The Gifted gives us yet another strong episode, with a shining performance from Skyler Samuels. The Gifted Season 2 Episode 6, “iMprint,” puts the spotlight on the Frost Triplets, especially Esme, Lorna, and Reed, and we get to see different sides to characters we’ve known for a while now.
Let’s start with Reed Strucker. Reed is a slightly polarizing character, pardon the pun. He wasn’t exactly endearing in season 1, and he and his family were some of the reasons the first season dragged a bit.
You either hated him or liked him, but most leaned towards the former. Well, all that is changing now. Stephen Moyer does a fantastic job at portraying everything Reed is going through.
With the emergence of his powers, we see a different Reed. While we might not have powers, especially as destructive as his, it’s easier to relate to him now. He now has to deal with the thing humans truly hate, their emotions. John points out to Reed that in order to control his powers he has to deal with the emotions tied to them.
Caitlin: You have to deal with it not just drug it.
Reed is clearly not a fan of any of this, but I can’t blame him. No one wants to relive their trauma or their pain. It’s our nature to hide the pain deep down. As anyone who’s been in therapy can tell you, talking about your trauma is one of the hardest things in the world.
It brings pain you thought you had forgotten back into the forefront of your mind. But the truth is that the only way to deal with it is to go through it. The more Reed tries to hide the pain the worse the result will be, just like Shatter says.
Shatter: The more you reject the things you can’t face, the worse you make it
The best parts of the episode are the scenes between Lorna and Esme. It is on this episode that we get to see the real Esme away from her sisters. It is where Skyler Samuels truly shines. We also get to great shout-out to the comics. The Gifted is great at making subtle references to comics without hitting you over the head with it, as other shows might.
Lorna is very clearly frustrated that no one tells her anything. Like I mentioned back in the review for The Gifted Season 2 Episode 1, “eMergence” Lorna is not fully Team Inner Circle. If she thinks they’re a threat to her or Dawn she’s walking out.
Lorna: Either tell me what this little operation is or I’m out.
Esme is the one that is making sure that doesn’t happen. We find out that her background is both tragic and comics accurate. They never had a mother because she and her sisters are clones, and there used to be five sisters instead of three. Esme is the most humanized of the sisters.
She seems to have a problem with hurting innocent people as we saw in The Gifted Season 2 Episode 2, ”unMoored”. Esme has been through a lot, she’s been treated like a weapon multiple times over. It’s easy to see why the Inner Circle appeals to her, but I wonder if Reeva isn’t manipulating her as well.
She takes Lorna to where the attack is being held, which gives us our second easter egg with the name Creed. Lorna seems to get back on track until Esme accidentally reveals she’s been in Dawn’s head. The best scene of the episode is the last scene between Skyler Samuels and Emma Dumont.
Esme explains how she felt her sisters dying and you feel every emotion Samuels is talking about. You can see her reliving the pain at that moment. It’s a marvelous performance and it makes the episode stronger.
Esme: I want you to know that, whether or not you join this fight, I’m on your side… and hers.
Esme’s actions throughout the episode are very telling. She’s tired of being a pawn or a weapon. She doesn’t want to manipulate Lorna. There’s a very large possibility that the seeds are planted for Lorna and Esme to leave the Inner Circle.
At least Dawn now has two powerful mutants on her side.
- Jace can keep pretending this group is not a hate group, that they’re not terrorists or killers, but he’s lying to himself. You can’t bomb a church and call yourself the good guy. Saying they are the good guys while assembling guns to hurt innocent mutants is quite a powerful image.
- I’m glad that Lauren and Caitlin seem to be getting somewhere, hopefully, we’ll see an advancement in that plot rather than the back and forth.
- The fact that Esme has a very clear burn mark on her arm is going to be important I can feel it.
- My other strong feeling is that Andy might die because he seems too far gone.
- As a Mexican who has had to deal with the hate speech since the current American president started their campaign, I’m not going to focus on Jace’s plot too much. I said what I had to in my review for The Gifted Season 2 Episode 5, “afterMath”. I still think it’s good that they’re doing that plot, but I feel slightly uncomfortable with it.
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The Gifted airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox.
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