Thursday, October 26, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Gifted

The Gifted: Season 1, Episode 4 “eXit strategy” (B+)

Okay, so now we’re getting somewhere. This episode started with another cool power, which involved the ability to see far and hinder the eyesight of those in the distance, which turned into something far more dangerous for mutantkind. It was reminiscent of but far better-executed than a similar dampener on “Heroes Reborn,” and Pulse is actually a person who, for some reason, has been corrupted to work for Sentinel Services, which of course has no problem employing a mutant as long as he’s using his powers to prohibit other mutants from using theirs. Not a great move by the guard in the truck to take off Polaris’ collar since her powers weren’t going to work anyway, and she had a lot of fun when her abilities returned. Reed proved his trustworthiness by offering up the metal in his leg, whose removal looked quite painful. I started calling Lauren and Andy the Wonder Twins in my mind when they began using their powers together, and now the entire family has been reunited. Jace went from a “shoot to kill” order to telling his men to stand down, and now he’s really, really angry about the escape and ready to turn his not-quite wrath on anyone who even thinks about helping mutants. Hopefully our friends can all settle down somewhere for a bit and regroup, get to know each other, decide who’s in charge, and come up with some plan for how they’re going to continue to survive when they’re being hunted by those who aren’t just seeking to understand them.

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