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The first season of the American television series The Gifted is based on Marvel Comics' X-Men properties, and follows ordinary parents who take their family on the run after they discover their children's mutant abilities. The season is connected to the X-Men film series, set in an alternate timeline where the X-Men have disappeared. It was produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, with Matt Nix serving as showrunner.

The Gifted (season 1)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseOctober 2, 2017 (2017-10-02) –
January 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)
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List of The Gifted episodes

Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker star as the parents, alongside Sean Teale, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Coby Bell, Jamie Chung, Blair Redford, and Emma Dumont. The show was ordered to series in May 2017, after a pilot was filmed in Dallas, Texas. Production on the rest of the season moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where the focus was on creating a grounded take on refugees. The season also deals with ideas of discrimination, and how the actions of some can become more extreme than others.

The season aired from October 2, 2017, to January 15, 2018, over 13 episodes. It received mostly positive reviews from critics, particularly for its social commentary and cast. The Gifted was renewed for a second season on January 4, 2018.[1]

EpisodesEdit

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11"eXposed"Bryan SingerMatt NixOctober 2, 2017 (2017-10-02)1LAJ014.90[2]
In Atlanta, Georgia, the mutant Clarice Fong escapes from prison with her teleporting abilities, and is rescued from police by members of a mutant underground that aims to protect persecuted mutants from the government. During this, Lorna Dane / Polaris is captured by the police, and is later asked by district attorney Reed Strucker to cooperate with him in exchange for a reduced sentence. Reed's children, Lauren and Andy, go to their school dance that night, where Andy is attacked by bullies. The stress causes Andy's mutant abilities to manifest, and he telekinetically causes major damage to the school. Lauren helps him escape, revealing that she is also a mutant. The pair and their parents are forced to go into hiding immediately by the arrival of the anti-mutant Sentinel Services (SS) agency. Reed convinces a member of the underground, Marcos Diaz / Eclipse, to help them in exchange for information on Polaris, but Turner and SS also arrive at their meeting. Clarice is able to teleport everyone to safety, except for Reed, who is captured.
22"rX"Len WisemanMatt NixOctober 9, 2017 (2017-10-09)1LAJ023.79[3]
Clarice falls unconscious from the effort of teleporting the group back to the underground's hideout, losing control of her abilities. Portals begin to open to an unknown road, causing an accident that is brought to the attention of police. Caitlin, a nurse, offers to look for medication that may help Clarice, and races to a nearby hospital that still treats mutants with Eclipse, where they use an old injury to gain access to the medication. In prison, Polaris has a collar placed on her that gives her a shock whenever she tries to use her abilities. She faces discrimination and attacks from the other prisoners, and when she pushes through the pain of her collar to fight back, she is put in solitary confinement. Reed is interrogated by Turner, who tries various techniques to get Reed's cooperation, including interrogating Reed's mother Ellen. Caitlin and Eclipse return in time to help Clarice before her portals cause major damage and force the underground to evacuate. Reed agrees to give Turner the location of the underground in exchange for the freedom of his family.
33"eXodus"Scott PetersRashad RaisaniOctober 16, 2017 (2017-10-16)1LAJ033.46[4]
Reed, being tracked by Turner, meets up with a mutant that he knows is working with Eclipse, and he agrees to smuggle Reed to the underground, but Reed decides to not put the mutants in harm and returns to Turner. Clarice begins working with John Proudstar / Thunderbird to control her abilities, but does not have someone that she truly cares about that she can focus her emotions on. Trying to help the underground, Caitlin secretly leaves and finds her brother Daniel, who she says has "connections", and is accompanied by her children. Daniel is unwilling to help, and when news gets out that they are there the Struckers are confronted by locals who want to keep their neighborhood safe. They escape the house with the help of Eclipse and Thunderbird. Clarice creates a portal for the group to return to the underground, but can only do this with strong feelings for Thunderbird, implanted by the mutant Sonya Simonson / Dreamer. Turner turns down an offer for help from scientist Roderick Campbell, who is interested in the Strucker children.
44"eXit strategy"Karen GaviolaMeredith Lavender & Marcie UlinOctober 23, 2017 (2017-10-23)1LAJ043.36[5]
