Kneel Before Pod – The Gifted Season 1

The Gifted recently brought an end to its first season and members of the Kneel Before Pod family were following the show. Naturally there are opinions so it’s time for a podcast discussing those opinions. As always the discussion covers a range of topics such as comparisons to other shows, references to the comics, references…

The Gifted – Season 1 Episodes 12 & 13

“eXtraction” & “X-roads” The Gifted brings its first season to a close with a double episode showing the Mutant Underground fighting for survival and making choices that affect their future. Before I begin I’ll point out that the two part finale aired on the same night so I had the usual internal conflict over whether…

The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 11

“3 X 1” The Gifted returns from Winter Hiatus to deal with the fallout of the previous episode while building towards the finale in different ways. Despite its flaws The Gifted has been consistently character driven since it began. There are exceptions to this but a lot of the plot is informed by the decisions…

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…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 20

“Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine” I’m hoping that this week’s Gotham is the setup for the double-episode season finale plot in the same way that ‘Light the Wick’ felt like the painful setup for ‘All Will Be Judged’. Not that I disliked this week’s fare as much as ‘Light the Wick’ but a large majority…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 19

“Heroes Rise: All Will Be Judged” It feels like last week’s episode of Gotham was more of a setup for this week’s rather than something I could enjoy on its own merits. This week the strength of The Plot Force (the force that makes characters make out-of-character or silly decisions to suit the needs of the…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 18

“Heroes Rise: Light the Wick” Gotham returns this week to the too-many-characters problem of season 1 but worse, manages to undermine most of the episode’s plot by removing all purpose and meaning from character interactions. As we sometimes still see with this show the needs of the plot can seem to outweigh the needs of…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 16

“Heroes Rise: These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” The rise of heroes in Gotham season 3’s final arc still seems more of a future promise than a present event. Certainly Bruce is moving into his training in earnest but it’s difficult to see how Jim’s upcoming dance with the Court of Owls will make him a…