Friday, November 3, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Gifted

The Gifted: Season 1, Episode 5 “boXed in” (B)

This episode demonstrates just how much demonization by the other side has spurred those on both sides of this conflict to take action and join the fight. Agent Turner’s motivation came from the death of his daughter when they were in a park right by a mutant rights rally that turned violent, and he earned just a bit of sympathy from his captors before they remembered which side he was really on, and he wasn’t about to consider that they might have something legitimate to say. We’re continuing to see the powerful effects of the powers of these mutants, particularly Polaris as she gets the chance to have some fun now that she’s out of prison. While they’re all capable of incredible things, I’d say that Dreamer’s might be the most potentially destructive, since Blink now doesn’t want anything to do with her and, in the process of trying to get Agent Turner to trust them, she wiped the memory of his daughter’s death from his mind, forcing him to relive the tragedy again when he returned home eager to tuck her in. Invisible cars are far cooler and less serious, and we’re now back at a point where the mutants are safe, for the moment, and their pursuers aren’t sure where to look next. I feel like Kate has become the go-to doctor on this show with a number of urgent medical cases, and it’s getting a bit repetitive save for the superb assist from Lauren with some power-inspired quick thinking.

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