This episode 3 x 1 was, plain and simple, the prelude to the finale double episode which is to air in two weeks. Full of Easter Eggs (see the list below) and new connections between the characters it was a bit slower paced then previous episodes but it had a number of things to make it charming and exciting for both long-time X-men fans and those who are new to its world.
While the episode began with funerals, which were beautifully handled, it basically focused on the Strucker parents decision about leaving the stronghold. Because of what happened in last week’s episode, Reed and Caitlyn have decided that they and their children would be safer if they went to Mexico. Neither Andy nor Lauren want to go, but for different reasons. Andy is just realizing the full extent of his powers and he thinks that it’s important to stay to help out the others. He also seems to be somewhat excited by the new powers he’s discovered and is convinced that he can be of help. Lauren is of a similar mind but later wants to stay even more when Wes shows up.
The Strucker parents insist that it’s best for them to go, even though Eclipse also encourages them to stay by saying how much they are needed, not only for their children’s superpowers but also for all that the parents do to help them. Just then, the Cuckoo Trio shows up.
Meanwhile, although the Struckers might think that their meeting with Turner and his wife worked to sway him their way, they will soon be mistaken. It becomes very evident that he’s made up his mind when Campbell showcases his latest mutant project-literally fusing two mutants together who are hooked on his special cocktail of drugs.
Turner and his fused mutants arrive at the mutant safe house and attack. Wes tries to save them by hiding them from view but ends up weakening himself. Andy is hit by debris and gets a concussion. Still, even though the parents don’t want to move Andy, they all escape when Andy hears the Cuckoo triplets telling him that they are near and ready to save them all.
The triplets tell him to take a certain path to safety, where the sisters await with SUVs to speed everyone away. Later at HQ, Andy shrugs off any thanks for helping fend off the Hounds, instead, he gives full credit to the triplets — who are across the room assuring Marcos & Co. that, if the underground is on board, they can get them to Dr. Campbell to “end this” once and for all. This is important to note since we then learn that the U.S. government has granted permission to Campbell’s new Hounds tech.
Next, the Triplets report back to William, who warns the girls that the Inner Circle is most unhappy with their bold moves as of late. Esme counters that they simply did what needed to be done, that no one need fear the Struckers have been “lost,” and the mutant underground is now willing to (unwittingly) assist their cause… whatever it may be.
Be sure to watch on Monday, January 15 when we see the finale double episode at 9 pm.
Last week reported that there would be some easter eggs in this episode and wondered you could find them. Here’s a list from the Den of Geek that reveal where they were within the episode.
- Busy week on the references front! The theater that Blink and her date are walking out of can apparently show Hitman: Agent 47, Maze Runner and Peanuts, but can’t get the rights to Alien: Covenant and had to settle for Xenomorph. Poor Clarice. She missed out on Michael Fassbender playing with his own flute.
- Those guys in the black hoodies with the white crosses on them are Purifiers. In the comics, they’re Reverend Stryker’s paramilitary group that runs around terrorizing mutants. They first showed up in God Loves, Man Kills, the maybe best X-Men story of all time.
- I don’t know who the guy running the Hellfire Club is, but I am pretty sure the diamond was not a reference to his power, but to the Cuckoos’ true origin. They’re named as Sophie, Esme and Phoebe Frost later in the episode, and Emma Frost’s secondary mutation is to turn her body to “organic diamond.”
- Speaking of the Hellfire Club, a Cuckoo tells Polaris that “Your father was a king in the Hellfire Club.” You know who was a king in the Hellfire Club who’s also Polaris’s dad in the comics? Magneto.
- The two mutants with complementary powers in the Hound Program can manipulate inertia and gravity. I’m not sure who they are exactly – the inertia manipulator probably isn’t Vice Versa from the New Universe, nor is she Inertia from the Squadron Supreme. Just like the gravity manipulator likely isn’t Gravity or (god help us) Xorn. We’ll probably see soon.
- The pin on the Sentinel Services director’s lapel looks an awful lot like an old SHIELD logo, doesn’t it?