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    The Gifted - FOX

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    Marvel expands its footprint on the television landscape with this new family adventure series about an ordinary suburban family whose lives change course forever when they discover their children have developed mutant powers. When the threat of a hostile government forces the family to go on the run to protect themselves, they join the ranks of an underground network of mutants. Together, the group fight to survive in a world where fear and misunderstanding put them at constant risk. "X-Men" alums Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are among the executive producers.

    First episode date: October 2, 2017
    Network: FOX
    Program creator: Matt Nix

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    The Gifted is an American television series created for Fox by Matt Nix, based on Marvel Comics' X-Men properties. It is connected to the X-Men film series, set in an alternate timeline where the X-Men have disappeared. The show is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, with Nix serving as showrunner.

    The series stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as ordinary parents who take their family on the run after they discover their children's mutant abilities. Sean Teale, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Coby Bell, Jamie Chung, Blair Redford, and Emma Dumont also star in the show. The series received a put pilot commitment at Fox after a previous attempted X-Men television series did not move forward at the network in 2016; The Gifted was ordered to series in May 2017.

    The Gifted began airing on October 2, 2017, and is set to run for 13 episodes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics, particularly for its social commentary and cast.
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    Stephen Moyer (born Stephen John Emery; 11 October 1969)[1] is an English film and television actor and director who is best known as vampire Bill Compton in the HBO series True Blood. He was born in Brentwood, Essex and attended St Martin's, a comprehensive school in Hutton, Essex. His first television role was in 1993 as Philip Masefield in the TV adaptation of the play Conjugal Rites, written by actor/playwright Roger Hall.

    This was followed by the television film Lord of Misrule, filmed in Fowey, Cornwall, which also featured Richard Wilson, Emily Mortimer and Prunella Scales. In 1997, Moyer made his big-screen debut landing the lead role in the film adaptation of the long-running comic strip Prince Valiant by Hal Foster, working alongside Ron Perlman and Katherine Heigl.[4][5] Beginning 2 October 2017, he began his new role as the lead, Reed Strucker in the new Fox series The Gifted.[
    Amy Louise Acker (born December 5, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for starring as Winifred Burkle and Illyria on the supernatural drama series Angel (20012004), as Kelly Peyton on the action drama series Alias (20052006), and as Root on the science-fiction drama series Person of Interest (20122016). As of 2017, she stars as Caitlin Strucker on the superhero drama series The Gifted, based on Marvel Comics' X-Men.
    In March 2017, Acker was cast as Caitlin Strucker in the pilot for the prospective FOX television series The Gifted,[13][14] which was picked up to series in May 2017.[15] The Gifted began airing on October 2, 2017, and is currently set to run for 10 episodes.
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    Season 1 Episode 1 - "eXposed" - October 2, 2017

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    In Atlanta, Georgia, the mutant Clarice Fong escapes from prison with her teleporting abilities, and is rescued from police by members of a mutant underground that aims to protect persecuted mutants from the government. During this, Lorna Dane / Polaris is captured by the police, and is later asked by district attorney Reed Strucker to cooperate with him in exchange for a reduced sentence. Reed's children, Lauren and Andy, go to their school dance that night, where Andy is attacked by bullies. The stress causes Andy's mutant abilities to manifest, and he telekinetically causes major damage to the school. Lauren helps him escape, revealing that she is also a mutant. The pair and their parents are forced to go into hiding immediately by the arrival of the anti-mutant Sentinel Services agency. Reed convinces a member of the underground, Marcos Diaz / Eclipse, to help them in exchange for information on Polaris, but Turner and SS also arrive at their meeting. Clarice is able to teleport everyone to safety, except for Reed, who is captured.
    Very strong premiere episode of a new Marvel based series. The pacing is good, there is action, you get quick glimpses of characters and their powers, you feel the tension, there is very much a shoot them on sight feel to this and of course a bit of high school bullying is what sets it all off and of course the bullies get off scot free. Nice to see a parent be able to talk to their teen age children and to be able to deal with issues quickly and not be blindly stupid.

