The Gifted is a good show but it has so rarely been a moving one. There have been moments of high drama and tension. When the Mutant Underground broke at the end of season one it was hard to watch, but it wasn't a gut punch by any definition of the word. For the first time in the show The Gifted finally became a truly moving piece of television. There are three different fights happening right now and everyone is dealing with in their own way
This is the episode when we finally address Lorna and her connection to Magneto. We see her coming to terms with the idea that her father didn't abandon her with the Dane's, but that she was put there intentionally. She was hidden, for her own safety, and we watch Lorna not only come to terms with that, but also the realization that this history is about the repeat itself. The most moving parts of the episode are between Lorna and Marcos as they try to figure out how they are going to keep Dawn safe. For the first time, we really see the toll this is taking on Lorna as she gives up Dawn for her own safety. We see her embrace her legacy, build a crown for herself out the metal disc Magneto gave her, and take up the cause. Major credit to Emma Dumont and Sean Teale who nail every scene they are in this week. It's good to see their dynamic again even if this was likely the thing that truly broke them for good.
The Strucker family provides us with the other dark realization of The Gifted Season 2 Episode 8. We find out that Reed will die unless his powers are suppressed. However, the person doing that research wants to use it to wipe the X-gene out entirely. Lauren has been embracing her mutant heritage, but we see her grappling with idea that she could be an accessory to the genocide of mutants. But if she does nothing, she is letting her father die. For the first time, the Strucker plotline is interesting, as this is a choice Reed, Caitlin, and Lauren will have to make.
As for the rest of the Mutant Underground they continue to be one of the weaker parts of the series. John and Clarice have a strained dynamic because John is essentially taking his life into his own hands. The question of "can you sit back and watch or help someone you love kill themselves?" is a question these two will have to deal with. It's just a shame that the Underground seems so passive in this season. They might have their backs against the wall but there has to be a better way.