My love/hate relationship with Gotham

Gotham

Alright, so let’s get the elephant out of the room quickly. Yes, I’ve been absent and neglecting my obligation to myself to continue writing or posting things to this blog. My bad on that, but I had been feeling less and less of a drive to write, and starting a soul-crushing office job didn’t help. Although with that job now gone, I can move on and get back to writing.

As the title says, I have a love/hate relationship with this show. There are parts I am really liking, especially the way Jim Gordon is being handled, both in terms of his portrayal by Ben McKenzie, and the way he’s being written. Another good point to mention, is the storylines with the mob. Granted yes Penguin is pretty much there for fan-service, but he’s being used effectively for the most part. Harvey Bullock is being used effectively, and the way Donal Logue is playing him is awesome. What I’m being annoyed about is all (Excuse the language here) of Batman’s f***ing rogues gallery keeps showing up, and I’m sorry, but Fox knows jack and sh** about proper execution of fan service and how to properly weave beginnings. Some of the writers should be shot, not killed, just given a reminder about what proper execution of ideas looks like.

Some of the most irritating things that is annoying me about the series is Batman’s Rogues gallery showing WAY too soon in the city. I get in certain cases, like Penguin, where he’s very young and Batman doesn’t tangle with him until he’s probably 40 or so. It’s just that Edward Nygma is technically a very avid technical personality that focuses on well technology. With how young they’re making him seem, he should be in college or university working on a computer sciences degree, not doing forensic work for the GCPD. I’m sorry but there is no justification for having Nygma even in Gotham at this point. Then there’s Harvey Dent, which they’re just barely scraping together enough material to make it even work.

He’s the Assistant DA in Gotham, which to me screams “We desperately want him in the show, even though he’s technically supposed to be in another city or perhaps law school still.” As while Penguin kind of makes sense to have in the mob, the same reasoning can’t be applied to Harvey, as in most storylines for Batman, Harvey is roughly the same age as Bruce. Maybe a smidge over, but by the time Batman shows up in this continuity, Harvey would be pushing his mid to late 40’s before he becomes Two-face. Not to mention is borderline psychotic nature they’ve shown in the show, kind of makes me think they really want him to be two-face much earlier than he’s supposed to.

Another of the Rogues that really doesn’t fit, but they’re trying so hard to keep in, is Selina Kyle. She is on the right path, but she doesn’t need to be in the show. She should be growing up in a different city, as Bruce technically doesn’t meet her until he’s an adult. I really find she just doesn’t fit within the parameters of the show, but being that Fox doesn’t really fit in the picture much either, I can muddle through it as best as they can. Now with Selina mentioned, I have to talk about Ivy. Is it just me, or is Fox really pushing for her to be the kid version of Dr. Pamela Isley? They couldn’t justify putting Pamela in the show, so they called her Ivy Pepper and as a subtle hint to reinforce it, She often wears green and has the usual red hair of Pam Isley.

At least in some cases, the Rogues Gallery is working. As I mentioned with Penguin, so to with Victor Zsasz. He’s still the psychotic killer we all know, granted he prefers a gun and works as a hired hitman/bodyguard for Falcone. Another of the Rogues that I find is being handled at least somewhat well is Scarecrow. They didn’t make it Jonathan, but did tie him to the Scarecrow of this time period, since its loosely centered in the 90’s, even though the cellphones look like they’re from early 2000. Dr. Gerald Crane, Jonathan’s father is taking up the monocle of Scarecrow, and is doing so quite well, and without a fear toxin. Not to mention having being played by Julian Sands is a nice touch.

One thing about the Venom drug being introduced, I find it be a slight cop-out. Granted yes I complain about having too many of Batman’s Rogues showing up, but having Venom in the show with no Bane is kind of pointless. They would’ve been better off-putting an early form of Joker’s laughing gas to get the same if not better point across.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I can finally end off this blog/rant I have about the show. I wish they’d focus more on Gordon, his cases and the mob. Leave Batman’s rogues out of it, and the show will do fine. Not to mention they could introduce new villains that Gordon could tackle, that aren’t necessarily from Batman’s rogues gallery. It would give the show new depth and a fresh perspective. Otherwise we’ll end up with Batman when Bruce is 15 and in season 2 or 3 of the show. The whole point of said concept was to have a show without Batman. Again, its kind of why the idea was pitched to DC in the first place. Which makes Arrow and The Flash much better TV show adaptations of their characters to me.

Anyway, with that I’ll sign off. Look forward to some reviews coming of movies I’ve been watching recently, including The Hobbit Part 3.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier + Agents Of Shield Tie in Review Blog

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So with the way Agents Of Shield ties in to the Marvel universe, none other than Captain America would have a huge impact on the series, with the events of his latest movie. Thor: The Dark World did impact Agents Of Shield, but not very much. It had a guest appearance from Lady Sif. In terms of Cap 2 however, things drastically change on the show. I would suggest before you continue on, go see the movie and watch the episode in question.

