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TV Review: Gotham S2E10 The Son of Gotham

Gotham Season 2Gordon deals with a suspect linked to Galavan; and Bruce comes closer to indentifying who killed his parents.

Gotham‘s tenth episode bounces back in this episode I think to have Bruce finally stand up, lots of intrigue and the police doing what they do best, be cops.

The series to me is its best when it doesn’t focus on the quirky villains that are proto of what we know come about later on. Instead this episode focuses on the police, really Gordon tracking down the mysterious order who may be linked to Galavan, and to me that’s solid. I really enjoy Gordon when he’s in this mode. It’s a good balance of villain and cop.

More importantly the Selina/Bruce/Silver triangle comes ahead. Bruce’s being strung around by Silver at this point was so boring, so it’s nice to finally see him get a clue and stand up.

The episode is the best of the season so far, getting back to the police aspect I enjoy, and moving away from silly storylines like Nygma or freak of the week.

Overall Rating: 8.6

TV Review: Supergirl S1E5 How Does She Do It?

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara must protect National City from a series of bombings and babysit Cat’s son, while James is visited by Lucy Lane.

CBSSupergirl finally gets us to a bigger story, as it’s revealed there’s a big bad on the horizon, or at least in front of us. The episode has Kara balancing her life, and doing what she can to do her job too.

The episode is cute in many ways, revolving around Jimmy’s love life and the rather complicated matter than it is.

But, as usual, the episode really revolves around Kara/Supergirl and what she does and what she says. The episode portrays her in a relaistic way as a hero who can’t do it all, and does mess up, and have to make choices. It’s a solid episode in many ways because of that.

I’m not a fan of Kara and Jimmy getting together, which is teased as usual, but not gone through with. It’s cute, but Jimmy should be her mentor and friend.

There’s also some solid moments of a young boy looking up at Supergirl as his hero, a nice nod that her fans go across gender.

The episode isn’t deep at all, but a very cute and entertaining hour.

Overall rating: 7.9

TV Review: The Walking Dead S6E7 Heads Up

walking-dead-5 photoAlexandria is finally able to begin pulling itself back together; peace is embraced between the two groups.

The Walking Dead answers a major question right away in tonight’s episode, what happened to Glenn? It should really be no surprise for folks following spoilers online, so I’ll outright say, he’s fine, and while how he does is a bit grumbling in the realism, it’s plausible. Even knowing Glenn would be sticking around, I have to say, I was still overwhelmingly happy to see him being ok. I think that says something as to the power of the show and how much we’ve come to love and connect with these characters.

The episode also moves along some other interesting plot points.

There’s Morgan letting folks live, and whether his philosophy is realistic in this new world. There’s the hoard of walkers at the walls, and there’s teaching folks to defend themselves which is just in time.

But, what I find really interesting about this episode is Rick’s actions toward Father Gabriel, and some symbolism at the end of the episode, almost as if saying religion is going to be everyone’s undoing. It’s interesting moments, and subtle and not so subtle, that can get folks debating for a while as to the significance.

There’s one episode left before the winter break, and the series is amping things up based on that final moments. While I’m bummed to see a break, I’m really amped to see what next week’s episode brings.

Overall rating: 8.4

TV Review: Arrow S4E7 Brotherhood

arrowA shocking revelation complicates the battle between Team Arrow and Damien Darhk; Thea loses control in front of Alex.

Arrow is building towards something that feels bigger than Darhk, and this episode is a lot of that as there’s lots of revelations and lots of rather silly moments taken on their own.

The episode circles a lot around Diggle and Oliver after a revelation that I don’t want to spoil. It’s hard to go into more detail without really giving away the best part of the episode.

But, most of the episode is the team going after Darhk and Hive. It’s a bunch of action sequences or individuals giving speeches about things. All of it is very so-so, especially after some solid previous episodes.

All of it is building though towards what should be an epic showdown eventually as well as a new spin-off series.

