Towards the tail-end of last year and into the early part of this year, I published a series of blog posts about the first season of The Gifted. Those weekly blog posts were published live on the Honcho-SFX blog and detailed the events of each Season One episode as they aired on Sunday evenings on FOX.
If you didn’t follow my posts, you’ve not got time to go back and read them, or you just want the highlights, then you you’re in luck – I’m about to do a quick recap of everything you missed. Below is a rundown of all the best bits from the first season of The Gifted.
Episode One – eXposed
- We’re introduced to Blink, Polaris, Thunderbird and Eclipse (the Mutant Underground), as well as the Strucker family. The Strucker kids (Andy and Lauren) are mutants and they end up on the run from Sentinel Services – a shadowy government agency tasked with hunting down mutants.
- In the first episode, the X-Men get namechecked, there’s an in-joke relating to the ‘90s X-Men cartoon and there’s a Stan Lee cameo.
Episode Two – rX
- Blink was injured and while unconscious her powers started going haywire, opening up random portals. Meanwhile, Reed Strucker (father of the Strucker family) was detained by the Sentinel Services and he agreed to make a deal in order to protect his family.
- Roderick Campbell – a mutant researcher working for the Sentinel Services – is introduced. Comic book fans will know Campbell by the name, Ahab.
- The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the X-Men and the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF) get a namecheck, but none of them appear in the episode.
Episode Three – eXodus
- Reed started working for the Sentinel Services, Caitlin asked her brother for some help, Andy showed signs that he’s having difficulty controlling his temper/anger and Polaris demonstrated that she is one powerful mutant.
Episode Four – eXit strategy
- The Underground Mutants rescue Reed and Polaris from the clutches of Sentinel Services. Polaris demonstrates her abilities, which are pretty impressive.
Episode Five – boXed in
- Details emerge about an incident taking place on July 15th, which resulted in thousands of deaths.
- It becomes clear that Agent Turner – a member of Sentinel Services – has a valid reason for disliking mutants.
Episode Six – got your siX
- The X-Men get a couple of namechecks. Still no appearance.
- Campbell demonstrates he’s clearly a threat.
Episode Seven – eXtreme measures
- Trask Industries gets a namecheck. The company shut down in 2006 and Reed’s dad worked for them.
Episode Eight – threat of eXtinction
- Andreas and Andrea von Strucker (relatives of the Strucker family) are introduced in a flashback. Andreas and Andrea are better known to comic book fans as Fenris.
- Reed Strucker was once a mutant.
Episode Nine – outfoX
- The Hellfire Club get a namecheck.
Episode Ten – eXploited
- Adamantium – the metal that covers Wolverine’s skeleton – is referenced.
- The Stepford Cuckoos are introduced. In the comics there were originally five Cuckoos, but two died. The Gifted has opted to go with three from the off.
Episode Eleven – 3 X 1
- The Purifiers are introduced. In the comics, the Purifiers started out as followers of William Stryker.
- The Hellfire Club gets another mention.
- Hints about who Polaris’ dad is… but no official confirmation that it’s Magneto, although it clearly is.
Episode Twelve – eXtraction
- A little backstory on Campbell.
- Andy Strucker forms an alliance with the Cuckoos.
Episode Thirteen – X-roads
- Andy and Lauren Strucker seem to be heading down two different paths – one walking a line more closely associated with Magneto’s way of thinking, the other heading more down the Xavier route.
- Shape-shifting mutant, Evangeline Whedon is introduced.
- Campbell is seemingly killed in an explosion, possibly paving the way for Ahab in Season Two?
- The season concludes with the Underground Mutants divided.
And that’s pretty much all you need to know.
If you’re a fan of the X-Men movies/comics, then The Gifted is a show worth checking out. At times it does do that annoying thing of alluding to characters and situations rather than showing them (saving on budget and getting around that pesky problem of being a TV show and not the movie series), but it does make good use of minor X-Men characters.
Showrunner Matt Nix did a good job with Season One. Hopefully the forthcoming second season will be equally as good.