So many shows to watch on Monday. So little to say about them. Which is why I won’t be covering any of them in any regular manner.
I continue to watch Gotham, but in general have little to say about it. What I enjoy most about the show is what critics seem to dislike, the inclusion of young Bruce Wayne. But this is what gives the story its heart.
We’re told Jim Gordon is a decorated combat veteran, and the son of the city’s one-time District Attorney who was killed before his time, yet these haven’t been addressed since the pilot. Nor has there been much effort to portray him as a lone policeman fighting corruption. The only depth of character we’ve seen is his relationship with his fiance Barbara Kean, and that’s not only boring, it’s currently on the outs. (And will hopefully remain so.) I’d love the writers to explore the history of Gordon’s father. Was it really a random car accident that killed him?
Gordon’s partner Harvey Bullock is an enigma. He may not be on the take, but he’s not a do-gooder like Gordon. We’ll likely learn more about him as the series progresses, which might add some depth to him. Supposedly the next episode, “Spirit of the Goat” (106), explores some of Harvey’s history.
I love young Bruce for the same reasons I’ve loved Hiccup in the DreamWorks Dragons television series. It’s watching a young man grow into the adult we know he becomes. Yes, Bruce is obsessed with finding his parents’ murderer, but he’s become interested in the workings of the city, and of his parents’ corporation. He’s proving to be a diligent, conscientious and intelligent young man. I’m not sure he’d be as interesting in the hands of another actor, but David Mazouz is mesmerizing in the role. I think Jim Gordon would do well to spend more time with Bruce and Alfred.
At least Benjamin Franklyn-stein didn’t turn me completely off the series. Now that there appears to be a bit of trouble on the Ichabod-Katrina front, that story might not be so snooze-inducing. Heck, I even watched “The Weeping Lady” without fast forwarding through anything.
Henry is proving being a servant of Evil isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I find his frequent admonishments from Moloch amusingly entertaining. I am interested to see where Frank Irving’s story leads. Seeing Orlando Jones in a black tank and headband was a treat. (Not so much the black eyes, though.)
Nonetheless, I won’t be covering it anymore, at least not “regularly.”
It’s not really science fiction, but does have the geek factor going for it. And there’s enough fiction in the computer science to give it a shot. It’s sort of like Manhattan in that respect. Based on real science, but highly fictionalized.
I’ve only seen the pilot, and it was pretty ridiculous, and difficult to believe on a number of levels. Fan reviews of subsequent episodes have not been kind, but supposedly the 5th episode was much better.
I do like seeing Robert Patrick again, apparently playing a good guy. (Then again, he’s a Government agent, so “good” might be a relative term.) Ernie Hudson also showed up for the pilot, but it was such a minimal role, I wonder why he signed on for it.