The series does show some strength in the Oliver for Mayor storyline which shows Oliver in the more liberal perspective the character has had in the past. I’d love for the series to focus much more on this storyline, taking Oliver into a more socially conscious character and Arrow a more aware show.

The end of the episode has an interesting moment, one that makes me wonder if we’ll see more of the above as far as the Mayor race and more action during the day.

Not a bad episode, just not a great one, but it does a good job touching on numerous plotlines.

Overall rating: 7

TV Review: The Muppets S1E8 Too Hot to Handler

muppets-tv-show-posterScooter books his long time TV crush, Chelsea Handler, who really heats things up both on ‘Up Late’ and in Scooter’s personal life. Meanwhile, Fozzie wants to take it to the next level with Becky but when Kermit and Denise go on a double date with them, Kermit discovers that Becky might have a few skeletons in her closet.

The Muppets keeps the focus to two plot lines in this episode, and neither is all that great.

The story between Kermit and Fozzy is all sorts of odd. I think part of my issue is actress Riki Lindhome who plays Fozzy’s girlfriend Becky. She’s the second to be cast, after another actress was in the role in the teaser videos released this summer. The chemistry between Lindhome and Fozzy just isn’t there and because of that, I don’t really care about their relationship. The story is something we can all relate to, and its use of pub quizzes feels a little dated (yes I know people still pack the events), it all together feels very mediocre comedy show.

What has potential is the Scooter/Chelsea Handler story. There too chemistry feels like an issue with Handler delivering her lines with what feels like little emotion, almost phoning it in. What should have been funny falls really flat, and really awkward in how not funny it was. It’s still nice to see Scooter getting some focus by the series.

The episode just lacked the laughter we usually see and there definitely was a lack of “I can’t believe they said that” moments which are often my favorite moments. As a whole, a very ho-hum episode.

Overall Rating: 6.8

TV Review: iZombie S2E7 Abra Cadaver

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0Liv consumes the brains of a death-obsessed illusionist who was murdered in cold blood during a magician’s convention in Seattle. Meanwhile, Blaine gives Liv some interesting news; and Major continues to distance himself from Liv.

iZombie continues its fun plot that’s worked well for it mixing in a mystery to solve with Liv eating brains and then some movement in the overall plot about zombies.

The episode though plays with that a bit mixing in some moments that are really solid and I wish there were more of. There’s scenes with the group discussing Liv that are great, and then there’s Ravi and his dating.

All of that is really solid and some of the ways they go back and forth is really funny. It really stood out because we don’t see that enough. Those moments really broke up what we see a lot on the show, and we don’t get enough of these scenes. So, more please!

Overall, the episode involves a murder of a magician, and while there’s some tricks and Liv doing some things, there’s actually not enough. I wish there were more magic tricks or Liv doing a lot more with her personality which isn’t quite as pronounced in this episode.

There was some good. Some bad. Not the best episode, but still very entertaining.

Overall Rating: 7.8

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S3E8 Many Heads, One Tale

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoDangerous facts about the ATCU are discovered by the team; Ward’s plans to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. do not go as expected.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. puts a lot of its cards on the table as dots are connected and we learn the truth about ATCU and Hydra.

Thankfully Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is forging its own path away from the comics a bit tying in Hydra, S.H.I.E.L.D., ATCU, and even the Inhumans in a story that takes a little from the comics, but a lot is new. It’s all pretty solid in that aspect, and actually had some exciting original ideas in this episode.

It’d be nice to see the series get past Hydra, and you have to wonder about the vetting process in many ways, but the series is keeping the fight against Ward, and it feels like they’re really building towards something with him.

The episode is a solid one in a season that’s been very uneven. In a way, it gets back to basics, and in doing so finds its footing. Hopefully, we get more of this in the future.

Overall Score: 7.6

TV Review: Gotham S2E9 A Bitter Pill to Swallow

Gotham Season 2Gordon comes face-to-face with a dangerous hit man while he and Barnes continue to cleanup Gotham; Nygma and Penguin cross paths; and Bruce pressures Galavan to hand over the name of his parents murderer.

