Monday, May 15, 2017

X-Men Series THE GIFTED Debuts First Full Trailer

Save the cheerleader mutants, save the world?

Fox has released the first full trailer for The Gifted, their new drama series based on Marvel Comics' X-Men characters.  The new 2 minute, 50-second trailer gives us our best look at the series so far, which tells a story of survival, a story of mutants coming to terms with who they are, and a story of parents accepting the fact that their kids aren’t who they thought they were and loving them just the same – even if all of their lives are at risk because of it.

According to the updated series description from Fox, The Gifted tells "the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers.  Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Caitlin (Amy Acker) Strucker are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family.  However, when their teenage kids, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children.  Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell).  Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants.  Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble.  The mutants in the network – Eclipse/Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale), Blink/Clarice Fong (Jamie Chung), Polaris/Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) and Thunderbird/John Proudstar (Blair Redford) – are dealing with their own issues.  With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants."

The trailer opens with Reed visiting a government facility where Polaris is being held captive in some sort of tank.  "I read your file," he begins.  "You're a very troubled young woman. Believe it or not, I'm here to help you."  It's not clear what happens after that, but we see Reed walking away from the Polaris' tank, which is sparking.

We then cut to the Strucker kids, Lauren and her brother Andy, at some sort of motel.  "You know when you put your hand out of the window of a moving car?" Lauren asks Andy.  "You can feel the air and guide it?  I can...push the air together, water too, other stuff.  Who taught you how to swim?"

"You," replies Andy.

"I can teach you this," Lauren says reassuringly as she proceeds to push a bag of microwave popcorn out from its vending machine slot.  Andy is suitably impressed.

We see Andy being bullied at school, dragged into the boy's locker room and doused with water during some sort of school dance.  The incident presumably triggers Andy's mutant telekinetic powers to manifest.

Next, we see Reed calling Eclipse to ask for help with his mutant children.  "You hear about the mutant incident?" he says.  "Those are my kids."

After Caitlin asks her kids why they didn't tell her they have mutant powers, Lauren tearfully replies, "Dad puts people like us in jail!"

As we see glimpses of Polaris and Thunderbird, we get a brief tidbit from Eclipse, who says "The X-Men, the Brotherhood...We don't even know if they even exist anymore."

Agent Turner and the Sentinel Services close in on the family, revealing some spider-like robot Sentinels in the process.  Various fleeting images of the family being hunted and running for their lives follow.

"This is a burden, yes," Caitlin says to her kids, "but it's also a gift."

After we see Andy raging against the Spider-Sentinels with telekinetic force, we see Eclipse talking with Reed.  "Tell me about Lorna," he asks as we glimpse Polaris being captured by police.

"Any information I have is yours," replied Reed, "but only if my family is safe."

If you'd like to view the trailer, you can see it below thanks to the official Fox account on YouTube...

The Gifted will air on Fox Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. EST sometime this fall.

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