Thursday, September 27, 2018

What I’m Watching: The Gifted (Season Premiere)

The Gifted: Season 2, Episode 1 “eMergence” (B-)

I want to like this show, but after its somewhat surprising renewal last year, it’s time that it proves itself, and I’m just not sure that’s what this opening installment does. This has definitely become an edgier show, with Reeva and the Frosts taking power in the Hellfire club and the real good guys resorting to more desperate measures to ensure that they can save as many mutants as possible. Caitlin even got brave and shook off a flesh wound to exert her own rage and impatience, while Reed is manifesting that in a different and frightening way that doesn’t seem like it’s going to lead to good things. Of course Andy is blond and rebellious now that he’s hanging out with the violence-prone mutants now, and Polaris can still depend on him to be the only humane member of the Hellfire Club while he maintains his psychic connection with his sister, who, unlike their mother, acknowledges that he wasn’t taken but that he chose to leave. If the implication of what they could do together in season one suggested that they were literally the most powerful mutant duo to ever live, that’s amplified in this hour with the depiction of what Polaris is like when she’s pregnant and then giving birth. It’s just not possible for every single mutant to be so unbelievably powerful, and the fact that she could be tracked by Thunderbird and pretty much short-circuit the whole city while somehow not being detected by the government forces after them defies logic. Also, controlling someone’s mind is definitely easier than getting them to agree to a payoff. I’ll keep watching this show for now but I’m not sure that I’ll stick with it based on this opener.

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