The Gifted (S01E01) "eXposed"

For the season premiere, we are welcomed into a world where mutants have little to no rights and are put away for their extraordinary gifts if deemed too dangerous to humanity. Anti-Mutant laws exist and the ways they are treated are deplorable. People must hide who they really are in order to exist within society.

An underground group of mutants are working to make the world a better place for all aspects of the spectrum. Lorna (Emma Dumont) and Marcos (Sean Teale) spearhead the operation. Rescue missions are not uncommon for this ragtag group, but this one leaves them with one less person. Lorna has been captured and taken to a detention centre and they will do anything to get her back.

In the suburbs we are introduced to a seemingly normal family. Kate (Amy Acker) and Reed (Stephen Moyer), along with their two high school Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White). Nothing seems out of the ordinary, until a near fatal confrontation with school bullies causes Andy’s powers to manifest in a violent and terrifying way, causing the school to fall to pieces atop of them. Luckily big sister also has extraordinary powers, saving them all.

An unexpected manifestation of mutant powers spirals into an act of terrorism according to the media and the government, when it was an innocent boy trying to cope with his bullies. A special government agency looking to detain brother and sister is met with resistance from Kate, who refuses to give up her children without a fight. Reed is indisposed with his job, where he persecutes law-breaking mutants. He must face the greatest task of his life, saving his family.

The family is on the run, and they must work with Marcos in order to escape their unknown fate. Luckily Reed knows people in high places and has something that Marcos needs, Lorna. With a plan in place to make an escape to Mexico, there is no time to waste. The government will not rest until Andy and Lauren have been captured. Reed may be on the other side of the battle, but when his own family is involved he is loyal to them. It’s refreshing to see something like that.

When freedom is just beyond the horizon, their hopes are brought back to the crushing reality that they are always being watched in some way or another. Even with back up in the guise of Blink (Jamie Chung) and Thunderbird (Blair Redford), they are outnumbered. But don’t count these exceptional mutants out yet, even against the mechanical spiders from hell, they are able to escape with the help of Blink’s ability to create portals. All but one made it through to the other side, Reed is now at the mercy of the government agents.

This show had a bit of everything. Judging solely by the first episode it’s going to be action packed with bold story telling. Marvel seems to be an infinite universe, and I am glad that they are delving more into the mutant world. Even Stan Lee briefly graced our screens outside a shady bar. I’m looking forward to see where this show takes us.

Rating: 8/10

“The Gifted” airs on FOX every Monday at 9/8c

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