Before I begin this review, I want to express feelings of utter joy. I express this because “The Gifted,” one of the best comic book T.V shows out there, has been renewed for a second season. That being said, “3×1” just keeps adding to my already extensive list of excellent episodes the show has aired. Let’s get into this one…

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This episode features a lot of X-Men lore references, from the Purifiers to the Hellfire club, this show definitely wants you to know where it stands in terms of its source material. The show again succeeds in presenting conflict and how big of a struggle our favorite group of mutants face each time they have to make hard choices like they did in this episode. I mean would you trust the triplets? (Let’s make that a hashtag, #TrustTheTriplets)

This was another episode that didn’t rely on a big action set piece to elevate the episode as a whole. “The Gifted” is in a special place in its first season, its character development has been so good that it relies on a lot of dialogue and moments to keep the audience engaged and entertained. An example of this is right at the beginning, with Dreamer’s funeral. She wasn’t the biggest of characters, she did play a key role, but her funeral was very emotionally charged. We care about her because the characters are written really well. Another example is when Eclipse starts to talk about how the X-Men chose them because they wouldn’t kill. That mini-speech is a key example of my point, stuff like that adds a lot of depth and provides entertainment without a big set piece. Even though I just said that, the ending had some great mutant moments, as we near the season finale.

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As we near the finale, there are still a lot of things to be revealed and questions to be answered. “3×1” serves as another great episode to what has turned out to be a great series. Great writing, nice fan service, and some stellar performances made this episode a standout.  –Kenneth Colon

GRADE: 9/10

‘The Gifted’ airs Mondays on FOX at 8/7 ET

 

 

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