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How many?

How many?

The last month and a half has been a particularly busy one for me, and as a result, I’ve fallen behind in my reviews of all the shows I’ve been covering, save for The Walking Dead. This happens about three times a year (the nature of teaching at a semester-based college – is there any other kind?), and while I’ve usually been able to catch up, some semesters take longer than others (in fact, as I was going through my notes this morning, I realized that I haven’t actually written up a review for one episode of Game of Thrones from last season – talk about overdue!). The good news (for me) is that I’ve been mostly keeping up on the viewing – it’s just the actual writing that needs to be done.

Just a few notes to help me catch up...

Just a few notes to help me catch up…

Over the next month or so, I’m going to be doing my best to catch up on my reviews, one show at a time, until I’m back up-to-date on all counts. This will mean that there will be “new” reviews being posted that are actually of old shows. You’re welcome to read them, but I understand if you don’t – they’re there more or less because I want to have complete seasons posted for when, eventually, I begin to archive posts on this blog.

So please bear with me for a bit longer – I will be catching up on all the shows I review. I’ll be beginning with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is having a strong second season so far; doing Z Nation next, which is a show I love to hate; following that with Forever which, while not as strong as Agents, is still a fun little procedural with a twist; moving on to Gotham, which has been getting progressively better as it grows; and finishing off with old reviews from the summer that I simply never got to (for The Leftovers and The Last Ship). I’ve also been taking notes on Constantine, as I had high hopes for it – unfortunately, it’s never quite lived up to those hopes, and looks as though it might be cancelled shortly – I may or may not get to those notes last.

And as always: thanks for reading!

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Gotham Splash

Episode: 102
Airdate: September 29, 2014
Directed by: Danny Cannon
Showrunner: Bruno Heller
Episode Written by: Bruno Heller

Last week’s series premiere did it’s best to establish just how dark and corrupt Gotham is, and how difficult the job Jim Gordon [Ben McKenzie] has in front of him is going to be. Tonight, as the episode title suggests, we get to know a little bit more about one of the characters who will likely be playing a major role in the series: Selina Kyle [Camren Bicondova], the young Catwoman. Last week I expressed concern over Bicondova – she is pretty good at doing set poses in conspicuous locations (and isn’t conspicuous kind of the opposite of stealthy?), but she wasn’t given a single spoken line. So the real question is: can this actor, who will play a significant role moving forward, actually act? Click through after the break to find out.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Gotham Season 1, Episode 2 “Selina Kyle” contains spoilers – click through only after you’ve watched the show!>>
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Gotham Splash

Episode: 101
Airdate: September 22, 2014
Directed by: Danny Cannon
Showrunner: Bruno Heller
Episode Written by: Bruno Heller, 16 other credits

Tonight saw the premiere of Fall 2014’s most anticipated show, FOX’s Gotham. Telling the story of a young Detective James “Jim” Gordon [Ben McKenzie], Gotham is going to show the origins of the members of one of the comic book world’s most storied rogue’s galleries of villains, not to mention that of a certain caped crusader. Comic book series, traditionally, have been somewhat camp, winking over-broadly at their origins, and the perceived audience for comic books – juveniles with juvenile sensibilities, ignoring completely the actual demographic of comic book readers. Finally, it appears that this is changing. Last year’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showed that camp can be done with serious themes; tonight’s Gotham, taken from Marvel rival DC Comics, shows that this ante can be taken even higher: a show based on a comic book universe that is just as dark, just as serious, as the source material is. This is the comic book series we deserve. Click through after the break for my complete review.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Gotham Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot” contains a thorough synopsis of the episode, and many spoilers – click through only after you’ve watched the show!>>
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Gotham Splash


At A Glance:

Title: Gotham
Premiere: September 22, 2014
Channel: FOX
Production Companies: DC Entertainment, Primrose Hill Productions, Warner Bros. Television
Showrunner: Bruno Heller
Executive Producers: Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon, John Stephens
Writers: Brian Edlund (1 Episode), Bruno Heller (2 Episodes), Bob Kane (1 Episode), Ken Woodruff (1 Episode), Mitch Brian, Laren Bright, Howard Chaykin, Sean Catherine Derek, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, Archie Goodwin, Robert Kanigher, David Mazzucchelli, Frank Miller, Sheldon Moldoff, Jerry Robinson, Greg Rucka, Dick Sprang
Starring: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Zabryna Guevera, Sean Pertwee, Robin Taylor, Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz

The premise behind Gotham is very simple: take a beloved fictional superhero, head to his hometown when he’s young, and follow the events that form both him, and his enemies, as they grow up. Wait, no – that’s Smallville. Gotham plays with that trope, showing us a young pre-Batman Bruce Wayne [David Mazouz], but its primary focus is not on the Bat; rather, it’s on his non-superhero friend, confidant, and sometime rival, Jim Gordon [Ben McKenzie]. By starting early in his career, we get to see how Gordon evolves from being a Detective in the Gotham PD, all the way to Commissioner (presuming the series runs that long). Click through for the actors, the trailers, and my thoughts.
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