WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers for this week’s episode of The Gifted, “rX,” which premiered Monday on Fox.
Fox’s The Gifted to build out its fictional world with this week’s episode, “rX,” not only with a mention of the Mutant Liberation Front and a possible nod to Marvel Comics’ terrorist twins Fenris, but also with the introduction of at least three new mutants. However, amid all the chaos and drama of random portal openings, police pursuits, and interrogations by Sentinel Services, the series neglected to actually name them.
It’s one of the relatively few shortcomings so far of the X-Men spinoff, which featured Marvel Comics character Sage last week in its premiere but, again, failed to call her out by name.
So, who are The Gifted‘s newest mutants? The first one is relatively easy to identify, but the others, not so much.
Identified only in the episode’s closed captioning, the woman on the left is Dreamer. Played by Elaine Satine, who appeared as the Asgardian Lorelei on two episodes of the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she’s based on the Marvel Comics character Beautiful Dreamer, a member of the subterranean society of outcast mutants known as the Morlocks.
Like her comic book inspiration, Dreamer has the ability to alter the memories of others by breathing a special “dream smoke” into their mouths. (She didn’t display that power in “rX,” but she presumably will sometime this season.) In this week’s episode she appeared to serve as Thunderbird’s second-in-command within the Mutant Underground. However, their connection, and history, is believed to run deeper than that.
Whether this is her actual name, or merely a description for the show’s credits, remains to be seen (we’re betting on the latter, though), but “Porcelain Mutant” is the inmate at Lakewood Jail who rebuffs efforts by newcomer Lorna Dane (aka Polaris, played by Emma Dumont) to form an alliance.
Played by Anissa Matlock, who’s appeared in a couple of minor roles on The Walking Dead, she’s clearly been in the jail long enough to have a lay of the land, and to know that mutants, whose powers are dampened by custom-made collars, don’t fare well at Lakewood. “Things are hard enough in here without people like you making it worse,” Porcelain Mutant says over an unappetizing meal. “Now stay the hell away from me.”
Arriving toward the end of the episode as a guard at the Mutant Underground’s secret headquarters, inside a spacious abandoned bank, the guy who looks like Nightcrawler’s bearded cousin is identified in the credits only as Pedro. Played by guest star Dinette De Freitas (Zero Hour, Steve the Intern), he seems — like Porcelain Mutant — to be created specifically for The Gifted. Or, if Pedro does have a Marvel Comics counterpart, it’s not an obvious one.
He appears as Eclipse (Sean Teale) and Caitlin Strucker (Amy Acker) return from stealing medicine from a nearby hospital. As they approach the bank, Caitlin is gripped by an overwhelming sense of fear, which Eclipse explains as a “security measure” projected by one of the members of the Mutant Underground to keep anyone from stumbling upon their hideout. There’s no indication that Pedro is that member, but there’s none that he isn’t, either. We can assume from the rifle, however, that whatever his mutant ability is, it doesn’t involve firing projectiles. He’s listed to return in next week’s episode, so maybe we’ll learn more about Pedro and his powers then.
Airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont cast as Lorna Dane/Polaris, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong and Blair Redford as John Proudstar/Thunderbird, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker and Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker.
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