Two years ago, the underground helped several mutants escape from an SS "Relocation Center", but Thunderbird's best friend Gus / Pulse—who can short out electrical circuits and other mutants' abilities—was believed to have been killed. Now, the underground plans to rescue Reed and Polaris from SS before they are delivered to a similar center, one that inmates do not return from. Eclipse gets information on the route they will be taken from the cartel he used to work for, now run by his former girlfriend Carmen Guerra. She forces him to use his abilities to torture someone for her in exchange for the information. The underground attacks the convoy transporting Reed and Polaris, with Andy and Lauren combining their abilities to stop the vehicles. They all lose their abilities when Pulse appears, alive and working for SS. Thunderbird knocks Pulse unconscious, Polaris breaks herself and Reed out, and they all escape. Meanwhile, Clarice continues to remember her feelings for Thunderbird, but he tells her that they have never been together.
55"boXed in"Jeremiah ChechikJim CampolongoOctober 30, 2017 (2017-10-30)1LAJ053.43[6]
Thunderbird takes the Struckers back to the underground, where a mutant named Fade recognizes Reed as having been working with Turner; many of the underground's members are uncomfortable with Reed joining them. In order to prove his loyalty, Reed suggests using himself as bait to lure away the SS agents. Thunderbird tasks Fade with helping Reed, and they are successful. Meanwhile, Caitlin, Lauren, and Andy are able to save the life of an injured mutant, Trader. Having earned the underground's trust, the Struckers decide to stay and fight with them. Eclipse and Polaris attack an SS blockade and capture Turner. Dreamer and Clarice join them, as they are surrounded by SS. Dreamer begins searching Turner's memories for information, learning of the program that converted Pulse to an SS agent. She is unable to finish before they have to flee, leaving Turner believing that his daughter Grace is still alive despite her death during a mutant protest four years earlier. Clarice later confronts Dreamer about altering her memories.
66"got your siX"Craig SiebelsMelinda Hsu TaylorNovember 6, 2017 (2017-11-06)1LAJ063.17[7]
Clarice confronts Thunderbird about him not telling her what Dreamer did to her memories, and decides to leave the underground. The group plans to attack a Federal facility where Pulse was taken without Clarice's help; Reed, Eclipse, and Andy go to break in and steal information on the mutants who are now working for SS. Thunderbird worries that these mutants could be the deciding factor in a war that the X-Men believed was coming (they put Thunderbird in charge of the underground before they disappeared). Reed becomes concerned with Andy's abilities and how he enjoys using them to destroy things, and attempts to gain Andy's trust as his father again. After stealing the information, the trio are followed by police into an SS ambush. Polaris takes Lauren and another young mutant, visual illusionist Wes, to help them. Meanwhile, Turner is given a mandatory leave for his reborn grief, but ignores this and instead begins a new partnership with Campbell, giving him the information about Andy and Lauren in exchange for his help.
77"eXtreme measures"Stephen SurjikMichael HorowitzNovember 13, 2017 (2017-11-13)1LAJ073.00[8]
Guerra forces Eclipse to help her on another job, this time destroying a rival's shipment of drugs; Polaris and Dreamer follow Eclipse after the former discovered he was lying about his whereabouts, and see him work with Guerra. Thunderbird tracks down Clarice, and offers to help her find the road that her portals were opening to when she was sick. They realize that the road leads to the home for mutants that she lived in as a child, but it is now derelict after SS agents stormed the building and killed its inhabitants. She agrees to rejoin the fight. From the stolen information, the underground learns that Wes has a criminal background, leading to him leaving for another underground group, and that Reed's father may have been involved with Campbell's program to turn mutants when he worked for Trask Industries. Now, Campbell and Turner prepare to send these mutants, called Hounds, undercover within the underground. When a DOJ official attempts to stop the pair from using their illegal actions, one of the Hounds makes her have a stroke.
88"threat of eXtinction"Steven DePaulCarly SoterasNovember 20, 2017 (2017-11-20)1LAJ082.90[9]
The underground rescue a group of refugees, but a telepath among them, Esme, reveals another of the mutants to be a Hound. The latter is taken hostage, and Esme is able to help read her mind; they learn that she was taken hostage by Trask Industries, and their work on her included addicting her to the drug Kick. Reed and Thunderbird visit Reed's estranged father Otto, who used to work for Trask. Otto reveals that his father and aunt, Andreas and Andrea von Strucker, were the mutant terrorists Fenris. They had extremely powerful abilities, which they passed on to Otto; his work at Trask focused on suppressing the mutant X-gene, and he prevented Reed from developing these abilities. Lauren and Andy now have the same abilities as the von Struckers, and can become as powerful as them if their powers are combined. Campbell and SS agents arrive to interrogate Otto, and he attacks them with his abilities to protect Reed and Thunderbird. Otto is able to overcome Pulse's mutant suppressing, releasing a blast that injures Campbell and kills Pulse.
99"outfoX"Liz FriedlanderBrad MarquesDecember 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)1LAJ092.81[10]
