The Gifted Season 2 Episode 1 - Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane / Polaris

The Gifted Review: eMergence (Season 2 Episode 1)

Reviews, The Gifted

What an opener. There are tears everywhere by the end of it.

While there are definitely bumps along the way, The Gifted Season 2 Episode 1, “eMergence,” ends with a very strong start.

The episode gives us plenty to talk about and sets up what will probably end up being the major conflicts, for instance: whether or not the Inner Circle is trustworthy, the conflict between the Strucker siblings, and of course, Marcos and Lorna.

Character introductions are widely important, especially in the superhero genre. Reeve Payge comes to us with an introduction that many would die for, pun slightly intended. We meet her at a meeting for the Hellfire Club and when they disagree she kills them with the help of the Frost Sisters.

The Gifted Season 2 Episode 1 - Skyler Samuels as the Frost sisters and Grace Byers as Reeva Payge
THE GIFTED: L-R: Skyler Samuels as the Frost sisters and Grace Byers in the “eMergence” Season Two premiere episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: FOX

By doing so, she takes command of the Inner Circle. She is not a woman to be trifled with and she’ll do what it takes to survive.

The interesting thing about The Gifted is that both sides of the mutant faction want the same thing. They just go about it in wildly different ways. While Andy seems to have completely bought into the Inner Circle mentality, Lorna is not as convinced.

They need her powers but what happens when their plan is complete and she is of no use? 

Reeva: I would sacrifice anything.

Reeva has a ruthlessness we can respect, but let’s not forget why Lorna allied with them it. She wants to protect her daughter and give her a good life. If the Inner Circle does something to jeopardize that?

Lorna will turn against them faster than you can say mutant. Moving forward it will be interesting to see how the relationship develops.

The Gifted Season 2 Episode 1 - "eMergence"
THE GIFTED: L-R: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Sean Teale. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX.

The Mutant Underground isn’t doing much better. It’s a very different Underground from when we first met them. They have contacts but have to lie low because the government thinks they are dead. I wonder how long that will last as they all seem to have the itch to do something.

It seems the burden of Andy is on Lauren’s shoulder. The way she explodes at her mother at the end is something that was a long time coming. She’s rightfully angry and hurt that Andy abandoned them of his own will and about her mother’s attitude about it.

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Not to mention the fact that she is terrified. She’s terrified Andy will make her do something she doesn’t want to do.

For now, it’s a nightmare. Let’s hope it’s not a premonition.

It’s quite possible that instead of seeing them work together this season, we see them work against each other.

We see Amy Acker being a badass which is always a plus in my book. Marcos and Caitlin are the ones most affected by the finale.

They’re in the same state of mind. They need answers about their children and are willing to go to less than reputable sources to get it.

Which, leads to the most emotional sequences of the episode. This episode leaves one thing abundantly clear; Marcos and Lorna are still very much in love with each other.

Lorna’s flashbacks show how us a lot about her state of mind and how different everything is then she imagined it to be. Her life made a complete 180 turn in a very short period of time. Andy tries to comfort her by saying that the Inner Circle is her family now, but we know the truth.

Marcos is her family and it pains her that she isn’t with him at this moment.

On the other side of that is Marcos. Everything he does on this episode is related to getting to Lorna and his daughter. As Clarice said, he’s getting more reckless as the due date for the baby comes closer and closer.

It’s understandable; imagine the love of your life and your child are out there except you have no clue where they are or if they are okay.

I love how they managed the effects of her pregnancy. Having her powers go completely haywire as the contractions come? It’s only logical. Lorna is very powerful and so is Marcos, so obviously their offspring wasn’t going to be left behind.

Powers are also tied to emotions. This especially true for Lorna who has to deal with giving birth and controlling her powers. It would be hard for anyone. Marcos is so dedicated to his search and so attuned to her powers that he recognizes them at once.

Marcos: Look how long was I with Lorna for? I know her powers I know what they look like; I sure as hell know what they feel like.

Marcos gets a surge of hope that he will finally get reunited; especially when Caitlin mentions the probability that the contractions are causing the power surges. So by the end of the night, he’s going to be a father and we see that on his face.

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The Gifted Season 2 Episode 1 - "eMergence"
THE GIFTED: L-R: Reeva Payge (Grace Byers, R), Esme Frost (Skyler Samuels), Andy Strucker (Percy Hynes White) and Polaris/Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Dietl/FOX

Sean Teale is wonderful at portraying how worried Marcos is for Lorna and their daughter. This is especially present when he is in the car with Clarice and John.

From then we get what was both an emotionally draining and exquisite scene on which Emma Dumont shines like no other. Lorna is mentally blocked because Marcos isn’t there and there’s a very real possibility she could die.

Until Reeva and the Sisters give her a little push and show her a world where mutants and free and she has her daughter in her arms.

Reeva: Do you see that? That’s for her, do you want that?

Lorna: More than anything.

It’s a glorious scene, Dumont is absolutely stellar as she gives that final push. She wants that life for her daughter, most of all she wants her daughter. The final push turns off the power grid so there’s no way for the Underground group to follow the power.

Teale also gives a heartbreaking performance as John tells Marcos there’s no way for them to follow. You see all the frustration and anger finally come to a head because after months of searching they were so close and yet so far.

Other observations:

  • Dawn is now born, but the worry has not gone away.
  • I can see where Reeva is coming from but I don’t quite trust her. I trust the sisters even less.
  • Lorna asking Andy to save her daughter if it came down to it broke my heart.
  • The name Dawn is probably because of “Dawn of a new age.” But back on season one that Lorna wanted to name her Aurora because of the Aurora Borealis she and Marcos could create with their powers. The meaning of Aurora is Dawn, it’s probably a coincidence but I like the tidbit.
  • John and Clarice remain the cutest and I appreciate that amongst the angst, but I’m worried the cute will not last.
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The Gifted airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox.

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