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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews The Gifted Season 2 Episode 16: oMens

February 27th, 2019 by Todd Black Comments

And with that, The Gifted may have just ended. While “oMens” did set up a possible big Season 3 (though admittedly not as good as the Schism ending from Season 1), it just didn’t end up being the best it could’ve been.

Throughout the entire season, we’ve been hearing about Reeva’s plan for a Mutant Homeland, which likely meant Genosha, but aside from those words, and some key actions like money and key attacks…nothing. And that’s the most frustrating thing here. We spent most of the season watching the Inner Circle get stronger and the Mutant Underground get weaker, and now, in the course of one episode, the tables are now fully reversed. While that was expected per se, it just didn’t make for a satisfying season. And like I feared, the ending wasn’t enough to save it.

Granted, the Frosts controlling Andy and Lauren and taking down Sentinel Services was a bold stroke, but nothing really came of it, especially with Benedict Ryan being taken down (by a Frost no less) and Reeva now being dad. And while telegraphed a mile away, Reed’s sacrifice at the end (though there’s still a chance he too could come back) was really good, as it fulfilled his promise to Lauren that he made all those years ago (in the very good flashbacks).

Meanwhile, John becoming Thunderbird was fun, and showing mercy to Jace was great…but again, it was kind of unsatisfying. Where does this leave Jace? His Purifier arc was going somewhere and then it suddenly stopped, it’s honestly…messy.

The ending with Blink was nice, because this was clearly not our Blink given her hair and new dagger ability. But the “come with me if you want to live” thing was a bit on the nose. Erg though coming in and saying that new Mutants (ha, New Mutants) are seeing help is a nice antithesis to where things were though.

But…the problem with all of this is simply that we don’t know if Season 3 is going to happen, especially because of the Marvel/Fox deal. I’d hate for it to end on such a cliffhanger and so much potential.

In the end, “oMens” had some great moments, and while not terrible, it wasn’t as good as it could’ve been, which is a great way to recap this entire season.

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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!