The Gifted: Ranking season 2 episodes so far

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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.

9 – “coMplications” (2.03)

While “coMplications” wasn’t a bad episode, it mainly consisted of characters standing around and explicating information to each other so the audience would know where the story is headed. Outside of classic Greek tragedies, that’s a little boring.

Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) finally told his wife, Caitlin (Amy Acker), and daughter, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind), about his reactivated X-gene, while Marcos Diaz/Eclipse was briefly let into the Inner Circle headquarters to cure his and Lorna Dane/Polaris’ (Emma Dumont) daughter, Dawn, of severe jaundice. Additionally, John Proudstar/Thunderbird (Blair Redford) and his girlfriend Clarice Fong/Blink (Jamie Chung) wander around lost in the DC sewers.

You can only watch people walk in circles for so long. Though it does help if at least one of the characters has snarky dialogue, and Blink is very gifted in this area.

8 – “outMatched” (2.04)

The first major action scene of the season took place in “outMatched,” as the Inner Circle initiated a jailbreak of a mental hospital holding dangerous mutants captive, in order to obtain one specific mutant. Meanwhile, Caitlin tortures a drug addict in an attempt to get information on her son Andy’s (Percy Hynes White) whereabouts. Jace Turner (Coby Bell) is contacted by a member of the Purifiers.

The pacing of this episode was a little odd, as the latter two-thirds was essentially one scene, just shuffling between two locations.

Scary Caitlin torturing someone was unsettling and is the main reason this is ranked so low, in addition to the glimpses of further torture the mutants endured in Bethesda. The mutant the Inner Circle was looking for was a young girl named Rebecca Hoover, also known as Twist (Anjelica Bette Fellini).