The Gifted 2×08 Review: The World Is On Fire

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The little wounded bird finally showed her true colors and blew up the Inner Circle with one murderous moment. The ramifications affect both sides and we finally get more focus placed on Lorna, as Emma Dumont deserves. So, with that in mind, let’s jump right in!

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Let’s start this review with The Struckers. Any X-Men fan, no matter the medium, knew immediately that Madeline’s research would not lead anywhere safe. Historically, any cure or “treatment” storyline, when it concerns the X-Men, is never positive and is almost always a front for a more sinister plot. I spent the entire episode suspicious of Madeline. Her philosophy on mutants seemed too good to be true, and one of the basic rules of TV (and life) is that if it seems to good to be true, then it probably is.

It’s doubly suspicious when cute medical assistant guy works too hard to befriend Lauren. The fact that it took any of the Struckers so long to see that this “treatment” might be problematic surprises me. Thank goodness Lauren saw it in the end.

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Now for ThunderBlink. I hate to say it, but I told you so. I knew the secrets and disagreements would build into this, and here we are. Hopefully, these two kids will work it out and we won’t see them split up like Lorna and Marcos. Right now, I’m worried because I’m not seeing how they can reach an agreement. I also hate to say it, but I’m taking sides. Clarice has valid points. The Mutant Underground is falling apart and has no plan, and the Inner Circle is making things above ground less safe every day they operate. There’s also the fact that John can blend in amongst human with little effort, but Clarice has to do things like wear contacts that interfere with her powers and impact her safety.

If John wants to win this argument, then he’ll need to come up with a plan and fast. This is one of the reasons I have been asking for our heroes to have a victory, even a small one. Morale is dropping and the group is splintering even further. You can hardly blame them. They’re losing and losing a lot. The constant losing is horrible for our characters and, honestly, boring for the audience. They feel defeated and so do we. Let’s hope the writers and producers throw the Underground a bone soon.

Clarice’s concerns over John’s “immortal” attitude are also valid. We’ve been seeing it all season long. He’s been pushing himself nonstop and eventually he will push himself too far. Listen to Clarice, John. She is wise and she cares about you.

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Now for the truly heartbreaking portion of the episode. I have been waiting for us to see more Lorna. We have needed it for a while because it has become more and more difficult to understand why she stays with the Inner Circle, and why she is keeping her daughter from a father that loves her. I can’t say I walked out of this episode completely understanding those things, but I have more insight now, and that goes a long way toward understanding.

The flashback sections with Marcos and Lorna were truly devastating to me because I miss that. I miss them. After this season, I am unsure how or if they can get back to that. It is clear they both still love each other, but there is only so much damage that can be inflicted before it is too much. Lorna has made some bad decisions and she has broken her family. Her decisions led to her having to leave Dawn with her aunt.

It is the best for the baby, but I can’t help but feel like it could have been avoided if she’d stayed with Marcos. But Lorna had to try and now she has to see it through. It’s too late to turn back.

Marcos murdered all of my feelings this week during their scenes together. I was nearly in tears as he asked Lorna how he could say goodbye to his daughter, when he didn’t even know her. It was awful and I wanted Lorna to let him keep Dawn. It was an impulse that made no sense, but I just wanted him to have some time with his daughter. He’s been denied that so far and it’s completely unfair. I loved his plea to Lorna about Dawn needing to be with family and needing someone to hold her and love her. Marcos is already a wonderful father and he has barely had a chance to be one. His speech is what convinced Lorna to take Dawn to her aunt. I am sure of it.

I am also glad that we finally got to see Lorna feeling some sadness or regret over shutting Marcos out. We have seen some but not nearly enough for my shipper heart that is so invested in their family. I have hope that they can work it out over time but it all depends on what comes next. Though, based on the final scene with Lorna going full Polaris, I’m not sure what comes next will help them find each other again. It may drive them farther apart.

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With the exception of the Struckers plot, which I feel was not very clever, this episode felt like it was moving us back toward the type of episodes we had early on in the season. The ones that had momentum and poignant emotions. We aren’t there yet, but I think we’re slowly working our way back to that. As a viewer, I am excited to see where this story goes from here. I have hopes and wishes, of course. They are ones that I feel would make this show stronger over all. I need the Underground to have a victory soon and to pull it together. There has been too much splintering lately. I need Lorna and Andy to see Reeva for who she truly is, and I need Esme to fully realize her empathetic potential and untangle herself from her sisters.

Some of those things may happen, but then maybe none of them will. Time will tell. We have to see what story they have in mind for us. Maybe there’s a path I can’t see that will lead to a more satisfying story. Either way, I’m excited to watch this all unfold again. It’s been a few episodes since I’ve been able to say that.

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Now is the point of the episode where I point out dialogue I enjoyed, without context or explanation. Enjoy!

“If I killed everyone who pissed me off, it would be a lot more than thirty people.”

“Just because we have no other option, doesn’t mean that we need to go on some kind of suicide mission.”

“Dude, for a guy with the eyes of an eagle you are stone cold blind!”

“The only thing worse than doing something stupid and dangerous is doing it alone.”

“All I could think was, the world hates him, but I hate him more.”

“Unbelievable. You oppress mutants for years and then act shocked when they stand up for themselves.”

“You and Reeva and all your new friends, you set the world on fire and now you’re worried that your daughter might get burned?”

“I’d rather have her grow up hating me than not grow up at all.”

“But I don’t even know her. How am I supposed to say goodbye?”

“Who’s gonna hold her and tell her that she’s special? Who’s gonna love her, Lorna?”

“You’re more than your x-gene, Lauren. You know that, don’t you?”

The Gifted airs on Tuesdays at 9/8C on FOX.

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