Fox brings a new generation of Marvel mutants to the small screen in the new TV drama, The Gifted. The buzz around the web is good.
The Gifted is set in the X-Men universe, but the X-Men are gone. Those mutants who remain live in constant fear of being captured. Most of the characters have not appeared in previous films but there are some strong ties to characters in the X-Men films. The show will feature new mutants not found in the comic books plus some that have.
The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer (True Blood) and Amy Acker (Person of Interest) as Reed and Kate Strucker. The story centers around the Strucker family. Reed and Kate discover that their children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) have mutant abilities. Reed Strucker works for the Sentinel Services, a government agency that tracks and restrains people with mutant powers. He has to change his way of how he views mutants. Or risk losing his family.
Coby Bell stars as Sentinel Services Agent Jace Turner. The Sentinels are spider-like drones that detect and track the mutant gene. The Sentinels incapacitate the mutants. Authorities take them to the Mutant Detention facility. Once there, a mutant is placed in special cell designed to prevent them from escaping.
The family finds other mutants in an underground operation that helps mutants find safety…like an Underground Railroad of sorts. The underground network includes Thunderbird/John Proudstar (Blair Redford), Blink/Clarice Fong (Jamie Chung), Polaris/Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont), and new mutant character, Eclipse/Marco Diaz (Sean Teale). Fans of the film may recognize Blink. A version of Blink was in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
As for those strong ties to the films, John Proudstar and Lorna Dane are close relatives of characters the X-Men movies. Proudstar is the older brother of Warpath from Days of Future Past. Lorna Dane is the estranged daughter of Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto. Dane’s power is similar to Magento’s. They both can manipulate magnetic fields. There’s no word if either character will make an appearance on the show.
Marvel alum, Bryan Singer serves as executive producer and directed the first episode. Singer is responsible for first bringing the X-Men to the big screen. He has written four of the X-Men movies, directed four of the films, and produced six of the seven films. Singer is producing the next film in the saga, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Take a look at this sneak peek of the show.
The Gifted premieres Monday, October 2 on FOX. Check back with Geek Girl Authority for recaps of season 1.
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