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The Gifted – Episode Two: ‘rX’ Review

With the first episode premiering last week, the second episode of The Gifted was just as action-packed as the first. The series continues the amazing pace set from its initial episode and we get to learn even more about the characters who were introduced to us last week.

*Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched the episode*

The show begins where we left off in the first episode. The Strucker family is still separated from its patriarch, Reed (Stephen Moyer) has been arrested for trying to help his family flee Sentinel Services and for the time being, has no communication with is wife and children.

While Reed is being questioned by the government authorities, specifically Jace Turner (Coby Bell), his family wants to go back and help him, but they can’t. Blink (Jamie Chung) has been knocked out by over-extending her powers. Her fever is high, her breathing is laboured and her heart rate if off the charts. Caitlin (Amy Acker), is a nurse and attempts to help the wounded mutant, but needs antibiotics and other items from a hospital in order to help – and the sooner they can help Blink, the better.

Blink continues to unknowingly open up portals, one of which sliced a pick-up truck in half upon closing and the next time it opens, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) uses her powers to close it just before a stranger with a shotgun can pull the trigger.

If the following wasn’t intense enough, things only stand to become more dramatic when we revisit Polaris/Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) in prison. Arrested during the premiere, Lorna is fit with a shock collar for mutants and we finally get to see her signature green hair. She attempts to make an alliance with the small group of mutants in the prison but her idea is swiftly rejected.

So, Lorna is left to make it on her own. In the prison yard, she is surrounded by a group of inmates who attempt to get Lorna to join their ranks. Unfazed and unafraid, Lorna declines because she doesn’t want to answer to anyone. The group attacks Lorna as she walks away. One of the women somehow knows of Lorna’s pregnancy and viciously kicks her in the stomach before the barrage of fists begin to rain down.

Shock collar or not, Lorna uses her powers to send a metal table colliding into the woman who kicked her. Fighting back gets Lorna sent to solitary confinement and that’s the last we see of Miss Dane in this episode.  Lorna’s scenes were the standout to me. They were hard to watch, and at times they were heartbreaking. I hope that we will see even more of Lorna in the next week’s episode.

Caitlin and Marcos (Sean Teale) make their way to a hospital and take some supplies in order to help the ailing Blink. With Blink finally saved by Caitlin’s quick thinking and antibiotics to calm her system, there are no more random portals to be seen,  meaning the group is safe…for now.

However, it seems that their current fate may be short-lived as Reed strikes a deal with Jace and Sentinel Services in order to try to save his family. I am pretty sure I heard a collective groan as soon as Reed messed things up, once again – but it will serve to make for an interesting next episode that I’ll definitely be tuning into.

Be sure to check out episode three of The Gifted when it airs Monday, October 16 at 8:00pm EST on Fox.

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