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TV Review: Gotham S3E15 Heroes Rise: How the Riddler Got His Name

season_3_posterNygma (Cory Michael Smith) convinces himself that he doesn’t need Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) to succeed and begins to introduce himself to Gotham as “The Riddler.” Bullock (Donal Logue) and Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) get caught up in Nygma’s mind games, while Gordon (Ben McKenzie) learns troubling news about his father’s death. Meanwhile, the Court of the Owls reveals its next move.

Gotham returns with an interesting episode that focuses almost completely on Nygma and it’s all presented in a series of mind games featuring Lucius Fox and Harvey Bullock. What’s interesting is the episode is mostly devoid of Gordon whose story is relegated to the secondary story. Instead, coheadlining the episode is more of a focus on Bruce and “evil Bruce.”

There’s some good and a lot of bad.

The good, actually close to great, is the story featuring Nygma, Fox, and Bullock. The story is entertaining, especially to see Fox and Nygma challenge each other’s brains. The focus on brain instead of brawn is a nice shift from the more physical aspects of previous episodes. But, the story really feels like we’re just getting to the point Nygma calls himself Riddler. Almost as the story is crafted around that concept. It’s not a bad aspect, but it feels a little forced. Still, Cory Michael Smith as Nygma has a solid spiral into his insanity.

Then there’s aspects involving Bruce and Gordon and while they move things along, there’s just not much excitement there. The series is clearly pushing Bruce to his eventual turn into Batman, which is strange since he’s barely a tween and we see some of those steps here. Then there’s this Gordon and the Court of Owls story, which also involves Bruce… that I’m holding out to see how it really plays out.

Overall, not a bad episode in its return but it still shows some issues with mixed acting and story plotting. The series isn’t consistent in its quality within its episode which makes for a choppy experience and entertainment.

Overall Rating: 6.45

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Gotham Trading Cards Get Season 2

Cryptozoic Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV, have released Gotham Trading Cards Season 2. Based on the second season of the hit Warner Bros. Television series, which tells the story of Gotham City in the years before Batman’s emergence, the set features a 72-card Base Set, four Chase Sets, and randomly inserted authentic Autograph and Wardrobe Cards.

Signers for the set include fan-favorite actors David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne), Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin), James Frain (Theo Galavan/Azrael), Nicholas D’Agosto (Harvey Dent), Jessica Lucas (Tabitha Galavan), BD Wong (Hugo Strange), and Cameron Monaghan (Jerome Valeska). Some packs include special double and triple Autograph Cards, with signatures from multiple actors. Moreover, there are single, double, and triple Wardrobe Cards containing portions of items worn on the series, including clothes worn by Ben McKenzie (as James Gordon). Three of the Chase Sets focus on Super-Villains: “Bad and Beautiful,” “The Maniax,” and Rising Villains.” The fourth Chase Set, ”New Day, Dark Knights,” puts the spotlight on Gotham City’s protectors.

The trading cards capture all the drama and complex characters of Season 2 of Gotham, as Detective Jim Gordon faces a rising tide of DC Super-Villains in Gotham City. Among the new threats are Theo Galavan and his sister Tabitha, Hugo Strange, and Victor Fries, aka Mr. Freeze. Returning to wreak more havoc are Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Edward Nygma, Barbara Kean, and Jerome, who brings along his unhinged Maniax. With so much danger in the city, Gordon depends on the help of allies like partner Harvey Bullock, Captain Nathaniel Barnes, and District Attorney Harvey Dent. Meanwhile, a young Bruce Wayne continues searching for his parents’ killer, uncovering many of Gotham City’s secrets in the process.

Gotham Trading Cards Season 2 is available now at retailers nationwide.

