Since we last left the quarreling semi-emo mutants of Fox’s X-Men offshoot The Gifted, the show’s ensemble and storylines have become more fractured than ever. In any given episode, we’re following the Strucker family (minus wayward son Andy); at least two different factions within the Inner Circle (plus or minus Andy); Blink and Thunderbird working for the Underground with optional Eclipse add-on; and Jace Turner and his dalliances with the Purifiers, the anti-mutant hate group. Also, Polaris now has a bitchin’ new Magneto headband. All of these different groups, sub-group factions, uneasy alliances, and Evil Mutant fashion choices have made the show’s storylines more manageable, even if it sometimes reduces them to a series of one-on-one or one-on-two arguments (and even those are more likely to arrive in shorter bursts rather than tedious episode-defining debates). The usual number of subplots also makes an episode like tonight’s midseason premiere, “eneMy of My eneMy,” feel significant simply for actually tying the story threads together more tightly than usual; pretty much all of the action serves one broader plot. At the end of the last episode, Thunderbird was captured by Jace and the Purifiers, so now our Underground heroes (mainly Eclipse and Blink)… Read full this story
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