The Gifted Review: “eXodus”

The Gifted’s third episode, eXodus, takes us on a trip outside of the compound as Reed deals with Sentinel Services to see his family, and his wife seeks family in order to see Reed.

Title: “eXodus”

Director: Scott Peters
Writer: Rashad Raisani

Cast:

Amy Acker as Kate Strucker
Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz / Eclipse
Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker
Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker
Coby Bell as Jace Turner
Jamie Chung as Clarice Fong / Blink
Blair Redford as John Proudstar / Thunderbird
Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane / Polaris
Garret Dillahunt as Dr. Roderick Campbell
Elena Satine as Dreamer
Jeffrey Nordling as Danny
Erin Way as Shelia
Darren Goldstein as Chuck
Jeff Daniel Phillips as Tex
Cooper Roth as Scott
Scarlett Blum as Dominique
Monique Grant as Guard #1
Hayley Lovitt as Sage
Glenn Magee as Another Man
Joe Nemmers as Agents Weeks
Jermaine Rivers as Shatter

Premise:

In an effort to reunite with one another, Reed cuts a deal with the Sentinel Services and Caitlin and the kids seek help from someone outside the compound. Meanwhile, Thunderbird begins to teach Blink how to control her powers. (From Trakt.)

High Point:

While I am pretty sure that Aurora don’t work quite the way way they were depicted in the opening, I did think it was very cute how it was worked into the story.

My wife, who is significantly less sappy than I am, enjoyed the ultimate decision that Reed makes helps us see that Reed is no Baron Strucker.

Low Point:

The bartender was a bit too trusting, which was needed for the plot, but it didn’t seem credible.

Note: All and all, the episode was very even, so the high and low were difficult to pull out.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 There wasn’t anything in this episode that couldn’t have been predicted from the outset, even the “surprise” decisions the characters make.

Effects: 6/6 I didn’t notice any effects in this episode that stood out as anything beyond the ordinary. Making holes in reality and blasts of light seem entirely ordinary is the goal of good special effects.

Acting: 5/6 All of our main cast seems to have their characters personality down, but a few of the guest cast and newer characters could use a bit more practice.

Production: 5/6 My only complaint was that Lorna’s hair, which had its black hair dye washed out last week, was apparently re-applied while she was in solitary confinement, only to be washed out again off-screen.

Story: 3/6 The story didn’t really give us anything new to sink our teeth into, but gave us some more groundwork for the story to build with.

Emotional Response: 5/6 While I am not sure it was anything that surprised me, I did care how the story played out.

Overall: 5/6 Solid, if forgettable, offering.

In total, “eXodus” receives 31/42

3 replies on “The Gifted Review: “eXodus””

  1. lost says:

    Yeah, auroras don’t work like that. Though I suppose if their powers set up exactly right with magnetic and electric fields, it’s not entirely impossible to create that effect. After all, there are plenty of particles to charge and move around in the air. It did look cool, though.

    As far as the hair dye goes, that is probably a continuity error that got left in because it would have been either too expensive or logistically impossible to reshoot or touch up the scene “in post” after moving it to a different point in the timeline.

    I have to say there’s one major advantage to being partially colour blind. I actually can’t tell the difference between the dyed and undyed hair unless the two are side by side in good light and not moving so I never noticed. I suppose there had to be *some* benefit to colour blindness. :)

    • I was delighted they included her green hair, so I may be hyper focused on it, but it’s still a flaw. (Though I agree, it’s minor enough that it shouldn’t really count.)

  2. Jethro says:

    You know… I’m kind of bored by this show. I think we’re reaching a bit of a saturation point on comic book shows anyway, and we’ve got sooo many Marvel Mutant Shows (inhumans, whatever, a rose by any other name) that it’s just getting silly.

    At this point the only positive thing I can say about this show is “Some of those people are pretty hot” and that’s just not enough.

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