Reed tells his family about his history as a mutant, and about the von Struckers and their terrorist activities. He and Caitlin test Andy and Lauren to see if they could become as powerful as the twins; holding hands, the pair feel the power to destroy the entire building, and are only stopped by Reed separating them. Desperate to rescue her family from Trask, Esme uses her abilities to manipulate the others into agreeing with a plan of attack: Clarice, Dreamer, and the Struckers will take out a power plant supporting the Trask facility, which can then be attacked by her, Polaris, Eclipse, and Thunderbird. Turner predicts this, and organizes an unofficial SS task force to storm the power plant before it can be disabled. Clarice and Dreamer are captured trying to allow Andy and Lauren to escape, as Reed and Caitlin watch in horror from a van outside. Trapped in the basement, Andy and Lauren join hands, but Andy stops them from using their combined abilities before they kill all the building's inhabitants. They surrender themselves to Turner.
1010"eXploited"Craig SiebelsJim CampolongoDecember 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)1LAJ102.78[11]
Polaris wants to immediately attack Sentinel Services, but Reed and Caitlin argue for a diplomatic solution that will not endanger their children, potentially reaching out to some of Reed's old contacts about Trask and the Hound program. Esme talks to Reed and Caitlin in secret, and suggests that they go to Turner and hope that his better nature prevails. When Esme tells the other mutants what the couple intend to do, they prepare to attack. At Trask Industries, a heavily scarred Campbell forces Andy and Lauren to demonstrate their combined powers by killing Dreamer, and they are able to dent an apparently "indestructible" adamantium wall. After he is confronted by the Struckers, Turner plans to arrest them, but is convinced by his wife to do the right thing. Turner goes to Trask to transfer the mutants back to Sentinel Services. The mutants use this opportunity to attack, but they are betrayed by Esme. She makes the guards kill each other and themselves, and releases her identical sisters, Phoebe and Sophie Frost, who have the same abilities as her.
1111"3 X 1"David StraitonMelinda Hsu TaylorJanuary 1, 2018 (2018-01-01)1LAJ112.54[12]
The Frost sisters approach the underground for help in stopping the Hound program, though they are doing so to support their own agenda of rebuilding the Hellfire Club. The underground members refuse, while Reed and Caitlin decide to take their family to Mexico. They stop at another refugee base on the way, where they reunite with Wes. One of the sisters visits Andy, asking him to reconsider leaving. Another visits Polaris, and uses knowledge of her mysterious birth father—who once led the Hellfire Club—and her unborn baby to try manipulate her into assisting them. Turner and Campbell launch an attack on the Struckers' location, using Hounds who can combine their abilities with technology developed from Lauren and Andy to start destroying the building and arrest mutants. Polaris, Clarice, Eclipse, and Thunderbird arrive to rescue them, but only the intervention of the sisters allows them to successfully escape. The underground formally partners with the Hellfire Club, unaware that the sisters had given SS the location of the base.
1212"eXtraction"Scott PetersMichael HorowitzJanuary 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)1LAJ123.42[13]
Polaris, Eclipse, Thunderbird, and Clarice join the Frost sisters at a safe house where Esme explains that when the X-Men established the underground before their disappearance, their rival group the Brotherhood established the new Hellfire Club before their own disappearance. Campbell meets with the anti-mutant Senator Montez at the Humanity Today conference, where he talks about his advancements in the fight to eradicate the X-gene; Montez agrees to give political support to expanding the Hound program for use across the country. Meanwhile, SS agents search for more information on Otto's research. Learning that they are going after Ellen, the Struckers go to her office and persuade her to go into hiding. Andy and Lauren disagree on how much force to use when holding off arriving SS agents. Ellen gives them the name of Otto's research partner, Madeline Risman, before departing. The underground mutants infiltrate the conference with the Frost sisters to abduct Campbell, but flee when he uses children as human shields and SS forces arrive.
1313"X-roads"Stephen SurjikMatt Nix & Jim GarveyJanuary 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)1LAJ133.42[13]
Four years earlier, Polaris had been approached at a mental hospital by an attorney named Evangeline, who recruited her for the underground on the behalf of the X-Men. Now, Campbell and Montez set to fly to Washington. The Frost sisters convince Polaris to embrace her heritage and stop them. Turner tracks the Struckers with a new pair of Hounds to the underground's headquarters, and lays siege to it. Reed leads a defense of the building with the few remaining fighters, while Caitlin oversees an evacuation through an escape tunnel. When the Hounds break into the building, Andy and Lauren remain behind to let the last of the underground escape. They combine their abilities, disintegrating the entire building and the Hounds inside it. Polaris destroys the plane that Campbell and Montez are in. Turner quits when his superiors attempt to set him up as a scapegoat. The underground regroups in Nashville, Tennessee, where Polaris and the Frosts arrive seeking recruits for the Hellfire Club. Several choose to join them, including Andy.

