The Gifted season 2, episode 14 recap: Did they just kill (spoiler)?


The Gifted takes a dark turn when the good guys take a beating.

It shouldn’t be surprising on a show like The Gifted that there would be some casualties in the fight for equality. However, “calaMity” ends on a dark note when the series appears to say goodbye to one of the original cast members.


The Morlocks

While the Morlocks have been the weak faction compared to The Underground and the Inner Circle, but they take center stage in “calaMity”. Jace Turner assembles a team of Purifiers to essentially go murder the entire sewer dwelling population. Apparently, the lesson he learned from last week didn’t last very long because he’s back on track as the worst person imaginable. All Benedict Ryan needs to get him on board is to offer him the chance to take over Sentinel Services.

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Luckily, the Morlocks do have a security system in place so they get a slight head start over Jace and his cronies. It does force Erg to realize that Clarice hasn’t been exaggerating the situation up on the surface. Erg’s team of fighters is prepared to fight but she wants to evacuate in order to prevent bloodshed. They compromise, with Blink calling Marcos for help and Erg putting out preventative measures to keep Sentinel Services from closing in.

Despite Marcos’ injured condition from the Max attack, he assembles the Underground to help out. John, who’s still hurting from his break-up, is more than willing to jump into action for the woman he loves. The two call the Struckers and they all make their way to a back alley where Clarice is transporting the Morlocks.

John and Clarice have an awkward reunion but he lets her know that he’ll always show up whenever she needs him. She’s not prepared to reconcile but it’s still a sweet sentiment that John is the kind of person who shows up for the people he cares about. Luckily, she’s able to get most of the people out the sewers. The only problem is the police catch onto the whole operation relatively quickly and aren’t about to stand by.

THE GIFTED: L-R: Blair Redford and Jamie Chung in the “calaMity” episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Feb 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Annette Brown/FOX.

The Struckers

The Gifted gives the Strucker family their own set of problems because of their dishonesty in the past few episodes. Lauren finally calling out mother is easily one of the highlights of “calaMity”. Suppressing her powers has allowed her to sleep but she’s plagued by the memories of her dark turn and she sleep talks in German. Caitlin is understandably terrified because Lauren is burning up from a fever and now her powers are suppressed as well.

While Caitlin tries to climb up on a high horse to yell at Reed regarding his unilateral decisions with Lauren, she does get a good dose of reality. Lauren admits she had been allowing the dreams with Andy to go so far because Caitlin had been pushing her in that direction. Finally, her mother realizes she has been partially to blame for the suffering Lauren has been through. At least everything is out in the open now and Caitlin can go back to being a badass mom rather than the obsessive one she’s been all season.

Reed comes clean to his wife about his powers too and his own worries regarding the music box. Caitlin says they all have darkness in them and they can’t keep avoiding it. When Marcos calls them for help, Lauren realizes she also can’t suppress her powers. If she ever wants to overcome said darkness, she needs to embrace that side of her. Now that people need help, she’s not going to hide away from being the one to save the day. Basically, Lauren is back on track for being a new member of the X-Men and we love it.

THE GIFTED: L-R: Stephen Moyer, Natalie Alyn Lind and Sean Teale in the “calaMity” episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Feb 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Annette Brown/FOX.

The Inner Circle

Reeva is back on this week’s episode of The Gifted and she finds herself extremely disappointed with her group. The flashback from “calaMity” takes us back to four years earlier when she recruits a fumbling Benedict Ryan to the cause. He’s disgusted by her mutant nature but will do anything further his career. Back in the present, she’s the one who gives him the intel about the Morlocks. She needs them gone because they offer an alternate mutant safe haven which she doesn’t want to compete with.

However, she returns home to discover the Frost Sisters were unable to secure Lauren as a new member. Not to mention, Max is officially proclaimed missing after not returning home from the night before. It doesn’t take long for her to discover he died in a “car fire”. Fearing some internal interference, she has the entire Inner Circle placed on lockdown. Unfortunately, this means Lorna isn’t able to call Marcos to find out what happened.

Lorna seems to go out of her way to be as obvious as possible. We do have to wonder why the Frost Sisters didn’t just probe everyone’s minds. Does Lorna have some kind of resistance to telepathy? Nevertheless, the Frosts do discover Sage’s login was used to look at the security feed. She thinks in binary code which makes it impossible for the Frosts to read her mind or prove her innocence. Reeva is furious and she murders Sage despite the latter’s protests.

Naturally, Lorna is completely horrified to discover her actions led to the death of her close friend. She made her bed though and there’s no way out for her now. If she comes clean then that will result in death and the Underground needs Lorna if they hope to stop the Inner Circle. While The Gifted hasn’t used Sage that often on the show, it’s disappointing to see one of the few standout supporting cast members bite the dust.

THE GIFTED: L-R: Guest star Michelle Ramos, Emma Dumont and Percy Hynes White in the “calaMity” episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Feb 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2018 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Dietl/FOX.

They killed who?

Sage’s death isn’t the one which caught us by surprise! Erg and a few different mutants stay behind to try to hold off Sentinel Services. Despite a valiant fight, everyone but Erg and Blink are shot. Just as they’re about to escape, Blink notices a young girl who they both missed. Erg scoops up the kid as Blink opens the portal. While Erg gets through, Blink gets shot three times in the back while a helpless John can watch in the alley.

We said in last week’s recap that it seemed like the show was ramping up for Blink to slowly leave the show. Nevertheless, it was shocking she wouldn’t make it to the finale. However, the lack of social media posts by the cast and the fact that her body is sucked up into a giant portal does make it possible she’s somehow survived.

Meanwhile, Caitlin and Lauren bust through a police barricade after the former fired some shots at the cops. The Gifted gives us quite a few cliffhangers with a heartbroken John staring at the empty alley, Caitlin and Lauren on the run, as well as Jace once again realizing he shot at a bunch of innocent children.

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The series is ramping up to a pretty epic finale and we’re doubtful these are the only deaths we’ll be seeing. Since Reed will be embracing his powers, something we know will eventually kill him, it’s possible he sacrifices himself for his family. Speaking of the Struckers, it’s a little weird Andy didn’t have a reaction to his Fenris connection getting cut. Wouldn’t his initial reaction be to think his sister had been killed? He doesn’t even have much of a reaction of Sage getting murdered. Despite the promos, we can’t imagine him returning to the Underground of his own volition.

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