In Review: The Gifted – eMergence

The Mutant Underground rescues a girl from a Sentinel raid, but fails to save her family

Synopsis: The Mutant Underground rescues a girl from a Sentinel raid, but fails to save her family; Eclipse and Caitlin get info on the Inner Circle with help from a criminal hacker; Polaris prepares for her baby’s birth.

Review: The Fox X-Men spin-off series, which is set in a future where the X-Men have disbanded returns, and picks the story up six months after the events seen in the first season.

The Story

Reeva Payge purges her inner circle of everyone that doesn’t agree with her and proceeds to use her resources to help find a safe place for Polaris to give birth.

Elsewhere the resistance, which is believed dead after the Atlanta attack by Sentinal Services is still active and managing to rescue mutants while simultaneously keeping somewhat of a low profile. While all of this is happening. Reed who has been handling many of the logistics and has taken a leadership role in the resistance is beginning to show latent mutant powers, which he thought had been suppressed by his late father’s experiments.

Much of this episode is setting the board up for what I think could well be a really interesting season as the resistance will most likely have run-ins with The Hellfire group while simultaneously avoiding capture by sentinal services.

It’s also going to be interesting to see what will happen when the two strucker children reconnect now that they are both on different sides.

The episode closes out with Polaris giving birth and the resistance trying to find her.

The Acting

Some solid performance from the cast this week and a lot of interesting character moments for them to play with. I enjoyed the brief scene near the start of the episode where an older looking version of Andy Strucker tries to reassure Polaris that he’ll do all he can to keep her safe during the birth of her child. Also interesting and well played was Reed Strucker’s struggle with the fact that his mutant abilities are beginning to show through.

As far as acting performances go. The kudos this week have to go to Natalie Alyn Lind who has a very emotional scene with her onscreen parents to do with accepting the fact that her onscreen brother Andy chose Hellfire Group over them.


This was a fairly solid episode to set things up for the weeks and months to come.

The Gifted - eMergence
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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