The Gifted – S02E11 – meMento

Remember when I typed up the review for last weeks episode, my system froze, deleting it, and everyone was left in crippling melancholy for a week?  Me neither, since the review is right there, dated last week, and clearly not having been posted anachronistically.  It’s possible that I have some memory damage, there is an X shaped tattoo here.

There is a review for this week’s episode, where our four groups begin to shift down to two and the past helps give the present somemore.

Title: “meMento”

Director: Maggie Kiley
Writer: Jim Garvey


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
Michael Luwoye as Erg
Tom O’Keefe as Officer Wilson
Frances Turner as Paula Turner
Erinn Ruth as Evangeline


Reed worries as Lauren becomes intrigued by her ancestors and their violent powers. Lorna begins to reevaluate her trust in the Inner Circle after figuring out the past of Reeva’s new trainees. Meanwhile, Benedict Ryan continues to encourage Jace to take action with the Purifiers. Marcos asks Clarice to go to the Morlocks in search of information on the Inner Circle and Thunderbird gets a call from Evangeline. (From Trakt.)

High Point:

Finally, someone points out that Purifiers don’t have search warrants!

Low Point:

Lorna just never successfully seemed to evoke the emotion she was trying to evoke.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 This episode was a story building episode, but nothing in it felt particularly ripped off.

Effects: 6/6 The effects were seamless, and Laura’s new power and its destruction were nicely executed.

Acting: 5/6 While Lorna’s moments never seemed to land, most of the other cast had many interpersonal moments that do land.  Jace, in specific, did impress me.

Production: 5/6 The super secret hidden compartment in the music box that stays hidden for generations open surprisingly easily, but everything else came across the way they wanted.

Story: 5/6 Laura went dark really fast, but we may get more explanation for that going forward.  The last page scene reveal was a surprising and interesting twist, probably should have been obvious.

Emotional Response: 5/6 This episode is based on those small interpersonal moments, and except for the one noted, they were pretty effective.

Overall: 5/6 The episode brings all of the elements together well.

In total, “meMento” receives 35/42.