Let’s face it. Season 1 of Gotham was an absolute train wreck.with muddled plot lines, unlikable characters and almost no direction it’s a surprise that the show got a second season. But that’s all changed with season 2. With some bold new changes it almost seems like a totally different show.
One of the aspects of the show that was lacking was the villains. Gotham is known for such great Villians such as the Joker, Two Face and Penguin. While we have received a great villian in terms of the Penguin and Catwoman the rest were either bastardized versions of the comics (Black Mask) or terrible original creations (Balloonman really!). So how does season 2 fix this problem, they ramp up the villains to a ridiculous levels. Didn’t like Barbara ok we’ll make her Harley Quinn like, you want Joker we will give you a versionof him, Riddler storyline too slow ok let’s bring it to a head. Everything on the show now seems to be pure fan service and it’s great. It has become a more fun show to watch because of this.
Another of Gotham was the Gotham police department. I cannot stress how awful they were. With the exception of Gordon and Bullock It seemed like the whole force was full of corrupt cowards. At no point in time did I feel that they were competent. So how does season 2 fix this? Season 2 decides to kill off any authority figure on the show and bring in Micheal Chiklis. So far Chiklis bring good balance to the show as a no nonsense Captain who wants to help clean the streets. His attitude blends well with Gordon as they both seem to want to clean up Gotham. Also Ben McKenzie seems more comfortable in the role of Gordon as the show is more becoming more about his rise to commissioner. I would be remiss not to mention that we are getting some development with Alfred and Bruce. It’s good to see Alfred training Bruce in the ways of discipline and self defense.
The world of Gotham is such a interesting world and while the first season did falter the second season is making up for it. While it’s by no means perfect it’s going in the right direction. With the introduction of the Court of Owls and history of the city Gotham shows that it still has gas in the tank. This season has also had really good takes on Sliver St Cloud and Firefly as well as had some interesting story arcs.There are plenty of stories to tell and it will be very interesting to see were it goes.
Welcome back Jay Garrick!
One of my complaints about this season is where is Jay Garrick. He was introduced in the second episode and quickly became forgotten. The Darkness and the Light hopes to remedy that problem. The episode starts off with a great flashback and verbal spar off between Earth 2 Harrison Wells and Jay Garrick. Garrick wants Wells to admit that he created meta humans in which Wells verbally destroys him. There is clear dislain between the two as Wells sees Garrick as a coward and Jay sees Wells as reckless and selfish. Wells goes as far as to even say that Barry should be teaching Jay because he is a better Flash. Ouch!! The surprise here is that Wells wants to stop Zoom because Zoom has his daughter and Barry may be the only one that can save her. Zoom seems to want one thing and that’s to be the only speedster in all worlds and while simplistic it works.I wonder how this will play out.
The villian of the week is Dr Light who Cisco found out about with his vibe powers. The team also got the big reveal courtesy of Wells’ device that Cisco is a meta human. His powers seem to be very cool and it will be interesting to see how they develop. On the Caitlyn side of things her relationship with Jay is building as he admits that he is afraid of Zoom. Just when all is going well between the two (getting ready to kiss) Light shows up to spoil the mood. Also there was cool reference to a superhero that I hope we get to see on the show one day. The reveal of who is Earth 2’s Dr Light is very cool and I hope they do more of this and the way Barry defeats Light is cool because it’s straight out of the comics.
Let’s be clear about this Harrison Wells. He is not evil he is just “a dick” as Cisco says. As by his mood he clearly doesn’t want to be there as he is snarky with everyone as he smirks as Cisco tells him what was done to him and has and oh well attitude about it. In Wells defense, it has to suck to be hated for something that has nothing to do with him. Also much like there Wells his motivation is reasonable. He just wants to get his daughter back from Zoom.
My only knock on the episode is the Barry blind date. The premise was a terrible idea that with any other show would be horrible but Flash get a pass because it was silly and they made it work. Also Grant Gustin and Shantel Yvonne VanSanten have good chemistry and it’s good to see Barry showing interest in someone other than Iris. Overall a solid episode of the Flash. Cisco got his name, Jay left the team and they have a plan to capture Zoom. Next episode seems to be Zoom’s becoming out party and its going to be quite the episode to watch.
