“The Gifted” had one huge letdown — nothing made it special. It seemed to follow a similar plotline to every other X-Men and Marvel comic, movie and spin-off.
If you are looking for a fast-moving, high-action show, then "The Gifted" succeeds in this area. Within the first seven minutes, one might get lost in the number of bullets and crashes on the screen.
Overwhelming at times, the show definitely had no lack of excitement in every scene. It had a classic prime-time television drama feel to it throughout the entire 43-minute run time.
If you are more interested in a detailed plotline laid out for you in the first episode, maybe move on to another series. Not to say that a storyline was not there, but the action took precedent over the story.
Make no mistake, this show was fairly good. It was entertaining and did an excellent job of engaging audiences.
Pilot episodes have it tough. They have to hook audiences enough to keep them watching for an entire season while also laying the groundwork for an entire storyline. For “The Gifted,” the ratio of action intended to hook audiences versus the plot needed to lay the groundwork was off.
Spoiler alert for all you Marvel fans, Stan Lee makes his legendary appearance in this pilot episode. There were no extra scenes, however, after the credits roll.
Overall, the series can be an entertaining, action-packed adventure, but it needs to fix its missteps before it can truly be called "The Gifted."