Guest Review The Gifted

The Gifted 1×10 – eXploited

“This is a human problem. It needs a human solution.”

The Gifted 1x10 pic

That was not good.

While The Gifted’s action sequences can be intense and exciting, it’s the quieter less explosive moments that have been severely lacking. There’s a plethora of new characters being introduced week after week with very little emotional investment as well as a bunch of underdeveloped recurring characters spitting exposition until we arrive at the episode’s final moments. All this, combined with a retread of story beats every hour, makes for a pretty stale viewing experience.

Then they went ahead and killed off Dreamer, the one person that had the most potential. Granted, it’s a bold move that certainly makes Dr. Campbell seem like a formidable foe, but there are quite a few other options that could have bit the dust instead (I’m looking at you, Johnny). Plus, killing her off didn’t come as a huge surprise considering Elena Satine was never listed as a regular cast member. So much for shock value, eh?

However, there’s no denying that the episode ends with one of the most twisted sequences I’ve seen in a while as Esme takes down an entire army of mutants and Sentinel Service agents. Her master plan is still vague, but the final shot of multiple Esme’s coming together is a haunting capper to an otherwise underwhelming fall finale. Let’s hope the show comes back stronger for the remaining three episodes of the season.

Xtra Bits

– The flashback in the opening teaser with the politician was awfully boring. I had flashbacks to Senator Petrelli from Heroes.

– How forced and cringe-worthy was the mutant underground tension?

– One good thing about this episode is that we no longer have to watch Esme creepily listening in on other people’s conversations.

– I really want to know why Caitlin’s dad put a gun to her head at age four.

– The Struckers’ entire existence at the Turners’ house was inexplicable. What a horrendous and awful way to get Jace to back down.

– Did anyone else get Dollhouse vibes from that final scene?

– Should this even be called a midseason finale if the show is coming back for only three more episodes in 2018? #FoodForThought

Gifts & Quips

Caitlin: You think people couldn’t water the lawn or put up holiday decorations knowing that people were suffering, but I did. We all did.

Conclusion
A lackluster episode that drags on for far too long then culminates with an intriguing yet disturbing final sequence. Maybe don’t count this show out…yet.

Chris Rating
C+

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