Eliza Morse/FOX
Christian Holub
October 16, 2017 AT 10:00 PM EDT

The Gifted

TV Show
Action, Sci-fi
Matt Nix
Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

Three episodes in, and The Gifted is not slowing down. This was another episode of breakneck escapes and paranoid confrontations, and thankfully Reed managed to not be a total butt this time.

We start off with an introduction to Marcos and Lorna’s relationship, which is helpful because their separation is gearing up to be a massive plot engine and all we’ve seen of them was their brief exchange at the very beginning of the pilot. Once upon a time, it was Marcos who learned about the Mutant Underground from someone else. They hit it off immediately, especially once Polaris showed off her floating abilities (thank you, metal boots). This scene could have been cliché, but it quickly became beautiful once these two mutants realized that by touching their magnetic and solar powers together, they could create a miniature version of the Northern Lights. Literally who could top this level of #relationshipgoals?

We quickly catch up to the present, where things are not quite so romantic. Polaris is still collared and chained in mutant prison, and her best option is a “generous” offer from Jace Turner to give her and Marcos visitation rights for their child, once they’re both in prison. She keeps testing her collar and is even able to muster enough power to open her cell door — but since this leaves her bleeding from the nose and eyes, it’s clear she won’t be able to escape on her own.

For his part, Marcos is busy trying to come up with a better way to reunite their little family, but unfortunately he’s not getting much traction. The Mutant Underground has limited resources and limited personnel — and the only person capable of powering a mutant jailbreak, Blink, is still recovering from her seizure in the last episode. The experience left Blink with one of the pink face-marks recognizable from her comic version, but it has also shaken her so hard she can’t use her powers. Her problem seems to be that her powers only activate in times of fear, similar to how Andy Strucker’s powers only come up when he’s really angry. One of the other mutant leaders, a woman named Dreamer with the ability to manipulate people’s memories, proposes using her powers to give Blink other emotions to activate, like love, but John Proudstar shuts it down. It’s too risky, messing with someone’s mind.

Caitlin Strucker decides to pursue her own fight. She wakes up her kids in the middle of the night to inform them she’s going to go visit her brother Danny, who also has a government job, and see if he can use his contacts to get them any information about Reed. As you might expect, Andy and Lauren insist on coming along, despite the considerable danger of exposing themselves. This act doesn’t just put the Struckers in danger, of course; when John discovers their tracks the next morning while trying to train Blink (which doesn’t work well, considering she feels more love for a warm jelly doughnut than any actual humans), he and Marcos set out to retrieve them.

Even though they’ve been in hiding for a few days now, the Struckers have clearly not adjusted to their refugee status yet. Once they’ve gotten away from Mutant Underground headquarters, they realize they don’t even have enough cab fare to make it to Uncle Danny’s house on the other side of town. Andy does seem to be a little quicker on the uptake, suggesting they use their powers to steal some money. When his mother and sister reject his plan to rob a bank (because it will hurt people and is against the law), he uses his telekinesis to blow open nearby parking meters, giving them enough change for cab fare without hurting anyone. Good thinking, kid!

Unfortunately, Danny doesn’t seem able to provide the kind of help Caitlin wanted. He has contacts in government, yes, but most of them base their political platforms on “security” (read: authoritarian police state) and so would not react well to a request to help fugitives. Even Caitlin reminding Danny how she willingly took care of their dying mother in order to spare him doesn’t seem to move him. Fascism sucks. (Recap continues on page 2)

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