, and Senator Kelly and were properly introduced to Cyclops. Most of them make an impression.

I think almost all of the characterizations, except for Avalanche who didn’t give us much to work with, showed potential. I especially liked Angel and Domino, who seems to be playing the role of substitute Mystique.

The scene with Scott was brilliant and once again reinforces how well the creators have thought out this premise. Yes, Wolverine is not a natural leader, but everyone else knows that too. They tried to get the natural leader, but he’s living in HUD housing and grieving the loss of his woman.

Another solid episode with an interesting twist. I look forward to next week


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