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TV Review: Gotham S4E4 A Dark Knight: The Demon’s Head

Bruce puts lives at risk to uncover the meaning behind his prized knife from the auction; Ra’s Al Ghul proves his deadly devotion; Sofia Falcone is on a mission to win back Gotham from Penguin.

Gotham focuses a bit in this episode as we move into four main focuses, what’s with the knife, who’s Ra’s, Sofia Falcone vs. Penguin, and Penguin vs. Riddler.

The first two plot threads feel like they get amble time to play out and a lot of that is used to explain things and why they matter. All of this is actually pretty decent. How Ra’s is presented feels like it’s a bit more grounded than what we’ve seen in other iterations with a focus on myth more than anything else. Presented as a legend there’s something that works and works better than say a guy with a giant cold gun. And that presents some of the issues and hurdles this series has, the fact that it has to balance these two settings, the fantastical and the real. This episode is a bit more on the real side.

That is helped a bit by the Falcone plot which has Sofia going through her own history and out of all of the current plots, this one has the most potential. The series feels its strongest when it sticks to the “mob wars” type storyline and hopefully we get more of that this season.

Then there’s the Riddler vs. Penguin storyline. The quicker this is over, the better as it not only feels played out but it’s downright silly. In the comics we recently had the Joker vs. Riddler and that feels like Shakespeare compared to what’s being presented on the small screen. It’s bad. It’s really bad. Frustratingly bad. The acting is silly, and it took me out of the rest of the episode which was an improvement.

There’s some brutal stuff here as Ra’s kills quite a few to get in a position that he clearly wants. Is it weird to say, more of this and less of the other rogues?

 

The episode has some ups and downs and isn’t good but isn’t bad too. There’s bright spots, and in this episode we’ve gotten more of those than low points.

Overall Rating: 6.65

TV Review: Gotham S4E3 A Dark Knight: They Who Hide Behind Masks

Gordon travels to Miami hoping to convince Carmine Falcone to help him fight the Penguin, only to have his daughter follow him back to Gotham.

Gotham is all over the place with this episode that has Gordon focused on stopping Penguin and Bruce’s story circling with the reveal of Ra’s Al Ghul last season. Both stories are ok with Gordon’s being the stronger of the two.

Whenever Ben McKenzie‘s Gordon has dealt with John Doman‘s Carmine Falcone the series has felt like it has found its footing. As a whole the show does better when it focuses on the “street level” crime fmaily drama and seems to derail any time it deviates. What’s interesting is the introduction of Crystal Reed as Sofia Falcone, a new femme fatale for Gordon to flirt with. If the show just focused on this, it’d be stronger for it.

Instead we get some side questions.

The first involves a superfan of the Riddler, Myrtle Jenkins, who springs him from Penguin’s ice cage. It’s a little weird and while the acting is entertaining, it doesn’t quite jive with the more grounded and serious segments involving Gordon.

Then there’s Bruce who I’m now dubbing the “Douche Knight” in his quest to solve crime and purchase a knife that leads to Ra’s Al Ghul. The acting as usual is atrocious and Bruce is played as a childish dick as opposed to an arrogant and aloof playboy. It’s weird and definitely a different way of depicting the character, sadly it just doesn’t work as again it’s a weird tone in between Gordon’s story and Riddlers.

And that’s the issue with the series, it wants to do everything and doesn’t commit to one thing. The tone and vision is all over the place. If the show focused on one thing it’d be stronger (any one thing) but by trying to cover all tones, settings, and characters, it doesn’t do any of them well and feels like it’s a bit ADD about it all. A more focused series would be a stronger one.

 

Overall Rating: 6.50

TV Review: Gotham S4E2 A Dark Knight: The Fear Reaper

Gordon attempts to bring in Jonathan Crane to prove that the GCPD is still powerful; Selina and Tabitha must consider risks that come with joining Barbara in the weapon business.

Gotham generally is on the right track but it seems much like the first, the second episode throws in just enough to cause the episode the trip over itself.

When the series focuses on the police, corruption, and Penguin, it shines. You can see this to some extent towards the end when Penguin recruits the police directly, though I still am scratching my head as to where the Feds are during all of this? The series as a whole has been solid when it keeps things somewhat grounded. In this case, with it more mob focuses, that’s entertaining and I want to see more of it. Even Gordon’s focus on bringing in Crane is decent enough and uses the character well and delivers a take on the character that feels like a mix of different versions we’ve seen.

