The Gifted: eXploited
December 11, 2017 9:16 PM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

At a moral crossroads, Jace is forced to hand over something valuable to Dr. Campbell. The team at Mutant HQ is divided on what they should do next, so Reed and Caitlin take matters into their own hands.
posted by oh yeah! (10 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
If you watched the espisode with subtitles on, the three were specifically called the Frost Triplets.
posted by politikitty at 10:01 AM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


I had a moment partway through when I twigged to the Stepford Cuckoos and kicked myself for not very spotting it earlier.
posted by Karmakaze at 6:13 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


I just caught up with this show, and I thought the Cuckoo reveal was pretty awesome. Watching Esme play everybody against everybody else was delightful.

(I knew there was something off about her from her introduction, but thought she was a higher functioning Hound at first - if I were an evil mastermind attempting to insert an asset into a wary mutant community, I couldn't have done better than her introduction.)
posted by mordax at 7:59 AM on December 13, 2017


Yeah I was still convinced she was a Hound all the way until she had Ed, Turner's sidekick, shoot the guard at the gate.

Some powerful scenes in this episode as always

"Baby... what have you been doing in the name of our little girl??"
posted by numaner at 1:18 PM on December 13, 2017 [4 favorites]


Even though the cuckoos angle was fairly clear from the minute you have a blonde telepath named 'Esme', signal jr. and I where high fiving at the triplets' reveal.
I love this show. Is it flawed? Yes. It's also the most x-men-like thing I've ever seen on a screen.
Also, the source comics are also deeply flawed, and I don't love them any less for it.
posted by signal at 2:17 PM on December 13, 2017 [2 favorites]


I do feel like I'm watching the cartoon of my childhood, only live action, and that's great, flaws and all.
posted by zeek321 at 4:38 PM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]


I love this show. Is it flawed? Yes. It's also the most x-men-like thing I've ever seen on a screen.

Yeah. I'm mostly a pop culture osmosis person with comics - I couldn't afford them as a kid, and my reading habits are very eclectic now - but this meshes with what I do know tidily. (I'm probably in the minority by being most excited to see Blink, actually - I loved Exiles.)
posted by mordax at 4:46 PM on December 13, 2017


Esme left Turner - Turner! - alive. His plot armour even renders him psychic proof.

At least she murdered the rest of the Sentinel Services team. It's beyond me why the mutant underground haven't been willing to use lethal force against the SS, when the SS are so eager to shoot to kill. I mean, the SS apparently slaughtered all the kids in Blink's foster home. What possible reason is there to be so gentle with them?
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:21 PM on December 13, 2017


What possible reason is there to be so gentle with them?

I see a few things going on:

1) PR. It's sort of like how a POC or woman can't catch a break performing self defense - no matter how justified their use of violence might be, public perception will always break against them. This is a long running Marvel mutant thing that, (as a visible minority myself), I believe completely. If anything, they're probably underselling it.

2) I think most of the Mutant Underground are just not stone-cold killers. Some of them having combat training, some of them want to go hot in this war, but most of the mutants we meet are just regular folks with weird shit going on, and most people have trouble with that step.

3) Collateral damage. Many of these scenarios involve them wanting to avoid losing their own people or human noncombatants.

Disclaimer: if I were a mutant, I'd probably be Team Magneto. I just see why it makes sense for these guys to work a lot more carefully.
posted by mordax at 7:57 PM on December 13, 2017 [2 favorites]


1) PR. It's sort of like how a POC or woman can't catch a break performing self defense - no matter how justified their use of violence might be, public perception will always break against them. This is a long running Marvel mutant thing that, (as a visible minority myself), I believe completely. If anything, they're probably underselling it.

I totally get that, but public perspective is already rock bottom - lynch mobs spontaneously form in upper middle class neighbourhoods on the whiff of a mobile phone photo. They're all classed as terrorists anyway and the government is actively trying to murder them or torture them. They frankly have nothing to lose.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:13 PM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]


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