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The Gifted – got your siX

by Alan Rapp on November 8, 2017

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The Gifted - got your siX TV review

Six episodes into the series, there’s now more than a little evidence that Caitlin Stucker (Amy Acker) is the only good person, mutant or human, on the show. It seems dropping everyone in a morally ambiguous world that forces compromise and settling has pushed, or is actively pushing, all other characters in the other general direction. Even Eclipse (Sean Teale), who was loathe to give into violence with the exception of rescuing his girlfriend, is in full murder-cause-its-easy mode this week along with Polaris (Emma Dumont). Given what’s coming for them and their children, and the needs of the mutant underground protecting them, both Stuckers have to make some tough choices in how involved they want their children to become in the fight against Sentinel Services and the United States Government.

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The Gifted – eXit strategy

by Alan Rapp on October 25, 2017

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The Gifted - eXit strategy television review

The planning and rescue of Polaris (Emma Dumont) and Reed (Stephen Moyer) dominates “eXit strategy” as the mutants prepare for a suicidal run to rescue their captured friends from Sentinel Services. In order to get the information about the prisoner transfer vital to their plan succeeding, Eclipse (Sean Teale) is forced to open a door to his past he swore would forever remain closed and ask his demented drug kingpin ex-girlfriend (Michelle Veintimilla) for help. While the information pans out, we’ll have to wait and see whether or not the cost was too high. Carmen (Veintimilla) continues the show’s trend of all humans not portrayed by Amy Acker (and possibly exception of Moyer) as truly awful, irredeemable souls.

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The Gifted – eXodus

by Alan Rapp on October 18, 2017

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The Gifted - eXodus television review

“eXodus” answers a couple of questions for viewers. First, we learn how far Reed (Stephen Moyer) is willing to go in order to protect his family and what lines he won’t cross. And second, we learn the identity of the mutant underground’s morally ambiguous character (pretty much every version of the X-Men has at least one). While the overall season plot isn’t advanced much further, the show continues to reinforce basic ideas (humans all bad, government all bad, every mutant is reasonably good… at least so far) as Kate‘s (Amy Acker) attempts to get her family’s help only lead to more trouble for everyone involved. We also see the increased aggression in Andy (Percy Hynes White) and it seems as if the show’s writers have already decided on the character prancing down the road to super-villainy at a good pace.

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The Gifted – rX

by Alan Rapp on October 11, 2017

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The second episode of The Gifted is mainly about Kate (Amy Acker) and her children finding a home with the mutant underground while helping the injured Blink (Jamie Chung). On the flip side, after being pressured for nearly the entire episode, the captured Reed (Stephen Moyer) makes a compromise that likely he and his whole family may regret by agreeing to help the government take down the mutants in return for his family’s safety. When push comes to shove, whose trust will he betray? The other major storyline of the episode gives us Polaris‘ (Emma Dumont) early days in prison. Aside from the logistical issues of putting mutant prisoners in with humans rather than housing them in more secure facility, the mutant-dampening collars feel a bit too goofy (even for a show based on comic book characters) and it’s all-too-obvious that they are a major weakness in the only thing keeping the character from her friends.

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The Gifted – eXposed

by Alan Rapp on October 4, 2017

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The Gifted - eXposed television review

In a world where humanity fears and distrust mutants and the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants have disappeared, an underground community of mutants fights to stay free. The pilot episode of The Gifted introduces us to the core group of mutants: Eclipse (Sean Teale), Blink (Jamie Chung), Thunderbird (Blair Redford), and Polaris (Emma Dumont). We also meet the Strucker family whose world is turned upside down when a federal prosecutor (Stephen Moyer) and his wife (Amy Acker) discover that their son (Percy Hynes White) and daughter (Natalie Alyn Lind) are the the kinds of mutants he’s been helping put behind bars for years.

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