As you may remember, I really enjoyed the pilot episode of The Gifted. The big question heading into this week was whether the second episode would continue the good momentum, or whether that was a one-off plastered over by the skills of X-Men movie maestro Bryan Singer. Thankfully, the second episode delivers as well, with direction from Len Wiseman — there are even some wild scenes of uncontrollable superpowers that parallel the best scenes from Singer’s films.
Most of this episode is focused on solving the fallout generated by a comatose Blink. One thing I really like about this show so far is how no one gets easy victories. If they take one step forward, they also have to take a half step back, and every good thing comes with potentially catastrophic consequences. The pilot ended with a great example of that, with the Strucker family connecting with the Mutant Underground and escaping the Sentinels — except, that is, for their patriarch Reed, who was shot and captured by the very security forces he used to order around. His kids, obviously, want to go back for him immediately (and Marcos is sympathetic, given Reed’s precious info about Polaris), but their friendly neighborhood teleporter is currently comatose.
The situation soon deteriorates further, as the wounded Blink starts randomly opening a portal to a far-away country road. Thankfully, Lauren is able to use her forcefields to physically shut the portals (which is AWESOME), but the root of the problem still needs to be addressed. Kate Strucker has enough nurse knowledge that she knows what kind of medicine Blink needs to stabilize, but unfortunately those are only available in a hospital. So she and Marcos hit the road to find one, as everyone else tries to keep Blink’s fits under control.
Meanwhile, Reed now finds himself on the opposite end of the prison-industrial complex than he’s used to. Jace Turner, the Sentinel Services agent in charge of the Strucker case who for some reason keeps reminding me of an Evil Cory Booker, is ready to bring the hammer down — presumably the same way that Reed used to. As Reed keeps desperately asking for a lawyer and complaining about harassment, it’s clear how little he understands about what he himself used to wreak on people. I don’t like Reed very much. (Recap continues on page 2)