The Gifted name-checks more characters from the comics when it returns from where ever it hid during the Earth-X Crisis.

Title: “outfoX”

Director: Liz Friedlander
Written: Brad Marques

Cast:

Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker
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
Elena Satine as Dreamer
Skyler Samuels as Esme
Frances Turner as Paula Turner
Adam Boyer as Trask Security Guard
Vanessa Aranegui as SS Tech #2
Andrew Benator as Aide (Hound)
Kristopher Charles as SS Tech #1
Frieda Jane as Young Ellen Strucker
Hayley Lovitt as Sage
Joe Nemmers as Agent Weeks
Mike Senior as Substation Guard
James Sterling as Mutant (uncredited)

Premise:

The team develops a risky plan to help mutants who are in Sentinel Services’ custody. Reed reveals details to Andy and Lauren about the Struckers’ family history that could prove to be a game-changer.  (From Trakt.)

High Point:

The way the attack on the facility plays out.

Low Point:

The way they visualize the Strucker twins power leaves much to be desired.  It just ends up looking lower resolution, not like a higher power level.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6 There isn’t much new ground to cover in a prison break story, but the emotions involved do make it feel more personal.  Still, I don’t know

Effects: 5/6 The CGI is much better than we see at DC, but I am not sure we can call excessive lens flare an effect.

Acting: 5/6 Everyone delivers on their personal emotional crises.

Production: 5/6 I have to give the production credit if they get you to care during the climax.

Story: 3/6 The overall plot doesn’t seem to be moving forward too much, but we do get at least a few steps forward here.  I suspect this is an episode to set up other things we’ll need this season.

Emotional Response: 5/6 Tense scenes felt tense, and they are doing a great job of not allowing you to just wave off any conflict because the good guys always win.

Overall: 5/6 It was a solid episode, despite my nit picks.

In total, “outfoX” receives 31/42