Swamp Thing S:01 E:01

Episode Title: The Un-Men Unleashed
Original Airdate: 10-31-1990

This review is done as part of the Nature’s Fury blogathon being held over at Cinematic Catharsis. I decided that since I had already covered the Swamp Thing movie, its sequel and the Marvel equivalent Man-Thing that I would take a look at the pilot of the Swamp Thing live action TV series. There was only one problem: I couldn’t find it anywhere except on iTunes. That normally wouldn’t be a big problem except for the fact that I’m not an Apple guy so that means that I only open the Windows version of iTunes once or twice a year, usually to give out podcast reviews to help out the podcasts that I listen to. It also means that when I do run it, I have to deal with updating, crashing, misremembering my password even though it says I’m signed in yet prompts me for the password at every turn, and other problems. This time around it wouldn’t let me add any billing information so I could actually pay the overpriced $1.99 for a single half-hour episode of a 20+ year old television show. So instead, I found this animated episode on YouTube.
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Gotham S:02 E:16

Episode Title: Prisoners
Original Airdate: 3-28-16

If you’re following along with these reviews as I’m writing them you might be able to tell how much I’m getting into these episodes as I’m breezing through them to try and catch up to yesterday’s new episode. Apparently I was right to a certain extent, but not quite as much as I would have thought. There was a bit of a time jump while Jim Gordon has been in prison, but it wasn’t a matter of years, merely a matter of weeks to months. It’s not entirely clear exactly how much time passed while Gordon was in Blackgate prison aside from one comment that he had spent “weeks” in there and there was a moment where they showed a snowy prison which suggests months rather than just weeks.
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Gotham S:02 E:15

Episode Title: Mad Grey Dawn
Original Airdate: 3-21-16

On Gotham I’m actually making some real headway towards catching up to today’s current episode. The biggest thing about this episode is that it features Paul Reubens as Penguin’s father, and something that I had completely forgotten about was that he also played Penguin’s father in Batman Returns. Having recently seen him in both Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday and a revisit to Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure it was a little bizarre to see him do a complete 180 and play a seemingly normal character. There’s also a little bit of penance for both Penguin and Gordon while Bruce continues to use what he learned in the previous episode in his quest to understand the underworld. Though if I didn’t know that this was still a ways away from the end of the season, I would have thought that this was a set up for a big time jump going into season 3.
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Gotham S:02 E:14

Episode Title: This Ball of Mud and Meanness
Original Airdate: 3-14-16

Finally starting to catch back up with this season of Gotham here on the site, which is weird because this season really has caught on with me as one of the best shows out there right alongside the Flash. I think it’s just a product of my mood lately where the Flash is still much more of an upbeat show while Gotham is much darker and not exactly the type of show that you just throw on with a whim. When I last checked in with Gotham, David Mazouz was well on his way to catching up with his parents’ killer, and Penguin was going through an odd series of treatments with Hugo Strange. One of these things I enjoyed, while the other I’m still not so sure of. And just a quick note, I’m taking the events in the episode at face value, I have not cheated and looked ahead at what may have happened in the previous episodes that I’ve yet to catch up with.
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Gotham S:02 E:13

Episode Title: A Dead Man Feels No Cold
Original Airdate: 3-7-16

I wasn’t so sure about Gotham returning when they announced Mr. Freeze as the new villain of the arc, and I still wasn’t entirely sure when he started going around freezing people. But what did surprise me was the other new villain, one that comic fans might be aware of, but I had never heard of by now and that was Hugo Strange played here by B.D. Wong. As a villain, in just two short episodes he has become the fascinating person with goals that make sense and yet are also very sinister and twisted while simultaneously being secretly out in the open. And his look is so bizarre with the round colored glasses and odd beard choice. It looks very comic book, but somehow doesn’t exactly seem all that out of place in the world of Gotham.
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Gotham S:02 E:12

Episode Title: Mr. Freeze
Original Airdate: 2-29-16

It seems like it’s been a long time, but Gotham is finally back and has transitioned from the Rise of the Villains to the Wrath of the Villains starting with our good old friend Mr. Freeze. It also answers the age old question of how you properly pronounce his last name. While I’ve notoriously had my ups and downs with this show, it ended with last year’s midseason on a rather high note. But at the same time, I really had my doubts with how they were going to handle the rather large shoes to fill for someone who is honestly a variation of Flash and Legends of Tomorrow’s Captain Cold, with more tragedy and less humor. But I will say that for now I’m still on board. I just wish we had a little more time with Leslie Thompkins who I saw a whole lot more of last month in Deadpool, but I’ll just leave that over there for now.
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Gotham S:02 E:10

Episode Title: The Son of Gotham
Original Airdate: 11-23-15

Without going into too much detail just yet, I think it’s safe to say that I’m pretty much fully on board again with Gotham. There’s only a couple middling things here and there that have been bugging me, but for the most part I’m truly enjoying where the arcs are for every character on the show. Gordon, Riddler, and Bruce are all three continuing down a darker path. Meanwhile the escalation of the Court of Owls, currently referred to in the show as the Sacred Order of St. Dumas, is a little bit out there but I can go along with it for now.
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Gotham S:02 E:08

Episode Title: Tonight’s the Night
Original Airdate: 11-09-15

I won’t go so far as to say that this episode falls back down into the hill of annoyability, but in terms of tropes and predictability, this really took the cake. I mean between obvious trap is obvious, car sideswiped by a truck out of nowhere, and villain dangling from a high place holding onto the arm of our hero, it’s pretty thick with them. Luckily, we also get a nice sidetrack with the Riddler on his own path through the woods, and a little bit of Harvey Bullock to lighten the mood.
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Gotham S:02 E:07

Episode Title: Mommy’s Little Monster
Original Airdate: 11-2-15

And we’re back, and on time this time. Kinda. Hopefully. If I finish writing this quickly enough. Anyway after hemming and hawwing for a bit, I’m back on board for a while with Gotham, and hopefully it stays this way. There aren’t any characters that are completely aggravating me, and the intrigue is actually intriguing. We’ve got Butch back in business. Kinda. Hopefully. Penguin in full-on gang war with Galavan, and Gordon finally wising up to his ways even if it is a little bit too late. Did this or did this not feel like the fastest mayoral race in history, even if it is supposedly an emergency election? Whatever. I’m still on board. For now.
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Gotham S:02 E:06

Episode Title: By Fire
Original Airdate: 10-26-15

It’s getting old hat to say how much I’m up and down on Gotham so instead of going through it all again, I’ll just skip to the end and say that I rather enjoyed this episode minus a couple characters that I’m not feeling very much anymore. It has a strong turn for Cat as well as the continuation of a turning point for Gordon. It also furthers Nygma’s plot, and while it does once again go much further down the rabbit hole than I would have expected considering the show’s timeline, I’ll go along with it for now. And as far as Bridgit’s Firefly, she had a nice bit of a tragic villain story with a twist at the end that I rather enjoyed.
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