The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 10

“eXploited” The Gifted wraps up for its winter hiatus with caged Mutants and extreme methods on both sides of the Mutant/Human conflict. Esme is the real star of the show this week in so many ways. I mentioned last week that she was likely manipulating the others to get the best outcome for herself and…

The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 9

“outfoX” The Gifted expands the character relationships by building on the revelations dropped in the previous episode, another heist and more Mutant family drama. The events of the previous episode involved Reed finding an awful lot about his family and personal history. Much of this is referenced in a conversation between Raid and Caitlin where…

The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 8

“threat of eXtinction” The Gifted answers some lingering questions about the Strucker family as the Mutant Underground get closer to understanding how Mutants are forced to work for Sentinel Services. It’s no accident that the Strucker name was used for this show. In Marvel comics it’s a very significant name so using it is an…

The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 7

“eXtreme Measures” The Gifted deals with a potential criminal within the Mutant Underground and Marcos has to live up to his end of the bargain with Carmen. As with most of the episodes of this season so far this episode splits the characters up for the purposes of telling different stories. This often works very…

The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 6

“got your siX” The Gifted splits off the various stories and explores different schools of thought on what it means to have powers. Differing opinions on what to do with Mutant powers is among the bread and butter of the X-Men franchise. In its purest form we have Charles Xavier who believes in peaceful coexistence…

The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 5

“boXed In” The Gifted makes use of Lorna being back in the fold as the Mutant Underground try to figure out their next move. Prior to this episode we have seen barely any of how Lorna fits into the group dynamic. We know what others think of her and have a very clear sense of…

The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 4

“eXit Strategy” The Gifted works to bring the gang back together when the Mutant Underground mount a rescue mission to retrieve Lorna. I find the handling of Lorna in this show to be really interesting. She is the best character and Emilly Dumont consistently delivers the strongest performance of any of the cast. Separating her…

Gotham – Season 2 Episode 7

“Rise of the Villains – Mommy’s Little Monster” Gotham season 2, episode 7’s “Mommy’s Little Monster” is Oswald Cobblepot, who is finally drawn into a full confrontation with Galavan that had to happen if they both insisted on taking the title ‘King of Gotham’. However, though Penguin may have the name of the episode, we also see…

Gotham – Season 2 Episode 6

“Rise of the Villains – By Fire” Gotham season 2’s 6th episode – ‘By Fire’ – puts several characters through a trial to see how far they are prepared to push or be pushed. Penguin has been visibly on the edge the last couple of episodes with his mother imprisoned, freely taking out his frustrated…

Gotham – Season 2 Episode 5

“Rise of the Villains – Scarification” “Scarification”, the fifth episode of season two of Gotham, gives us the true identity of Theo Galavan: Turns out he’s really part of the Dumas family, a family that was destroyed almost a couple of centuries ago by the Waynes. It was a nice reveal, playing out with a…