Please help me welcome my daughter Emma Bailey who will be reviewing The Gifted with me. She is a recent college graduate and a certified geek making her a perfect addition.
Fox has brought another piece of the Marvel Universe to the small screen. In The Gifted we see the mutants who are left after the X-men disappeared.
The first episode aired tonight on Fox right after Lucifer, teleporting viewers from the DC Universe over to the Marvel Universe.
Emma: That’s actually really interesting!
Alyson: Do you think viewers got whiplash?
Emma: I think Fox has some impressive teleportation powers! I’m sure we’ll be fine.
Let’s learn more about each of the mutants that we met tonight.
Marcos Diaz aka Eclipse, played by Sean Teale. He manipulates photons creating light and heat. For example, in this episode he emitted a blinding bright light from his hands that aided some of his friends to escape a dangerous situation.
Lorna Dane aka Polaris, played by Emma Dumont. She can control magnetism; this makes us wonder whether she is related to Magneto.
John Proudstar aka Thunderbird, played by Blair Redford. He is the leader of the Mutant Underground community. He appears to have heightened senses giving him powerful tracking abilities.
Clarice Fong aka Blink, played by Jamie Chung. With an elf-like appearance, she can open up portals that can teleport her and others as long as she knows where they will end up.
During this episode there two kids whose mutant powers are exposed.
Andy Strucker is played by Percy Hynes-White. A pubescent kid who is being tormented at school, he discovers his powers while being attacked by the school bullies. Heightened emotions, especially anger and frustration control his newfound powers that almost destroyed the school gym.
Lauren Strucker is played by Natalie Alyn Lind. She is Andy’s older sister who discovered her powers a few years ago and has been keeping them a secret. Lauren described her powers as being able to manipulate air and water molecules, bringing them together to create shields. This got her and Andy out of the gym and saved the family from a car accident years before.
Alyson: It will be fun to see how these characters connect with other Marvel characters.
Emma: I’m more interested in how Clarice keeps her hair so purple. Is that a power?
Alyson: Maybe. I’m wondering if Blair Redford is related to Robert Redford.
Emma: Mother, you’re showing your age.
Alyson: Bite your tongue!
Andy and Lauren’s father (Reed Strucker, played by Stephen Moyer) is a district attorney who mainly works to put mutants away who hurt others. Their mother (Caitlin Strucker, played by Amy Acker) is a nurse. At home she opens the door to men who claim that they only want to question their children. She ends up escaping with them. They meet up with Reed who explains to them that the men are from Sentinel Services and when they question people they disappear.
Emma: Omg Caitlin is going to be like Melissa McCall, the mom on Teen Wolf!
Alyson: Every show needs a cool badass mom!
Sentinel Services goal seems to be to eradicate mutants from the population. In X-men: Days of Future Past the sentinels are giant robots that have learned the powers of the mutants that they killed. In The Gifted, Sentinel Services have robots as well that appear to adapt themselves to the situation. Will these robots learn the mutant powers as the sentinels did in the X-men movie?
Emma: These robots are scarier than the robots in Days of Future Past.
Alyson: They look like spiders – creepy!
Emma: That’s a big nope to me!
All in all we really enjoyed the show and can’t wait for more. We are looking forward to seeing how the characters develop and if there will be any X-men cameos.
Emma: I want to see Stan Lee again.
Alyson: Wouldn’t it be cool if he would show up in each episode!
Emma: Probs won’t happen.
Alyson: Can you believe that he is 94?!
Emma: He’s lookin good for 94! Maybe Hugh Jackman will make an appearance. Nudge nudge wink wink!
Alyson: Except that Wolverine is dead!
Emma: That’s depressing. Why did you have to bring that up?
The Gifted airs on Monday nights on Fox at 8pm CDT.
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