‘The Gifted’ Fall Finale Recap and Review: “eXploited”
With Sonya, Clarice, and the Struckers kids locked up in Sentinel Services, things weren’t looking good for our Mutant Underground friends heading into last night’s episode.
FOX’s midseason finale of The Gifted started off with a flashback from two months ago. Esme worked undercover in the campaign of an anti-mutant candidate running for re-election. She hears thoughts from an unidentified mutant warning her to get out just in time to flee the building as Sentinel Services arrives to arrest mutants that infiltrated the campaign.
Presently, Agent Turner hesitantly agrees to turn over Lauren and Andy along with Sonya and Clarice to Dr. Campbell. While Clarice has to encourage Sonya to have faith that John will save them, Lauren and Andy are fitted with special suits and taken to testing so Campbell can see if they’ve inherited their great grandfather’s ability to combine powers. Despite being shocked by their collars, they continue to refuse to give him what he wants.
At the Underground base, nobody can agree on what steps to take. While Lorna wants to lead an attack, Reed and Caitlin fear for their children’s safety with all of the armed guards. They plan to go off on their own. Esme listens in and advises Reed to go to Agent Turner to keep the children away from Dr. Campbell. A little while after they leave, Esme runs and tells Lorna and Marcos where they’ve gone. She reveals that she accidentally listened to their thoughts and found out that they were going to see Agent Turner. When they rush to tell John, she smirks in satisfaction.
Reed and Caitlin arrive at Turner’s home armed while the others discuss what to do. Esme, of course, is in on the discussion. While the Struckers don’t seem to be able to get through to Turner, Dr. Campbell brings in Clarice and Sonya as leverage. Sonya speaks up and tells the pair not to do anything for Campbell and gets shot in return.
Shocked and not wanting Clarice to die too, they join hands. Their powers are beyond the sensors range, but the adamantium walls stop them from destroying the room. They are able to damage the metal and the wall and pipes outside of the room. The test allows Campbell to find a chemical source of their powers and a possible X-gene suppression method like their grandfather had created.
When Caitlin reveals that HOUND test subjects are drugged and forced to harm others they care about, Mrs. Turner is shocked. When they leave, she questions her husband about his actions. Soon, Turner arrives at Trask to move the prisoners out of Campbell’s facility. The Struckers arrive back at the base and are surprised to hear that Esme told the others that it was their idea to go see Turner. When they reveal that it was her idea, Shatter is confused and tells them that Esme and everyone else went to save the prisoners.
The gate guard wants to confirm Turner’s prisoner transfer, slowing their exit. Before their plan can begin, Esme shocks Marcos with a hidden taser, which knocks him unconscious. She uses her powers to make Agent Weeks turn off the mutants’ collar before making him shoot himself. Nearby guards kill themselves as well and Turner is knocked back. When Marcos wakes up, he runs to tell Lorna and John what’s going on.
When Clarice, Lauren, and Andy get off the bus with other mutants, Esme is joined by her twins. The Stepford Cuckoos have made their debut on The Gifted! The quintuplets are straight out of the comics. It’s unclear if all five sisters will be shown on the series.
Final thoughts and rating for last night’s episode of The Gifted
This character reveal was perfectly timed and a great place to leave viewers before winter break. Three in one is sure to be an interesting storyline if done right. RIP Dreamer! She wasn’t my favorite, but her loss will impact the team which I’m not looking forward to witnessing. She was improving as a character. John is still recovering from losing Pulse, so I know Sonya’s loss is going to hit him hard. I’m not exactly a fan of her death being almost meaningless. Campbell got what he wanted. Sure she showed strength and character standing up to him, but he got this win, which is a big one.
I’m glad to see Mrs. Turner with more of a presence. She lost Grace too, so her reaction to mutants and her husband’s job and actions have merit. Overall, “eXploited” was written well and created just about the perfect amount of tension for a midseason finale.
I’m giving last night’s episode a 9/10.
The Gifted will return in January after a 3-week break
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