In the first few episodes of The Gifted's second season on Fox, the mutant show has delved deep into X-Men lore - and series co-star Jamie Chung tell Newsarama that they plan to go even deeper.
"The second season you are introduced to a whole different ideology. You have the Mutant Underground, the Inner Circle, the Purifiers, and the other Mutant Underground – The Morlocks, they are literally a group of mutants that live underground. You have four very different ideologies, and I think it’s how they clash." Chung said.
"The Inner Circle, who are very aggressive – I would call the far right, uses everything in their ability and capital in order to get what they want and fuck everyone else. You have the Purifiers, another example of the far right, who don’t even want the mutants around. They just want the pure humans and that’s it. The Mutant Underground choose to live cohesively, and the Morlocks choose to live underground and not be bothered by anyone."
Earlier this season, Erg - the leader of the Morlocks - was intoduced, and so far he's not getting along with the core cast according to Sean Teale, who plays Marcos/Eclipse.
"Erg can absorb energy that admits from his eye hole that he lost, God knows when. We come to blows. We don’t particularly agree with each other on many things. He thinks Marcos is a bit of an erratic, loud mouth, and I think he’s an idiot that lives in a sewer," said Teale. "We clash a lot, and actually me and Jamie get to go to the Morlocks quite a lot."
Coby Bell's character Jace Turner has gone through quite a transition in this season - leaving Sentinel Services, and finding his way into the Purifers.
"Along come the Purifiers, who are this militant anti-mutant group, and they are like 'We can use a dude like you' and he’s like 'I can actually use you guys.' Then things get bad from there. Oh wow, things get bad."
Earlier this season, Polaris (played by Emma Dumont) was forced to have her baby without the baby's father Marcos at her side. That has affected all three characters going forward.
"There’s obviously daddy issues there. Being abandoned by your father... Marcos is an outstanding individual who doesn’t believe about doing that again,” Teale explained. “He doesn’t believe in repeating that mistake. He knows that pain. We always try to bare our pain and try not to project that onto someone else.”
For Chung, The Gifted's second season has been a chase for her character, Blink, to show more of herself.
"Blink has this really cool story grappling with her ideology, and whether she believes what she is practicing and preaching, and whether actually she’s hiding and suppressing what she really feels," Teale said. "Someone is going to come along and show her another world that she might be attracted to more. And I think that’s really cool. She’s got a really cool backstory. She’s also kind of an alien. She’s sort of come from a different universe, hasn’t she. There’s a lot of cool stuff, and the way Jamie plays her – who wouldn’t want to be Blink.”
“I think it’s a question of identity for Blink. Identifying as a mutant. Identifying as a human or identifying with people who can pass as human,” Jamie Chung said. “Her struggle is truly identity, and being proud of who you are and showing your true colors, quite literally.”
The Gifted airs Tuesdays on Fox.