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The Gifted Season 1 | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS
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For me, out of all the new TV endeavors Marvel has annouced as of late, The Gifted always intrigued me the most. In large part to me being a mega X-Men fan and in large part due to the immense potential the source material could have as a serialized affair. I mean the ’90s animated X-Men series still stands as some of my favorite and best moments in my entire TV viewing history. Now, The Gifted isn’t a direct X-Men show (although they do get mentioned fairly often), instead focusing on an offshoot (X-Men-light if you will) called The Mutant Underground that still sports some fairly well known names like Sunspot, Thunderbird, Blink, and Polaris to name a few. Some of them even making cinematic appearances. Much like the X-Men they find themselves squaring off against the US government and the xenophobic Sentinel program, albeit with far less resources and more of a purely survival and refugee situation than training and learning. And like any good X-Men story the real conflict is between the two opposing ideologies within the mutant camp itself.

Season 1 starts out excruciatingly slow and dull (thanks to it’s focus on the largely less interesting Strucker family) but things pick up significantly about halfway through as a vital new character(s) is introduced along with an old rival group of the X-Men. Driving the inner conflict within the Underground to the breaking point and giving them a true frenemy to go up against as the sentinel side of things doesn’t really go anywhere interesting. The action is fairly well shot with great effects on all the mutants powers although they under-utilize a lot of cool opportunities. The story is secondary to the character dynamics and at times the show struggles with this. Some of the dialogue can be cringey and character actions and decisions overblown to the point that they become caricatures. They do hit all the X-Men tropes and and themes present in the comics but at times things were overly serious and dire and could use some levity to break things up.

If they can build off of these great moments, add more levity, and ease off the caricatures then it can really grow into something special, a la Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Season 1 of The Gifted was a seriously flawed first season that still showed a lot of flashes of promise, especially in the back third when a true conflict I could care about got introduced and major character decisions took things to a whole new level. If they can build off of these great moments, add more levity, and ease off the caricatures then it can truly grow into something special, a la Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Have you seen Season 1 of The Gifted? What’d you think about it? Did it deliver everything you wanted out of an X-Men associated TV show? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions to the album.

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Season 1 of The Gifted was a seriously flawed first season that still showed a lot of flashes of promise, especially in the back third. If they can build off of those great moments, add more levity, and ease off the caricatures then it can truly grow into something special, a la Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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