The Gifted: no Mercy
November 13, 2018 7:32 PM - Season 2, Episode 7 - Subscribe

Reeve reveals her plans for a major mission for the Inner Circle to secure some needed funds. Meanwhile, the Mutant Underground must contend with Reed's unstable powers; Jace is introduced to Benedict Ryan, a well-connected public figure who supports the efforts of the Purifiers; and Thunderbird confronts Blink about her dealings with Erg.
posted by oh yeah! (4 comments total)
Unlike last week's flashback from Esme's POV, which, to me at least, fit pretty smoothly with how the triplets had already been depicted, the Reeva flashback this week definitely needs some more dots to connect it to present-day Reeva. Of course present-day Reeva seems to have a lot more conscience, suddenly, than she did when they were slaughtering Hellfire Club members wholesale at the beginning of the season, so I dunno. Inconsistent characterization, or underwritten start to a heel-face turn? Hard to say I guess.

I feel like the stuff with everybody grilling Blink about her newfound Morlock buddies would land better for me if they'd spent a little more time having Blink get sucked into doing more and increasingly less-innocent, directly-in-conflict-with-the-Underground type stuff for the Morlocks. She hasn't really had to make any serious compromises yet, so the loyalty-questioning stuff all feels kind of premature.

Some new-to-the-show but very familiar actors this week. Peter Gallagher's reliable and this sketchy newscaster guy seems to be solidly within his wheelhouse. And I always enjoy seeing Sharif Atkins (and he was good as always here), shame he won't be around longer, now that Rebecca has decisively ended the debate about whether or not she's really a psychopath.
posted by mstokes650 at 10:24 PM on November 13, 2018 [3 favorites]

I wonder if Reeva's shocked look at Rebecca was empathy for the dead, or just calculating the damage this would do to her cause.
posted by signal at 4:40 PM on November 15, 2018 [1 favorite]

I just want to say "I told you so" about Rebecca =P . Although I guess her "psychotic" tendencies is aimed at only humans.

But yeah that was tough to watch. I think Reeva was really empathic for Quentin, not for anyone else in that room. She didn't need to say "I wish it was" when he asked if it was all a lie, but she did care about him. And she's probably thinking about how his boys just lost their father. She seems to only want to take lives when she really needs to, like with the Hellfire Club members she took down. I think she felt that Quentin and the humans in the bank didn't need to die. Also, we haven't seen a softer side of her mostly because she always has to be the feared leader to get results from the team. I think the flashback was meant to show how sympathetic she used to be, and also how she came to resent humans.

I agree that it felt like an overreaction with them questioning Clarice's loyalties. But at the same time it seems like John was "just asking questions" and it got argumentative.

Peter Gallagher's smarminess is always so enjoyable to watch.

I'm slightly uninterested in the whole thing with Reed's power. It seems like the writers need a parallel thing for the Underground to focus on that's separate from the Inner Circle and Purifiers until they all clash again. That's fine and all, but it's just "eh" as far as the intrigue goes. I would rather see montages of John training Reed, and only slightly more. However, this might just be how they reach this Madeline Garber/Risman; if she can really help, I hope that means they unlock something with Reed and he gets full control of his powers, which I guess is a bigger narrative payoff than just plain ol' training. All that to say I wish they'd hurry up with his arc about his powers.

I love that Esme took Lorna seriously and didn't use her powers on the baby. I'm all team Esme now and that usually means it's going to end tragically.
posted by numaner at 9:39 PM on November 15, 2018 [2 favorites]

> numaner:"I just want to say "I told you so" about Rebecca =P ."

Yeah, my son was all 'you have to go on fanfare and accept that she was a psycho'. So, I stand itoldyouso'd.
posted by signal at 7:21 AM on November 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

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