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Review of "The Gifted" 10/5/17 by Suzanne
Airs Mondays, 9/8c on FOX.

We've seen many shows before about people with superpowers that are misunderstood and feared by the public, and hunted down by secret government agencies: "The Tomorrow People" on The CW; "Alphas" on Syfy; and "Heroes" on NBC. However, they all lacked something this show has: Marvel comics history. These are mutants, like "The X-Men." In fact, the X-Men and other Marvel groups are mentioned in this series. They have disappeared, so the remaining mutants have a sort of underground railroad to help each other out. (I read that this is an "alternate timeline to the X-Men movies")

The show focuses on the Strucker family, headed by Reed (Stephen Moyer, "True Blood"), a district attorney who help put mutants away in camps. His wife, Caitlin (Amy Acker, "Person of Interest") finds out that their two teenaged children are mutants. Andy (Percy Hynes White) is bullied by older boys at a school dance when he strikes out with his new mutant powers (reminiscent of Carrie at the prom). His sister, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind, "The Goldbergs") also has powers, that she's been hiding. In the first episode, the family gets hunted by the Sentinels (which we've seen in the movies and comics) and the government, but they get away, with the help of other mutants.

Other mutants in the series include some new ones made just for the show as well as comic heroes Polaris, Blink and Thunderbird. I enjoyed the special effects as well as the story. It was also great to see a cameo by Stan Lee!

The show has a great cast. Moyer and Acker are outstanding. Garret Dillahunt, who's also fantastic, will be playing a bad guy. The younger set also is very good. I've added this one to my DVR and I know it will continue to impress me.


Mondays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT                      

Produced in association with Marvel Television, and set in the “X-Men” universe, family adventure series THE GIFTED tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

The series stars Stephen Moyer (“Shots Fired,” “True Blood”), Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”), Natalie Alyn Lind (GOTHAM) and Percy Hynes White (“Night at the Museum 3”) as the STRUCKER family. Also starring in the series are Sean Teale (“Reign”) as ECLIPSE/MARCOS DIAZ; Jamie Chung (GOTHAM) as BLINK/CLARICE FONG aka CLARICE FERGUSON; Emma Dumont (“Aquarius”) as POLARIS/LORNA DANE; Blair Redford (“Satisfaction”) as THUNDERBIRD/JOHN PROUDSTAR; and Coby Bell (“Burn Notice”) as Sentinel Services Agent JACE TURNER.

THE GIFTED is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television. Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise), Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory serve as executive producers. Nix, who serves as the series’ showrunner, wrote the pilot, which was directed by Singer.

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