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“Love conquers all.”
Wow. This episode just exploded everything about this show. The discovery that Oswald Cobblepot is still alive causes the Falcone camp, particularly Fish Mooney, to go berserk in trying to get Jim Gordon. The intensity of this episode consistently escalated throughout giving “Penguin’s Umbrella” an exciting experience to watch.
“Half of what you carry”
Harvey Bullock received a lot of character development in this episode as the story delves into one of his old cases. The beginning of the episode gave us a flashback to Bullock, the young heroic rookie, his old partner Det. Dicks, and the Spirit of the Goat. This partnership mirrors Bullock and Jim Gordon in the show where Bullock is now the experienced cop with the slogan “No heroes.” As the case of the Spirit of the Goat is reopened, the episode delves into Bullock’s softer side as well. One touching moment was when Bullock was discussing Dicks’ medical bills with the nurse. Not only does Bullock take responsibility of his old partner’s accident, he takes financial responsibility for him as well. This is one of those times where the audience sees that Bullock, deep down, is a good guy, but Gotham has changed his outlook to morally gray.
“I’m gonna show you something beautiful.”
During tonight’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was supposed to air for the first time. But due to “the works of Hydra,” the teaser was released early. To make up for that, Marvel will be releasing even more content at the end of the show. Be sure to check out S.H.I.E.L.D. tonight on ABC 9/8c to catch the sneak peek!
There is no asylum.
NBC kickstarts there own stab at a DC comics TV show with the premiere of Constantine. This is a much different show compared to CW’s action heavy Arrow and and the fun and fantastical The Flash. In some ways, it resembles FOX’s Gotham in its darker tone, but Constantine takes dark to a whole new level. The casting of Matt Ryan was perfect for the John Constantine role. This portrayal of the “Exorcist, Demonologist, and Master of the Dark Arts” is spot on with his British wit, his dry sense of humor, and his signature trench coat. The only thing lacking is his addiction to smoking which was removed due to NBC’s broadcast standards, but the show does heavily imply he’s a smoker.
Time for a New Business Card
Here comes another DC comics tv show. Be sure to check out the ‘Petty Dabbler of the Dark Arts’ tonight on NBC 10/9c!
“What’d you expect? It’s Gotham.”
Alfred walks in on Bruce Wayne studying all the casefiles and becomes disturbed that the young boy is wasting away indoors when he could be outside living his life. “What if it’s a complete waste of time?” asks Alfred. Ultimately, that’s the question everyone faces, both in the show and in real life. What if everything that you put your mind to turns out to be nothing in the end? To many in the police force, this question may come up more than one time in their careers. No matter how much crime is prevented, no matter how many criminals are captured and locked away, crime will always exist. So again, what if it is all for nothing? Well from the law enforcement point of view, maybe Bruce provides the answer: “To understand them.” Understanding criminals is all part of the job because a law enforcer must be able to think like a criminal in order to catch a criminal. Gotham is doing an excellent job setting up this dynamic of different levels of criminal minds.
Isn’t war about politics? And isn’t politics about money?
There were several developments in this episode, and the one that stood out to me the most was the fact that this is the first episode to move past the setup stage of the show and move into solid plot development. Right from the opening, this episode dealt heavily on the idea of political warfare between the opposing Maroni and Falcone gangs. High points of this episode include the Penguin’s increasing level of manipulation, Fish Mooney’s “job interviews”, and Arkham Asylum.
Run, Barry, run!
Well, the premiere of DC’s newest television adaption has come and gone, and it went by quite quickly. Yep, now that I’ve gotten past an obligatory reference to the concept of “fastness,” I can delve into the contents of the episode itself. First, I should let you know that I’ve never seen an episode of Arrow, the show from which the CW’s The Flash spun-off. Really, I’ve grown somewhat cynical to investing time in shows with large episode orders, and I’ve always had a slight aversion to anything on the CW. I always expect its shows to contain drawn-out love triangles and squares to pad episode times and half-heartedly create both tension and romance. I also expect its actors to be somewhere between the ages of 16 and 29, and brooding while they think about their good looks. So imagine my surprise when the first episode of The Flash destroyed all of my preconceived notions.