Episode 15: Hunting Grounds
After a Wolverine filled episode last time I was really hoping the writers would showcase the X-men again and start building up that whole team aspect that’s so damn important about them. While at least Wolverine wasn’t the main focus, this episode suffers thanks to the X-men getting mere cameos in their own show.
We pick up the Nightcrawler/Genosha/Mojo plot and things wrap up well enough. Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch get kidnapped by Mojo for his little show, Wolverine is taken prisoner and turned feral to kill them, all hell breaks loose. For that it’s a good episode but not without it’s weaknesses.
I should mention Mojo, the main villain. Just about every line from him was hilarious. Though I do think that his face is…a little creepy, something that not every kid is going to avoid. I mean…it’s just…wow. Creepy as all hell really.
Nightcrawler continues to be a great character as he shows that he’s more than able to handle himself even when up against Wolverine. Though the character that stood out to me the most was Scarlet Witch. Since she’s pretty much been ruined nowadays in the comics it’s nice to see the writers handle her so well in the cartoon.
The writers have fleshed her out from “loyal daddy’s girl” to “strong willed woman” in a matter of 22 minutes. I didn’t really like her appearance last time but now she’s become one of my favorite characters on the show. I can only hope that she gets a bigger role later on as the season progresses.
Unlike last time, the action in this episode was rather weak. We got some okay fights but really nothing that really felt intense or epic. Even when Wolverine and Mystique where beating the crap out of faceless guards it still looked cool. Here it just doesn’t really feel all that interesting.
One thing I’ve been on the fence of is the relationship between Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch. It’s an interesting twist and all but at the same time I’m one of those fans of Vision/Scarlet Witch. Though I recognize that Vision will probably never show up in this series (*sad face*) so I don’t mind this. Though it seems that it’s probably not really going to go any further.
Magneto was well done here, his concern for Wanda felt real and I especially liked how protective he comes off when it comes to Lorna. I’m not too familiar with the character but I certainly liked how he seems to want to keep her in the dark since she comes off as innocent.
Now for my biggest complaint, the X-men merely making cameos in their own show. Can I honestly ask why? They get 3 scenes here, all of them minor at best just to show that Wolverine was captured, then how they found them. Is it so much to ask that they get a bigger role at least? Maybe even a funny sub-plot would do but this is just getting annoying.
Even when confronting Mojo Wolverine steals the spotlight form Nightcrawler. This is getting ridiculous. It’s as if the writers wrote this in at the last minute to make sure we gave Wolverine some lines and make sure the audience is aware that he’s still our main character. Rather than just letting Nightcrawler or Scarlet Witch kick some ass. Heaven forbid anyone but Wolverine do that.
After Scarlet Witch goes home, Wolverine and Nightcrawler conveniently get saved by the X-men. Wrapping things up in an oh so neat way. Well to be fair to this episode I am glad we got the Mojo plot wrapped up for now and that Nightcrawler is finally back with the X-men for good this time. No annoying twists at the end.
Overall this episode was another good episode but with the lack of X-men and some boring fights this episode doesn’t do a lot for me. Though as a fan of Scarlet Witch and Nightcrawler at least I got something out of it, and you probably will too.
Score: 6 out of 10