The Gifted – outfoX

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

One reply

  1. lost says:

    Regarding that power effect, I’m not sure what you could do to visualize it better, at least on a TV production budget. At least the double vision sliding into focus bit makes sense based on the kids’ explanation of what was happening and the rest of it does kind of make sense as well.

    I think I can safely say: Chekhov’s Nuke deployed. Now we wait to find out what it obliterates.

    I do suspect that the kids’ power is not necessarily just mass scale destructive. Logically, once they have some practice, they’ll be able to control it a lot more finely than has occurred to anyone on the show yet. I’m actually expecting it to be used to make an epic shield (pushing things together instead of apart) or something similar at some point in the future.

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