Need all the highlights from season one of The Gifted before starting the new season? Digital Fox has you covered!
Season Two of The Gifted is here with bigger, and scarier, mutants. If you haven’t had time to re-watch the first season of the show, don’t worry, we have a quick recap to get you going. Spoilers for season one ahead.
Here are the highlights of what happened in season one.
In a world where the X-Men and the Brotherhood have all but disappeared, the remaining mutants must fend for themselves and hide from those who hunt them.
The Gifted is set after the fictional events of 7/15, when a peaceful mutant protest in Dallas, Texas turned into a riot, killing thousands of civilians, mutant and human alike. This event led to a sea-change in the public perception of mutants and gave Sentinel Services the ammunition it needed to begin the hunt for mutants.
Before leaving, the X-Men put a group of mutants in charge of the Mutant Underground – Thunderbird, Dreamer, Eclipse and Polaris. Several more Underground cells have cropped up around America and the mutants have established a system to identify and place fellow mutants in safe places.
But Sentinel Services is never far behind. Agent Jace Turner, whose daughter was killed in the 7/15 mutant riot, has a personal vendetta against all mutants now. With government resources at his disposal, and a secret partnership with mutant researcher Dr Roderick Campbell, Turner has everything he needs to take the mutants down once and for all.
The Gifted primarily follows the Strucker family – Reed Strucker, an attorney working to detain mutants, Kate Strucker, a nurse, and their children, Lauren and Andy.
Andy Strucker, while being bullied at school, unlocks his mutant ability to cause seismic events. Fortunately for him, older sister Lauren had discovered her abilities almost a year earlier and has since honed her power of creating forcefields. She helps Andy escape from the school and protects their fellow students in the bargain.
With Sentinel Services on their tail, the Struckers go on the run and find refuge with the Mutant Underground. The Struckers are allowed to join the mutant resistance, in exchange for rescuing Polaris, who had recently been detained by Sentinel Services, and prosecuted by Reed. It is Reed who tells Polaris that she is expecting a child.
The Mutant Underground’s ability to get around large distances is greatly helped by their new recruit, Blink, whose mutation allows her to create portals. Blink becomes an indispensable member of the resistance, as do Lauren and Andy. But, just when the mutants think their bolstered numbers give them an advantage, a new threat is unveiled.
Sentinel Services are the central antagonists in The Gifted, but they are hardly the only ones. Agent Turner’s vendetta against the mutants gives him a drive unlike anything his colleagues at Sentinel Services have. However, it also blinds him to his humanity. He no longer sees the mutants as fellow beings, but as threats. He clashes several times with the Mutant Underground, not often coming out on top. Unfortunately, for Turner, he is also scapegoated by the Sentinel Services, which leads to him allying with Dr Campbell.
Campbell turns out to be anything but a harmless researcher. He experiments on mutants and has learnt ways to control them for his Hounds programme. Two such mutants, who he plans to turn into hounds, are part of the trio of psychic sisters known as the Stepford Cuckoos. On their own, these psychic mutants are powerful; together they are unstoppable.
Esme Cuckoo manages to manipulate her way into the Underground and convinces the team to rescue the hounds. Once the sisters are reunited, they wreak untold devastation on their captors and reveal themselves to be high-ranking members of the Hellfire Club.
The Cuckoos do help the Underground in their fight against the Hounds programme, but it comes at a price. They manage to convince Polaris, and more mutants, including Andy Strucker, to leave the Mutant Underground, and join them in the Club.
Over the course of The Gifted season one, the Struckers learn that they are descended from the von Strucker mutants. The von Strucker siblings had the same powers as Lauren and Andy, and could bring their powers together to become the indestructible Fenris. Lauren and Andy test their powers to find that they too can become Fenris. They are terrified of these powers, even more so when they are captured by Dr Campbell, who studies them and tries to control them.
Sadly, in the process, Dreamer is killed by Campbell. Thunderbird, who had been in a relationship with Dreamer for years, is left devastated, as is Polaris, who was close friends with her. Thunderbird eventually moves onto a relationship with Blink but Polaris is fuelled with rage and stops trying to hold her powers back.
Mutants seemed dangerous following the 7/15 riots but Polaris’ ability to bring down a plane just with her mutation reminds everyone just how powerful mutants can be. It is not the publicity the Underground would have wanted, but it is the Hellfire Club way of doing things.
It is no surprise that eventually when the Mutant Underground is divided between their loyalties to each other and the Hellfire Club, Polaris is the first one walking away.
The Gifted season two picks up six months after the events of the first season finale.
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