The Gifted “iMprint” Review
Last week was a big one with the lines in the sand further drawn between Mutant Underground, Inner Circle, and Purifiers. I was pretty shocked that with everything to despise about Jace, they managed to give us a threat to hate more. The Purifiers are as sick as it gets when it comes to mutant hate groups, and so far they have nailed the introduction to live-action, minus the costumes. As for everyone else, these next weeks are big when it is time to figure out who is willing to go the distance to see their mission through.
It was interesting how things have changed for the Inner Circle. First we started with Andy questioning everything he had gotten himself into, now Polaris who feels unsure about the direction they have been taken in. It makes sense. When it comes to Polaris and Andy, they are pretty much weapons to throw at the Inner Circle’s enemies. Give the boy someone to love and everything else becomes white noise. However, give the other one a baby, and suddenly there’s plenty more to lose when there are too many things you aren’t in the loop to feel safety. Not to mention taking that step down to go from leader to an extent, to foot soldier. Not a transition you take with ease. What caught me off guard was the roller coaster of emotions that we experienced from Esme confiding in Polaris. I couldn’t argue with the fact that they chose Esme considering she is the only one of the three who genuinely has a shred of humanity in her. How she connected to Polaris was a powerful moment for that fact alone. It was what we needed in general to see the three as a whole as more than what has been seen on the surface.
Not seeing Reeva in so long almost felt troublesome. As a major character and foe depending on how you view the conflict, she holds too much relevance to only be heard of working from behind the scenes. Of course that is what those like her do, but this is a different situation when they are seen as an actual faction.
Reed finally training to use his powers was an inevitable development. His perspective of being a mutant is unique considering the way he is learning that powers can’t be contained when it is part of your DNA. Now this wasn’t to say there wasn’t slight annoyance at the attitude he carries about controlling the powers. You can’t one minute act like you want to protect your family, and then turn around walking around like a liability because you want to be the only one who can’t keep himself together. It contradicts, and that is troublesome for character appeal. You almost could have overlooked this just because of who was able to open themselves to him for greater understanding of what it means to be a mutant. Thunderbird was a good start
On the other end of the Strucker family, there was Lauren finding out that the connection with Andy is much more than what she thought it was originally. A connection that finally opens someone’s eyes in this family to what is more important than what they only feel. So far I think she is the strongest character from this family since she understands the difference between choice and a blind chase.
Getting the story of the Stepford Cuckoos I have to say was an unexpected treat. When it comes to the X-Men universe in TV and Film, there are some stories you would think they might circle around to avoid touching on characters they can’t really use. Namely the way that the sisters are clones made from the DNA of one Emma Frost. Regardless of what they could address and what they couldn’t, there was no denying the tortured past that they had at the hands of their creators. I was impressed how deep they went into their origins. It was satisfying that they found a way to touch upon everything important to their development, and transition into the trio if you get what I mean.
Now there may actually be some redemption to this Purifier storyline with Jace. Not a very likable guy, though it helps his character a lot when you put him side by side with people who are extremists. While he aims to simply round mutants up, they look to go guns blazing. At least having someone who can draw that line in the sand makes a big difference regardless of right or wrong. Not to mention it is interesting when you look at Jace’s face and see someone walking on eggshells knowing that what he has gotten himself into just might blow up in his face at any second. The trouble they create for the Mutant Underground was crazy. I was not prepared for the kind of intense scene that would unfold when the Purifiers were under more capable leadership. The suspense was killer throughout the confrontation, and so was the sacrifice that they would use to show that this problem between mutant and Purifiers was only going to get worse.
The Gifted “iMprint” hits you right where it hurts the most when these mutants are almost drowning you in the kind of life you can live as either one of them or a clone. The movies talk about mutant problems and solutions, matters of hate, but they will never show you true suffering like this. The kind that brands you mentally and physically.