After last week’s exciting episode that finally reunited our main cast together, this week‘s episode of FOX’s The Gifted was a bit slower, and understandably so. We got a lot of really fun moments throughout the episode, but the episode suffered mostly by it’s inclusion of Dreamer (red-head whose name I have finally learned) and her powers having a big affect on the show’s overall plot.
Polaris and Eclipse continue to steal the show for me on so many levels. Whether it’s in a romantic or hostile situation, both characters perfectly vibe with each other in a way that is always a treat to watch. Though I thought the decision for them to kidnap Turner felt a little rushed to me despite Polaris disarming him and his guards to be a pretty cool scene overall. It also provided us with some engaging dialogue between the 3 characters. Speaking of Turner, we also saw the infamous July 15 event that took his daughter away from him, once again effectively expanding the world of the show in effective ways. Although what the flashback ends up being led to was severely underwhelming.
Which brings me to Dreamer. To me, it’s bad enough that her powers were used to force romantic drama with John and Blink, but to bring Dreamer into to alter Turner’s mind and also wipe out his memory of him losing his daughter seemed to be another tough of forced drama. The difference between this and Blink though, is that affecting Turner has bigger implications on the series as a whole, and it might not be in a good way.
The Strucker family took a bit of a back seat in this episode. Caitlin and the kids saved the life of a mutant that was shot in the prison break last week, gaining the trust of the other mutants at the underground. It was pretty cool seeing Lauren use her powers in a surgical manner, though. Reed also had little to do this episode, as he was on a side mission to throw off Sentinel Services. It didn’t really seem logical or necessary for him to be the one on this mission, but it gave Reed something to do also.
The Gifted continues to be one of the best new shows of the fall so far. Despite Dreamer doing her best to drag it down a level, the chemistry between Eclipse and Polaris is very gripping and the show’s grounded tone gives a realness that doesn’t make it difficult not to take serious.