Cast and charactersEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Fox made a put pilot commitment in July 2016 for an X-Men based series, written by Matt Nix.[28] His initial pitch for the series, "Running on Empty with mutants",[29] was met with applause by executives. It was criticized for including too much story in the pilot, but Nix moved some of these ideas to later episodes.[30] By January 2017, Nix hoped to see the season run for 12 or 13 episodes, rather than the traditional 22,[31] while Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman was expecting a final draft of the pilot script and planned to give a pilot pickup within a few weeks of that;[32] Fox officially ordered the series to pilot at the end of the month,[33] and to series, as The Gifted, in May.[15] In August, Len Wiseman joined as a director and executive producer for the season,[34] which consists of 13 episodes.[35]

WritingEdit

The series is not a procedural, and does not have a "save the mutant of the week" formula, instead following the ongoing story of the mutant underground as they both try to save other mutants and fight to protect themselves.[36] Each episode does still have a beginning, middle, and end,[29] including a flashback at the start of each episode focused on a particular character's history.[37] Where the films and comics generally tell stories starting with the X-Men encountering "the world outside", Nix wanted to approach the story from the perspective of outsiders who are learning about the mutant world.[38] The series also explores issues that reflect modern, real-world problems such as police attempting to kill mutants just because they look different, or the government only taking issue with mutants if they reveal themselves in public. The series' mutant underground is inspired by the Underground Railroad.[39] A major struggle for the central parents of the series is that they are human and their children are mutants, and while they may sympathize with the mutants around them, "there's still a difference between them and the mutants and there's no getting around it". They also have to balance trying to help the cause with protecting their family.[40]

