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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews The Gifted Season 2 Episode 10: Enemy Of My Enemy

January 2nd, 2019 by Todd Black Comments

I’ve said before that The Gifted’s greatest strength is that it focuses on the family element more than anything else, and it’s great. “eneMy of my eneMy” enforced that in many ways by bringing back some of the families, while also harping on why the Purifiers are a real threat.

For those who don’t recall, in the midseason finale, John was kidnapped, and now, the Mutant Underground had to get him back. But, even with the returning Struckers, they were still outmatched and didn’t even have the means to find him. So, they did the only thing they could, they went to the Inner Circle, specifically, Lorna, who brought Andy with her to help ensure they got John back.

On the surface, this may not have worked plot-wise. However, the flashback scene to the pool hall, mixed with the urging from Andy to help them was really well played. Despite the differences in views and beliefs, they are still friends, and family, and they know that sometimes you have to join up to help a friend, just like Marcos did for Dawn.

Seeing everyone team-up again was a good touch, as well as having Clarice, Lauren, and others voice their disproval for the Inner Circle. And yet, when Andy showed up unexpectedly, you couldn’t help but feel good for the Strucker parents, their son was back, at least for a little while.

A fun twist of events was Jace and John “bonding” through the interrogation. The irony here was that John was telling the truth, and Jace started to see the bigger picture, but then Lorna showed up, and Jace cracked. His outburst about how the Mutants had cost him everything was very powerful, and at the end, it seemed like he went full Purifier, which makes him an even more dangerous threat.

Speaking of more dangerous, Lauren and Andy’s “training” at the end reinforced the notion that the Strucker Twins are some of the most powerful and dangerous mutants around, and that they are both on dark paths which may not have the resolution we expect, same for the Strucker parents.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t say I was both touched and heartbroken by Lorna and Marco’s kiss at the end. I couldn’t help but laugh when they said they would go back to “hating each other” even though we both knew that wasn’t going to happen. And that kiss sealed the truth, they still love each other, and want to be together, and with Dawn, but they can’t, not right now.

Despite all this though, the plot of the second season is still dragging. We keep hearing about Genosha, but it’s not forming at a quick rate, and the previews for next episode aren’t teasing much progression. I would hate for this to be a true “filler” season, but that’s how it’s shaping up with the back half so far.

“eneMy of my eneMy” was a very fun return to form in some ways for The Gifted, but where it goes from here? That’s a mystery to all of us.

4 out of 5 nerds

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians (guardians-comic.com). He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!