    I got a feeling that maybe Clarice the mutant rescued in the beginning of the episode "maybe" a plant and working for the Sentinel Services.
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    Season 1 Episode 2 - "rX" - October 9, 2017

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    Clarice falls unconscious from the effort of teleporting the group back to the underground's hideout, losing control of her abilities. Portals begin to open to an unknown road, causing an accident that is brought to the attention of police. Caitlin, a nurse, offers to look for medication that may help Clarice, and races to a nearby hospital that still treats mutants with Eclipse, where they use an old injury to gain access to the medication. In prison, Polaris has a collar placed on her that gives her a shock whenever she tries to use her abilities. She faces discrimination and attacks from the other prisoners, and when she pushes through the pain of her collar to fight back, she is put in solitary confinement. Reed is interrogated by Turner, who tries various techniques to get Reed's cooperation, including interrogating Reed's mother. Caitlin and Eclipse return in time to help Clarice before her portals cause major damage and force the underground to evacuate. Reed agrees to give Turner the location of the underground in exchange for the freedom of his family.
    I really hate it when the powers that be trample all over folks rights under the so called Patriot Act or in this case the Mutant Protection Act or whatever. At times I felt I was watching a kinda lame Law and Order episode where the main characters are drooling justice and might a bit over much. That being said I like how the father, Reed reads Turner and uses it to his advantage. Caitlin's character as a nurse was kinda lame as I felt she could have triaged Clarice/Blink a bit better. Like really there are no mutant nurses. The episode still contains much of the intensity and vibe of the premiere, I just hate it when when stupid teenagers act like stupid teenagers, "we have to go help dad". Really, what part of there were trained paramilitary forces attacking you and you are a whiny teenager who just discovered his power what are you really going to do except get everyone killed at this point. I also could not believe how dumb Polaris was to turn her back on the one inmate like she did. Please let us not have sloppy writing, stupid writing at this point.
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    Season 1 Episode 3 - "eXodus" - October 16, 2017

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    Reed, being tracked by Turner, meets up with a mutant that he knows is working with Eclipse, and he agrees to smuggle Reed to the underground, but Reed decides to not put the mutants in harm and returns to Turner. Clarice begins working with John Proudstar / Thunderbird to control her abilities, but does not have someone that she truly cares about that she can focus her emotions on. Trying to help the underground, Caitlin secretly leaves and finds her brother Daniel, who she says has "connections", and is accompanied by her children. Daniel is unwilling to help, and when news gets out that they are there the Struckers are confronted by locals who want to keep their neighborhood safe. They escape the house with the help of Eclipse and Thunderbird. Clarice creates a portal for the group to return to the underground, but can only do this with strong feelings for Thunderbird, implanted by the mutant Sonya Simonson / Dreamer. Turner turns down an offer for help from scientist Roderick Campbell, who is interested in the Strucker children.
    Okay stupid people doing stupid things. Caitlin going to her brother but to be honest that got turned around at the very end. I know the reviews for this show were very good and it is way better than Inhumans. Anything is way better than the Inhumans. Why did anyone think leaving three teenagers alone with access to social media was a good idea especially when one was a mutant showing off a bit. Do this kids not watch CSI? Do these kids even think? Oh, lets talk about the neighbors with guns going after mutants for a $300,000 bounty, like that is a good idea or simple a recipe for a lot of bystanders to be shot.

    Note: simply having mutant powers is the not be all end all of defeating your opponent. A bullet to the head will end that real quick.
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    Season 1 Episode 4 - "eXit strategy" - October 23, 2017

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    Two years ago, the underground helped several mutants escape from an SS "Relocation Center", but Thunderbird's best friend Gus / Pulse—who can short out electrical circuits and other mutants' abilities—was believed to have been killed. Now, the underground plans to rescue Reed and Polaris from SS before they are delivered to a similar center, one that inmates do not return from. Eclipse gets information on the route they will be taken from the cartel he used to work for, now run by his former girlfriend Carmen Guerra. She forces him to use his abilities to torture someone for her in exchange for the information. The underground attacks the convoy transporting Reed and Polaris, with Andy and Lauren combining their abilities to stop the vehicles. They all lose their abilities when Pulse appears, alive and working for SS. Thunderbird knocks Pulse unconscious, Polaris breaks herself and Reed out, and they all escape. Meanwhile, Clarice continues to remember her feelings for Thunderbird, but he tells her that they have never been together.
    Wow, that was painful to watch. Eclipse makes a stupid open ended deal with an old girlfriend to be her personal torturer. Smart. Then 5 mutants with no military experience except for Thunderbird and only one hand gun go up against a convoy of at least 20 to 30 armed guards with assault rifles. It was painful to watch such incompetence on both sides. Then at the place they to switch cars instead of moving with purpose and speed they go into super slo mo and talk about Pulse.
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    Season 1 Episode 5 - "boXed in" - October 30, 2017

