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Review: The Gifted season 1

The_Gifted_TV_title_cardA freshman season of a superhero tv show that isn’t horrible?  That could never happen, right?  Wrong.  The Gifted made its way in for 13 episodes of really compelling story telling.  This is tied in to the already existing X-Men movies, but does a great job of distancing itself.

I do have to clarify the timeline a little.  This story takes place as Blink and Thunderbird first meet, but in the new timeline established at the end of Days of Future Past.  Confused yet?  I’m not done.  If you recall, Blink and Warbird (Thunderbird’s brother) were characters in DOFP, so this is a really great way to connect the films to the show.  Let’s add in that it seems to take place before Logan, but after the (SPOILER ALERT) X-Men and Brotherhood are apparently killed off by Xavier’s out of control powers referenced in the Logan movie.

So the show plays out with an underground network of mutants trying to survive in a world that hates them.  They don’t know what happened to the X-Men or Brotherhood, but it no longer matters.  Sentinel Services is on their backs.  The organization is tied to Trask industries, but they have acknowledged that the giant robot sentinels were an issue in the past (Days of Future Past), and have moved to smaller robotic drones and hound mutants (brainwashed mutants) to help them.

Comic characters Pulse, Dreamer, Trader, Fenris, and Evangeline Whedon play small roles, while a brand new character Eclipse takes center stage as one of the co-leaders of the mutant underground.

The season plays out a little slow at times, but builds as it goes, and doesn’t make the mistake of harboring on one story line or cliffhangers for too long.  It does have a theme throughout the season, which seems to be resolved at the end.  (More Spoilers)  Polaris seems to be following in her father’s footsteps (Magneto) and joining the Hellfire Club with the Stepford Cuckoos.  The remaining mutants are homeless with nowhere to go.  Presumably they will take refuge in the sewers and become the Morlocks of comic fame, but that is something for season 2 to tackle.  And I’m hoping Dr. Campbell is not dead (He’s Ahab in the comics, so I’m sure he’ll be back in some form.)

What we have is a great X-Men B-list of mutants and humans who are surrounded by decent story telling.  The great part of the show, however, is the Strucker family.  Not only is their back story very deeply rooted in the source material, but they are characters you care about.  All four of them really steal the show along with Agent Turner of the Sentinel Services.  They are believable (at least their situations) and solid all around.  The comic book connections are just icing on an already good cake.

I can’t wait to see what season 2 brings, as it looks to be more related to the comic books, but until then this was a good breath of fresh air for the superhero genre on TV.  I give The Gifted first season, 4 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think?  Where do you think it will go from here?  Chime in with your comments below.

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On the 12th Day of Christmas…

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME…

12 Sleepless Knights…

11 Hic-hic-hiccups…

10 Time Travelers…

9 Aliens…

8 Conspiracies…

7 Super Heroes…

6 Corrupt Files…

5 Demon Spawns!!!

4 Lost Souls…

3 Werewolves…

2 Vampires…

and Zombies In A Story

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On the 11th Day of Christmas…

Oz-Wonderland-WarON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME… 11 hic-hic-hiccups…

10 time travelers, 9 Aliens, 8 conspiracies, 7 super heroes, 6 corrupt files, 5 Demon Spawns! 4 lost souls, 3 werewolves, 2 vampires, and zombies in a story.

I’m secure enough to admit that I really enjoy the classic fairy tales.  Disney did a great job of bringing family friendly versions of them to life, and whether dark or happy, the stories are timeless.  When my daughter was born I wrote a children’s book for her called A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS.  I was heavily inspired by things like Baum’s Oz stories and Carroll’s Wonderland.  After finding success with my first children’s book I went back and began rereading some of the ones that inspired me and they are still enjoyable to this day.  Depicted here is a rare find called the OZ/Wonderland War.  It was a 4 issue mini-series that places both realms in the same reality, and although a little goofy is an enjoyable comic if just to see the characters unite and interact.  What is your favorite fairy tale type story?

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On the 10th Day of Christmas…

philexpON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME… 10 Time Travelers…

9 Aliens, 8 conspiracies, 7 super heroes, 6 corrupt files, 5 Demon Spawns! 4 lost souls, 3 werewolves, 2 vampires, and zombies in a story.

The idea of time travel has fascinated me since as far back as I can remember.  Watching Superman reverse the direction of the Earth in a silly interpretation of going back in time; Marty McFly visiting the past and future in a Delorean; H.G. Wells classic The Time Machine; and Sam leaping from person to person in Quantum leap are just some of the things that hooked me in my youth.

