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TV Review: Gotham S1E20 Under the Knife

gotham cast The episode continues the story of Gordon tracking down the Ogre, Bruce figuring out what’s up at Wayne Enterprises, the Penguin wanting to start a war, and finally the real birth of the Riddler.

Gotham is ending the series in a rather random way, with a mult-part story involving the serial killer, something that should have come much sooner in the series I think. It all feels a bit rushed.

There’s also the issue that the Ogre just feels like a 50 Shades rip-off. It’s not necessarily bad, but with a secret room, some S&M hints, it all just feels like a bad cash-in and attempt to connect with that audience. What I do think is interesting is that actor Milo Ventimiglia, who plays the character, actually channels some Bruce Wayne in the depiction, and I could see him taking on the role at some point.

The better part of the episode is the Penguin’s decision to amp up the war with a certain crimeboss. That is much better and more interesting as far as all of the plotlines.

There’s also a nice twist with the Riddler that I didn’t see coming.

The episode was ok to me. Not bad, not good, and a piece of the season finale. There’s some intriguing things of where they might take some characters, but overall, things seem a bit rushed to me. For once, I wish things were spread out across more episodes.

Overall Score: 7.25

Doctor Who Seasons Two through Four Come to Disney XD

New-Doctor-Who-Logo-doctor-who-8521729-550-465Well this was unexpected. It has been announced that the BBC‘s Doctor Who will be coming to Disney XD beginning Saturday, May 9 at 9pm ET. Seasons two through four will be shown on the channel beginning with season two, episode one New Earth.
In New Earth, the Doctor and Rose board the TARDIS for new adventures in time and space. But when they visit mankind’s new home, far in the future, they find gruesome secrets hidden inside a luxury hospital. And an enemy thought long since dead, the paper-thin Cassandra, is out for revenge.

Season two will continue to rollout on Disney XD beginning Saturday, June 13. The special week-long programming event will give fans eight episodes, airing daily Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, June 20. Beginning June 14, episodes will also be available on the WATCH Disney XD app, which allows folks to watch on tablets, phones, computers and connected TVs.

TV Review: Arrow S3E19 Broken Arrow

arrowQuentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) continues his mission to take down the Arrow (Stephen Amell) so Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) orders Oliver to keep a low profile. However, when a meta-human named Jake Simmons (Doug Jones), who kills people with blasts of energy and plasma, starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver is forced to ask Ray (Brandon Routh) for help. The unlikely duo is forced to team up to save the city.

Well that was one hell of a shift in tone with one episode of a show. The episode mostly revolves around the fact Roy has turned himself in as the Arrow, leaving Oliver off the hook, but wracked with guilt. Most of the episode  has Lance attempting to pin the Arrow on Oliver though, and coming up short.

There’s also the Atom stepping in to battle a meta human where we learn some interesting facts about them. The battle is so-so, but the prospect of a team-up series and how much fun that could be revolving around him is apparent.

There’s also some rather interesting twists at the end, one that had me faked out for a bit. The end of the episode leaves another cliffhanger, one that shouldn’t be too surprising and caps off a lot of dodge and weaving.

Overall, an interesting episode, that has a weirdness to it in that there’s tons there, but I felt rather empty in the end. A great piece of the puzzle, but a poor piece on its own.

Overall rating: 7.25

TV Review: iZombie S1E5 Flight of the Living Dead

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0Liv must eat the brains of her murdered sorority sister in order to gain insight about the crime.

The fifth episode of iZombie is nice in that it gives Liv a bit of a more normal life and a potential boyfriend as the world expands and more characters are introduced.

The crime is an interesting one, but the actual “who did it” isn’t all that cleared and I got to the end of the episode feeling like I completely missed it. Probably not the best of things, since that’s sort of the whole show.

Instead, the episode more focuses on Liv’s past and possibly her future. The characteristics she gains aren’t quite as pronounced as past episodes, but it’s present.

The episode is probably the weakest of the series so far, but it’s still very cute and enjoyable. It felt more as an episode to push some characters in certain directions, like the missing kids storyline and give Liv a love interest. It’s a bridge episode, not a solid one that stands on it’s own.

iZombie is a great show, and beyond entertaining. It bucked its formula a bit this episode and stumbled, but still, much better than a lot that’s on television. Ever series deserves one bad episode. Hopefully this is it.

Overall Rating: 7.5

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E17 Melinda

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoThe story of Melinda May’s transformation into “The Cavalry” is revealed as she finds herself at a crossroads in the war between Coulson and Gonzales. As Skye learns more about her true heritage from Lincoln, the truth about Inhumans will send her in a new direction.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a night of revelations including Melinda May’s past and why she has the reputation she does. It also involves Skye’s history and the revelation of her parents to her. All of it is tied together in a way that’s a bit too convenient and tied together. Marvel does a great job of tying together its series, but this episode conveniently ties in Melinda’s past with the whole Inhuman thing. It’s a bit too far. Skye learning about her power is nice, and how they explain it is very cool.

The episode also reveals Raina’s ability, which is cool. We also get to finally find out what Fury’s toolbox is.

