The Gifted recap: Battle in the tunnels

It’s been a while! In fact, the multi-week break since we last checked in with The Gifted should have alerted me to the fact that this episode was going to be a real barn-burner. After all, Game of Thrones took a week off before hitting us with the Red Wedding. This doesn’t quite reach that level (what does?) but I did have to take a walk after finishing this episode, just to calm down.

This week’s cold open gives us a look at Benedict Ryan back when he was still a radio shock-jock in the Rush Limbaugh style. This sad, pathetic radio personality is a far cry from the well-mannered, anti-mutant powerhouse we know and hate. So how did he get here from there? The answer, apparently, is Reeva Payge. Far from being a recent one-off meeting, Reeva and Ryan’s partnership apparently goes back years. It seems she was the one who really refined his anti-mutant crusade.

Part of the way she’s done that is by giving Ryan select pieces of information about mutants to inflame his audience. In the present day, we see her give him information about the Morlock tunnels, telling him to send Jace Turner and a team of Purifiers to root them out. It’s unclear whether Ryan ever has an original thought or if he just does what Reeva tells him because even his method of convincing Jace to do the mission (telling him he can take over Sentinel Services) is inspired by Reeva. It’s not a temptation that Jace can resist.

The multi-week break really dampened the effect of last episode’s cliffhanger that made it look like Marcos might have died in his climactic confrontation with Max. So it should come as no surprise when I say, he’s alive! He’s totally fine, and barely seems fazed by the shots at all; he’s just sleeping it off on the couch. He is worried about Lorna though.

His worry is not misplaced, either. It doesn’t take long for the Inner Circle to realize Max is missing, and when they investigate further, they soon find his body in the burned-out car by the liquor store. It soon becomes a tense quest to find the spy. Now, you’d think Lorna couldn’t possibly last that long since the Cuckoos could just read her mind and see that she’s the one who looked up Max’s location in the computer system, but for some reason, they…don’t do that. Instead, these telepaths just pull up the computer security footage and find that it was Sage who logged in and pulled up Max’s information.

In actuality, Lorna used her powers to scramble the computer and hack Sage’s log-in, but since the Cuckoos can’t read Sage’s mind (it’s all just ones and zeroes to them), they have no way of knowing that. Furious at being betrayed, Reeva has no time for an investigation. She simply executes Sage on the spot. This would maybe be heartbreaking if Sage had more than like six lines over the course of the show, but you can tell that it really rattles Lorna. That one log-in of hers has already caused two deaths…though possibly prevented hundreds more.

NEXT: Purifiers vs. Morlocks

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