It’s brash, gory, filthy, disgusting and I love it! When you start off the first 5 minutes with Ash going to a bar and having sex with a girl in the bathroom seeing visions of a deadite your dealing with Evil Dead. Without giving away any spoilers this is the Evil Dead you know and love. It’s not dumbed down for tv or censored in any shape. People die, Ash does dumb things and everything that you love about Army of Darkness is here. The way Ash makes the mistake of using the Necronomicon is just the beginnings of how funny this show can be.
Ash still works at the ValueStop and not getting any respect, well except for Pablo who seems to be his sidekick. He looks up to Ash and thinks that Ash could be there savior. Unfortunately for Pablo Ash just wants the hell out of town. Fortunately for us viewers Ash can’t hide for long as before you know it he is blasting deadite’s heads off and saying cool one liners.
While I do enjoy Pablo I like to see the supporting cast more fleshed out. Jill Marie Jones is adequate as a State Trooper who may have a pass history with deadite’s. Dana Delorenzo as Kelly Maxwell is also ok, but her story needs to be more than what we saw in episode one. But there will be plenty of time to flesh out the cast.
Overall this is the Evil Dead series that fans want to see. It’s dark but funny and endearing to fans of the movies. It’s also good for someone who has never seen the movies and just want something entertaining to watch. Don’t worry, there is a recap for those who haven’t seen the movies to catch you up a little bit. I still encourage those who haven’t seen any of the movies to watch them to get a better feel for the show. Either way Ash Vs Evil Dead is a must watch on Starz!
Warning! This post is filled with spoilers from the Walking Dead episode Thank You. If you haven’t watched this episode yet, please wait till you watch the episode so we can discuss.
The Walking Dead possibly had its biggest character death this week. In a truly tragic scene we watch what seems to be Glenn getting torn apart by a herd of Walkers. What makes this scene heartbreaking is that there is no closure. No goodbye to Maggie, no goodbye to the group just a horrific scene of no hope.
If Glen is truly dead then this was excellent decision. The scene was so gut wrenching, shocking and heartbreaking it made you feel for the first time in the series that no one is truly safe. It was always unspoken that certain characters were safe or was at most meet the same faith of there demise in the comics.
What so great about this is that his death shows you that this is a cold world. Any compassion could led to death. This season so far has been about consequences. Morgan didn’t kill the wolves and in return they almost kill Rick. Rick didn’t go back to Alexandria when he heard the gunshots and finds Judith’s formula in one of the Wolves pockets. Finally, Glen showed compassion for someone who was weak and unstable and it may have cost him his life.
Now there is the possiblity that Glen is very much alive. As happy as I would be to see Glenn alive it cheapens last weeks moment. It makes what happened meaningless. It completely takes away the genuine feelings fans had watching what they perceive was is death and reaffirm that everyone you care about is truly safe. No need to worry because Carol,Rick,Carl,Darryl and Michonne are safe. We don’t need a Walking Dead in which everyone lives. We need to have consequences. We need to live in fear that as every episode goes by we may lose a character that we love. That’s what makes the Walking Dead the show that it is today.
R.I.P Glen…. Maybe
In this week’s Flash professor Stein was in a interesting situation. Without Ronnie to share the Firestorm ability with it was literally killing him. I find it weird that within the first 30 seconds they found two candidates. Jax Jackson, an apex high school football star whose career was cut short due to the particle accelerator explosion. The second was Henry Hewitt, an egotistical scientist who wanted nothing more than to be a powerful hero. I suppose it was done to speed the story along but it was jarring.
It’s weird that Caitlin was so bent on getting Hewitt to be Firestorm without checking any info on him. Also the reason that she didn’t want Jax was really flimsy. Franz Drameh excellent as Firestorm and seems like a suitable replacement for Robbie Amel’s Firestorm who was not as fleshed out. All said in done this episode felt more like a backdoor pilot for a Firestorm tv show.
