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The Gifted: coMplications

Review by An Honest Fangirl

"Now let's get to work, girls. This revolution isn't going to start itself."

Another slightly on the nose episode title, but I can't be too mad when the episodes continue to be at this level of quality.

So, the main part of this episode was the brief reunion between Marcos and Lorna. Dawn's illness was really just a nonevent meant to bring them together. I wasn't quite sure what to expect for those scenes, and that definitely put me on edge. I kept waiting for Marcos to do something stupid or reckless, and he didn't disappoint.

I can understand wanting to protect your daughter and girlfriend, but still. Dude. For a moment, I almost thought that Reeva would kill him. That seem like a logical place for that confrontation to go, especially after she hurt him. And just how powerful is Reeva? Or I guess what exactly are her powers? Is it just a sonic scream, or is there more to it than that?

And what did he mean when he said that the Sisters were in Lorna's head? That had a line to explain it, but I still didn't quite understand what was happening. Are they manipulating her somehow? Okay, that seems like a very obvious question. I guess a better one would be to what extent are they manipulating her? Regardless, I can see that being a serious point of tension in the coming episodes, especially since Lorna and Andy already seem a little hesitant about Reeva, and for good reason. Having Andy at her side specifically because he and Marcos were friends? Stone cold.

The other large part of the episodes dealt with the Struckers and Jace's obsession with them and the other mutants. We finally got emotional honesty out of that family! It was a miracle! I was wondering how much longer they would drag out Reed's secret, but I'm really glad that it's finally out in the open. Maybe now they can move forward with some kind of plot.

That felt a little mean, but it is true. All they've done so far was worry about Andy going missing and each other's reactions to Andy going missing. I want them to do something substantial, especially since I still think of them as our main "protagonists," whether or not they still deserve that term.

Lauren's story about what happened at the party really hit me hard. It just felt so raw and real to me, as did her reaction to her father telling her that it was his job to protect her from mutants. I can completely understand why she decided to stay quiet in the moment. Lauren was always the person who kept things to herself for the good of the family, no matter how difficult they may have been. I'm curious if this was the start of this or not.

Of course, we also need to talk about Jace Turner. I feel like there was a scene or two missing from him because his arrival in this episode felt very jarring. But oh well. I'm genuinely not sure where they're going with his character. Are we supposed to feel empathy for him? Because we know that the Struckers and everyone else from the Mutant Underground are alive and watching him get chased out of the police station felt unfair and unjust. But I don't want to necessarily feel empathy for him. Jace is a villain, almost as much as Reeva is. So what is going on there?

The one thing that I didn't love were the scenes with the Morlocks. At the beginning of the episode, I thought to myself how nice it was to see Clarice and John in a loving, fairly open relationship. Yeah, John wasn't telling her about his emotional trauma, but that felt par for the course.

But now Clarice is going to be a spy. Sure, they didn't show her actual answer, but that just confirms more than anything that she agreed. This just can't end well, and I'm more worried about the effect that it'll have on hers and John's relationship. I don't want it to be pointless drama.

That being said, their philosophy was interesting, especially since we haven't really heard that before on this show. Although, I kept thinking that living in the dark, underground in sewers wasn't really living in freedom. Or maybe it is when the alternative is getting your voice box cut out.

Random Thoughts

Dawn means Aurora in Spanish. That was a very cute callback.

Another Purifiers mention. I keep waiting for them to show up and be a major player instead of these little mentions.

Apologies for the lateness of this review. I was having some technical difficulties.

I was a little hesitant about this show when the season started, but I'm glad that I was wrong so far.
An Honest Fangirl loves superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, and really bad horror movies. 

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