Writing A COURSE FOR HUMANITY and its spinoff THE LOST HOUR was a lot of fun for me, but it took a long time to get right.  Time travel logic is difficult to maintain, but is manageable with some thought and research.  Pictured here is the U.S.S. Eldrige.  It is said that the government managed to send it back in time ten seconds on October 28th 1943.  This was dubbed the “Philadelphia Experiment,” although no one actually knows if the program ever even existed.  What do you think?  There are plenty of photos and historical things that could point to time travel being possible.  Do you think it’s a possibility and if so where would you go and when?

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On the 9th Day of Christmas…

oddly-shaped-interstellar-asteroid-Oumuamua-905x566ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME… 9 ALIENS

8 conspiracies, 7 super heroes, 6 corrupt files, 5 Demon Spawns! 4 lost souls, 3 werewolves, 2 vampires, and zombies in a story.

There’s no doubt that we have absolutely no knowledge of what lies out there in the vastness of space.  The unknown is great territory for some fantastic science fiction stories and more.  How much of what we theorize could be real?  When I wrote my novel DEVOURED UNIVERSE and its spinoff COSMIC ORBITS, I aimed to answer just that.  Recently a cigar shaped object came into our solar system from interstellar space and then headed back out.  Scientists are baffled as to what it might be.  The picture attached is a scientific artist’s rendition of what it looks like up close.  What do you think is out there?  Are we alone?  Chime in with your thoughts.

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On the 8th Day of Christmas…

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME… 8 conspiracies…

ancientastronautshierog7 superheroes, 6 corrupt files, 5 Demon Spawns!  4 lost souls, 3 werewolves, 2 vampires, and zombies in a story.

Conspiracy theories have been around for ages, but with the internet at our fingertips and technology booming it’s becoming harder to dispute a lot of them.  In fact a lot of them even become much less far fetched sounding once you start looking at the different points of view and available facts.  For my novel PLANET ATE and its spinoff ALIEN ENCOUNTERS I stuck mostly with conspiracies regarding extra terrestrials.  Depicted here are some ancient glyphs that appear to have flying craft in them.  It’s just one of the many pieces of “evidence” toward some of these claims.  What is your favorite or most fascinating conspiracy theory?

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On the 7th Day of Christmas…

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME: 7 Super Heroes…

stephen wiltshire6 corrupt files, 5 demon spawns!  4 lost souls, 3 werewolves, 2 vampires, and zombies in a story.

I’ve always been a fan of comic books.  They were a big part of my youth growing up and now I get to see them on the big and small screens.  When I wrote GENETIC MORSELS and its spinoff EVOLVED MUTATIONS, I wanted to portray abilities in a more realistic manner.  I wanted a comic book like novel that wouldn’t be so… well comic booky.  It had to be something any reader can enjoy because it would relate to the real world and how physics actually work.  Aside from the science behind it I also looked to real life examples of extraordinary abilities.  Take Stephen Wiltshire depicted here.  He can fly over a city in a helicopter one time and then draw every single detail he saw accurately.  He’s got the world’s most fascinating photographic memory.  If you had a super ability what would you want it to be?

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On the 6th day of Christmas…

sophia-robot-integrating-latest-technologies-artificial-intelligence-developed-by-hansonON THE 6th DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME… 6 Corrupt files…

…5 demon spawns!  4 lost souls, 3 werewolves, 2 vampires, and zombies in a story.

Artificial Intelligence and computers have come a long way.  Just look at Sophia on the right.  She’s an AI robot that can communicate as if she were human.  You need to look up the videos if you haven’t yet.  Is technology our next step in evolution?  Do you think we’ve gone too far or should we push farther?  What are your thoughts?  My novel TECHNO FEAST and its spinoff VIRAL UPGRADES addresses some of these things.

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On the 5th Day of Christmas…

A-Soul-Possessed-The-True-Story-of-the-Exorcism-of-Anneliese-MichelON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME… 5 DEMON SPAWNS!

Okay, so Christmas is not about demons at all, but my novel DEVIL’S DESSERT or its spinoff short DEMONIC ENTITIES make for great gifts.  This was perhaps the most extensive research I’ve had to do for any of my books because I wanted to respect all faiths.  I spent months reading the various main texts and made notes comparing them.  There were so many similarities among them that I even went back further into polytheism and saw a common origin point.  It is quite intriguing to say the least.  Depicted on the left is Anneliese Michel.  She died at the age of 23 with the causes believed to have been demonic possession.  Look up her story as it is too much to post here.  Do you think she was possessed or had some sort of mental disease?

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On the 4th Day of Christmas…

orbON THE 4TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME… 4 Lost Souls…

3 werewolves, 2 vampires, and zombies in a story.

My novel SOULS 4 SUPPER and its spinoff short GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS were both commercial successes for me.  I finally got the knack of writing a compelling and intriguing story at this point to paint a clear picture of where I wanted to go.  Depicted at the right is a pic that has been circling media and internet for years.  There’s definitely something strange going on in it.  Do you think this could be a spirit or is it just an odd exposure from the camera?

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