I apologize for a lack of review for Episode 2. I blame a rather horrible strain of con crud from NYCC.
The Gifted Season 1, Episode 3 continues the steady incline as it slowly makes all of the main characters realize the stakes.
Creator: Matt Nix
Summary: In a world where mutated humans are treated with distrust and fear, an institute for mutants battles to achieve peaceful co-existence with humanity.
There was a great moment in the second episode of The Gifted. Marcos (Sean Teale) and Caitlin (Amy Acker) are talking in the car as they go to get medication to save Blink’s (Jamie Chung) life. Caitlin tries to say that she and Reed didn’t hate mutants because they just couldn’t — their kids are mutants. Marcos asks her, “Tell me this: if it wasn’t your kids in that gym, would you be standing up for them?”
It’s the question a lot of people have raised from the beginning, and the show is answering that question head on — the Struckers probably wouldn’t be standing up for mutants if Andy’s (Percy Hynes White) and Lauren’s (Natalie Alyn Lind) powers hadn’t manifested.
The third episode continues to be a walking tour of the Struckers getting a wake-up call about how bad things are out there. Caitlin gets to see what happens when ordinary people feel threatened, and Reed gets to put a face to the people he’s in the process of selling out.
This show is not interested in skirting around the issue of the Struckers only fighting for mutants’ rights because their kids are mutants. Thus far, the production seems to be here to wake these two people up about how bad things really are, and it will continue to lead that way.
Not everyone becomes enlightened because they suddenly change their minds. It’s the harsh reality of human nature; sometimes we need a human face to really see how bad things are for others. It doesn’t make the enlightenment any less sincere or the journey we’re watching this family on any less interesting to watch.
Andy and Reed (Stephen Moyer) are probably the weakest links so far, but Andy is acting like you would expect a teenager to act — which is unlikable. As for Reed, he’s coming around as he learns more about the injustice he was part of.
We also have our first real situation of a mutant using their powers in a way that can only be described as “problematic”. It’s a spoiler, so we won’t get into it, but it’s something that needs to be addressed. Not all of the mutants powers are good, and even a power that isn’t destructive could be used in a destructive way. It’s something the show hasn’t really addressed yet, and it absolutely needs to be brought up in some capacity.
Just because you do the wrong thing for the right reason doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences. Reed is facing those consequences, so we can hope it also hits on the mutant side, too.
The Gifted is a show that hasn’t slowed down in three episodes and doesn’t appear to have any intention of slowing down going forward. If it can keep up this kind of momentum and world building, it’s going to become one of the better corners of comic book television shows.
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