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    Thunderbird takes the Struckers back to the underground, where a mutant named Fade recognizes Reed as having been working with Turner; many of the underground's members are uncomfortable with Reed joining them. In order to prove his loyalty, Reed suggests using himself as bait to lure away the SS agents. Thunderbird tasks Fade with helping Reed, and they are successful. Meanwhile, Caitlin, Lauren, and Andy are able to save the life of an injured mutant, Trader. Having earned the underground's trust, the Struckers decide to stay and fight with them. Eclipse and Polaris attack an SS blockade and capture Turner. Dreamer and Clarice join them, as they are surrounded by SS. Dreamer begins searching Turner's memories for information, learning of the program that converted Pulse to an SS agent. She is unable to finish before they have to flee, leaving Turner believing that his daughter Grace is still alive despite her death during a mutant protest four years earlier. Clarice later confronts Dreamer about altering her memories.
    What I would like to know is how the SS Drone just found Lorna and Marcos, how did it know to pick out there car?

    Also how did the SS just find Turner after he had been kidnapped by Lorna and Marcos? It doesn't make any sense.

    Overall is this a bad show? It depends on what your expectations are. If you are not familiar with the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), don't read comic books, don't watch super hero movies especially the Marvel ones, this is not that horrible a "good people in a bad situation trying to deal with it" series. It's not that good either. Some of it is the writing, the stereotypical characters, the pacing, the editing, the stories. I was a huge fan of Person of Interest, the scope and scale of storytelling and acting was fabulous, if this show was closer to that quality of action, acting, pacing, suspense it would be out of this world but it is not that caliber and that is a shame considering you have actors like Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer and are wasting their talents.

    One thing strikes me as odd is that there seems to be no real organization to the Mutant Underground. One would think there would be some qualified folks who are medics, communication specialists, transport specialist, and where are the hackers?
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    Season 1 Episode 6 - "got your siX" - November 6, 2017

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    Clarice confronts Thunderbird about him not telling her what Dreamer did to her memories, and decides to leave the underground. The group plans to attack a Federal facility where Pulse was taken without Clarice's help; Reed, Eclipse, and Andy go to break in and steal information on the mutants who are now working for SS. Thunderbird worries that these mutants could be the deciding factor in a war that the X-Men believed was coming (they put Thunderbird in charge of the underground before they disappeared). Reed becomes concerned with Andy's abilities and how he enjoys using them to destroy things, and attempts to gain Andy's trust as his father again. After stealing the information, the trio are followed by police into an SS ambush. Polaris takes Lauren and another young mutant, visual illusionist Wes, to help them. Meanwhile, Turner is given a mandatory leave for his reborn grief, but ignores this and instead begins a new partnership with Campbell, giving him the information about Andy and Lauren in exchange for his help
    Are you telling me there was not an easier way to get into the federal building than blasting into a subbasement and setting off alarms? I am amazed that Reed found paper files but maybe lawyers still do it that way and really a judges hard drives just happen to have the intel they needed. Why would that judge have that information? Did he need to know?

    Polaris, Lauren and Wes, luv these plans that Polaris just makes up as she goes along not knowing if these newbie mutants can actually do them. If you are going to make a ramp of air to go up shouldn't you also have a ramp of air on the other side going down? Other wise won't you totally destroy the axles, and suspension and blow all the tires? Just saying.

    PS: the only character with any depth or layers at this point is Johnny aka Thunderbird. He uses his brain, his skills as a marine and his skill as a mutant.

    What kills me is that an review on Rotten Tomatoes said
    chugging out some of the most refreshing writing in the superhero genre.
    Huh, are we watching the same show? There is nothing new, exciting or refreshing about the writing on this show. Yes, this show had a good premiere and if the writing, directing, and editing had continued at that level this would be a good show, a breakout hit but the writing tanked as did the directing and editing after episode 1.
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    Season 1 Episode 7 - "eXtreme measures" - November 13, 2017

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    Guerra forces Eclipse to help her on another job, this time destroying a rival's shipment of drugs; Polaris and Dreamer follow Eclipse after the former discovered he was lying about his whereabouts, and see him work with Guerra. Thunderbird tracks down Clarice, and offers to help her find the road that her portals were opening to when she was sick. They realize that the road leads to the home for mutants that she lived in as a child, but it is now derelict after SS agents stormed the building and killed its inhabitants. She agrees to rejoin the fight. From the stolen information, the underground learns that Wes has a criminal background, leading to him leaving for another underground group, and that Reed's father may have been involved with Campbell's program to turn mutants when he worked for Trask Industries. Now, Campbell and Turner prepare to send these mutants, called Hounds, undercover within the underground. When a DOJ official attempts to stop the pair from using their illegal actions, one of the Hounds makes her have a stroke.
    Not sure I am liking this Marcos/Carmen/Polaris triangle or if it is a triangle. Do I even care or like these people?

