'The Gifted' Trailer Is a Mix of Heart and Awesome Special Effects

Monday, 15 May 2017 - 12:04PM
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Monday, 15 May 2017 - 12:04PM
'The Gifted' Trailer Is a Mix of Heart and Awesome Special Effects
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Fox's X-Men universe certainly is full of surprises. After leaving audiences cool in the wake of X-Men: Apocalypse, fans began to question whether Bryan Singer's mutant movie franchise was running out of steam—until Logan and Legion both proved that there's plenty more interesting stories to be told in this universe, so long as you don't sweat the canon, and let the directorial style drift a little.

Now, though, the first trailer for Matt Nix's The Gifted is here, and it feels about as much like a classic X-Men movie as it's possible for a television show to feel, with colorful effects and costumes that would look right at home in the midst of a big-budget blockbuster. Perhaps this is because Bryan Singer himself is filming the pilot episode, but whatever the reason, it's clear that Fox wants The Gifted to fit snugly into the existing X-movie style guide.



All said, this is quite the trailer. In years past, it would have been hard to impress audiences with special effects of this caliber on a standard TV budget, but it's clear from the get-go that The Gifted has the full support of Fox and Marvel Television's accountants.

It remains to be seen, though, how much this show will really connect with the X-Men movies. After all, big-name actors are still likely more expensive than this production can afford, which is probably why there's a throwaway line in the trailer about how the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants have all gone missing.

What works, though, is the new cast—the Strucker family feels believable and human, with teenage siblings Lauren and Andy bonding together over their powers and several heartfelt moments showing their parents' dedication to them in the face of a desperate situation.

This is hopefully where The Gifted will shine. While the visual effects are the most attention-grabbing part of this trailer, the X-Men franchise has always succeeded the most is in its portrayal of human relationships, both on a familial and a national level. While seeing Blink in action again is reminiscent of Days of Future Past with all its portal-based battle fun, the small scenes between parents and mutant children hearkens back to one of the franchise's greatest moments, when a young Bobby Drake awkwardly comes out to his parents.

If The Gifted goes the route of putting its sizeable effects budget at the forefront, this could be every bit as messy as Apocalypse. But if showrunner Matt Nix manages to focus on the seedlings of family relationship drama seen in this trailer, The Gifted could be every bit as heartbreaking and wonderful as Logan—albeit without all the blood and swearing.

The Gifted premieres on Fox sometime in Fall 2017.
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