Product Details:

  • Packs: 5 cards per pack, 24 packs per box
  • Base Set: 72 cards featuring images from Season 2 episodes
  • Chase Sets: “Bad and Beautiful” (1:4 packs), “The Maniax” (1:4 packs), “Rising Villains” (1:3 packs), “New Day, Dark Knights” (1:4 packs)
  • Inserts: Autograph Cards (1:24 packs); Wardrobe Cards (1:24 packs);
    • Special double and triple Autograph Cards in some packs
    • Special double and triple Wardrobe Cards in some packs
  • Binder: 3-ring binder contains an exclusive Wardrobe Card

Around the Tubes

bondvol2-01-cov-a-cassadayThe weekend is almost here and Logan opens up! Who’s going to see it? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait to see the film, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Al-Monitor – Graphic novel illustrates life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon – Very interesting and great graphic journalism.

Comics Alliance – Ken Leung Joins Marvel’s ABC ‘Inhumans’ as Karnak – This is great casting.

Chron – Former DA investigator convicted of stealing evidence in comic book caper – Well ok then.

DC Comics – Breaking News: Ra’s al Ghul is Coming to Gotham – Not surprising. Are folks excited?

 

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ICv2 – Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen HC

The Beat – Extremity #1 and James Bond #1

Gotham Teases a Familiar Outfit for The Riddler

Nygma lets out the monster inside. Gotham returns to FOX this April.

TV Review: Gotham S3E14 Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

season_3_posterWith Jerome (guest star Cameron Monaghan) on the loose with one target in mind, Bruce and Alfred’s safety is compromised. Meanwhile, Gordon’s uncle Frank (guest star James Remar) pays him a visit, and ‎Nygma and Penguin are forced to confront their issues face-to-face, with possible deadly consequences.

Gotham ends its winter run before returning in April with an episode that is an interesting one as it has much more of a focus on Bruce becoming Batman, something the show has hinted at then slinked away.

Jerome is on the loose and after Bruce, eventually kidnapping him taking him to a display of carnage and never quite explaining why of it all. Jerome, a proto-Joker, is a combination of Nicholson and Ledger tip-toeing the line between the goofy of the former and pure chaos of the latter. And, the results are mixed. Monaghan in the role clearly is leaning more towards Ledger’s performance with a raspy voice and hunched over body language to evokes the iconic and award winning Dark Knight performance. Except, it comes off as a facsimile, not quite as good as the original.

We begin to see Bruce standing up and figuring out his beliefs when it comes to justice. David Mazouz in the role is his usual stiff self giving off no reason to be entranced by the character. There’s a lack of charm. There’s a lack of confidence. There’s almost no emotion in the performance which is par for what we’ve seen in three seasons. One hopes if the series jumps forward we get a new actor to fill the role.

The Penguin/Nygma plot line continues to an interesting ending, but one we’ve seen before. And I think that’s some of my issues of the series and this particular season, it’s things I feel like I’ve seen. Jerome evokes past performances with a swirling plot around him that feels lifted directly from comics. Penguin’s result here is something we’ve seen already. Cor Michael Smith as Nygma for some reason channels Nolan’s Batman with a raspy voice that makes a case he could take on the role in the films.

There’s also the ADD like plotting. Selina is absent this episode. Ivy has disappeared. But, the Court of Owls are back setting up the next story arc in a season that can’t stay focused on one or two things for too long.

We’ll see what type of show we get when the series returns in a few months. I hope during the break things might have been retooled some to figure out the “vision” of a show that feels like it has too many cooks, too many ideas, and not enough adults to keep it focused.

Overall Rating: 6.15

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TV Review: Gotham S3E13 Mad City: Smile Like You Mean It

season_3_posterOn the run from Gordon and Bullock, Dwight tries to revive Jerome and, in turn, activates his acolytes around Gotham City. Meanwhile, Selina’s mom’s intentions in Gotham are revealed, and the power play between Penguin and Nygma escalates as Barbara’s plans are set in place.

Gotham is interesting as the return of Jerome is the focus of the episode. The episode has definitely taken its inspiration from Batman comics with individuals being inspired by the Joker, in this case the proto-Joker in Jerome. The laughing is there. The clown-ish make-up is there. It follows some of the comics and it’s a mixed bag as far as how much it works.

There’s something fun about David Dastmalchian’s Dwight who was a Joker acolyte in The Dark Knight. We learn how he’s reviving people, but things are still a bit muddled as to why folks have fallen for Jerome. There’s some explanation by other characters, but it really just falls into “he opened our eyes.” It’s as generic as generic can be.

