The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – Season 1 Episode 6

“One World, One People” The Falcon and The Winter Soldier concludes its first season with the Flag Smashers staging a major attack and Sam making a definitive decision about his future. Every episode of this show has been building to the moment where Sam decides to take on the mantle of Captain America. It hasn’t…

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – Season 1 Episode 5

“Truth” The Falcon and The Winter Soldier takes stock of recent events through consequences for John while Sam and Bucky consider their next move. John Walker’s actions at the end of the previous episode made for a really dark and shocking ending that promised lasting repercussions to spin out from it. Strangely there was little…

The Gifted – Season 2 Episode 3

“coMplications” The Gifted introduces a big piece of X-Men lore and lets Marcos reunite with Lorna to solve a parenting emergency. I have to applaud this show for moving plot forward at an accelerated rate without making things feel overly rushed. Lorna and Marcos’ baby being born in the first episode before exploring Lorna’s feelings…

The Gifted – Season 2 Episode 2

“unMoored” The Gifted continues its second season with widespread uncertainty as many of the characters waver in their commitment to what they have chosen. Andy is the most prominent example of this particular through line and it’s easy to understand why that is. He likely feels more isolated than anyone else because his connection to…

The Gifted – Season 2 Episode 1

“eMergence” The Gifted begins its second season by picking up the thread of Lorna’s pregnancy and exploring how the characters deal with the new status quo established at the end of last season. If this episode could be summed up with one word then that word would be “acceptance”. One way or another the characters…

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…