We now have a better idea what The Gifted’s about thanks to this latest trailer. We’re suckers for sci-fi, so you better believe we’ll be checking this one out.
It’s one thing to hear this is an “X-Men” project, and quite another to learn that at its heart it’s a family drama. That personal angle should help focus Singer’s expansive movie franchise and bring it back to its original themes. The trailer mentions bullying, being ostracized and protecting your family while running from a government organization out to control you. Sure, it all sounds too familiar. Think Carrie, mashed with NBC’s HEROES (btw the Heroes Reborn reboot was unsuccessful) and a dash of generic cop procedural and you’ve got The Gifted.
Fans of the X-Men series will tune in to see which one of their favorite powered mutants appear in the series. Will there be crossovers from the film franchise? Marcos Diaz/Eclipse (Sean Teale) mentions both the X-Men and Brotherhood have been disbanded in this series’ timeline. That can either mean, lower your expectations that Professor X and Magneto will be dropping by or the creative team want to explore an all new team of heroes. We will see Clarice Fong/Blink (Jamie Chung), who previously appeared in the film X-Men: Days of Future Past played by Fan Bingbing.
The show features an exciting cast, a familiar universe and a creative team that loves the X-Men property. All the ingredients for success are present, but will fans show up when it premieres? FOX has a long history of quickly cancelling genre programming when the overnight numbers fail to impress. Okay okay, so they stuck by Fringe and Sleepy Hollow longer than anyone expected, but we’re not about to forgive them for Firefly. All I can say is, if you enjoy the X-Men this one’s a must watch. That’s the only way for it to survive.
Here’s the official show description…
Action-adventure family drama THE GIFTED, from Marvel, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Written by Matt Nix (APB, “Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise”) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), the series stars Stephen Moyer (SHOTS FIRED, “True Blood”) and Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”).
*Note: The Gifted is scheduled to air Mondays at 9/8c this fall.