The Gifted has aired three episodes so far and each one has me wanting more. The gifted is about mutants facing persecution by non-mutants and this particular mutant story centers around the Strucker family and the mutant underground. The first episode begins in Atlanta, Ga with a young mutant name Clarissa Fong also known as Blink running from the police. She uses her power of teleportation to escape the police and is eventually found by a group of mutants that aims to protect persecuted mutants from the government. During this, Lorna Dane also known as Polaris is captured by the police, and is later asked by district attorney Reed to cooperate in order to receive a shorter sentence. Meanwhile, Strucker’s own children, Lauren and Andy go to their school dance that night, where Andy is attacked by bullies. The stress causes Andy’s mutant abilities to manifest, and he telekinetically causes major damage to the school. Lauren helps him escape, revealing that she is also a mutant. The pair and their parents are forced to go into hiding immediately by the arrival of the anti-mutant Sentinel Services agency. Reed convinces a member of the underground, Marcos Diaz also known as Eclipse, to help them in exchange for information on Polaris, but Turner and the SS also arrive at their meeting. Fong is able to teleport everyone to safety, except for Reed, who is captured.
In episode 2, Fong falls unconscious from the effort of teleporting the group back to the underground’s hideout, losing control of her abilities. Portals begin to open to an unknown road, causing an accident that is brought to the attention of police. Caitlin, a nurse, offers to look for medication that may help Fong and races to a nearby hospital that still treats mutants with Eclipse, where they use an old injury to gain access to the medication. During In prison, Polaris has a collar placed on her that gives her a shock whenever she tries to use her abilities. She faces discrimination and attacks from the other prisoners, and when she pushes through the pain of her collar to fight back, she is put in solitary confinement. Reed is interrogated by Turner, who tries various techniques to get Reed’s cooperation, including interrogating Reed’s mother. Caitlin and Eclipse return in time to help Fong before her portals cause major damage and force the underground to evacuate. Reed agrees to give Turner the location of the underground in exchange for the freedom of his family.
Lastly, in episode 3, Reed, being tracked by Turner, meets up with a mutant that he knows is working with Eclipse, and he agrees to smuggle Reed to the underground, but Reed decides to not put the mutants in harm and returns to Turner. Fong begins working with John Proudstar aka Thunderbird to control her abilities, but does not have someone that she truly cares about that she can focus her emotions on. Trying to help the underground, Caitlin secretly leaves and finds her brother Daniel, who she says has “connections”, and is accompanied by her children. Daniel is unwilling to help, and when news gets out that they are there the Struckers are confronted by locals who want to keep their neighborhood safe. They escape the house with the help of Eclipse and Thunderbird. Fong creates a portal for the group to return to the underground, but can only do this after the mutant Dreamer, against Thunderbird’s wishes, gives Fong memories of her caring for him. Turner turns down an offer for help from scientist Roderick Campbell, who is interested in the Strucker children.
The Gifted does take place within the X-Men film universe. If you have seen the film Logan, mutants are basically extinct and the X-Men and Brotherhood are gone. So with the Gifted once can view this as the beginning of the destruction of the mutant X gene given that scientist Rodrick seems to have a very strong interest in the Strucker children. The Gifted is a show that I believe will have many seasons and it’s something we all can relate too.