How dare The Gifted start this episode off with a flashback to a happier Thunderblink!? I’m still in mourning. Although in this cozy scene between John and Clarice, she pontificates about a desire to portal between places… I’m hoping this is foreshadowing to the reveal Blink is alive and well in another dimension somewhere.
Max is still missing and Reeva is on a warpath. I don’t think she particularly cares about Max as an individual but if someone was able to find Max then that means the Inner Circle may have a mole problem.
With the Inner Circle and the Purifiers on the rise, and the nation more divided than ever, the dream of the X-Men is on the verge of failure. In attempts to revive the Mutant Underground, Evangeline proposes a country-wide meeting.
Meanwhile, Lauren and Andy continue to disagree in their dreams and the Frost Sisters attempt to intervene. Caitlin makes the risky suggestion of connecting with a family member for vital intel, and Lorna tries to secretly investigate Reeva’s plans for the Inner Circle.
We begin with Andreas von Strucker in 1985, New Orleans. He visits an antique shop to check on music box he was having fixed and swiftly murders the shopkeeper after he tries to goad Andreas into selling it – but also to keep the secret.
Present day, that same music box is playing quietly on Lauren’s bed as she studies the history of her lineage and Fenris. Reed is worried about her. She’s been obsessively researching and training since their fight at the Purifiers compound. He thinks something may have changed with her, that she could have been affected by fighting alongside Andy.
The Gifted is finally back after a long winter break (okay it wasn’t that long but it felt long to me!)
We get a glimpse of a simpler time between Lorna, Marcos, and John. They’re playing pool and goofing off at a bar where they make a promise to each other to always be there if anything were to happen to one of them. This came into play in a big way in the midseason premiere episode.
Previously on The Gifted, Reed’s powers manifested and quickly got out of control. He, Lauren, and Caitlin, desperate for answers, sought out the scientist from Reed’s childhood, Madeline Risman, for answers. Risman claims that if Reed is treated with a permanent fix, he’ll die. Lauren is horrified when she gets more details from Madeline’s assistant, Noah, that she aims to create a “cure” for the X-gene.
The Inner Circle infiltrated the bank that had been their target for months and everything went according to plan, until the end when a vindictive Rebecca took out her anger on every civilian inside and slaughtered over 30 people. Lorna was faced with the difficult decision of taking Dawn somewhere safe to keep her out of the line of fire, much to the chagrin of Marcos who wasn’t happy with having her taken from him once again.
After Rebecca’s actions, she goes on the run but the Inner Circle is able to track her down and bring her back into captivity.
When I first say the episode was going to be titled “the dreaM” my thoughts were about Lauren and Andy. Yes, there shared connection is mentioned briefly but really, the dreaM, is about Lorna. The episode begins with a hazy dreamscape that turns out to be a flashback, of her early days with Marcos and sets the tone for the episode ahead, which is all about Lorna’s journey from then until now.