The acting is a bit better than last week…. but it’s still a bit sub-par compared to previous episodes. Still, the series is moving along the Inhuman story well enough, and is doing what Marvel can’t do in the movies.

Here’s hoping the hype pays off in future episodes, time will tell.

Overall Score: 7.25

Constantine Not Cancelled, Still Awaiting its Fate

Constantine‘s fate is still up in the air, though websites and blogs would have you think otherwise. Going off the list generated by Buzzfeed, many sites are reporting Constantine has officially got the ax from NBC. Trusting a site which built its empire on lists ripped off from Reddit probably wasn’t the way to go. The author of the article claimed it was “fact checked.”

Well apparently Kate didn’t check her facts well enough because the show has shifted in her list from cancelled to “awaiting news,” though you wouldn’t really know about the switch unless you had seen earlier copies of the post.

Daniel Cerone, the producer of the show, last updated fans on March 28 saying they were pitching their season 2 to NBC in April, and NBC will decide after.

Cerone confirmed the fact the show’s fate is still up in the aire, and in a statement to another site:

I just received confirmation from the corporate offices at NBC. I was assured that Constantine has not been canceled and our pitch meeting to discuss a potential second season remains on the books. By the way, this is a pitch meeting involving the president of Warner Bros and and the entertainment heads of NBC. Nobody at this incredibly busy time of the development season has time to waste taking pointless meetings.

Now, is it fair to say that Constantine is a long shot? Sure, that’s fair to say. While we marginally improved a tough time slot for NBC, we’re a very expensive show to produce. A lot of NBC’s decision making will not doubt hinge on their new pilots and how they feel those new shows would fare as a companion piece to Grimm, versus a second season of Constantine.

For facts, go to the source people, not click-bait websites.

Jimmy Kimmel Goes Avengers Crazy…. and a little Ant-Man

Jimmy Kimmel went Avengers crazy on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live featuring the cast and lots of skits involving the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also has a little after-credits scene with Paul Rudd aka Ant-Man. Check out all the video below!

Cheesy Marvel Cartoon Openings

Jimmy and the Avengers Play Telephone

Wall of America: Marvel Comics Super Fans

The AvenGerbils: Hamster of Thor

Who Leads the Avengers in Real life?

Mark Ruffalo on His “Man-Canceling” Avengers Outfit

The Cast Discuss Strange Fan Art

The Cast Take Fan Questions

Avengers Family Feud

Post Credit skit

TV Review: Gotham S1E19 Beasts of Prey

gotham cast Gordon and Bullock inspect a cold case involving “the Ogre”, a serial killer who targets young women in Gotham City. Meanwhile, Fish plots her escape from the Dollmaker, and Bruce and Selina confront Reggie.

Gotham‘s back after a short break to give us a new villain for Bullock and Gordon to search for, Fish’s escape plan, and Bruce dealing with the fact that Alfred was shot. The episode is really mix in quality.

The best part is the serial killer aspect, with Gordon and Bullock acting more like police in a weird city than going after knock-offs of Batman’s rogues gallery. The killer is interesting, and the fact it’s multiple episodes is a nice way to end the season, especially with only three episodes left.

Fish’s storyline has taken up WAY too much time in the series. It needs to end, and it looks like we’re close to that. Out of everything in this first season, Fish has been the low point.

Bruce also going out and finding Reggie is a bit odd. His storyline is only slightly better than Fish’s. Less Bruce, less Fish, better series.

The episode is just ok, and in general a weak return. The high point is we have some foreshadowing of Gordon’s future job in the police force. There’s only three episodes left, hopefully they’re better than this one.

Overall Score: 7

A First Look at Daredevil’s Red Costume

With Marvel’s Daredevil ready to debut on Netflix April 10, Marvel has Tweeted a spoiler, what Daredevil’s “red” costume will eventually look like. For some time now, we’ve seen only the “ninja” look in promotional photos. Now, in a video, we see the character evolve into his more classic (though updated) look.

So, what do you think of the design?

TV Review: iZombie S1E4 Liv and Let Clive

normal_izombietv_s01promo_001-1~0Clive refuses Liv’s help when one of his former criminal contacts is murdered.

The fourth episode of iZombie expands on Blaine’s plan. It’s laid out exactly what he’s up to, and the planning he’s doing. As usual it’s Rose McIver‘s acting as Liv that stands out in the episode.

McIver really deserves an award for her performance so far. With each new brain she ingests she takes on some of the personality of the person. This gets her to do some quirky things, like in this episode’s paranoia. It’s subtle at first, and like each episode it’s pointed out the quirk so we the viewers catch on about it. Without that, we might wonder what the personality trait is, and it could cause her to be less likeable as a character.

In this one, she also takes on some more abilities that allows her to kick some more ass than usual. It’s a nice twist to see her use her fists as much as her brains and visions.

There’s also a lot as far as characters’ histories. We learn more about Clive. We meet Liv’s brother. Ravi and Major have their moments. The personal stuff is few and far between, but it’s more than welcome when it comes up in episodes. More of that please!The series continues its lighthearted ways. iZombie is a fun series, there’s no other way to explain it. And it’s a television show I’m looking forward to each watching each and every week.

Overall Rating: 8.5

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