Firstly, I must admit something to you, dear readers, there are two things I love in life more than almost anything else. They are 1. Richard Armitage and 2. Wolverine. Therefore, you can surmise my excitement when I found out that Richard Armitage would be voicing Wolverine in Stitcher’s production of Marvel’s Wolverine: The Long Night.
We will be reviewing the episodes two at a time because they are around a half hour each and will be easier to discuss when combined. And now, without further ado, let us begin!
CHAPTER ONE: A THOUSAND WAYS TO DIE IN ALASKA
We open with two federal agents, Pierce and Marshall, interviewing a man who happened upon a fishing boats’ entire crew that was murdered gruesomely during the night. All fingers point to the mysterious stranger who recently came to the Burn, AK where our story takes place. The town has been plagued by mysterious “bear” attacks and this new encounter on the sea doesn’t seem to put anyone at ease.
With local law enforcement not wanting to help, the detectives grudgingly take Bobby, from the police, to hunt down any leads to prove this is more than just a random bear attack. Bobby brings up an interesting point. Those in Burns, AK is a place for those who don’t fit in anywhere else. Everyone wants their privacy
because everyone has something to hide. *Random side note: For whatever reason, whenever Bobby says something, I always see James Brent Isaacs in my head as the character.*
While sifting through rumors, everyone keeps coming back to two newcomers to the town. The first, a man called Prophet who has a following called “The Night,” considered a cult by locals. The other, a man who generally keeps to himself focusing on his work and his solitude. That is until someone on the boat he’s working on gets his arm caught in a trap and pulled overboard. A witness recounts the encounter and that Logan jumped off the boat right after. After the shock of them both going overboard seems to set in, the man pulled under is thrown back on the deck of the ship. Then, just to tease us all, we hear one line from the deep gravely voice of our favorite mutant who simply says after some heavy breaths, “Shoulda cut your head off instead” and I might have swooned. Armitage does justice to the character in those six words. The imagery and gruffness that his voice gives are impressive.
CHAPTER 2: GOODNIGHT NOBODY
The next episode picks up with Pierce and Marshall talking about their morning. Marshall meets up with the mother of Sandy Evans, a victim of one of the elusive bear attacks in Burns. The scene was gruesome, and the details are intense. She was ripped to shreds, and her head was never found. The only way they were able to identify her was by the tattoo on her arm, ‘Goodnight Nobody.’ Her mother believes it was a line from Sandy’s favorite book as a child, Goodnight Moon, but it has ties to the Aurora cult.
Sandy’s mother tells Marshall that she wasn’t surprised because Sandy kept getting calls with nothing but heavy breathing on the other end. Marshall takes all information into account and reports back to Pierce who had met with Logan’s landlord in the local bar, The Dirty Shame. Honestly, someone deserves a reward for coming up with these names. Anyway, Pierce and the landlord meet up, but she isn’t much help to the investigation as Logan paid in cash and she didn’t ask many questions.
As you can guess, Pierce, Marshall, and Bobby go out to Logan’s. No one seems to be there, but the trail is relatively fresh, and they decide to go inside. The cabin is trashed, and a dear hide is hanging outside. A band of feral children that live off the grid, The Strawberry Kids, come out of nowhere and destroy Bobby’s patrol car. Marshall and Pierce knock one of them out of a tree and start asking him questions. He doesn’t want to say anything because they are police, but they finally get it out of him that Logan was there and just left. Logan had saved his life and had earned their respect. Logan told them someone would be coming for him because of what he’d done.
What Bobby doesn’t know is that while he’s reporting back everything he knows about Pierce and Marshall to the Sherrif, they’ve bugged him, so they know what Bobby is reporting. Pierce and Marshall listen as Bobby tells lie after lie to the Sheriff. When it is discovered that they found a book at Logan’s cabin, the sheriff asks if Bobby checked it for papers or clues, which he says there wasn’t, but Marshall comments to Pierce that there was, in fact, a letter inside. He begins to read the letter but we soon hear Logan’s voice, which is the first time we honestly get to hear Richard Armitage breath life into the character, and it’s incredible.
Logan writes a letter to someone named Maurine. He apologizes for leaving but talks about how Weapon X is going to find him, and he has to keep running because wherever he stops people die and he feels responsible. But, is he? Who is after him? Who do Pierce and Marshall work for?