The side story this week was Iris finally meeting her mother. I thought it made sense that Iris only wanted to meet her mother to tell her that she wanted nothing to do with her. It plays well into who the character is in not wanting anyone including her mother to hurt her father. I also like that she actually had a reason to come back that made sense. It’s going to be real interesting to see how it pans out now that we know Joe may have a son!
Now to the good part. Wells is back!!he is slowly being brought back into the show and that’s a good thing. Tom Cavanagh is so electric (pun intended) as Wells it’s always good to see him back. Now question is what’s his motivation. Why did he decide to come and aid this Flash and will there be consequences for this. Also how awesome did King Shark look! Sucks that he was on screen for literally 12 seconds! My only knock on this episode is where is Jay Garrick! After agreeing to stay it’s weird that there was no site of him. Overall another solid episode of the Flash.
John Cena did what many thought couldn’t be done. He took the US title, a title that was irrelevant and brought it to the forefront. With incredible matches vs the likes of Neville, Ziggler and even the World Champ, the US title has shined each time. With Hell in a Cell just hours away and John Cena facing a mystery opponent, who would be the best options for him to face.
The Swiss Superman would be a excellent choice to face Cena at Hell in a Cell due to the excellent in ring chemistry they have together. The last time they faced each other for the title is considered by many an instant classic. While he hasn’t been getting the push he deserves this could be the opportunity to make things right and let him proves that he deserves to be in the main event scene. There would certainly be a lot of competition for him to go up against. Cesaro has all the right tools to keep the US title open challenge going and also keep fans invested in matches.
New day rocks! New day rocks! The rise of the New Day has been one of the high spots of this year thus far. So why not reward there enforcer with some championship gold. The New Day have been on a tear lately defeating the Dudleys and Cena so it would make sense for Big E not only to get a title shot but to defeat Cena in shocking fashion. This would be a good way to solidify Big E as a main eventer and keep the New Day as a force to be reckoned with.
Samoa Joe! What’s a better way of introducing Joe to the roster than having him come out and slaughter John Cena. It would be an amazing moment seeing Joe and Cena in the same ring. When TNA was in its prime this was the match many fans wanted to see. Fans of Joe would love this and casual fans would get to see something new. Joe could easily become a fan favorite and quickly become one of the faces of the company if pushed correctly.
This is the one that most fans (including myself) want. The return of Daniel Bryan would undoubtedly not only steal the show but alone would make the PPV worth a buy. With Cena being gone for a undisclosed period of time who better than Daniel Bryan. Former champ and current fan favorite since his departure fans has left a hole in fans hearts. Bringing him back could be the shot in the arm the WWE needs.
Stephen Amell… because why not! Lol
Joe has a crappy (alive) wife, Barry has a coffee named after him
and Captain Cold has been kidnapped! Just another day in the life of the Flash! Wentworth Miller continues to excel as Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold. This time it’s up to the Flash to supposedly save Cold as he has been kidnapped.
Peyton List does an adaquate job as Lisa Snart. Displaying the right amount of concern as she ask the Flash to find her brother. She also showed more concern when she found out her dad is the one who he is actually working with. There’s a touching moment between Lisa and Cisco which if done correctly could have a good payoff. I’m looking forward to see where the show goes with those two characters. Gustin and Miller continues to have the great chemistry when it comes to be to rivals that have respect for each other.Barry and Snart clearly have respect each other. On to Lewis Snart played Sam Fisher himself: the great Michael Ironside. Ironside is ruthless as Snart’s father as he doesn’t have the same code of honor as his son. It’s also interesting that while he shows compassion for his son the same is not felt for his daughter.
One of the few problems I had with this episode was the Joe story.While I commend Jessie Martin’s performance I just didn’t find the story believable. His wife has been gone for 20 years and only returns after finding out her fiancée died. I also didn’t understand how Iris was upset with Joe lying to protect her about the Flash but was okay with a 20 year lie about her mother. It seems like there should have been more to this. Also there was really no closure do to mother only showing up at the beginning. Another minor gripe is that this episode was extra lite on the Jay Garrick which made this episode feel more filler than usual. The show also always does a good job with connecting the dots end. Overall another solid episode of the Flash.