Noting a growing trend in shorter, self-contained television seasons, Nix said in October 2017 that he wanted The Gifted to feel more like a traditional, long-running story and have each season end in a satisfying way that does not feel "close-ended".[29] The season's fourth episode was designed to launch the full story arc, reuniting the main characters following the events of the first three episodes and showing their changed mindsets—the Strucker family gains a new appreciation of the mutant struggle for them to carry forward as they join the fight, while Polaris's time in prison has changed her outlook as well.[40] The episode also reveals that mutants can be turned against each other in an adaptation of the Hound Program from the comics.[40][41] The story arc of the season builds to a war that the X-Men believed was coming, and the series' characters having to decide how they wish to fight that war. It ends with the mutant Polaris having to decide whether she wants to follow the more extreme views of her father Magneto, or align herself more with the less extreme views of her boyfriend Eclipse. This creates the potential of two groups of mutants fighting each other, rather than uniting against Sentinel Services.[37][42] Nix acknowledged that the final scene of the season is reminiscent of the end of the film X-Men: First Class, where Magneto recruits mutants for his own, more extreme group, but felt that this was a central theme to the X-Men and "constant throughout this universe. I think certainly we wanted to do our own version of that."[43]

CastingEdit

Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker star in the series.

In February 2017, Blair Redford was cast,[21] later confirmed as John Proudstar / Thunderbird;[15] Jamie Chung was cast as Clarice Fong / Blink,[20] Stephen Moyer was cast as Reed Strucker;[14][15] and Sean Teale was cast as Marcos Diaz / Eclipse.[17] The next month, Natalie Alyn Lind joined as Lauren Strucker;[18][15] Amy Acker was cast as Caitlin Strucker;[16][15] Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane / Polaris;[16] Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker;[16][15] and Coby Bell as Jace Turner.[19]

Elena Satine was revealed in August 2017 to have been cast in the series as Dreamer, a mutant who can "add or subtract" others' memories, to first appear in the second episode.[26] In September 2017, Garret Dillahunt joined the series in the "key recurring role" of Roderick Campbell,[25] and Skyler Samuels was revealed to have joined the series as Esme in November,[44] soon said to be another "key recurring role" for the series.[45] Esme was revealed to be one of the Frost siblings, with Samuels also portraying her sisters Phoebe and Sophie.[27][46] Also appearing throughout the series are Hayley Lovitt, Jeff Daniel Phillips, and Jermaine Rivers as the mutants Sage, Fade, and Shatter, respectively;[47][23][24] and Joe Nemmers as Ed Weeks, a Sentinel Services agent.[23]

DesignEdit

The costumes for the pilot were designed by Louise Mingenbach, costume designer for several of the X-Men films. She worked to incorporate the mutant characters' abilities into their costumes, such as adding metallic elements to Polaris's costume like rings that she can use as weapons and steel-toed boots that she can use to levitate. Cameron Dale took over from Mingenbach for the rest of the season. For Dale, the most important aspect of the series' costumes was making them appear grounded and realistic for a refugee/on-the-run setting. This meant using clothing that would logically be worn in real life, such as typical clothes for teenagers to wear to high school, and then repeating elements throughout the season to show the characters having a limited set of clothes that gets aged the more they wear them.[48]

FilmingEdit

Singer, the director of several of the X-Men films, decided to direct the series' pilot episode himself after a change in schedule for a film he was directing.[49][50] He stressed that "tonally and visually it will be very, very different" from the films, and said that there will be "some stuff go down, visually, but at it's heart it is a story about a family". Singer began prepping for production on January 27, 2017.[50] Filming for the pilot, under the working title Heaven, began on March 13, 2017, in Dallas, Texas,[51][52] and was completed by April 11.[53] Some reshoots for the pilot had also been carried out by the end of that month.[54]