Cameron Monaghan as Jerome, the proto-Joker, is at times great and at times boring. Monaghan feels like he’s channeling Ledger, Nicholson, and even Hamill in some ways never quite making the character his own.

The “not making it his own” comes to this Joker’s design too which feels like a mix between comic artist Greg Capullo’s take on the Joker mixed with the Joker’s Daughter. It’s interesting, but doesn’t quite work for me.

The situation itself involving Jerome is again all over the place in tone mixing in Schumacher and Nolan evoking Batman movies of the past. The series needs to choose a style and tone and just go with it.

There’s another story too as Penguin’s world is twisted and a gang war heats up. This is the strongest part of the series and episode and if the show just focused on this, it’d be all the more stronger.

The episode also deals with Gordon and Thompkins’ relationship which at this point feels utterly silly and boring as it also resolves Selina mother’s story. That final story seems to end and does so in a way that makes me question the inclusion of it other than to give something for Selina and Bruce to do.

The episode packs in a lot and continues to be all over the place in tone and look and content. A more focused series would boost it overall because right now it’s trying to do too much and does it all not well enough.

Overall Rating: 6.55

TV Review: Gotham S3E12 Mad City: Ghosts

season_3_posterFalcone (guest star John Doman) places a hit on Gordon (Ben McKenzie). ‎Gordon and Bullock (Donal Logue) discover a follower of Jerome (guest star Cameron Monaghan), who plans to bring him back to life. Meanwhile, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) spirals out of control before the biggest television interview of his Mayoral career, and Bruce (David Mazouz) and Selina (Camren Bicondova) deal with Selina’s mom’s return to Gotham.

Gotham returns from its winter break with an episode that continues some things from before the break and head straight in to some all new things in an episode that absolutely reflects the ADD season so far.

After Gordon killed Falcone’s son at the end of the last episode it’s a focus on revenge in the absolutely silliest thing we’ve seen this season. Hitmen running around with automatic weapons lighting up places trying to kill a cop seems bizarre even for this series and a mob boss would be much more subtle than this is. Even for a show that’s over the top, this is a bit too much and it’s resolution is so quick that any actual drama is wasted.

There’s Selina’s mom’s storyline which is… a distraction it feels.

Then there’s a focus on Penguin which is actually interesting once it’s clear where things are going by the end of the episode. The build up had me scratching my head and thinking things were a bit silly until the payoff that actually is solid in how it comes together.

Finally, we get a whole new story about the dead rising and the eventual return of Jerome, aka proto-Joker. It’s yet another storyline thrown into an already packed episode and season. It ties into Indian Hill, but maybe it’d be better to save this for the next season?

That’s my issue with this episode, it attempts to do too much adding onto a season that’s already packed with storylines that aren’t focused enough on and not given enough depth. Focusing just on the Court of Owls, or just the rage virus, or just Falcone’s revenge, or the return of Jerome, or Penguin’s meltdown, or two of these things, it’d work and work really well. But packing too much makes the episode and series a master of none of them.

Overall Rating: 6.75

Coming in 2017 from Diamond Select Toys: Gotham, iZombie, Luke Cage and More!

Diamond Select Toys prides itself on offering the best of all worlds, and the newest offerings from DST come from a whole bunch of worlds! From the world of television, new figures from Gotham, iZombie and Luke Cage! From the world of comics, figures of Gwenpool, Lady Deadpool and Wolverine! From animation, new Catwoman and Aquaman collectibles! And from the movies, a new Back to the Future Time Machine! Read on for more info, and reserve yours at your local comic shop, or order online!