The episode is called Turn, Turn, Turn, with Bill Paxton guest starring again. All I can say of the two story lines is that they are very much connected. Everything we’ve seen of the Clairvoyant storyline in Agents of Shield has been building to this moment in the series. Now to diverge from the series and talk about the movie.

Everything is solid, much of the old campy factor from The First Avenger is gone, for a more serious tone, and a more Marvel approach. There is some intrigue, some twists, and one thing I didn’t expect happens. I knew of the comic book tie in that the Winter Soldier story comes from, so that wasn’t a big shock. However, the second and much bigger half of the story to the movie, is huge! I had a chill going into one specific scene where all is revealed and the true villain is detailed.

This is a movie worth seeing, now if you are like me and not willing to pay the full price of admission, go see it in 2D with a matinée. I saw it and didn’t regret it, as the movie does have 3D, I just don’t know how good it is. I’m not a huge fan of 3D, unless a movie is filmed in it. To me post-conversion very rarely works and is distracting. This movie is a great follow-up to The First Avenger and The Avengers, mainly for Cap’s sake. At this point he’s out, and everyone knows he’s alive. So it primarily focuses on him for character development that he hasn’t gotten.

Note: I really enjoy the score, I’m listening to the main theme of the movie as I write this, ha ha.

We do see other characters develop in the movie, but I can’t really discuss them too much without spoiling the movie, so I would recommend stopping here if you haven’t seen the movie or the Agents Of Shield tie in. Alright, from here on in I have to list spoilers in order to highlight why the movie is good and how it shakes the status quo of the Marvel movie universe. This also ties into Agents Of Shield. Cap has been down on his luck, mainly with accepting that he is a man out of his time, and trying to cope with being a soldier in a time of peace.

He decided to take up Shield’s call, and work for them. Unfortunately, things have changed with how espionage and soldiers work in the modern era. Cap has always believed it to be black and white, where as nowadays its very gray. To the point where both he and Fury are worried that the current course of Shield is steeply going into the realm of fear.

Thins begin to spiral out of control of our heroes when Fury is attacked, and removed from the game at play. Cap is soon attacked himself, as the players of the opposite side want to remove him from the board. The movie is definitely a chess game, played by those in power and our Heroes. Cap is attacked and labeled a fugitive by the now corrupt Shield, so he goes on the run with Black Widow and they find allies to help them bring down the corruption.

Then at the key point in the movie, we find out that everything is connected between the Agents Of Shield tv show and the movie, when the corruption is Hydra. When this is revealed, they’re then attacked by Shield/Hydra. They go underground again and find an old friend in waiting, where Cap gives the order and it is an order, that Shield must be dissolved in order to stop Hydra from achieving a strangle hold again.

So, after a giant battle, in which Cap is wearing his old suit, and a cameo from Stan Lee of course, we see Captain America, Black Widow and Nick Fury dismantle Shield permanently right in front of Hydra’s Leader, Alexander Pierce. Played by the supremely awesome and talented, Robert Redford. Granted we see this a mile away, but still its a great flick. Now onto Agents Of Shield.
With the destruction of Shield, all that remains is the rogue agents that are in allegiance with Hydra. Within the show, no one knows whom is Shield and who is Hydra. While the movie is more clear-cut with most of them by showing us who are all Hydra people.

Including one person whom is both in the show and the movie. Agent Sitwell. The reason I divulge all of this is to show how well both work together, but while the movie works on its own, the show does suffer a little bit by leaving out some of the finer details that movie has in place. Which is fine, as the show creates intrigue and turns everyone against each other. Very much like that of The Thing from 1982.

Because Shield is Dissolved, what does that mean to the show? Well in the show we see Paxton is revealed to be Hydra and the Clairvoyant, as such he calls out to his Hydra operatives to turn the situation over on Coulson. He kills shield agents and his captured for his misdeeds. Then we have the ultimate Betrayal by someone on the show, his protegé. Agent Ward reveals that he too is a Hydra operative and kills the guards to release Paxton from custody.

All that remains of Shield is the plane in which Coulson is now on. Completely in the dark as to the dissolving of Shield, and has to keep his team going to continue their mission, despite being now Rogue agents no longer affiliated with the US government. I’m eagerly awaiting the next episode to see where things progress.

Both stories are effective at what they do, Captain America The Winter Soldier for its big scale, and Agents Of Shield for its smaller scale. Now with the title of The Winter Soldier, Bucky (Spoiler) is alive and well, as he is the Winter Soldier, and his story is effective, but not very fleshed out. He is a bigger role in the comics in this story, but plays a side role in the movie. Being the only one to go toe to toe with Cap and beat the living tar out of him. I wish we could’ve gotten more to Bucky, but they might save it for Cap 3. They’ve laid out all the pieces for it in the credits.

Credit sequence: Mid roll spoilers. Marvel must have shelled out big bucks to Fox for this one. We see the Baron known for being a Cap Villain talking to another Hydra operative discussing the future of Hydra. Then we get the atom bomb, he says “The age of heroes is done, now we live in an age of miracles. They did stop our weapons, but we still have The Twins.” Then we see Quicksilver and his twin sister Scarlet Witch. Now for those whom don’t know, the twins are the son and daughter of Magneto.

