In Review: The Gifted – meMento

Reed worries as Lauren becomes intrigued by her ancestors and their violent powers

Synopsis: Reed worries as Lauren becomes intrigued by her ancestors and their violent powers, Lorna begins to reevaluate her trust in the Inner Circle after figuring out the past of Reeva’s new trainees. Meanwhile, Benedict Chase continues to encourage Jace to take more of a leadership role in the Purifiers.

Review: After the excitement of last weeks episode. It’s time to take a breath and reevaluate, which is what seems to be happening with regards to several of the core characters this week.

The Story

With Thunderbird still recovering from the injuries that he sustained in last weeks episode. The leadership of the Mutant Underground is taken up by Eclypse and Blink. The latter of which is searching for escaped mutants from Reeva’s recent prison break that he can recruit into the ranks of the Underground.

Meanwhile, Lauren has taken on a deep fascination with regards to her ancestor’s the Von Strucker Twins who were violent criminals. She is particularly taken in by the music box, which was left to her father. This music box causes Lauren to have vivid dreams where she witnesses the Von Struckers in action, which in turn causes her powers to lash out uncontrollably while dreaming, which alerts the landlord to the presence of a mutant. It pretty much looks like Lauren could well follow her brother Andy down a darker path if nothing is done to talk her down from it.

Elsewhere Jace is still very conflicted about his role in the Purifiers but after a meeting with Benedict, he begins to settle down. But when a search for mutants results in a needless casualty he begins to waver again.

Lorna has figured out that Reeva’s plans for the Inner Circle may not be as noble as she thought they were and the recent recruitment of a team of mutants that killed innocent women and children on a cruise ship sees he begin to reconsider her place, which leads to her seeing help from Eclipse and The Mutant Underground.

The Acting

We get some solid performances this week from Coby Bell. The scene towards the end of the episode where Jace gets a phone call from his wife is particularly good as the actor gets a real good chance to show us just how conflicted Jace’s character is about the role he has in The Purifiers, which has me wondering if he might end up helping the Underground at some later stage.

Overall

While there was not as much action in this episode than there was in last weeks. There was a fair bit of foreshadowing for things to come.

It will be interesting to see how Lorna manages to keep getting away from The Inner Circle and work with The Underground in order to stop Reeva’s plans. Will Andy catch on and sell her out?

It will also be interesting to see how The Underground begins its fight back in light of the phone call that Thunderbird deals with toward the end of the episode.

9.4
The Gifted - meMento
  • Story
    9.3
  • Acting
    9.5
  • CGI
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    9.1

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net 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: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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