To say things are complicated on The Gifted is an understatement.  The Mutant Underground are just now learning information about the Inner Circle.  Polaris (Emma Dumont) had her baby and now the baby is sick.  Marcos (Sean Teale) got drunk and used his power to light up the night sky over DC. Jace Turner (Coby Bell) is back and trying really hard not to get involved with finding the Mutant Underground.  An X-Men associate told John (Blair Redford), Marcos and Caitlin (Amy Acker) about how dangerous Reeva Payge (Grace Byers) can be. She also sent John to find a man named Erg for help. The Struckers are more divided than ever. Caitlin and Reed (Stephen Moyer) have been so focused on finding Andy (Percy Haynes White) that they don’t realize that Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) is struggling too.  And Reed’s powers are getting stronger, but he still hasn’t told anyone.

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Dawn has the worse case of Jaundice that the Inner Circle doctor has ever seen.  She’s not eating, she is sleeping alot and the doctor’s machines aren’t doing any good.  Polaris wants to get Marcos because his power could save the baby. The Frosts (Skyler Samuels) are completely against the idea. They know Marcos doesn’t agree with their philosophies.  He could persuade Polaris to return to the MU. However, Reeva agrees with Polaris and orders the Frosts to find Marcos.

It’s a good thing the MU is close by.  John tells Clarice (Jamie Chung) about Erg and his intentions on finding this mutant. Marcos arrives to help, but John tells him to stay behind.  The whole city saw his light show. John is angry and tells Marcos to go back to bed. Clarice says John has been acting weird. He tries to play it off like he’s been training.  She knows there’s more than just training too hard, but can’t get John to open up to her.

Reed tries to leave quickly, but Caitlin stops him to apologize for their fight the day before. He apologizes too.  Caitlin says she’s worried about Lauren. Reed says he will talk to Lauren when he returns home. She suggests taking Lauren with him on his supply run so they can talk.  


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THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont in the “coMplications” episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Oct. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX.

Andy checks in on Polaris and Dawn. He says he heard that Marcos is coming and asks if that’s the best idea.  Polaris says it’s for Dawn. She can handle a few moments with Marcos. Andy wonders if Dawn is a mutant. They won’t know until she’s old enough to manifest.

Marcos sits at diner, playing with the baby rattle he made when hears someone calling his name. He goes outside and finds a familiar black vehicle.  The Frost sisters show up and tell him there’s something wrong with the baby. He gets in the SUV and they blindfold him along the way. The Frost also discover that Marcos blames himself for Polaris leaving.

Reeva asks Andy why he’s hiding. He knew Marcos was visiting so he planned to hide in his room.  He was friends with Marcos before. That’s why Reeva needs Andy by her side when Marcos arrives. She says it’s easy to stand up to an enemy. She needs people who can stand up to their friends.

When Marcos arrives, Reeva sets a lot of guidelines for him to follow.  When Marcos tries to speak out against her, Andy backs her up, saying Marcos should be thankful that he’s there. Polaris is with the baby and getting more worried.


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THE GIFTED: Sean Teale in the “coMplications” episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Oct. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX.

Marcos walks in.  He tries to talk to Polaris about his journey to find her, but she only wants him to help Dawn.  In Spanish her name would be Aurora. Marcos holds his daughter for the first time. He uses his powers to heal her.

Dawn’s condition improves and the doctor takes her away from Marcos. Marcos doesn’t want to give her up but he has too.  Polaris thanks him. Marcos gives her the rattle. He says he let her go because he didn’t want anyone to get hurt. He asks Polaris to go with him.  Polaris says she loves him, but Dawn needs more than love. They are building something for her.

Marcos offers to stay, but Polaris says he wouldn’t fit in.  The Frost sisters interfere and make him leave the room. They have to use their mind control powers though.  When they get to the elevator he can feel them in his head. He yells for Polaris, saying they are lying to her.  The Frost try to stop him, but he pushes them back and burns one of the sisters. He goes back to the baby’s room and Reeva meet shim at the door with Andy. Andy watches Reeva use her power on Marcos, reversing his own powers against him. Marcos falls to the ground and Reeva asks Andy to take him to the doors. 


THE GIFTED: L-R: Blair Redford and Jamie Chung in the “coMplications” episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Oct. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Annette Brown/FOX.

Clarice goes with John to find Erg.  She doesn’t trust Evangeline’s instructions.  They find a tunnel that leads to the sewers. As they look around, someone is leading them astray.  They keep looking, but Clarice says they are going in circles. John says something is messing with his tracking ability but he doesn’t want to give up. Clarice takes out her contacts and uses her ability to see past the security fields that someone has put up. She opens a portal and they step through. Men with guns are on the other side.

