TV Show: The Gifted
Episode Titles: eXtraction and X-roads
Original Air Date: January 15, 2018
Episode Numbers: 1×12 and 1×13
Dr. Campbell attends an anti-mutant summit, attempting to take the Hound program national, and some of the team at Mutant HQ goes on a dangerous mission to stop his efforts.
As the first season closes, Polaris learns more about her past and makes a crucial decision that could have impactful consequences. Meanwhile, the Mutant HQ comes under attack and, with everything to lose, relationships are put to the test and alliances shift.
I’m combining my reviews of the show’s last two episodes since I watched them back to back. The penultimate episode was a tad boring. I don’t know, I wasn’t really feeling that episode. Maybe it’s because it’s leading up to the finale, but I was mostly bored because it seemed like the characters were just biding their time until the big showdown. I rolled my eyes at Clarice kissing John (why?). I hate when it feels forced and that scene definitely felt forced. I know they’ve been dancing around each other for a while now, but I thought that their friendship would have developed more before they take the leap into couple-dom.
Campbell is the worst. Taking one of the children to use as a shield so that he won’t get attacked? That is just reprehensible. He’s not above putting kids’ lives in danger just to save himself. I wonder if the show will kill him off this season and introduce another villain in season two.
In the matter of Lauren vs. Andy, I’m torn. I can see both of their arguments and at this point, it might be past treating Sentinel Services people in a humane way if their intent is to kill and eliminate all mutants. Survival of the fittest. Maybe Lauren could make a compromise with herself in that she won’t kill anyone, but will just do everything in her power to protect herself and the people who are getting attacked. She can still do that without having to kill anyone.
“Nothing brings people together like hate.” Esme knows what she’s talking about. I think we’re seeing this unfold in our country right now and it’s scary.
As for the finale, it was a lot better and made me realize why I started watching this show in the first place. I haven’t really been that invested in the whole Lorna/Marcos conflict, but I thought the show did a very good job in showing us Marcos’ devastation at what Lorna was about to do and what this would mean for their baby. It also sucks that Lorna just made the decision on her own to take their baby away from Marcos.
Out of all the mutants who joined up with Lorna and Esme, I was most surprised by Sage joining them. Even her speech during the scene where everyone was trying to come up with a plan on what to do next, I was very surprised to hear her just give up and be all negative about rebuilding the Mutant Underground. I know we haven’t had much backstory on her, but I thought that was a bit out of character for her. I was just assuming that she would do her best to keep the group together and help in her own way, but I guess I was quite wrong about it.
Andy joining Lorna was not really a surprise since this was all foreshadowed midway through the season. It was sad to see Lauren pleading with him not to leave her, though. I have always loved their sibling dynamic and it’s going to suck not seeing them together next season. Nevertheless, this is going to make for an interesting season with lover vs. lover (Lorna/Marcos) and with brother vs. sister/family (Andy/Lauren & their parents). I can’t wait.
I was so shocked that the show actually went and had Lorna assassinate a Senator. Wow. That was a pretty brutal assassination, too. This is going to make things so much worse for the mutants now. Everyone will be going after all of them, no discrimination anymore.
I wonder what’s going to happen to the Hound program now that Campbell is dead. No one could possibly have survived that crash. And what’s going to happen to Turner now that he quit his job at Sentinel Services? Will he be back next season? Also, he was such a coward when his men were raiding the compound. He was hiding behind the wall and cowering like a mouse. You would think that he would have been front and center and fighting with his men in the line of fire for all his talk about taking out the mutants.
This was a very good first season, but I hope that the storytelling and acting would improve next season. I also hope that they would write Caitlin a lot better than her being a nag and just being a mom. I cheered when I saw her pick up that shotgun and started shooting at SS. I had flashbacks of Amy Acker playing Root on Person of Interest.