Earlier this year, FX and Marvel worked together to bring the incredibly unique series Legion to FX. The series followed David Haller, who may very well be the most powerful mutant known to man. The show isnâ€™t your typical superhero show, and if you were looking for something less abstract and artsy, you may have been disappointed. However, if you are one of those people, then this new mutant-centric series from FOX, The Gifted, may be more up your alley.
Last week, we got a first look at the upcoming network show (the pilot of which is directed by longtime X-Men helmer Bryan Singer), and today, they released a full trailer, and we have to say, itâ€™s not half bad. Oftentimes with television shows â€” even with the best ones â€” weâ€™re left with cheesy, silly-looking trailers that arenâ€™t quite clear about stating their premise. Given the limited footage these trailers work with (normally a few episodes in a 10-plus episode series), itâ€™s often difficult to really sell a show on its core draw.
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The Gifted, I believe, succeeds on this level quite well. It establishes our main teens, the landscape in which their live their lives, and how their mutant abilities affect their lives and the lives of their family. While the footage itself is very â€œnetwork TVâ€ in how itâ€™s executed (It’s big, unsubtle, and somewhat forced), I think this is a show that could find some real mainstream appeal if it lives up to the promise of this trailer.
The official synopsis (which is much less successful, and too long-winded) for The Gifted is below!
â€œTHE 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, SHOTS FIRED, â€œTrue Bloodâ€) and CAITLIN (Amy Acker, â€œPerson of Interestâ€) STRUCKER are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, LAUREN (Natalie Alyn Lind, GOTHAM) and ANDY (Percy Hynes White, â€œNight at the Museum 3â€), 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, â€œBurn Noticeâ€). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorneyâ€™s office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the familyâ€™s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network â€“ ECLIPSE / MARCOS DIAZ (Sean Teale, â€œReignâ€), BLINK / CLARICE FONG (Jamie Chung, GOTHAM), POLARIS / LORNA DANE (Emma Dumont, â€œAquariusâ€) and THUNDERBIRD / JOHN PROUDSTAR (Blair Redford, â€œSatisfactionâ€) â€“ 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. Written by Matt Nix (â€œBurn Noticeâ€), directed by Bryan Singer (the â€œX-Menâ€ franchise) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (â€œX-Men: Apocalypse,â€ â€œX-Men: Days of Future Past,â€ â€œThe Wolverineâ€), Simon Kinberg (â€œX-Men: Apocalypse,â€ â€œX-Men: Days of Future Pastâ€), Jeph Loeb (â€œMarvelâ€™s Daredevil,â€ â€œMarvelâ€™s Jessica Jonesâ€) and Jim Chory (â€œMarvelâ€™s Daredevil,â€ â€œMarvelâ€™s Jessica Jonesâ€), THE GIFTED is a story of survival, a story of mutants coming to terms with who they are, a story of parents accepting the fact that their kids arenâ€™t who they thought they were and loving them just the same â€“ even if all of their lives are at risk because of it.â€
What did you think of the trailer for The Gifted? Let us know in the comments down below!
The Gifted hits FOX this fall!
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