Another week, another episode of The Gifted. Once more, we learn more about the members of the mutant underground with the opening scene of episode six focusing on John “Thunderbird” Proudstar (Blair Redford). Alongside one of his veteran friends, he’s raising money for those impacted by the “7/15” incident the characters in the show keep referring to.
**Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched this episode**
From there, we’re brought back to the mutant hideout which has grown exponentially with Sentinel Services destroying every known mutant hideout and stopping any who may be sheltering mutants who are on the run. John needs to get into a building in Baton Rouge, but upon asking Blink (Jamie Chung) for help, she confronts him about Dreamer altering her thoughts. Feeling like she’s been used, Blink leaves the rest of the team behind – which also leaves the John’s plan in jeopardy.
One of the most interesting aspects of this episode is the change in dynamic. In the past, most of the on-screen interactions were being had by the same people, i.e.: Reed and Jace, Thunderbird, Marcos, Blink and Dreamer, Andy and Laura. But this episode shifts things around. We get some new, interesting team-ups which include Andy, Marcos and Reed in Baton Rouge and Lorna is gathering some of the young mutants under her wing and training them, this includes Lauren.
Back at the hideout, Kate confronts Lorna about the training and just what she’s training them for, Lorna tells Kate exactly what life will be like for these kids, making sure to drive home the fact that they’re being hunted. So, they need to know how to defend themselves. The ‘normalcy’ that Kate talks about and craves, it not something that’s so easily afforded when you’re a mutant. It was very Magneto-esque. Clearly, the apple does not fall far from the tree.
Lorna has a way of getting the best out of her younger comrades, which is showcased near the end of the episode with Lorna putting her faith in Lauren and Wes to help move the truck that Marcos, Reed and Andy are in with Lorna’s help, while Wes creates the diversion of making it seem like there are multiple trucks on the road.
This particular episode of The Gifted was a bit on the slower side as it pertains to action sequences, however getting to know the characters more and seeing them outside of their comfort zones was enjoyable to watch. We were also introduced to some new characters, including Wes who looks to have some feelings brewing for Lauren. It will be interesting to see just where the next episode takes us.
Catch the next episode of The Gifted, Monday night at 9:00pm EST.