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Gotham: “Penguin’s Umbrella” Review

“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.

Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Comics, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews 0 Continue Reading
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Gotham: “Spirit of the Goat” Review

“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.

Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Comics, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews 0 Continue Reading
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Constantine: “Non Est Asylum” Review

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.

Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Comics, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews 0 Continue Reading
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Gotham: “Viper” Review

“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.

Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Comics, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews 0 Continue Reading
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Gotham: “Arkham” Review

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.

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Comics, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews 0 Continue Reading
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Gotham: “The Balloonman” Review

 “Crazy is bad for business.”

Within the first twenty seconds of the show, we see multiple crimes happen in one spot before Cobblepot’s eyes after he declares, “Home.”  This serves as small dramatization of what the entire city is actually facing with the mob running the city and cops letting crime run loose.  With the lawmen not doing their jobs, this gives way to vigilantism as the result.  The Balloonman is first of many vigilantes this show will see.  In trailers, he was seen wearing a pig’s mask which lead many comic savvy people to believe he was Professor Pyg.  Come to find out, that was merely a tease.  Although it was not who many thought it was, it is notable that this is the first “masked” vigilante as well.

Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Comics, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews 0 Continue Reading
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Gotham: “Selina Kyle” Review

“You must be such a scamp.”

The pilot episode played the role of setting up the world of Gotham and immersing the audience into several characters, possible story directions, and the city itself.  It is worth repeating that I absolutely love the settings of each shot in the show.  The creators did an excellent job in making the show really feel like the Gotham City from the comics.

Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Comics, TV, TV Reviews 0 Continue Reading
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Gotham: “Pilot” Review

Penguin Begins

First in a long list of DC Comics television shows making their debut/return this fall, Gotham has arrived on FOX.  I have to be honest, I have been a little skeptical of this show since it was announced because the idea of a Batman show without the Batman seemed less than thrilling.  But after watching the pilot episode, I was shown how very wrong I was.

Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Comics, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews 0 Continue Reading