DVD Review: The Gifted: Season One

The Gifted is executive-produced by Matt Nix, Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. The series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes-White, Emma Dumont, Sean Teale, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung, Skyler Samuels and Coby Bell.

Marvel expands its footprint on the television landscape with this new family adventure series about an ordinary suburban family whose lives change course forever when they discover their children have developed mutant powers. When the threat of a hostile government forces the family to go on the run to protect themselves, they join the ranks of an underground network of mutants. Together, the group fight to survive in a world where fear and misunderstanding put them at constant risk. `X-Men’ alums Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are among the executive producers.

The Gifted: Season One introduces Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer), his wife Kate (Amy Acker), and their two teenagers, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes-White) who are a normal suburban family until Reed and Kate discover that their children have mutant abilities. When the hostile government organization Sentinel Services finds out about this, it dispatches Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell) to locate and extract the children. Agent Turner also has his own personal vendetta against the mutants and this is revealed as the season plays out. What happens is, the Struckers have to go into hiding with the help of the Mutant Underground that’s led by Eclipse (Sean Teale), Lorna Dane/Polaris (Emma Dumont) and Thunderbird (Blair Redford).

Early on, the Mutant Underground also saves and recruits Blink (Jamie Chung) who becomes an important part of the team in their fight for survival. The first season introduces these characters and it deals with their relationships, love triangles, betrayal and heartache besides what they have to put up with from Sentinel Services. The team faces a lot of dangerous obstacles while they fight against the sinister government threat that’s always looming over them and the stress ends up fracturing some of the close relationships within the team that ultimately leaves it split. So now, there’s not only Sentinel Services that the Mutant Underground has to deal with but now they have to go up against their own brothers and sisters who’ve joined the Inner Circle and the lines are drawn in the epic finale.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes season one details, some images and specs. The three DVD discs are white and feature the series logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Gifted: Season One is one of the best written superhero series on the small screen and there are quite a few other series similar to this that could take a few notes on what to do and what not to do when it comes to sci-fi dramas. As great as the writing is, there’s also a lot of action scenes and well-choreographed stunts that include some impressive visual effects when it’s called for. Let’s face it, we’re all crazy about action and special effects and The Gifted gives the viewers just enough to satisfy our thirst. The first season served as an exciting introduction to this family and the mutants they team up with to fight for their freedom against their oppressors. There’s no sleazy Hollywood agenda thrown in so it’s all originality and creativity when it comes to these interesting characters and their stories that take place within the expanding X-Men Universe. The first episode was written by Matt Nix and directed by Bryan Singer so that should give you an indication of how invested the X-Men producers are in this pretty fantastic mutant drama. The Gifted: Season One will be available on a 3-disc DVD set on September 25th to coincide with the highly anticipated premiere of the second season.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 3 Discs / 13 Episodes / 569 Minutes

  1. eXposed
  2. rX
  3. eXodus
  4. eXit strategy
  5. boXed in
  6. got your siX
  7. eXtreme measures
  8. threat of eXtinction
  9. outfoX
  10. eXploited
  11. 3 X 1
  12. eXtraction / X-roads

Rated: TV-14

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: N/A


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