The other part of the episode is Tabitha and Selina possibly making a deal with Barbara and Ivy’s thrown in there too. This too works well as the internal politics and dynamics are interesting. It plays nicely into Penguin’s new rules for the city as well. Again, sticking with this would be solid.

Again, where things go wrong are Bruce Wayne and his transition to Batman. Not only does Alfred need to come save him but Lucius Fox steps in with new equipment for Bruce and the series doesn’t even attempt to make it all interesting. Instead, lines about rock climbing feel like they’ve been taken directly from Batman Begins, a rather silly thing that reminded me of the far superior movie.

 

 

Much like the previous season, this one feels like it’ll have a lot of ups and downs. If it focuses on just the police it’s entertaining and a show I want to watch. Wen it focuses on Bruce, something just doesn’t click. The writers feel like they’re committing to the later, so we’ll need to suck it up and deal with it, hopefully it’s to a minimum.

Overall Rating: 6.75

TV Review: Gotham S4E1 A Dark Knight: Pax Penguina

Detective Gordon suspects that Jonathan Crane has resurfaced; Penguin hosts the grand opening of his new Iceberg Lounge; Bruce begins his vigilante watch.

Gotham has returned with a mix of an episode that picks up where last season left off. Bruce is well on his way to becoming Batman and Penguin is making his moves to take over the city… in a way. There’s good and bad in this episode, a lot of good actually and that’s a bit surprising based on the promotional material leading up to this season.

I’ll start with the bad. As usual it’s everything having to do with Bruce Wayne and his becoming a vigilante. It’s hard to ignore that he’s maybe 15 or 16 and there’s little push to stop him from doing what he’s doing. There’s also the fact he’s either really good or really bad at everything he’s doing. He either trips and stumbles into a fight or is able to disappear like a ghost. He confronts Penguin and in a rather awkward exchange it’s clear he’s investigating the new set up I’ll discuss more below.

All of the above isn’t helped by the fact that David Mazouz still hasn’t grown as an actor. Everything is delivered in a bland, boring, monotone way. When everyone else is so full of life, it stands out, especially when actor Sean Pertwee is so good in everything he does as Alfred.

Lets get to the rest of the episode though….

There’s a new status quo in Gotham and now all crime is being licensed through Penguin’s associates with the blessings of those in charge like the head of the police and Mayor. It’s a head scratcher that would work a bit better if it wasn’t so blunt and out there. Everyone knows about this and the Feds haven’t stepped in?

What’s good about the storyline is that it dials back the villains focus which was escalating and getting a bit silly. Instead it’s more mob vs police and a focus on corruption grounding things a bit. But, the cat’s out of the bag so there’s still colorful characters like Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy and the Riddler (on ice). The episode is the strongest when it focuses on the police and their dealing with this new status quo. Bullock and Gordon especially stand out and have through the series. It just gets derailed when things shift towards Bruce.

So, the first episode sets things up but it’s a mixed bag. There’s glimpses of a solid series and then things get silly again showing those behind the series don’t seem to know exactly what type of series they’re doing. Hopefully we get more of the Gotham police and a little less of masks and cowls.

Overall Rating: 7.0

Diamond Select Toys On Sale Now: Gotham, Harley Quinn, Watchmen and More!

It’s a DC-tastic week at comic shops, as Diamond Select Toys ships items from Gotham, Watchmen, Wonder Woman and Batman: The Animated Series! Plus, there’s a new assortment of Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates, but most of them could probably double as obscure members of Batman’s Rogue’s Gallery in a pinch.

A trio of new products from Batman: The Animated Series are arriving in time for the show’s 25th anniversary! First up, a special 25th anniversary edition Harley Quinn bust, to celebrate the character’s debut on the show 25 years ago! With an interchangeable head to represent her first episode, and a removable silver frame for her base, she’s the perfect anniversary present for any Harley Quinn fan! Plus, Mr. Freeze makes his debut in in the Batman bust line, based on his classic cartoon appearance, and Batgirl is back in black as a new 10-inch PVC diorama (co-starring Clayface) based on her New Batman Adventures outfit! All three sculpted by Varner Studios!

