I’m sure this is an easy question for any Whovian. What’s the connection between Gotham and Doctor Who?
Gotham: Pilot (101)
Yes, it’s dark and dreary, with a film noir/graphic novel feel, but it fits. I’m on board, at least for now.
Not having an in-depth knowledge of the Batman legend, I may be at a disadvantage, but I don’t see it that way. Yes, I know about the major villains, but not their backgrounds; and I know next to nothing about James Gordon. So I can watch the story unfold as its told, without the quibbles that happen when shows depart from well-known (and well-loved) stories.
The linchpin of the premiere episode is the Wayne murders. Taking a short cut through an alley after catching a movie, Thomas and Martha Wayne are robbed, then shot. The whole thing is witnessed by their son Bruce (David Mazouz), and also a young woman destined to become Catwoman. (Which makes me wonder why she becomes one of the legendary villains.)
Called to the scene, veteran detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) wants nothing to do with the crime, but his rookie partner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is already talking to the young boy. Speaking from an experience I hope we’ll learn more about, Gordon tells Bruce Wayne, “There will be light.”
It’s a lovely scene, but all is eclipsed when Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) arrives. Young Bruce runs to him and hugs him tightly. This small scene shows their bond, and the influence Alfred will have. “Head up, eyes front. Don’t let them see you cry.” Alfred says as they leave the scene. Yes. I cried.
Alfred might possibly be the most interesting character on the show.
The biggest question for me is James Gordon’s partner, Detective Bullock. He cavorts with criminals, and knows the city and its police department are corrupt. But he also kills the man he honestly believes is responsible for the Wayne murders. Is he also corrupt? Or does he play along just enough to keep out of trouble? Perhaps those with better knowledge of the story know.
Young Bruce Wayne isn’t suppose to be a major player in the series, but that’s when I find the show is at its best. Perhaps it’s because the scenes with Bruce and Gordon lift the show’s dark mood and hope shows its face. Or, perhaps it’s because I get to see Alfred.
Sleepy Hollow: This Is War (201)
This show has become so whack. it’s hard for me to take it seriously. Ok, maybe it’s not meant to be taken seriously; but when I get thrown out of the moment by inconsistencies, sloppy research (Good grief! Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, not Benjamin Franklin! Sheesh!), and lazy writing (How did Abbie get out of the doll house? How did Jenny survive the car wreck?), it’s hard to keep track of the plot. But I persevere.
Lyndie Greenwood (Jenny) is now a regular. Yay! So is John Noble (Walter/Jeremy/War). Not so much yay. The actor is fine; it’s the thought of being subjected to the same plot all season long that bothers me. Supernatural knows it’s good to get away from the overall story once in a while. With John Noble in every episode, it looks like there’ll be no break.
So look to Damsel Undistressed for Sleepy Hollow love. I just have a few miscellaneous thoughts:
- Did you compare Ichabod Crane’s rise from the grave with Dean Winchester’s? Not exactly the same, since Ichabod wasn’t dead. But where Dean simply pushed his hand through the earth, Ichabod gave us an explosion before the hand. Pretty cool. Still, I’d say it’s a tie.
- War (or War’s armor) has a flaming sword! Just like Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2! Bet you didn’t see that connection coming! Still, flaming sword = cool.
- John Cho just can’t play the bad guy. Even when he’s demonized, he still has to have a redemption arc.
- Where is Orlando Jones??