Gotham - "The Anvil or the Hammer"
Tonight's episode of Gotham, the penultimate in the series' first season, was chock full of things I don't want to dwell on for too long.
For starters, what was Nygma thinking bringing two suitcases full of body parts - particularly the body of a police officer! - to the GCPD station in order to dissolve them in acid? Also, where exactly did he find the space and tools to chop the body to pieces in the first place?
Next, did a boy as smart as Bruce Wayne not realize that all the offices in Wayne Enterprises most likely have discreet security cameras? There was no way he was going to be able to discreetly see what was in that safe, even after pulling the fire alarm!
And last but not least, what exactly was taking place on that stage that made Bullock, of all people, pull his badge and call it a night rather than sitting back to enjoy the entertainment? I did hear some animal noises, so I really don't want to dwell on this one too long - but seriously, it must have been awful to have been too much even for Bullock!
Now that all that unpleasantness is behind us, let's contemplate some of the juicier bits of tonight's episode. I for one was a bit surprised that Barbara survived; yes, I know the lore, but Gordon is hardly running back into her embrace, even after rescuing her from The Ogre! I'm curious to see how the show will develop Gordon's personal relationships going forward.
And hats off to Penguin - business seems to be picking up at Oswald's at last, and now he's managed to successfully engineer a mob war between Falcone and Maroni.
There's no doubt that next week's season finale will tie up a few loose ends and possibly introduce a few more - not that we aren't already hungering for the secrets the second season of Gotham will bring!
Sound off in the comments - what storyline have you found most intriguing in this first season, and what do you hope to see in the finale next Monday?
I see some excellent cosplay ideas here!
Today several sources are reporting that the new series would star Mockingbird and her ex-hubby Lance Hunter (Adrian Palicki and Nick Blood) - featuring their Mr & Mrs Smith style dysfunctional spy relationship. No other details about the possible plot are out there right now.
So, here is my beef. I actually really like Agents of SHIELD. I think it found its stride after the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier last year, and has some of my favorite characters on TV. Fitzsimmons are adorkable, Clark Gregg as Coulson is so damned funny, and Ming-Na's Agent May is just the most kick-ass lady ever on network TV this side of Alias.
The addition of Bobbi Morse (a major SHIELD character from the comics) and Lance Hunter have been a great new dynamic this season. I'd hate to pull them out of AoS already - they were just settling in to the chemistry of the show. Also, why spin-off ANOTHER AoS spy show?
There is a much more obvious choice that would make a show with a different shape all together with the Inhumans. I know they are getting movie in 2019, so that may not be the best choice, but there is a storyline in the comics where Quake (Skye/Daisy) leads a team of powered individuals for Fury called the "Secret Warriors" - which seems to fit in more with the current schism in the AoS universe.
Maybe it's just me. I am totally digging all things Marvel right now. (Don't even get me started on Netflix's Daredevil - LOVE!!!!!) I think they are doing everything right creating a cohesive and connected Universe that spans network TV, online streaming and feature films. I'm just not sure one more Agents of SHIELD series is the right move here.
You CAN have too much of a good thing...
Also, since we know that the next episodes will lead directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron in the next two weeks, so the whole game could change again and all this speculation will go right out the window. But - 'In Marvel, I Trust'... for now.
Gotham - "Under the Knife"
Only two episodes remain in the first season of Gotham, and suspense is building as we approach the season finale.
Selina and Bruce argue over the death of the man who attacked Alfred, and she finally swears him to absolute secrecy regarding the murder in exchange for helping him break into a safe in Wayne Enterprises. In return, he invites her to an annual charity ball and buys her an outfit that makes me want to cut my hair and attempt to cosplay her at an upcoming Con.
Don Maroni visits Oswald's and breaks the bad news to Penguin's mother - her son is not a legitimate businessman running a night club, but rather a psychopathic killer. This, of course, fanned the flames of Penguin's need for vengeance, as he can't bear to have his supposedly sainted mother think of him as anything less than perfect.
I've been wondering all season how poor, pathetic Ed Nygma will become The Riddler - and we finally got a glimpse of the darkness inside his head tonight, when he seeks to defend the honor (and safety) of his love interest, Kristen Kringle, and ends up killing the boyfriend who had been beating her. Will Miss Kringle reject his heroism, thus turning him to the dark side for good?
Gordon and Bullock are searching for the identity of The Ogre, especially after he attempts to run them down in an alley and then calls Gordon at the station to taunt him. They succeed in finding his father, who shows them a picture of his disfigured son who could hardly be a lothario - but then they learn he's had extensive plastic surgery. With the new villain's backstory firmly in place, we know he will be seeking his vengeance on Gordon; but his information is a little out-of-date, and he is targeting Barbara instead of Lee.
Barbara is a much easier target, and The Ogre's smooth facade wins her over quite easily...
Coming next week: Fifty Shades of Gotham.
Warner Bros. announced today that they are planning three more LEGO films years - LEGO Batman (untitled) on February 10th, 2017, Ninjago on September 22, 2017 and The LEGO Movie Sequel on May 18th, 2018!
I guess we will just have to watch The LEGO Movie another 100 times - or play any of the gazillion LEGO video game adventures - or just play with LEGOs until then!
"A rogue band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans."
The film will be set after Episode III and before Episode IV, and "won't have clear-cut villains and heroes. It's also very much a war film," Edwards said. "It's called Star WARS," he joked, getting a laugh from the crowd.
“It’s about the fact that god’s not coming to save us, and we’re on our own,” said Edwards. “The absence of the Jedi is omnipresent in the film. It hangs over the whole movie.”
Filming stars this summer.
by Miss Sally
A down-and-dirty review of Episodes 1 and 2. **Spoilers and vulgarity ahead!**
Episode 1 gives us a little bit of Jamie’s perspective. We get to watch Jamie’s chiseled jawline as he knocks guards out, climbs in a window and fails, then succeeds at rescuing his wife from Black Jack’s clutches. No doubt this will mire them further in Jack’s ill graces, and cause plenty of trouble down the road. I can say this with confidence because Jamie foreshadows it himself.
Repercussions from Season One come to a head in this episode. The political aspirations of the Jacobites and the Sassenach wedding cause problems in the MacKenzie clan.
But enough about Outlander’s utterly boring politics. So far it’s been nothing but angry men shouting at each other over who pledged loyalty to whom. Let’s talk character development and romance.
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