‘The Gifted’ Recap and Review: “eXodus”
Last week on The Gifted, while John, Lauren, Andy, and the other mutants of the Underground dealt with opening portals and the threat of being discovered because of Blink’s medical emergency, Caitlin and Eclipse were able to steal medicine from a nearby hospital to help her. In Lakewood prison, Polaris got attacked by an inmate and her minions. She ended up in solitary confinement for using her powers to fight back. Elsewhere, Reed struck a deal with Agent Turner to keep his family out of jail after his mother is threatened. The downside to the deal is that he has to turn over the members of the Mutant Underground.
This week’s episode “eXodus” starts off with a flashback of Polaris giving Eclipse a tour of the Mutant Underground’s location. The pair is still getting to know each other and she shows him that she can levitate. She talks him into showing her his powers as well. When they touch, their powers create a similar phenomenon as the aurora lights. The scene ends with the pair sharing what looks to be their first kiss. In the present time, Agent Turner comes into her cell and tries to talk her into giving him information on the Underground to save herself and Eclipse.
With the Underground, Eclipse and John argue over their next step. Eclipse is determined to get Lorna out of jail while John doesn’t want to risk it. Caitlin suggests contacting a lawyer or someone from Congress, but no one supports that idea because of the risk of Sentinel Services tracking them or someone turning on them. Eclipse’s plan involves Blink but her powers have been on the fritz since her surge. She now also sports her iconic scar over her eye.
When John talks with her, he learns that her powers have always been used with fear as a motivator. She needs to find new motivation to regain control over her abilities. In private, Dreamer suggests to him that she can implant memories of Lorna being Blink’s best friend to better motivate her, but he’s against the idea. He also cites that the last time she did it, something when wrong.
That night, Caitlin decides that she’s going to leave to seek help on her own. The children refuse to let her go alone and leave with her. The next morning, when John takes a walk outside with Blink and has her try to use her powers, he finds footprints. He uses his powers to follow the trail and finds a broken branch from where the Struckers ran into the woods. After the discovery, he leaves to tell Eclipse. When Blink is alone, Dreamer approaches her and tries to encourage her. Blink picks up on the fact that Dreamer has feelings for John, especially because she calls him Johnny. She tells Blink that it was decided that if she and John were going to work together that they shouldn’t pursue a romantic relationship.
Andy uses his powers to break a meter to get money for a cab to get them to Caitlin’s brother who lives across town. Her brother, Dan is surprised to see them but lets them in the house. His wife is out of town, but his son Scott is home. He asks Andy about his powers and how they ran away from the cops. The teenager thinks his cousins’ story is cool.
When they send the kids upstairs, Caitlin begs Dan to help them. Dan explains that the police have already come to talk with him and that she shouldn’t have come to him. Despite working previously for a Congressman, he says that the man’s campaign was on safety first, which means he won’t be pulling any strings for them.
Caitlin tries to guilt him by talking about their late mother, but he won’t budge. Upstairs, while the boys play video games, Lauren sees a photo on Instagram of some of their classmates posing in front of their house. On the garage door, someone has spray-painted anti-mutant slurs. The photo upsets Andy and he tosses several controllers and bends one of his cousin’s trophies.
Elsewhere, Reed goes along with Turner’s plan and ends up back at the same bar where he met up with Marcos (Eclipse), only this time he has a tracker on him. The owner pulls a gun when he meets him in the back alley, but eventually lets Reed in. He leads him to the basement where a woman and her child are. The woman’s husband is a mutant who was taken away. The plan is for the bar owner to get them to safety that night. When Reed explains that he’s still in pain from being shot by Sentinel robots, the woman takes his pain and says, “We all have to stick together, right?” Although guilty because he’ll possibly get them captured, he agrees.
That night, they leave the bar and Turner and the other agents follow behind. Reed caves under the weight of his guilt and reveals that he’s being tracked. He jumps from the truck and the bar owner, a mutant himself, uses his powers to make the van turn invisible allowing them to get away safely. Turner tells Reed that he just made the worse mistake of his life.
The next morning, Eclipse and John arrive at Dan’s house before several of Dan’s neighbors show up in the front yard armed and demanding he sends out the kids. It turns out that Scott texted one of his friends a photo of the trophy Andy destroyed. After the men shove Dan aside they head for the house. Andy breaks down the front door, throwing the leader of the group on the ground. When he tries to get up and shoot Andy, John grabs him and Eclipse heats the man’s gun causing him to drop it.
At the display, the group to back off enough for them to get to the truck. The group follows in two SUVs. John calls Dreamer and tells her that they need help. Without any options, she uses her powers to give a hesitant Blink memories of John to give her motivation to save him. In the vision surrounded by pink smoke, we see Blink and John kissing; Blink taking Dreamer’s place in the moment. After she comes out of a dream-like state, Blink rushes outside to enact the rescue plan.
She opens a portal big enough for John to drive the SUV through, disappearing from sight. Once everyone is safe, Blink runs up to John and hugs him. He’s confused but hugs her back. She steps back but doesn’t let go of him as she shares her happiness about being able to open a portal.
After he sends her inside and promises to see her in a few minutes, he turns to Dreamer. When she explains that she gave Blink a memory of the two of them together, he gets upset and asks her if she remembers what happened last time and what this could lead to.
Later, Eclipse and John take Caitlin to meet up with Dan on an empty road. He’s leary of the two mutants but tells her that he has a cabin in the Smoky Mountains that she and kids can use. He also tells her that he made some calls and found out that Reed is alive, but will be moved to secure mutant detention facility along with another mutant. Her brother tries to tell her that she has to accept that she’ll never him again, but Caitlin tells him that he’s wrong. The episode ends with Caitlin leaving her brother and joining John and Eclipse near the car they arrived in.
Final Thoughts and Ranking for This Week’s The Gifted
Episode three was solid episode overall. I’m very over Caitlin and “I know better” mindset. While she was able to get information about Reed and the transport, I’m hoping the danger she put everyone in makes her realize that she can’t be reckless and things aren’t really the way she believes for mutants. Even though everything turned out okay for her and the children, I can’t help but think about her brother and nephew who still have to live down the street and interact with people who assaulted Dan and tried to take their family at gunpoint. I liked the flashback with Polaris and Eclipse at the beginning of the episode. We’ve heard all about them being a couple and know that the relationship has resulted in a baby, but we haven’t had the chance to see them together yet. I’m interested to see where things will go with John and Blink because of Dreamer’s actions.
I liked the flashback with Polaris and Eclipse at the beginning of the episode. We’ve heard all about them being a couple and know that the relationship has resulted in a baby, but we haven’t had the chance to see them together yet. I’m interested to see where things will go with John and Blink because of Dreamer’s actions. As for Andy, the kid needs some anger management and mentoring.
I’m giving this week’s episode of The Gifted a 7/10.
The Gifted airs Mondays at 9 PM EST on FOX.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 and kiramira_.
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