I think Fox has got a winner. The Gifted - I'm iffy about the title - has got one thing over Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's got honest-to-gosh mutants while AoS has got Inhumans who, as we all know, are mere pale imitations. I wasn't too enthralled with the trailer(s) they'd put out, so I went into the pilot episode with a raised eyebrow. Except the pilot ep turned out to be so dope. It covers a lot of ground in just under an hour.
I won't say who, but longtime Marvel comics readers will right away recognize plenty of the characters. This seems to be set in the same universe as the mainstream X-Men's, as opposed to, say, Logan's alternate universe or Legion's. In this reality, anti-mutant sentiment has given rise to harsh anti-mutant laws, giving the federal agency, Sentinel Services, license to hunt and persecute those with the mutant gene. As a response, a nationwide mutant underground network was founded to help fleeing mutants, founded just before the X-Men vanished.
Who knew north Atlanta was a hotbed of muties? For the past five years, Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) had worked for the Mutant Task Force, prosecuting mutants suspected of criminal activities. It's very ironic what happens to him and his family. If you'd seen the trailer, then you know.
Happy to say that this show packs in the Easter eggs, from references dropped about the X-Men to a certain cameo at (Te)x's Lounge to oh-my-gosh! Marcos Diaz's ringtone. Makes me think that the budget must be biggish since they've come correct with the special effects. The mutant powers unleashed look wicked legit. The acting? I got so caught up with the storyline I really didn't catch myself analyzing the performances, which, in a way, is a win for the cast. I anticipate bigger things for Amy Acker's character because it is friggin' Amy Acker. She can't just be a normal housewife. Stephen Moyer, by the way, musters up an impressive glower that dials up to eleven. Also, Percy Hynes White, who plays the relentlessly bullied Andy Strucker, looks a lot like a teen Steve Buscemi. I liked him right away. Fact is, I liked the Strucker family. And that very much includes Lauren Strucker (Natalie Alyn Lind), the older teen sister who watches over Andy. I like how level-headed Lauren is. You'll see. You'll like her, too.
I am now seriously stoked about this show. Color me impressed. Given, the story arc embarked upon is a familiar one. But I'm sold. Sold on the production values and, more importantly, sold on the characters. In 47 minutes, The Gifted has made me care tremendously for the Strucker fam and some of the folks in that underground network. The odds are dreadfully against them. But isn't that the nature of the superhero narrative? Please, please, please live up to potential.
I wonder, what are the odds of a crossover with Legion?
Out of all the X-Men comics, tv shows and movies this is without a doubt the BEST one of them all! The social commentary is extremely well done, the actors are amazing (lots of great casting from people from Burn Notice which is awesome, along with some unknown but extremely gifted actors), and the special effects are top notch. Hopefully this lasts at least 9 seasons!
I think this show attempts to do too much. I feel that the characters could be quite compelling. Each ol the major characters have a backstory and therefore reasons why they act the way that they do, but the show just tries to show us why every major character does what he or she does (The Struckers, Eclipse, Polaris, Thunderbird, Blink, Agent Turner, Dr. Campbell,...) Thirteen episodes is too short to show all of this and fill out the characters themselves. So the characters feel somewhat flat and are difficult to connect to. Also there are a few times in which the characters seem to act out of character; doing the opposite of what the audience expects. Polaris "saves" Eclipse from being a cold blooded murderer, yet... or Lauren being the impulsive one when the siblings first combine their powers and Andy being the cautious one.
The Thunderbird, Blink, Dreamer love triangle feels quite forced...
Definitely feels like the characters often doing what is required to move the writer's plot, as opposed to their acting "in character" and recreating a plot.
I relly like this show. It is a quality show and I like being able to catch episodes here on amazone without the commercials and on my time. I like that it keeps getting better and better. I have seen other shows dreadfully get worse . This one is great. The show seems to reference x-men but being a long time xmen fan this is nothing like xmen but a show of its own. I wouldn't liken this to xmen at all. So go in with an open mind.
Though The Gifted felt a tad bit formulaic at first, It was nice to see the show branching off in original directions and the writers continuously breaking new ground and expanding the possibilities of the MCU. The actors all seem to do a good job, but their arcs seem a little lost in pace (great pace so far and naturally there are too many characters to effectively address their respective arcs.
I have to say, I almost binged every episode! But thankfully, the whole thing isn't out yet! The acting, the stories, the dynamics of family, friends, loyalty, sacrifice and the superb effects are great! LOVE this show! I couldn't get into anything after Agent Carter, and now I'm HOOKED!!! LOVE this show!!! If you are thinking about it, just do it. And Thunderbird? #Swoon
This is a great family show! The scenes and language are very appropriate for our younger school-age children and the plot/story-line is captivating for the adults but easy to follow for the kids. We love how this series goes off of the X-Men but is also different and the producers used their own creativity in the story. We all wait every week excitedly for the next episode to come out.