Back to the Future 2 Frozen Hover Time Machine Electronic Vehicle

A Diamond Select Toys release! Is it hot? No, it’s ice cold! DST has upgraded their bestselling electronic 1:15 scale Time Machine from Back to the Future with the additions shown in Batck to the Future 2! Having just arrived in our time from 2015, this Version 2 Time Machine has adjustable hover wheels, the iconic Mr. Fusion fuel device, and a thin coating of “frost” over its entire surface, to replicate the effects of time travel. Vehicle measures approximately 14 inches long with opening gull-wing doors, and time-travel lights and sounds are triggered at the push of a button. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # DEC162558, SRP: $59.99)

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Batman Classic TV Series Catwoman Season 3 Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! This tiger has changed its stripes! Like many of Batman’s classic foes from the 1960s TV series, Catwoman underwent several metamorphoses over the run of the show, and in Season 3, she was played by sultry singer Eartha Kitt! This 6-inch-tall resin bust depicts Kitt as Catwoman, perched atop a colorful base inspired by the show’s animated opening credits. It’s the purr-fect addition to your Batman Classic TV Series bust collection! Packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item # DEC162560, SRP: $59.99)

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DC Gallery Batman New Adventures Catwoman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! We’ve never been more excited for a black cat to cross our path! This black-costumed rendition of Catwoman is based on her drastically different appearance in the fourth season of Batman: The Animated Series (titled New Batman Adventures). Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this all-new sculpt shows off her darker, more dangerous look, with pale skin and wielding a whip. This PVC figure features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # DEC162561, SRP: $45.00)

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Gotham TV Select Action Figures Series 4 Asst

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Gotham! The critically acclaimed action figure line based on the hit Fox TV series serves up the Wrath of the Villains, with three new 7” scale figures of Gotham’s most dangerous men! Azrael, Mr. Freeze and Professor Hugo Strange each feature up to 16 points of articulation as well as character-appropriate accessories, and each comes with an awesome diorama piece inspired by the show! Hugo Strange comes with the conditioning chair from Arkham Asylum, and Freeze and Azrael each come with part of the jail cell from the Gotham City Police Department! Collect them both to build the diorama and put them in a cell where they belong! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item # DEC162557, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

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iZombie TV Liv Moore Season 2 Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Liv Moore is back from the dead! Again! The iZombie action figure line returns with an all-new Liv Moore action figure based on her appearance in Season 2! This new 6.5” action figure of TV’s most popular undead medical examiner features a new outfit and head sculpt, plus all-new accessories taken straight from episodes of the show, including a phone, mug, purse, rat and more! This figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged in a full-color blister card. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item # DEC162559, SRP: $19.99)

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Justice League Animated Aquaman Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! All hail the king of Atlantis! Based on his appearance in the classic Justice League animated series, this 6.5-inch resin bust of Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman, features detailed sculpting and paint, The part-time Justice Leaguer and full-time monarch of the Seven Seas sits atop a pedestal base inspired by the League’s Watchtower satellite. Limited to 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # DEC162563, SRP: $59.99)

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Marvel Gallery Gwenpool PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! When Gwenpool takes a selfie, it’s time to practice your selfie-defense! Coming from a world where everyone in the Marvel Universe is just a comic book character, Gwen Poole is a rookie mercenary on the rise, and she feels no guilt when her targets are fictional! This 9-inch sculpture, the first merchandise ever made of the hot new character, is made out of PVC plastic and features detailed sculpting and paint, atop a circular Gwenpool logo base. In scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, Gwenpool comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item # DEC162562, SRP: $45.00)

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Marvel Minimates Series 72 Wolverine Comic Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Wolverine is the best he is at what he does, and his enemies aren’t bad at it, either! This all-new assortment of Marvel Minimates is based on the rich comic book history of Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine, and features four different two-packs: Weapon X Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike, the first-ever Minimates of Mojo and Spiral, Ninja Attack Wolverine vs. a Hand Ninja, and the Silver Samurai vs. a Hand Ninja! Each 2-inch mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, including removable helmets, armor and weapons! Each 2-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # DEC162568, SRP $9.99/ea.)

