The Gifted “coMplications” Review
***Caution For Spoilers***
Jumping into our third week of The Gifted, it has become more clear now that no one is safe. You aren’t safe if you are a part of the Underground and taking too many chances. You aren’t safe either if you are with Reeva and the Inner Circle and seen as a liability more than an asset. We ultimately know the kind of conflict that this war will be leading to, but that does not mean that we are prepared for every bump along the way. Even those more random like Polaris’ baby beginning to suffer from a deadly illness.
Finding out that Lorna’s baby had fallen ill was the quickest way to set the tone for this episode. This weeks episode also took us through an informative flashback for Marcos which also took things a step further in understanding the storm that is indeed brewing inside of him. While I did find that what was making the baby ill was a bit too convenient, something still had to happen that would start pushing characters in the direction they needed to go to progress key plot points. You could give them credit that pushing for this meeting to happen was good for both Polaris and Marcos. Both of them would have been dragging out feelings and lashing out in ways that would have sooner become irritating and probably obstacles than actually get us anywhere good. When the scene finally came for the two to cross paths, the emotional weight of the moment hits you hard. It was a flood of emotions and there was no telling which one would come out on top. How things ended for Marcos was pretty heartbreaking because no matter how this went, he was either going to help the baby and go his way, or he was going to raise hell when he’s gone through too much to turn back. Again, the flashback for him was a great setting of the tone just for where things concluded with finally seeing the baby and Lorna.
For the Inner Circle, I did like how Reeva continued to push Andy to make sure that he was someone she could rely on. This clearly wasn’t going to just stop with him coming clean to her last week. There might be a lot of things going on this episode, but at least they found a way that both of these characters could be relevant without taking away from some of the bigger developments. Maybe down the road they can condense more for the sake of focus, but for now it wasn’t too much of a problem. Not when Reeva at the very least had a genuine moment to prove why they say she is among the strongest mutants since the events that took out the other major mutants.
As for Thunderbird and Blink trying to chase this new lead, the suspense was great for what this was leading to. When you put mutants and sewers together, what do you get? Morlocks. The maze they were thrown through was cool for the fact that we got to see some unique powers in action. I only questioned one creative liberty they took for the Morlocks. There was a marking they gave all of them that tied into a different point in time that we are familiar with in the comics. It wasn’t a bad decision, just one that is hard to ignore. Aside from that, I enjoyed this piece of exploration that we again don’t get the chance to see because the movies wanted to be flashy with end of the world situations and god-like enemies.
I get the problem that some people have with the Strucker family. I have my own problems that were brought up last week between how unbelievably bad they are at communicating and the way they are falling into that cliche trap of getting caught up with truths and lies. It works great for the atmosphere of drama, but its also at the bottom of what you care most about a show like this. With that said, it was still exciting once the moment finally came where Reed couldn’t contain his powers. The way he lost control came with great execution and it stirred the right reaction from someone who would want to know why you would keep a power like his secret. Especially one that is so dangerous without the right understanding of the triggers and actual effect. I’m just glad that someone in the family was able to say what we all were probably thinking. Even better that they fought the cliche reaction when it mattered most. Things like that are why I love The Gifted.
Even going into the third week, I still found it struggling to take interest in Jace Turner’s storyline. I get it, he’s not the kind of guy you are supposed to like. Who would? However, that doesn’t change the fact that they are still trying to use this character who has hit rock bottom and sacrifices the state of his own marriage to pursue mutants who have nothing to do with the loss of his daughter. The concept of hate is one thing, but that kind of blind hate is hard to be convinced of sometimes.
The Gifted “coMplications” had a lot going on that honestly made me worry that they were biting off more than they could chew. Strong character moments, exploration/discovery of the mutant world, and intense action scenes are making this an excellent second season so far for the series.