Gotham‘s ninth episode gets the show better on track after the first eight episodes which didn’t seem to know what tone they wanted to take.

The episode focuses on two things. Revenge for Gordon sending Galavan to jail, and Nygma who is now caring for Penguin.

The first part of that is the strongest with a great tone by dialing back the scope and instead having most of the episode taking place in an apartment as Gordon and a few others await the assault to happen. The look, tone, and vibe all take a bit from classics like Assault of Precinct 13, and in many ways I wish the episode played this out longer, dropping the rest of the plots just for this. The quieter moments between Gordon and Barnes is particularly touching and done damn near perfectly.

The episode ends with an attack that’s gratuitous and kills off another character of color, which the show lacks. Shorter version, the series decided to kill yet another black woman with more than a few lines. Add on top of that, killing the black dock security guard. Sigh.

I’m still not a fan of Nygma’s plot and him killing folks. His interaction with Penguin is great, but Riddler never came off to me as a character that got his hands covered in blood, he just likes puzzles and traps. So, while the acting is good, the plot is meh.

The episode is mixed because of all of this, but a big improvement from the rest of the season. More of this in general please.

Overall Rating: 7.1

TV Review: Supergirl S1E4 Livewire

Melissa Benoist Supergirl 1Kara’s foster mother visits for Thanksgiving, while an accident transforms a volatile CatCo employee into Livewire.

CBSSupergirl juggled this latest episode in light of the Paris attacks. The episode that was to air had bombings occurring across the city. In its place, we get the debut of Livewire, a classic DC Comics villain and one nice adapted for this live show.

This episode has the character being a shock-jock employee of CatCo who’s transformed due to a freak accident. The episode has pretty decent special fx, and Brit Morgan who plays Livewire is pretty entertaining in the role (though she shares a bit too much of a look with Liv from iZombie.

But the hear of the episode rests in the relationship of daughters and mothers. We learn much more about Cat Grant and why she might be a bit tough on Supergirl, and Kara and her sister tell their mother the truth about things (as if she didn’t know Kara was Supergirl, that’s not the secret).

But, we get some solid family interaction out of it and a very cut and sweet moment between Kara and Winn. Through all of the action, the episode really revolves around the relationships between the characters and dealing with their family.

The episode also takes on its tone directly with lots of talk about discourse and being positive. Some have had issues with the tone of the show, being too nice, where I think the positive attitude is a welcome change. It’s actually talked about in a roundabout way.

The episode bounces back nicely from the previous episode. And awesome secrets revealed!

Overall rating: 7.8

TV Review: The Walking Dead S6E6 Always Accountable

walking-dead-5 photoAfter being attacked by a new group and separated, Sasha and Abraham must search for an injured Daryl who may be in trouble.

The Walking Dead takes us through two journeys during the Wolve’s attack on Alexandria, Daryl and Abraham & Sasha. The episode is a fascinating one in that it really focuses on these three characters.

First, it kicks off with lots of action and someone shooting at them. Is it the Wolves? Is it someone other group?

Daryl’s journey has him come across three individuals who are on the run from a group… we assume it’s the Wolves, but they never quite say. Instead we see burned out remnants of the area and what’s clearly reprisal. The three survivors think Daryl is part of the group that’s pursuing them. The way Daryl interacts with them, and how he deals with them is fascinating shedding lots of light onto his character. The end with the survivors is particularly of note as it sees Daryl taking on his new role, and learning as he goes.

Then there’s Abraham and Sasha who wind up in a small town where they decide to wait for Daryl. There, small conversations just shed a lot of light on where the two are in their lives…. and their relationship is explored.

This is another episode which shows that this series isn’t about the dead shambling about, it’s about the people. And in this hour, we’ve learned so much more about those that inhabit this new world.

Overall rating: 8.75

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