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The Gifted – S01E04 – eXit Strategy

Plot wise, this was certainly a pretty important episode but I can’t help but feel like it kind of stalled a bit in the first half, or more. Blink deals with the lingering fallout of the implanted memories, Eclipse meets with an old friend and interrogates a guy, the Strucker kids find a way to work together to focus Andy’s powers better. The ultimate goal is to hijack a convoy transporting Reed Strucker and Polaris between prisons.

There’s a lot of lead up to the action at the end, but it kind of feels like filler and it’s a little repetitious. We see the same sort of moments over and over with little plot movement.

Also kind of interesting though almost a side point, We get Trader, a mutant who makes himself invisible. I only find this notable because we’ve already had a mutant with this power in Fade, aka the Bartender guy. It kind of feels like a lot of times these sort of shows, and movies even, avoid duplicating powers like that, to avoid confusion. I mean it’s not unheard of, there are plenty of Mutants who share powers, it’s not just not super common in the TV/Movie world. Hell Polaris is almost a copy and paste job of Magneto in powers and personality. But then Magneto isn’t in this series.

Anyway, the meat and potatoes of this episode occurs int he last fifteen minutes, during the attack on the convoy. The plan, that we didn’t really get any insite into despite all of the build up goes completely sideways for reasons not immediately clear to our heroes. It turns out that Sentinel Services has a mutant named Pulse, who has the ability to disrupt other mutant’s powers. The Strucker kids are able to stop the convoy, but the plan to use Blink’s Portals and Trader as recon both fail.

Polaris and Reed bread free of their restraints inside the bus but the guards manage to beat them (literally) and keep them locked inside. Meanwhile, Thunderbird manages to subdue Pulse. Polaris notices that her powers have returned. Strangely, she’s apparently not quite as much of a copy and paste of Magneto as suspected. The bus and cage are lined with plastic. It seems her power can’t penetrate through plastic? It just seems kind of crazy that she can’t just rip the bus open at this point allowing for an escape. I guess she just isn’t powerful enough, because instead Strucker tells Polaris to rip the screws out of his knee replacement, which she does.

With their powers restored, they all make quick work of the escape. Blink makes a portal, Thunderbird and Eclipse rush to the bus to retrieve Polaris and Reed. It’s not really needed since Polaris breaks free on her own, stops the Sentinel soldier’s bullets, and disarms them. They all make their escape in an SUV.

The last notable thing, during the fight, Thunderbird notices a tattoo on Pulse’s wrist. Nothing more is said of it, but it’s clear it’s meant to be meaningful in some way. I’m sure there will be more to come.

 

The Gifted – S01E02 – rX

The second episode of Fox’s The Gifted picks up right where the last left off.  Our band of mutants has just returned to base via Blink’s portal and Reed Strucker is being interrogated by Sentinel Services.  Polaris is still in prison.

There is a brief flashback moment of the Struckers in the past bowling, a mutant girl is being taunted by some other kids and accidentally released a blast of wind on the bullies.  Reed suggests that the girl has committed a serious crime and that the girl and her father should leave.  It’s kind of a nice little moment to show how Reed, despite his job at the time being kind of anti-mutant, he still cares.  I also kind of wonder how long until they reveal that he already knew about his kids carrying the X-gene, or even that he himself is some kind of mutant.

The base crew is mostly tasked with stabilizing Blink, who, after over exerting herself during last episode’s escape, us kind of out of hit, having some kind of seizures and creating random portals.  Kate Strucker and Eclipse head to a hospital to try to get the medication hey need.  There is a pretty nice throw back moment where they use the bullet wound Eclipse received in the first episode as an excuse to get into the ER.  It seems there are also mutant friendly hospitals, since the doctor doesn’t have a problem with Eclipse and his glowing light blood.

Meanwhile Polaris tries to befriend a mutant who looks like a girl version of Caliban from the movies.  She also get attacked by some other inmates and thrown in solitary.  Why is it in TV and movies the person being attacked ends up being the one thrown in solitary confinement?

Blink continues to have issues with her powers, she keeps opening a portal to the same point which is increasingly being filled with cops and SWAT.  Lauren Strucker is able to use her force fields to close the portals each time but it becomes more and more difficult.  Eventually she is unable to stop the portals, Andy steps in and sends a psychic pulse to stop the cops but he also knocks Blink in the process which causes complete chaos and portals all over.  Kate and Eclipse return during the chaos and are able to administer the medication to stop Blink from destroying the place.

The interrogation efforts of Reed Strucker don’t really go very well for Sentinel Services.  They don’t really have anything major to charge him with and Strucker makes it clear he just wants his family safe.  He is also offered a deal, to save his family in exchange for the Mutant Underground, though we don’t get to hear the outcome of the deal.

Things close up with some scientists looking into some historical news involving Mutant siblings and having interest in the Strucker children.  Some sort of vague set up for a future plot.

Overall not a bad episode, though there isn’t a super clear direction yet on where things are headed int he long term.

On one last note, at one point there is mention of the Mutant Liberation Front.  This isn’t super notable at this point other than the Mutant Liberation Front is to X-Force as The Brotherhood of Mutants is to the X-men, so to speak.  X-Force isn’t a thing yet int he X-men Movieverse yet, but Deadpool 2 is going to feature Cable and Domino, who, along with Deadpool, are all members of X-Force.   Chances are, there will be something there, eventually, though possibly as some future stand alone X-Force film.