In May 2017, the Dallas Film Commission announced that the rest of The Gifted's episodes would not be filmed in the city. The series' production had put off the decision as long as they could, waiting for a decision on tax rebates in the state to be made by the Texas Legislature, but ultimately ran out of time and chose to film the rest of the series elsewhere.[55] At the start of July, filming was revealed to be resuming in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning July 17.[56] On filming in the state, Dumont stated, "We love filming in Georgia, because it was such a big part of the civil rights movement in the United States."[39] Because of this move, the series' setting was changed from Dallas to Atlanta (with the pilot episode retroactively changed to match this).[57] Filming in Atlanta takes place at Atlanta Metro Studios,[57] on a filming schedule of eight or nine days per episode, though more time was allocated to the filming of the second episode, which Nix felt was a "bigger" episode than the others.[29]

Shared universe connectionsEdit

Nix noted in July 2017 that the film X-Men: Days of Future Past established multiple, different timelines or "streams" in the X-Men universe, and that the series would take advantage of those to avoid the films and comics and instead do "our own thing". He explained that in the series' "stream", the X-Men have disappeared,[58] due to a "bit of a 9/11 event, that caused enormous social upheaval and a lot of hatred towards mutants."[59] Nix later elaborated that it was a "necessity ... to stay out of the way of the movies" but he felt this worked as a "virtue" for the series, such as not mentioning Magneto by name to avoid the films, but still referencing the character in a way that makes it "a feature of the characters that they don’t really want to talk about" him, similar to Voldemort.[60] Alternate versions of elements from the films appear in the season, including Sentinels, mutant-hunting robots that appeared in several of the films,[61] and the company Trask Industries. To avoid clashing with the version of Bolivar Trask portrayed by Peter Dinklage in Days of Future Past, the writers chose not to include or mention that character at all and instead introduced the character of Roderick Campbell as the leader of the organization.[62]

ReleaseEdit

BroadcastEdit

The season began airing in the United States on Fox on October 2, 2017,[63] and ran for 13 episodes,[35] concluding with a 2-hour season finale on January 15, 2018.[64] It was broadcast in Canada on CTV,[65] and in more than 183 countries on Fox, following its U.S. debut, using a "day-and-date launch" format.[66]

MarketingEdit

With the official series order,[15] Fox released a brief teaser for the series which /Film's Jacob Hall described as "bland", particularly "arriving in the wake of Logan, Deadpool, and FX's Legion, each of which proved that there's plenty of gas in the tank for Mutantkind, provided that everyone involved is willing to really shake things up and go for broke."[67] This was followed a week later by a full length trailer for Fox's May 2017 Upfront presentation, which Hoai-Tran Bui, also of /Film, said "looks like a Singer take on Heroes." Bui added, "The Gifted is a bit more by-the-numbers [than Legion], airing on a primetime network, spearheaded by X-Men movie director Singer, and clearly connected to the movie universe ... Whether that connection helps or hinders the series is yet to be seen—as is Singer's involvement, whose X-Men films become increasingly nonsensical and…bad."[68] The trailer had been viewed over 31 million times within a day of its release, including over 11 million views on YouTube. This was compared to the performance of the first trailer for This Is Us the year before, which went on to be a critical and commercial success.[69] Also for Fox's Upfront, "government agents" from the series' Sentinel Services agency were running a mobile "Mutant Testing Center" in New York City on May 15, offering genetic tests to see if participants have the "mutant gene". The test results "about who they are and where they came from" would be mailed to the participants in about a month.[70] Footage from the pilot was screened at a 2017 San Diego Comic-Con panel featuring cast and crew members,[58] and the beginning of the second episode was debuted at a similar panel for the show at New York Comic Con later that year.[71]

