My access to television is pretty limited by today’s standards. I mean I have a TV and Fire Stick, but it’s not hacked and after recently letting my Hulu subscription lapse, I’m pretty much down to what’s on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Needless to say that cuts out networks like HBO, Comedy Central, and FOX. The latter of the three isn’t too heartbreaking considering the way they report on the current political climate, however, I admittedly was happy to catch some of Legion, FOX’s first venture into the Marvel Universe before my Hulu account got put on hold. So I was excited for a chance to check out a sneak preview of a couple of new shows coming to FOX that included another Marvel series.
I was under the impression I was going to see the first two episodes of a show called Ghosted. A 30 minute Supernatural Comedy that follows the usual odd couple forced to become partners in an underground agency that deals with the unexplained, the paranormal…you get the gist. Starring two of my favorite comedic actors, Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, I had hoped the pairing would make up for the less than original plot. The amount of stuff thrown into the pilot to set up the basic premise of these two being thrown together moves so fast that there is little to know character development and it creates an awkward chemistry between the duo that just never connected well. It came across like a weird TV version of Men In Black and just couldn’t be saved by its unusually talented cast. You just keep getting hit with more awkward stereotypical characters as it goes along, the hardnosed Captain of the Bureau of the Underground, the young and pretty field agent, the nerdy scientist playing the typical “man in the chair” type character, it was just…eh. It airs Sundays at 8:30, but I honestly just don’t see it sticking around for long and I’m ok with that.
On the bright side, it turned out that we were seeing two pilots that night and next up was the new Marvel venture, The Gifted. What will be an hour long show for the network, with an actual 45 minute average run time, it follows the success of their first X-Men venture, Legion. The Gifted centers around a family on the run from Sentinel Services after discovering their teenage kids’ mutant abilities. It also brings us characters like Polaris, Thunderbird, and Blink. It felt a lot like Legion in that it was well paced and had some nice action sequences to give it that big screen comic book feel however it just seemed to be missing something.
Marvel has established a brilliant mind for casting when it comes to the MCU, from the big screen to all of their network offshoots, but FOX missed the mark on this one. I have to admit, as a DC fan who struggles with their shortcomings when it comes to this area, it was nice to know that FOX’s mutant machine was not infallible. None of the actors stood out and it gave it that off-brand feel, the way Heroes ended up feeling like the corner store version of the X-Men, this felt like the corner store version of Heroes, that’s a vicious cycle to be in. It’s got a 9pm weekly timeslot that started on Monday, Oct. 2nd, and while I may not know much about FOX’s schedule or sports, I’m pretty sure that’s like prime football time so it might be a hard sell.
To be honest, neither of these shows made me feel like I was missing out. The Gifted was worth checking out if it drops on a streaming service I have access to, but for me it fell flat compared to shows like ABC’s Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter or the Netflix hits like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and the highly anticipated Punisher. If you’re a fan of X Men, you’ll appreciate the fresh faces and fun Easter eggs but I don’t think this one is going to wow anyone. Ghosted was just too predictable and so unoriginal that it couldn’t be saved by a good cast, while that may have been what The Gifted needed to shine a bit.