    Like the dynamic between Johny/Thunderbird and Clarice/Blink, it gets better each episode. I am not a fan of Jaime Chung, I mean she is great if you want a role that is totally wooden faced and emotionless and she does a great job doing that. I do think working with the actor who plays Johnny is helping her acting, her ability to emote. I don't know if it will end up being a romance or just a great partnership but I can see it going there. I do wonder how the press does not know about all the killings and murders the SS is going. It can not all be suppressed even with all the country up in arms and hatred of mutants. The mutant haters would celebrate each kill. But at least Clarice/Blink now has motivation to be in the fight.

    What is scary is that Campbell has so little regard for both human and mutant life .... totally scary. Turner is correct saying that giving the DOJ official will not stop someone coming in after her to do the same job. I wonder when Turner will realize he made a deal with something worst then the devil?
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    Season 1 Episode 8 - "threat of eXtinction" - November 20, 2017

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    The underground rescue a group of refugees, but a telepath among them, Esme, reveals that another of the mutants to be a Hound. The latter is taken hostage, and Esme is able to help read her mind; they learn that she was taken hostage by Trask Industries, and their work on her included addicting her to the drug Kick. Reed and Thunderbird visit Reed's estranged father Otto, who used to work for Trask. Otto reveals that his father and aunt, Andreas and Andrea von Strucker, were the mutant terrorists Fenris. They had extremely powerful abilities, which they passed on to Otto; his work at Trask focused on suppressing the mutant X-gene, and he prevented Reed from developing these abilities. Lauren and Andy now have the same abilities as the von Struckers, and can become as powerful as them if their powers are combined. Campbell and SS agents arrive to interrogate Otto, and he attacks them with his abilities to protect Reed and Thunderbird. Otto is able to overcome Pulse's mutant suppressing, releasing a blast that injures Campbell and kills Pulse.

    Finally a decent episode, the first one since the premiere, only had to wait 6 episodes. Luv'ed the storyline of Reed Struker's past, and that his grandfather and great aunt were Fenris, and that his father was a mutant, as is Reed, but his father suppressed it in Reed. Liked how the kids are working together, liked how Caitlin is the peacemaker, the reasonable one. Will Esme be used in future episodes? Why does Blink not have the memory removed that Dreamer installed?

    What made this episode better? First of they story lines progressed. Secrets were revealed, both in characters past and in Trask Industries and Campbell's grand plan. The blatant killing and leaving bodies around is a bit weird. I wonder if Reed packed away all the info his father showed him in the apartment upstairs. That is not something I would leave lying around for the SS to find or for others to find.
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    Season 1 Episode 9 - "outfoX" - December 4, 2017

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    Reed tells his family about his history as a mutant, and about the von Struckers and their terrorist activities. He and Caitlin test Andy and Lauren to see if they could become as powerful as the twins; holding hands, the pair feel the power to destroy the entire building, and are only stopped by Reed separating them. Desperate to rescue her family from Trask, Esme uses her abilities to manipulate the rest of the underground into agreeing with a plan of attack: Blink, Dreamer, and the Struckers will take out a power plant supporting the Trask facility, which can then be attacked by her, Polaris, Eclipse, and Thunderbird. Turner predicts this, and organizes an unofficial SS task force to storm the power plant before it can be disabled. Blink and Dreamer are captured trying to allow Andy and Lauren to escape, as Reed and Caitlin watch in horror from a van outside. Trapped in the basement, Andy and Lauren join hands, but Andy stops them from using their combined abilities before they kill all the building's inhabitants. They surrender themselves to Turner.
    My initial reaction was this episode is STUPID, STUPID, STUPID. Seriously, they are planing an attack on a fortified facility, in broad daylight with no practice runs, without knowing the layout or any of the defenses or where the prisoners are being held.

    Turner who is in Atlanta, gets information from Trask in seconds. Oh, like that really happens. A gaurd calls in sick and they have his personal info like that. Yeah, right. Turner manages to organize a task force and arrive with them at the Trask facility which is miles away, 5 seconds after he deduces that they mutants are attacking. Just NO. This is so stupid it is mind boggling. Do the show runners think their viewing audience is so stupid they will not notice these huge time discrepancies?

    Anyone figure it out that Esme is controlling everyone?

    Sonya allows herself to be captured.

    For the first time all this season hot headed Andy actually thinks, Yah!

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