So I finally got around to watching the The Gifted. I say "finally" because if you know me you know I'm not a huge fan of the Fox treatment of the X-Men franchise. But I have to say, this show surprised me. I already like it more than all of the X-Men movies combined. What makes it so different to me is the fact that after all of these years I'm finally seeing what X-Men is supposed to be about, fighting the evils of prejudice through Xavier's dream. It's so refreshing. Having said that, the story is a bit predictable, but enjoyable. That's something I think could change as the series progresses. I don't know why they chose to follow the family on the run while there are so many other interesting things happening, but I do feel that the suburban family who just can't seem to understand social bias until they become its victims is depressingly accurate.
When the agent from Sentinel Services said "Things change when it's your own kid" I was instantly vindicated, validated. That was a clear message to those who don't understand what's happening in our country today.
I enjoyed the pilot, but I think the events may be unfolding too quickly. Build up is everything. I feel like I could have spent a few episodes establishing the normalcy of their family life. I'm not completely sold on what they're doing with Polaris. I need some more height and muscle mass on Warpath. Eclipse is a character specifically created for this show, i like him so far. Blink was almost perfect, but I really did want the pink skin and the diamond. Hopefully her skin can mutate later in the series. The Strucker siblings are also interesting so far, but I fear the brother will eventually take a darker path.
They are FINALLY putting mutant discrimination at the center of the conversation and I couldn't be more excited. They’re trying to live life and help their people all the while being hated and hunted just because they're different. I think that's something many of us can relate to. This is why I fell in love with the X-Men, and that's why I'm falling in love with this show.
Still, I have concerns.
I want to see more people of color as main characters, preferably on the mutant side. There is a piece of subtext that supports the idea of Reverse Racism because they're using a black man as the face of bigotry. I could do without that.
The highlight of the show for me so far is the 90s kid nerdgasm that ensued when I heard the cell phone ring with the X-Men cartoon theme. Very nice touch.
If you haven't watched this show, you're doing life wrong.