While last season of The Gifted was a nonstop race to stay one step ahead of Sentinel Services, this season so far is playing out much slower and darker, with a focus on the stress of sustaining such a lifestyle.
This episode, though, begins with something of a callback to the first X-Men movie. We see a younger, angrier John Proudstar fighting multiple assailants in a ring for money, much like where we first saw Hugh Jackman’s Logan. That’s where Evangeline Whedon comes in. A mutant with the power to transform into a red dragon, Whedon’s most impressive ability is as a mutant rights lawyer. She tells John about the Mutant Underground and offers him a job supervising one of the safehouses, setting him on the path to becoming the Thunderbird we all know and love today. John’s memories of Evangeline are not all positive, though, which troubles him since she might now be their only source for information on the Inner Circle.
He’s not the only one stuck in the past. Marcos can’t help but think of all the plans he and Lorna made to celebrate their eventual childbirth, while Lauren and Andy keep finding each other in dreams. We saw a bit of that Fenris dream action last week, but this time it’s even more intense. After Andy begs Lauren to join with him, her resistance leads to her falling off a roof. Although it’s not clear yet whether these visions are foreshadowing or telepathic communication or what, they have a very real effect on the Struckers. The next day, Andy can’t keep his focus during training, which unsettles Reeva and makes her wonder about his loyalty.
It’s not all bad news, though! Blink and Lauren manage to locate the missing sister of the girl they took in the last episode, which means at least someone has a happy family reunion to look forward to.
Sentinel Services also seems to be on the down-low these days, which explains why the mutants now seem exclusively worried about the Inner Circle. When we check in on our old Sentinel nemesis Jace Turner, he’s doing his best to blend back into civilian life. The blackout resulting from Polaris’ childbirth smells like mutants to him, but after being dissuaded from looking into it by both his wife and an old Sentinel friend, he decides to do his best to be the normal, loving husband. Somehow, I suspect this happy retirement won’t stick.