The Gifted Season 1, Episode 4 lets a lot of the mutants show off their skills — especially Polaris.
Creator: Matt Nix
Summary: In a world where mutated humans are treated with distrust and fear, an institute for mutants battles to achieve peaceful co-existence with humanity.
When you have a show about the X-Men, the best part is getting them all in one place and having everyone use their crazy powers. Episode four finally delivers on that promise as we watch the Mutant Underground make a rescue attempt to get Lorna, AKA Polaris (Emma Dumont), and Reed (Stephen Moyer) out of jail before they get taken to a place no one ever leaves.
They don't have a lot of help, but one awesome thing we do get to see is Andy (Percy Hynes White) and Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) using their powers together. He destroys while she contains his damage. The moment she needs to rile him up so his powers would work is such a sibling thing to do, and it was kind of perfect.
While in jail, Lorna is not giving Reed any of her time. She once again calls him out for deciding to get involved only when he had a personal stake. Considering this was something a lot of people were worried that the show would ignore, it is fantastic that no one is letting Reed off of the hook for what he did.
The problematic use of mutant powers isn't resolved, and it looks like it might be one of those problems characters keep putting off for "altruistic" reasons. However, as the Strucker family is learning, doing the wrong thing for the right reason doesn't mean it any less wrong. Marcos, AKA Eclipse (Sean Teale), is another one who is going to to have to deal with those consequences eventually.
The complication of not being able to use their powers at the end is an interesting plot twist that fans of X2 will remember. Once the mutants get their powers back, we get one of the best scenes in the show so far. Lorna shows that she is Magneto's daughter as she basically breaks herself and Reed out of holding. Dumont is doing a fantastic job of capturing a woman that is passionate, but also teetering close to the edge of madness. It almost looks like they might be giving her some Wanda (Scarlet Witch) madness, but we'll have to see. Nevertheless, Lorna is the highlight of the episode.
The Gifted season one, episode four is probably the strongest episode in the series so far. We get to see a bunch of mutants use their powers, we get some backstory, and it ends with the promise of an awesome episode next week, too.