Remember when the first season of The Gifted started to air?
I’m not here to say it was the best show ever but it had its perks. For me, it was an interesting spin on the already over-saturated X-men storyline and it provided enjoyable content while doing justice to some less popular mutants from the comics.
With the way season one concluded, I was quite excited for a second season of the show. Currently, I am eight episodes in and…oh boy!
In all fairness, I see what they are trying to achieve. My major gripes with the show lie in their execution. Since I’m eight episodes in, I’m going to list out three reasons why The Gifted’s second season makes my eyes twitch uncontrollably.
Note: I will be entering some spoiler territory. If you do not want that, this is where you stop reading.
- The Hellfire Club
I’m going, to be honest, the existence of the hellfire club and their introduction towards the end of the first season made me raise my eyebrows a bit. Still, I believed that things would be made clear in the second season. Eight episodes into the second season and the motivation of the hellfire club isn’t entirely clear.
At the beginning of the first episode of this season, Reeva Payge and the Frost Sisters conveniently murder all the members of the Hellfire Club within five minutes!
Let me give you some context. These guys are supposed to be one of the most powerful mutants still around and Reeva was obviously not the leader at the time. How the hell do they get eliminated without a fight? It’s just lazy writing. So essentially, we don’t know what the old Hellfire Club’s purpose was and Reeva’s new Hellfire isn’t any better (I’ll get to that in a minute).
- Reeva Payge
Reeva is…weird. To begin with, she is not so significant in the comics so her relevance in this series came as a bit of a shock (budget issues, I assume). Still, as much as her abilities make me cringe, her motives and methods are even stranger.
For most of the episodes of this season, Reeva’s plan is a mystery and all we get is “It’s for the good of mutant kind. We’re building a better world for all mutants. Blah blah blah.”
Then the plans finally get revealed and essentially, everything hinges on robbing a bank. When I got to this episode, I stopped watching for two weeks. Now, I know that some of you might argue that the heist was a means to an end but that doesn’t make it any less of a heist. A heist folks, a frigging heist!
What confuses me the most about Reeva though is how she manages to surround herself with mutants that are obviously more powerful than she is and yet the creators of this show expect us to believe that she can somehow control them with her “mutant ability”.
Here’s the bottom line, Reeva is not a compelling villain and because her character and abilities are so poorly executed, she makes everyone following her look like a bunch of idiots.
- Andy’s Motivation
I complained about this to someone and he told me, “He’s just fifteen.” Well, I’ve been fifteen and I think that’s just a load of crap. Again, I see what they were trying to do (especially with the connection between him and sister) but it still doesn’t make any sense.
At the end of the first season when he left the mutant underground to join the Hellfire club, I thought it was a mildly interesting development. However, with every passing episode of this second season, there is no logical reason why he still remains with the hellfire club. With Polaris, it’s easy to understand that she is doing it for the future of her baby (which is still questionable, but I won’t get into that today).
Andy keeps getting more annoying with every passing episode. If I had any hope of any redemption for his character, his reaction after the events of “heist” killed it. As it stands, when he returns to his family (let’s face it, we all know he will), it’s going to be impossible for me to see him as a redeemable character if there are no consequences for his character.
Folks, in the end, this season has just been weird for me. I could talk about so many other things, for example, the introduction of the Morlocks or the return of Reed Strucker’s abilities; but I think I want to see how the season ends before giving any opinions on these points. So far though, The Gifted season two is just…odd.