Gotham Season 2 Episode #2 – 9/28/15 – review

Rise of the Villains: Knock, Knock

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Season 2 continues to move along at a rapid pace.  Galavan has kidnapped the Mayor and threatened him into covering up his own disappearance.  Jerome takes the lead of the Arkham escapees and they terrorize Gotham calling themselves the Maniax!.

Bruce fires Alfred for breaking his fathers computer then hires him back as long as he promises to train him.

The Maniax! attack GCPD and kill Captain Sarah Essen.  Harvey Bullock returns to work.

Cameron Monaghan steals this episode with a brilliant performance as the manic, Jokeresque, Jerome.  The laugh and the smile are perfectly crazed.  Galavan and his team of crazies dominate this episode with no time for the Penguin and little for the Riddler.

Another great thrill ride of an episode.  Looking forward to next week and seeing how the GCPD and Gordon move forward without Essen at the helm.

Gotham Season 2 Episode #1 – 9/21/15 Review

Rise of the Villians: Damned If You Do….

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The new season picks up right where the old one left off.   Penguin is running the Gotham underworld, Gordon is working as a traffic cop, Bullock is a bar tender and Barbara is now an inmate at Arkham Asylum.

This episode largely deals with how far is it ok to go for the greater good.  Gordon struggles with the frustration of losing his job and no longer being able to try and clean up Gotham.  He only option to get back to cleaning up the city is to turn to crime himself and do a favor for the Penguin.  It gave Gordon a bit more of an edge, as he spent most of the previous season taking the moral high ground.

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This episode sees the arrival of Theo Galavan and his sister Tabitha (Tigress).  His agenda is not made clear in this episode although it’s clearly not going to be good for Gotham.

Ed Nygma is now talking to himself and spiraling into insanity.  We are getting closer and closer to seeing the super-villain Riddler emerge.

The least interesting parts of the episode for me were the ones involving Bruce Wayne.  Alfred is by far the most interesting part of any Bruce scene.

The episode is a great start to season 2.  It’s going to interesting to see, over the course of the season, how Gordon deals with what he had to do for Penguin, the increasing threat that Galavan poses and The Riddler slowly losing his mind.

DC TV Update 8/18/2015

Returning DC shows

Gotham (FOX) second season premiere 9/21/2015

The Flash (CW) second season premiere 10/6/2015

iZombie (CW) second season premiere 10/6/2015

Arrow (CW) forth season premiere 10/7/2015

Upcoming DC shows

Supergirl (CBS) premiere 10/26/2015

Legends of Tomorrow (CW) premiere early 2016

Lucifer (FOX) premiere 2016

Preacher (AMC) pilot being filmed

Titans/Blackbirds (TNT) rumored, not yet in production

News

Gotham

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Gotham Season 2 is just 34 days away.  Fox has been running some trailers for the new season which is subtitled “Rise of the Villains” So far already cast for the season are Tigress and Firefly.  One of the trailers sees Bruce and Alfred entering an underground cave, no doubt the first we see of the Batcave.

The Flash

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There’s going to be a bunch of new villains for the Flash to deal with the season.  Already cast are Atom-Smasher and Captain Cold’s Father.  Others rumored to be appearing include Vandal Savage, Doctor Alchemy, Professor Zoom and the Mirror Master.  It’s already been teased that Kaitlin will be becoming Killer Frost but it’s not known whether it will happen this season.

Arrow

Starling City becomes Star City and Arrow will now be known as the Green Arrow.  There have been updates to Green Arrow’s costume as well as a new bunker for the team.

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Supergirl

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Probably the most anticipated new show for comic book fans this season is Supergirl.  Brit Morgan has been cast as the villain Livewire, who’s power is electricity.  It’s been confirmed that Superman will not be appearing on screen in the series but he will be mentioned and play a part in Kara development into Supergirl.

DC TV Update

Returning DC shows

Arrow (CW) forth season premiere 10/7/2015

The Flash (CW) second season premiere 10/6/2015

Gotham (FOX) second season premiere 9/21/2015

iZombie (CW) second season premiere 10/6/2015

Upcoming DC shows

Supergirl (CBS) premiere 10/26/2015

Legends of Tomorrow (CW) premiere early 2016

Lucifer (FOX) premiere 2016

Preacher (AMC) pilot being filmed

Titans/Blackbirds (TNT) rumored, not yet in production

NEWS

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So many shows, so many rumors on what’s to come this season.  All eyes are sure to be on Supergirl when she arrives on the screen in early 2016.  The pilot has been leaked online and the reviews are good.  It’s sure to have a huge audience for the first few episodes, let’s hope it holds onto them. Being on a large network such as CBS means that the numbers need to be high to keep it going.

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The CW is growing there DC group of heroes with the Legends of Tomorrow premiere in early 2016 after a big Arrow/Flash crossover episode.  It’s going to be exciting to watch all three shows and see how they crossover and interact over the coming season.

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iZombie returns for a second season.  It’s a bizarre concept but it’s worth watching, lots of humor and zombies that can hold a conversation, make it a refreshing change from the Walking Dead style zombie.

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Gotham is another big one.  I’m still undecided on this.  I enjoyed last season but I found myself leaving episodes on the DVR for a few weeks before watching, rather than having to watch live because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen.

Other shows being added to the tv schedule this season are Lucifer and Preacher.  These aren’t superhero shows but they are owned by DC comics.Finally there is the possibility of a live action Teen Titans series to be shown on TNT.  I love the Teen Titans comics and really hope this gets made and does justice to the comic book and the characters.