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Marvel Minimates Luke Cage TV Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Say his name! The newest Marvel TV star is Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man, and the Marvel Minimates line is celebrating the release of his first season with a box set of Minimates based on the Netflix series! Luke Cage, Misty Knight, Cottonmouth and Mariah Dillard each measure approximately 2 inches tall and feature up to 14 points of articulation. Each figure features interchangeable parts and accessories, and Luke Cage can transform from his hooded streetwear to his post-experiment Power Man look! Figures come packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # DEC162569, SRP: $24.99)

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Marvel Premier Collection Thanos Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Mad Titan stands triumphant! With the Cosmic Cube in one raised hand and the Infinity Gauntlet on the other, there is no whim that cannot be granted to Thanos of Titan. This approximately 12” tall statue of Thanos shows him at his most powerful, wearing his classic costume, and places him atop a diorama base. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this statue includes an interchangeable clenched right fist, without the Cosmic Cube. Statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (Item# DEC162576, SRP: $150.00)

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Marvel Retro Cloth Punisher Action Figure Gift Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Is the Marvel Retro line ready for…The Punisher?! Never released in the classic Mego toy line of yester-year, violent vigilante The Punisher is the latest Marvel character to get the 8-inch Retro action figure treatment from DST! This gift set features one classically-styled white-gloved Punisher figure, in a vintage-style box, plus two additional heads and outfits: a bandaged head with a trenchcoat and bullet-proof vest, and the civilian streetwear of veteran Frank Castle! With interchangeable heads, hands, costumes and accessories, you can display your Punisher however you want! Packaged in a full-color gift tray! Designed and sculpted by EMCE Toys! (Item# DEC162577, SRP: $80.00)

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Marvel Select Lady Deadpool Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Select line just got a lot more lethal! The Deadpool from parallel Earth-3010, Wanda Wilson is a part of the rebellion against a fascistic US government, but she’s just as deadly as her 616 counterpart! This approximately 6.5” action figure features 16 points of articulation, as well as a diorama base and accessories including swords, a bazooka and Headpool! (Item # DEC162578, SRP: $24.99)

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TV Review: Gotham S3E11 Mad City: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster

season_3_posterAs the virus begins to spread in Gotham, the laboratory that is developing a cure is compromised. Mario and Gordon face off before the wedding, Selina meets an unexpected face and Barbara comes to Nygma with information about Isabella,

Gotham continues its ups and downs this year with yet another uneven episode that features a lot of good and a lot of bad.

The bad is Gordon’s pursuit of Mario who he’s convinced is infected and will do harm to Leslie and wants to stop the wedding. It’s a bit all over the place with a set-up that’s revealed and so complicated it’s eye rolling. To say more would be to spoil things, and I do my best to avoid that. Lets just say as you go down the rabbit hole things get more and more detached. Keeping it simple would have done this plotline a lot of good.

The other issue is that key scenes shows the acting hole actor Ben McKenzie has dug himself. Unfortunately, he does angry, and that’s about it as he channels Christian Bale’s Batman with growling and teeth clenched. There’s some scenes that’d be fantastic with a different style, but the opportunity to show some dramatic flair and let McKenzie act isn’t taken. How it all ends leads up to a direction that feels predictable and a bit to soap opera.

Then there’s Bruce’s mission to figure out what the key is for and his assault against the Court of Owls. Where to begin with this one other than it feels completely insane and reiterates the character should have been sent off to boarding school a long time ago. A Mission Impossible type undertaking is thrown in there complete with over the top tightrope action. The mysterious person who I think is supposed to be one of the Court of Owls’ assassins but looks like Kato also shows up to make things more complicated. Overall, it’s a stinker of a plot.

Then there’s the sort of good part of the episode which focuses on Edward Nygma and the death of Isabella. Barbara of course has to stir things up so she tells Edward what she’s figured out (seriously, she got it before the guy who’s supposed to be good at this stuff?) and that leads Edward into crazy territory again. How it all plays out is really good and hopefully sets the series back up to where it’s strongest when it focuses on the mob flavored stories.

The episode is the usual mix. There’s some good. There’s lots of bad. And the series as a whole feels like it still doesn’t know what it wants to be. As the season goes on it feels more like the campy nature of Schumacher is winning out though it’s diving more into the visuals and color palette of Burton. Maybe at some point we’ll get the Batman we deserve, but it more feels like someone is looking down and whispering “no” right now.

Overall Rating: 6.70

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