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
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Total viewers
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1 "eXposed" October 2, 2017 1.5/5 4.90[2] 1.3 3.61 2.8 8.49[72]
2 "rX" October 9, 2017 1.2/4 3.79[3] 1.2 3.04 2.4 6.83[73]
3 "eXodus" October 16, 2017 1.1/4 3.46[4] 1.0 2.86 2.1 6.31[74]
4 "eXit strategy" October 23, 2017 1.0/3 3.36[5] 1.1 2.84 2.1 6.20[75]
5 "boXed in" October 30, 2017 1.1/3 3.43[6] 0.9 2.53 2.0 5.95[76]
6 "got your siX" November 6, 2017 1.0/4 3.17[7] 0.9 2.50 1.9 5.67[77]
7 "eXtreme measures" November 13, 2017 1.0/3 3.00[8] 0.9 2.42 1.9 5.42[78]
8 "threat of eXtinction" November 20, 2017 0.9/3 2.90[9] 0.9 2.26 1.8 5.16[79]
9 "outfoX" December 4, 2017 0.8/3 2.81[10] 0.9 2.28 1.7 5.08[80]
10 "eXploited" December 11, 2017 0.8/3 2.78[11] N/A N/A N/A N/A
11 "3 X 1" January 1, 2018 0.7/2 2.54[12] 0.9 2.22 1.6 4.76[81]
12 "eXtraction" January 15, 2018 1.0/4 3.42[13] 0.7 1.80 1.7 5.20[82]
13 "X-roads" January 15, 2018 1.0/4 3.42[13] 0.7 1.79 1.7 5.22[82]

The series debuted higher than the season premiere of Lucifer in the same timeslot the year before,[83] became a "solid ratings performer" for Fox, ranking the third best new drama series of the season, leading to a second season renewal.[1]

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 74% approval rating, with an average rating of 6.67/10 based on 50 reviews. The website's consensus states, "The Gifted's first season lays a solid foundation for an involving superhero drama that powers past the origin-story doldrums by focusing on grounded, topical stories over mindless action and special effects."[84] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 63 out of 100 based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[85]

Giving his first impression of the series' pilot for TVLine, Matt Webb Mitovich praised the "instantly engaging premise" and visual effects. He felt the entire cast was "solid", which he called "no easy feat with an ensemble this size", and also highlighted the clear establishment of the characters' relationships. He concluded by noting that the series would be facing tough opposition in terms of ratings, but that there was a chance for the show to be more successful than Gotham (which it replaced in Fox's airing schedule).[86] Also reviewing the first episode, Dominic Patten of Deadline Hollywood praised the series as being superior to Marvel's Inhumans, and particularly noted its high stakes and timely themes. He did feel that there were elements in the episode that were derivative of Heroes, but ultimately summed up the episode as "quite good".[87]

Daniel Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "The Gifted gets points for including X-Men characters with some name recognition and for acknowledging its place within the bigger franchise. That, however, raises expectations, too, as does Singer's adroit work with a budget that no subsequent director is likely to have. Three or four effects-driven set pieces ... balance out the soapy family moments. I have very little confidence that The Gifted will be able to achieve that balance in subsequent episodes, but I'll definitely be watching to find out".[88] Joshua Yehl of IGN felt the pilot "delivers everything you'd expect from a show based in the world of the X-Men ... It may not be as thought-provoking as Legion, but it doesn't try to be." Yehl thought the best element of the series was how it "sets up a 'normal' family where the father makes a living off of sending mutants to jail and the son casually tosses out a mutant slur at the dinner table, and then forces those same people to rely on mutants to survive".[89]

Comparison to NazismEdit

Discussing the series, Drew Koch of Bustle magazine noted that it explored themes such as the persecution of minority groups, sacrificing freedom for safety, and criticizing "big government". He highlighted the antagonistic agency Sentinel Services, feeling that giving it the initials "SS" was a reference to the Schutzstaffel, a paramilitary division of Nazi Germany.[90] USA Today's Brian Truitt also noted this reference, and the character Polaris directly calling out the government agents as Nazis, along with the mutant underground being patterned after the Underground Railroad.[91]

ReferencesEdit

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