Batman The Animated Series Harley Quinn 25th Ann. Bust (Item #MAR172722, SRP: $59.99)

Batman The Animated Series Mr. Freeze Resin Bust (Item #MAR172721, SRP: $59.99)

DC Gallery New Batman Adventures Batgirl PVC Diorama (Item # FEB172601, SRP: $45.00)

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 an alleyway, with Joker grafitti and political posters! Collect them both to build the diorama! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant!

Gotham TV Select Series 4 Azrael Action Figure (Item #SEP168901, SRP: $24.99)

Gotham TV Select Series 4 Hugo Strange Action Figure (Item #SEP168900, SRP: $24.99)

Gotham TV Select Series 4 Mr. Freeze Action Figure (Item #SEP168899, SRP: $24.99)


It’s a new series of Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates and they’re a dream come true! The cast of creepy characters expands with three new 2-packs: Snowman Jack with glow-in-the-dark Oogie Boogie, the specialty-exclusive Devil and Corpse Boy, and the also-exclusive Saxophonist with Undersea Gal! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation with fully interchangeable parts, including a removable snowman costume! Each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card.

Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Series 4 2-Packs Asst. (Item #APR172631, SRP: $9.99)/ea.

The Vinimates vinyl figure line explodes into the DC Comics cinematic universe with three more vinyl figures based on the Watchmen movie and our first-ever Vinimate based on Wonder Woman! Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre and Ozymandias join Nite Owl, Rorschach and the Comedian, and Diana in her training gear heralds the coming of the entire Justice League! Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in a pose straight from the movies, and each comes packaged in a full-color window box. The Watchmen Vinimates also have articulated necks.

Watchmen Vinimates Silk Spectre Vinyl Figure (Item #MAR172734, SRP: $9.99)

Watchmen Vinimates Dr. Manhattan Vinyl Figure (Item #MAR172735, SRP: $9.99)

Watchmen Vinimates Ozymandias Vinyl Figure (Item #MAR17272236, SRP: $9.99)

Wonder Woman Movie Vinimates Wonder Woman Training Gear Vinyl Figure (Item #APR172647, SRP: $9.99)

TV Review: Gotham S3E21 Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling; Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul

season_3_posterWith the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continuesl Fish Mooney, The Riddler, and Penguin reveal plans of their own; Bruce meets Ra’s Al Ghul and completes his task; Gordon tries to win back Lee.

Gotham wraps up its third season with two episodes that are ADD with what feels like every major plotline being wrapped up with either lots of violence or just outright killing people.

The entire season has felt a little hapdash with just a lot of plotlines and their coming together towards the end. The Tetch virus is out and Gotham is burning which is a bit too much like Batman Begins.

 

From there, it’s a race to save the city by creating an antidote or gettin getting the one that Strange created, but we know that won’t be easy. Still, the episode leaves me shaking my head that an antidote can be wipped up that quickly and though everyone knows there’s this virus and threat out there, no one has done this preemptively.

But beyond the virus, there’s Bruce meeting Ra’s Al Ghul, predictable to an extent with Bruce committing an act that’s pretty brutal and a bit silly for the person he commits the act against to be so forgiving so quickly. We’ll see more of this in season four because this season was about fast tracking Bruce to be on his way to be Batman… as a 16 year old.

Then there’s Penguin and Riddlers battle and Barbara and everyone else. It’s a lot there and each story feels like it could be an episode unto themselves. But, things are wrapped up pretty well taking care of the major plot points and just getting rid of excess characters. But even for a Schumacher riffed season finale, this was a bit unfocused.

There’s some good, like a reveal about Butch that should be exciting but the entire season feels like it destroys Gotham just so we can get Bruce closer to being Batman. It’s a bit excessive and too much has been packed in giving us a lot but not much of it in a way where it feels satisfying.

The ending is predictable with visuals that play off of so much that has come before with its own twist that just doesn’t work as well, which sums up the season so well.

