While this episode is also about Reed wanting to learn how to control his powers and further attacks on the Mutant Underground by the Purifiers, this time the spotlight is on the Frost Sisters.
Through flashbacks we learn about their origin: originally there were 5 of them! We learn how three of them were as kids used as a weapon by an evil doctor, while Mindee and Celeste Frost were held captive so their siblings would cooperate. Eventually the three sisters rebelled and controlled the minds of the guards letting them kill the doctor. Sadly, they couldn’t prevent Mindee and Celeste from being killed. In the present Esme tells her origin to Lorna to convince her she is on her side.
Frost Sisters fight for their friends
This episode has a lot of great moments. Lorna fighting Esme not only shows again how powerful she is but also she’s willing to do anything to protect her daughter Dawn. Also Shatter gets more screentime. Although he won’t surive the fight with the Purifiers, we learn a bit about his past when his powers just kicked in and he wanted to commit suicide, but his mutation wouldn’t let him. This part is in synch with his comic version, who first appeared in 2002 in the Morlocks miniseries (and haven’t been since then, although he eventually lost his powers).
Even though the writers of The Gifted throw in a lot of new characters, it’s great to see they did some comic research, using various (obscure) mutants from the comics.
Also, to me, the revelation the Frost Sisters are actually clones brought me a smile to my face. If you want to learn more about their comic origin, you should definitely read the Phoenix: Warsong miniseries from 2006-2007!
Related: Old Man Logan finale
The pace of the story is okay, because this episode is all about character development: Reed being trained by Thunderbird, Andy and Rebecca still bonding, and Esme showing her soft side.
The episode gives us also a new subplot: Reeva Payge has apparently another secret contact, whose identity or name are unknown to the viewer.
All in all this was one of the stronger episodes of season 2 so far.
4 out of 5 stars