So Mutants will be entering the crossover soon. Hopefully Fox doesn’t screw it up with Days Of Future past. Although it’s not boding well with posters and behind the scenes stills for Fox’s movie. Although I do like who they got for Cap 2 and Avengers 2 for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. One of the Olsen Twins, and the lead actor from the Kick Ass movies. Granted the Olsen Twins’ track record isn’t exactly prestigious, the one chosen could still do a good job. She seemed fine in the cameo in the mid roll for Cap 2.

Then there’s the end cap, Bucky. He stands in the Smithsonian exhibit dedicated to Cap and his comrades. There he struggles with his memory, trying to remember who he was, by staring at the bio on the plaque next to his name. This is why I wish he was more, but I figure they’re saving it for Cap 3.

Now onto trailers: Guardians Of The Galaxy, holy hell does it look good. We see a group of misfits thrown together to make a really good movie, despite everyone crapping on it for being one of the least liked stories in the Marvel universe. Though we had set up for it in Thor 2 with Benecio Del Toro. The trailer looks good, and I’m shocked we have a big supporting role for Dave Batista from the WWE. He plays Drax, and I thought he was great in Riddick, so who knows, maybe it’ll pay off. Then the Amazing Spider-man 2 trailer I’ve seen before, and the trailer for Days Of Future Past. Not much else to remember for trailers.

With that I’ll sign off, and get things prepped for the next review and work on the podcast editing some more. See you guys next time.

Revolution – Catch Up

Just a shorty…

As the title suggests, I’ve caught up to the latest episode of Revolution. It’s definitely shaping up well in terms of one of the shows I’ll be watching for a while. You can kinda tell as things progress, that things are not always as they appear, people dying when you’re not expecting them. sometimes very emotional wrenching that I can definitely tell is meant to throw our minds and hearts into a vice and squish them. One major thing, that “Spoiler” threw me through a loop, Jeff Fahey! If any of you remember, he’s a pretty iconic actor from the late 80’s who has been in movies over the years, but most have flown under the radar as direct to dvd releases, but the role I know him best for is his performance as Jobe from The Lawnmower Man. Not to mention his smash performance in Machete. I was watching the episode he appears in and had to do a double take, going, “What the, Jeff Fahey?!?”

I figure write this now, as I just got caught up and the show is on hiatus for a couple of weeks, probably due to the US presidential debates, as NCIS didn’t have an episode this week, for the same reason. So I’m definitely looking forward to the next one, as the characters develop and become greater characters.

Note: I managed to catch a Tuesday night matinée for Looper, great flick, review to follow in the next little while.

Revolution… Pilot episode

Sorry about the long delay between posts, without much work, it’s harder for me to find stuff to write about. However, this post is about Revolution, a new series from J. J. Abrams (Star Trek, Fringe), with writing by Eric Kripke of Supernatural, and the first episode is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man movies). So, let’s dive right in.

With a similar feel to that of Fringe, in a vein of science fiction, that has a popular theme that Abrams is into, as Fringe is about to have as well. Revolution starts off where electricity is gone, there is literally none left in the world, something is preventing anything from holding an electrical charge, as it seems. It’s almost as if there is an active dampening field which prevents the flow of electrons from moving at all. In the pilot, we take place on the last day of electricity being used, and then within the blink of an eye, everything starts shutting down, until nothing works. Everything is dependant on electricity these days, so the world goes into another dark age as it were.

The series however takes place 15 years afterward, where the children of one of the last people whom know what has happened, have to find out, what happened, and prevent a local military power from seizing control. Everything seems to feedback on itself, things we may think are trivial in the beginning of the episode, come back to spark our curiosity later, and slap us across the face for not realizing it later.

The characters are really well written, as well as portrayed very well. Actors whom we’ve seen from other series play the older roles, and some new ones play the younger ones. One of my faves from TV, happens to be Tim Guinee. He’s been in many of the shows and movies I’ve watched over the years, as you’ll probably notice with some of the other actors, as well. Everything is still new, and still growing, so over time we’ll see more character development.

Plot development is extremely good, with twists and turns that you may not see coming, but as I said, everything appears to fall back on itself, as we see get set up amongst these characters and places. I don’t want to say too much, but I’ll say there is a fair amount of action to blend in with the story, as it is Eric Kripke and Jon Favreau after all, at least in this first episode.

Direction is good, although there are a couple of scenes where sometimes Favreau did get a wee bit too close, and it had a bit of Transformers action, where it was hard to follow, but once it zoomed back out, it was fine.

I eagerly await the next episode, and I’ll try to balance it out with Fringe, when it comes back for its final season. I might write some more for Revolution as it progresses, but so far its shaping up to be really good! Go watch the episode, while I won’t tell you where, I’m sure you can figure it out for that.