Overall Rating: 6.35

“Gotham: The Complete Third Season” arrives on Blu-ray & DVD starting August 29, 2017

In the latest season of FOX’s hit show, the power struggle in Gotham is more contentious than ever, as DC Super-Villains even more ambitious and depraved are introduced and a realignment of alliances could change the future of Gotham forever. Join Jim Gordon and his Gotham constituents as they navigate the chaos that ensues when the world’s most infamous DC Super-Villains wreak havoc on Gotham as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the mysterious Gotham: The Complete Third Season on August 29, 2017. Gotham: The Complete Third Season will feature all 22 episodes plus fascinating special features including three featurettes, Gotham’s 2016 Comic-Con panel and deleted scenes, and will be available to own on Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy ($54.97 SRP) and DVD ($49.99 SRP). Gotham: The Complete Third Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

The fight for order and control in Gotham is deadlier than ever with the introduction of cunning, new DC Super-Villains who might alter the future of our heroes and their beloved city. With the Indian Hill fugitives on the loose, Jim Gordon takes matters into his own hands as a bounty hunter in order to save the city that he loves, but will he accomplish his mission to find deranged mastermind Hugo Strange and Fish Mooney, one of Strange’s villainous subjects? While Gordon plays bounty hunter, Gotham City Police Department’s Bullock and Barnes remain on the frontline in Gotham, fighting against crime and destruction in the monster-ridden city. The city seems to be descending further and further into chaos and darkness as burgeoning DC Super-Villains Penguin, Edward Nygma/The Riddler and more are joined by the future Poison Ivy, now transformed into a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms, and Jervis Tetch aka Mad Hatter, a. talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness. All the while, a young Bruce Wayne discovers that there are still more secrets behind his parents’ murder as he peels back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of Owls.

Gotham: The Complete Third Season features an all-star cast lead by Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Vikings), David Mazouz (Touch), Morena Baccarin (Homeland, V), Sean Pertwee (Elementary), Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Erin Richards (Being Human, The Quite Ones), Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith (Carol), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Chris Chalk (Rent), Drew Powell (The Mentalist), Maggie Geha (All My Children), Benedict Samuel (The Walking Dead) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield). Based on the characters from DC and produced by Warner Bros. Television, Gotham was developed by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), who executive produces with Danny Cannon (Nikita, CSI), John Stephens (Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl) and Ken Woodruff (The Mentalist, Shark).

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Gotham: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p. The full HD Video will feature DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 4-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of all 22 episodes from season three. 

BLU-RAY & DVD FEATURES

  • Gotham: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
  • Madness Rising: the New Villains of Gotham
  • The Dark Within the Dark: The Court of Owls
  • Ben McKenzie Directorial Debut
  • Deleted Scenes

20 ONE-HOUR EPISODES + 1 TWO-HOUR FINALE

  1. Better to Reign in Hell…
  2. Burn the Witch
  3. Look Into My Eyes
  4. New Day Rising
  5. Anything for You
  6. Follow the White Rabbit
  7. The Red Queen
  8. Blood Rush
  9. The Executioner
  10. Time Bomb
  11. Beware the Green-Eyed Monster
  12. Ghosts
  13. Smile Like You Mean It
  14. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
  15. How the Riddler Got His Name
  16. These Delicate and Dark Obsessions
  17. The Primal Riddle
  18. Light the Wick
  19. All Will Be Judged
  20. Pretty Hate Machine
  21. Destiny Calling / Heavydirtysoul

TV Review: Gotham S3E20 Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine

season_3_posterGordon races against the clock to save the city from the Alice Tetch virus; Alfred sees a big change in Bruce Wayne after his work with The Shaman; Gotham’s most deranged villains band together.

Gotham takes even more steps back as it begins to wrap up its third season with just a few episodes left. Every storyline you can think is touched upon as the episode bounces around like it can’t keep focus and  changes tone and look at a drop of a hat.

That’s been my biggest issue with the season as it can’t quite figure out what it wants to be, the show with lots of crazy villains, the detective series focused on Gordon and Bullock as cops, Bruce growing into Batman, or all of the above. This episode is an all of the above as the war brews between Penguin’s crew and the Riddler’s. The Shaman confronts the Court of Owls before releasing the virus, and then we get Lee going all crazy and how that plays out with Gordon.

Every plotline feels worse than the last with Lee taking the Tetch virus and enacting her vengeance against Gordon being the worst of them. The resolution had me shaking my head as to where it all goes and what happens. That plotline is the worst of the bunch and that’s saying something as the plot with the Court of Owls is as uninspired as they come being a riff on Batman Begins (though that took inspiration from the comics) and even Ra’s Al Ghul is hinted at.