The men lead Clarice and John to Erg (Michael Luwoye). John tells Erg that Evangeline sent them.  Erg says he will talk, but only to Clarice. Clarice goes with Erg and asks him about the Inner Circle. He tells her that he could use someone like her and her portals.  He says they don’t hide who they are down there. Clarice says unlike them, they are helping mutants


THE GIFTED: L-R: Jamie Chung and Blair Redford in the “coMplications” episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Oct. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX.

Erg takes Clarice to the real underground. They are the Morlocks. Those who pass for human brand themselves. They choose not to look like humans and choose to be free. Clarice tries to tell him that they are fighting for freedom too, but Erg says the X Men didn’t fight for freedom, they fought for tolerance. People tolerate those they hate. Clarice says it’s worth fighting for.

Erg tells her about a mutant girl who was beat up by the Purifiers because of the sounds she makes. They cut out her voice box.  His mission is to protect his people. If Clarice and John what his help, then he wants theirs in exchange. He asks her to be his eyes on the world above. In exchange he will give her information about the Inner Circle.

Clarice returns. One of the mutants can watch the outer world through a green goop.  Erg says he saw the Frosts were down there with some city workers. They were tapping into a data cable under the Health Department.  They don’t know why. John and Clarice leave the Morlocks.


THE GIFTED: L-R: Amy Acker in the “coMplications” episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Oct. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Annette Brown/FOX.

Reed and Lauren head to Baltimore to pick up medical supplies.  He attempts to talk to Lauren, but Caitlin calls. She can’t find the file cabinet because Reed broke it.  She finds a crack in the wall thinking something strange is going on. Reeds powers manifest in front of Lauren and he melts the steering wheel. Moments later they crash the car. Lauren and Reed exit the car and try to hide before anyone see them.  Reed apologizes for the wreck. Lauren asks how long he was going to hide his powers.  The cops show up and they have to escape quickly.

Jace Turner calls home to check in. He went to DC to investigate the mutant activity.  He meets with the DC Chief of Police. Jace gives the chief all of his research on the Mutant Underground. The chief allows Jace to work on the cases with them.  While looking around, Jace hears a call about a wreck. They suspect a mutant caused it. Jace goes to the scene of the wreck and finds a bloody handprint. At the same time Reed is breaking into a car and stealing it.  Lauren won’t let him drive. She gets in the car just as Jace sees them speed off.

Reed tells Lauren not to tell Caitlin for now.  Lauren doesn’t like it. She reminds him that they won’t tell any lies to each other. Reed says he’s not lying, he’s just trying to figure everything out first.  Lauren tells him about a time that she broke some windows using her powers. She wonders if she had told him the truth about what happened, then maybe things would have been different for their family.

Jace returns to the police station. He reports seeing two of the Struckers at the scene of an accident. The chief asks Jace to leave because of what happened in Atlanta.  There was a report of dead mutants, but Jace insists they are not dead. The captain tells him to go home. Jace leaves.


THE GIFTED: L-R: Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer in the “coMplications” episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Oct. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Annette Brown/FOX.

John looks up stuff on the Health Department. He asks Clarice what happened with Erg. She doesn’t tell him about the deal they made.  Instead she turns the conversation around about what’s really going on with John. He says when he went to see Evangeline, she said he failed.  And that Polaris and Andy will probably never leave the Inner Circle. So they will have to kill them. And it’s all his fault. He senses someone coming.  Marcos interrupts them, falling into the room. He tells him about where he was. He wants to hit back at the Inner Circle.

Reed arrives at the hospital.  He tells Caitlin about the accident, but that they are fine. He also tells her that he has powers.  It’s been going on since Andy left. He read his father’s research to try and stop it. He says he doesn’t know what he’s doing.  Caitlin hugs him while Lauren watches them.

Polaris shows Dawn the rattle that Marcos gave to her.  Esme tells Reeva that Marcos isn’t going to give up. She suggest the get rid of him.  Reeva reminds her that’s why she’s not in charge. What they are doing is bigger than Marcos. It’s time to get to work. The revolution won’t start itself.

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I really like the flow of this show. There is a good balance of action with just enough dialog to let you know what’s going on or to keep your interest in what’s to come.  

Now that Reed has told his family, they need to test his abilities to find out what he can do. The sooner he learns how to control them, the better he will feel.  

I keep wondering if Andy will be the one to turn on Reeva. He’s still so connected to his family and after seeing what Reeva can do, he should be afraid for all of his friends. Although it was interesting to see him stand beside Reeva and take her side.

Poor Marcos. I hate seeing him so upset about Dawn.  I almost want him to take the baby for her own protection.  

This season is definitely living up to the hype of the first season.  I have feeling it can only get better. 



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