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A family adventure series that follows a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. THE GIFTED airs Mon. at 9/8c on FOX.
The Gifted is an American television series created for Fox by Matt Nix, based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men properties. It is connected to the X-Men film series, set in an alternate timeline where the X-Men have disappeared. The show is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, with Nix serving as showrunner.
A family is forced to go on the run.
Caitlin and Eclipse team up to try and help Blink.
The Struckers put their lives on the line in a gamble to reunite.
4. eXit strategy
The mutants devise a plan to take down Sentinel Services.
5. boXed In
Sentinel Services closes in on the mutant underground.
6. got your siX
Thunderbird seeks answers for what happened to his friend.
7. eXtreme measures
Eclipse’s ex returns.
8. threat of eXtinction
Reed discovers his family’s hidden past.
Mutant lives hang in the balance.
Tensions rise as the team tries to save the ones they love.
11. 3 X 1
The mutants must choose whose side they are on.
The mutants must stick together as they fight for their lives.
I think Fox has got a winner. The Gifted – I’m iffy about the title – has got one thing over Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s got honest-to-gosh mutants while AoS has got Inhumans who, as we all know, are mere pale imitations. I wasn’t too enthralled with the trailer(s) they’d put out, so I went into the pilot episode with a raised eyebrow. Except the pilot ep turned out to be so dope. It covers a lot of ground in just under an hour.
I won’t say who, but longtime Marvel comics readers will right away recognize plenty of the characters. This seems to be set in the same universe as the mainstream X-Men’s, as opposed to, say, Logan’s alternate universe or Legion’s. In this reality, anti-mutant sentiment has given rise to harsh anti-mutant laws, giving the federal agency, Sentinel Services, license to hunt and persecute those with the mutant gene. As a response, a nationwide mutant underground network was founded to help fleeing mutants, founded just before the X-Men vanished.
Who knew north Atlanta was a hotbed of muties? For the past five years, Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) had worked for the Mutant Task Force, prosecuting mutants suspected of criminal activities. It’s very ironic what happens to him and his family. If you’d seen the trailer, then you know.
Happy to say that this show packs in the Easter eggs, from references dropped about the X-Men to a certain cameo at (Te)x’s Lounge to oh-my-gosh! Marcos Diaz’s ringtone. Makes me think that the budget must be biggish since they’ve come correct with the special effects. The mutant powers unleashed look wicked legit. The acting? I got so caught up with the storyline I really didn’t catch myself analyzing the performances, which, in a way, is a win for the cast. I anticipate bigger things for Amy Acker’s character because it is friggin’ Amy Acker. She can’t just be a normal housewife. Stephen Moyer, by the way, musters up an impressive glower that dials up to eleven. Also, Percy Hynes White, who plays the relentlessly bullied Andy Strucker, looks a lot like a teen Steve Buscemi. I liked him right away. Fact is, I liked the Strucker family. And that very much includes Lauren Strucker (Natalie Alyn Lind), the older teen sister who watches over Andy. I like how level-headed Lauren is. You’ll see. You’ll like her, too.
I am now seriously stoked about this show. Color me impressed. Given, the story arc embarked upon is a familiar one. But I’m sold. Sold on the production values and, more importantly, sold on the characters. In 47 minutes, The Gifted has made me care tremendously for the Strucker fam and some of the folks in that underground network. The odds are dreadfully against them. But isn’t that the nature of the superhero narrative? Please, please, please live up to potential.
I wonder, what are the odds of a crossover with Legion?
Where do I start?!? This show is AWESOME incarnate!!!!! I’ve been a diehard Mutant/X-Men fan since I was in second grade(born ’84) and grew up watching the Saturday morning cartoon and even recorded(on VHS??) the two part Generation-X made for TV movie and wholeheartedly support it and would’ve tuned into a series back then! Anyway Gifted has wonderful talent, they express each mutants gifts superbly and without overdoing it or oversimplifyiing (ahem Inhumans) and I immediately attached to the characters. The creators brought everything down to a television scale with cheating us as well! A few things though; I hope that ‘Blink’ isn’t just going to be an Asian lady with weird eyes. She was so spectacular and unique in the comics I was disappointed they didn’t do her justice in Days of Future past. Also is it strange toanyone else hearing Stephen Moyer talk without a southern drawl? ???? It’d be neat if Anna Paquin jumps onboard as Rogue lol. Finally I hope the “villains” aren’t just those little robots and the Sentinel police, it always baffles me that when a new show or movie comes out involving this genre the bad guy is always just a totally normal human perhaps with a creature or machine. Anyway until we find out Polaris is pregnant with twins Pieteo & Wanda? Make mine Marvel!!! The only bad thing I have to say is in the comics the Struckers are Nazis and the twins are incestual creepos….so I kinda don’t get why they decided to use the Struckers name? But anyway!
A show that is promising. Despite this being branded as having to deal with the X-Men, it has very little to do with the classic group now known as the X-Men. In fact, according to the pilot, the X-Men are gone.
This follows the story of the Strucker Family (I believe partially based on the Struckers associated in the comics with Hydra), and how their world is turned upside down when their children are branded Mutants, who are restricted by the Revised Patriot Act and are kept in check by Sentinel Services. To me, this goes right back to the original point of the X-Men Comics, proving that just because someone is different, do they deserve to be treated differently?
This is definitely a must-watch for the season. I have high hopes for this show, which is something I can’t say since Fringe ended a few years ago. Here’s hoping that Fox got it right.
Out of all the X-Men comics, tv shows and movies this is without a doubt the BEST one of them all! The social commentary is extremely well done, the actors are amazing (lots of great casting from people from Burn Notice which is awesome, along with some unknown but extremely gifted actors), and the special effects are top notch. Hopefully this lasts at least 9 seasons!
Actors: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, PAL
Region: Region 4 for Australia
Number of discs: 3
Rated: Not Rated
Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD Release in: 2018
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