Batman S:02 E:17

Episode Title: Hizzoner the Penguin
Original Airdate: November 2, 1966

We’re still about three months away from election day and I already couldn’t be more sick of the political process. My Facebook feed is wall to wall politics. Please, give it a rest already, people. Post some cat photos or something! Even this week’s episode of Batman couldn’t provide relief, for it focuses on the Gotham City mayoral election. Burgess Meredith returns as the Penguin in Hizzoner the Penguin. Continue reading Batman S:02 E:17

Batman S:01 E:34

Episode Title: Batman Makes the Scenes
Original Airdate: May 5, 1966

When we last left Gotham City, Batman and Robin had been captured by the Penguin and placed inside a vacuum chamber full of balloons. The air is slowly being sucked out of the room. Once the last balloon pops…well…so will the Dynamic Duo. How will they possibly survive? Let’s find out in the final episode of season one, Batman Makes the Scenes. Continue reading Batman S:01 E:34

Batman S:01 E:33

Episode Title: Fine Finny Fiends
Original Airdate: May 4, 1966

Well, we’ve made it to our final adventure of season one of this classic series. It sees the return of one of Batman’s top villains up to his old tricks once again. Burgess Meredith is back as that waddling master criminal, the Penguin, in today’s episode, Fine Finny Fiends. Continue reading Batman S:01 E:33

Gotham S:01 E:20

Episode Title: Under the Knife
Original Airdate: 4-20-15

When we last left our heroes, Gordon was tricked into a case involving a serial killer who goes after the loved ones of any cop who gets too close to solving his crimes, and even when he found this out he continued his investigation into Milo Ventimiglia’s Ogre. We also get a little bit further into the plots of the Penguin, the Bat and the Cat, and the Riddle Man. It’s one of the darker episodes on several fronts and I generally enjoyed it. There’s even the return of Barbara who gets to show a little bit more bite to her character that has been severely lacking in this show from the very beginning. Hopefully she either bites it, or comes into some serious character growth because that has been one of the many missteps this show has taken from the start. And sadly, we don’t get to find out the fate of poor, poor, Fish Mooney who was left with a possibly fatal injury while escaping from the island of Dr. Mor-err-Dollmaker.
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Gotham S:01 E:14

Episode Title: The Fearsome Dr. Crane
Original Airdate: 2-2-15

One of the biggest complaints against Gotham seems to be how it has been taking too many of Batman’s villains lately and having them come into play long before Bruce Wayne even develops an irrational fear of bats. There’s a couple thought processes that go into this criticism. The biggest one against is the theory that it was the appearance of Batman himself that created the more eccentric supervillains of Gotham. If he hadn’t come around with his theatricality then the crime would still be there, but it would continue to be the stereotypical mob and street crime. The other theory is that the most interesting thing about the world of Batman, Gotham City, and Arkham Asylum are the villains and to have this show focusing on the city that beget Batman without using any of the rogues gallery would be a waste and be uninteresting. I find that the show is the best when it walks the fine line between those two sides, but it is a fine line and different for everyone.
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