The Gifted continues with its second episode, but it does seem to hit the wall. My wife described this episode as “Filler”, which seems to fit last seasons pacing, but is not very good for the second episode of the season to be chained down so quickly.
Directed by Steven DePaul
Written by Rashad Raisani
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
Skyler Samuels as Esme Frost / Sophie Frost / Phoebe Frost
Grace Byers as Reeva Payge
Frances Turner as Paula Turner
Raymond J. Barry as Otto Strucker
Erinn Ruth as Evangeline
Danube Hermosillo as Cristina
Thunderbird contacts a mutant lawyer who recruited him to the Underground years ago, hoping she can help him find the Inner Circle. Lauren and Andy have a shared dream, which distracts Andy from his training and prompts Reeva to consider cutting her losses with him, which, in turn, makes Andy second-guess his separation from his sister. Meanwhile, Reed must keep a huge secret from the group and Jace picks up the mutants’ trail again. (From Trakt.)
It was nice to see the training, and it is nice to see what the Inner Circle can do with its resources, as opposed to the squalor the Underground has to deal with.
My wife laughed out loud at “The Lizard of Oz” joke.
This episode didn’t have much action, and the slow pacing didn’t give me much to hold onto to find a low point.
Originality: 4/6 I didn’t see anything beyond typical ‘moving pieces around the board’ events, but I didn’t see anything that felt like a rip off, either. Except for the possible exception of Andy ripping of Draco Malfoy.
Effects: 6/6 I was impressed with the effects this week, especially the transitions to and from a smoking lizard mutant.
Acting: 5/6 Everything was believable this week, though I think Sean Teale (Eclipse) may have overdone it a bit.
Production: 6/6 No complaints, especially as these were my high point.
Story: 2/6 For everything this show does right, the lack of story is all I can blame my lack of interest in this episode on.
Emotional Response: 5/6 The crying on a rooftop scene wasn’t bad enough to laugh at, but it was a difficult scene to act, and Sean’s performance didn’t make me want to give him an Emmy. Even with that, I didn’t question any motivations this episode.
Overall: 3/6 There may be something I missed or something that will develop later to make this feel more interested in this episode, but it felt like a dud to me.
In total, “unMoored” receives 31/42