Then there’s Penguin and his battle with the Riddler with the actual plot feeling like it doesn’t really go anywhere, just the usual fake outs and confrontations that don’t result in anything really. It’s also so different in tone from the rest of the episode it’s almost as if there’s two different shows here.

And that’s the biggest issue of this season. Part of it wants to be the more serious Batman films and part of it wants to be the campier films. And those two things don’t work very well together, at least this show hasn’t successfully made it work.

With just two more episodes left in the season, what looked like a season that was going to end on a high note, actually feels like it’s giving us a finale that’s as much of a mess as the rest of the season.

 

 

Overall Rating: 6.15

TV Review: Gotham S3E19 Heroes Rise: All Will Be Judged

season_3_posterTemple Shaman reveals his hand to Bruce Wayne and sets up the next phase of training. Gordon and Bullock are put into danger as they come across a crystal owl that reveals the most coveted secrets of Gotham’s underworld. Meanwhile, Nygma and Penguin are forced to work together to get out of a tricky situation.

Gotham goes backward with this episode that returns the silly to a point that it’s hard to take seriously and not roll one’s eyes. The Judge has been let loose to take on Gordon and we get a first look at this new get up that… just looks idiotic. A cross between steampunk and the Mask of the Phantasm, the character design just doesn’t fit into the world, which is saying something. With designs in the past that work, and work really well, it makes one wonder why there’s such a divergence from animated versions of the character. The end result is too silly and with Michael Chiklis’ performance not helping at all it takes what were really solid previous episodes.

Then there’s something that happens with Leslie that had me rolling my eyes so hard, it’s difficult to not say this episode drives the car off the road while the last few had righted it so well. That aspect, which I won’t spoil, isn’t something I trust the creators to do right with.

There’s some decent things here though. There’s some reveals involving Bruce and the Temple Shaman that has me going from hating that storyline to actually looking forward to seeing what they plan on doing. But, the biggest surprise is Alfred who steps forward in a way that’s unexpected and gives that character some of the best we’ve seen from him in the entire series.

The episode is a painful one for me to watch, especially since the last few were so good. There’s aspects that just don’t work at all and are presented in a way that loses the vision the series has had for the last few episodes. Hopefully the next episode gets things back on track.

Overall Rating: 6.95

TV Review: Gotham S3E18 Heroes Rise: Light the Wick

season_3_posterGordon discovers the weapon the Court of Owls will use to destroy Gotham, which leads him on a dangerous path as he tracks it down. Meanwhile, Kathryn (guest star Leslie Hendrix) and Temple Shaman (guest star Raymond J. Barry) reveal their next move to Bruce, and Ivy comes to Selina’s aid.

Gotham continues its streak of entertaining episodes, this one with some minor bumps, but overall pretty solid as it begins to wind down the season towards the end game.

The good is Gordon and his toying with the Court of Owls which plays out completely in this episode where he’s forced to make a choice between the Court and doing what’s right. What’s really solid is the episode has everything flowing naturally building to the moment when things shift and we as an audience are left wondering where it’ll all go. That moment also gives us solid action though a head scratcher moment when a gate is supposed to protect against gas? but, what I like most about this plotline is it brings together a lot from this series into a coherent story. Oswald’s story too is great as he attempts to put pressure on Gordon. Actor Robin Lord Taylor has been the highlight of the entire series and here his acting is on full display.

The mediocre of the episode is Selina’s story and Bruce’s. We saw Selina’s turn towards Catwoman in the last episode with a scene straight out of Batman Returns and Bruce’s experience feels straight out of Batman Begins. It feels like when it comes to these two, the writers weren’t sure what to do, so decided to just do an homage to what’s come before. It’s not a bad decision and has prevented from being a disaster to being bearable in a nostalgic sort of way. But, that also means we’re getting nothing new, yet. We’ll see. But, it looks like the writers finally have a direction for these two characters and a better handle as to what to do with them, after a lot of misses.

The episode continues a singular vision now with a style and voice that feels like it’s one. Gone are the episodes where different segments felt like they could be a completely different show. Instead, that has all gelled into a series that feels like a proper follow up to Tim Burton’s vision, mining a lot of the visual look and queues he set up in his two entries.

Though the first half of the season was a mess, this latter half building to the finale has delivered in a way that the series has been missing for some time.

Overall Rating: 7.80

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