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Gotham, non-spoilery TV

Emily and I just caught the most recent episode of "Gotham". The characters are great, but the show's really all about the villains--and the casting director, who should get some kind of special award. Cameron Monaghan, the guy playing the "Joker" (it's never been acknowledged that his character actually is the Joker from the comics) is the latest of a long list of revelations--I'd go so far as to say he's in my top five list of Jokers. If he is Joker.

When the show started, I wondered what they would do if it became successful. I mean, Bruce Wayne was what, twelve or thirteen? How would they bridge the gap between Gotham's past and the present day, when this naive little kid becomes Batman? How do they explain all these villains showing up so early in the timeline? How does Alfred survive getting a concussion in every single friggin' episode? (By the way, The Doctor's son is one of my favorite Alfreds.)

Well, I still don't know about any of that, but I can tell you this about the most recent episode: We saw the foundation of Batman going up. Or, you know, the seed germinating, or the origin origining, or whatever. We actually got chills. (Emily and me, not Bruce.) The kid (David Mazouz), who was one of my biggest concerns on the acting front, has taken the part and run with it, and in that last episode you could see that moment he determined to become something more.

I know some people have a problem with "Gotham" seeming to be out of the timeline, playing with origins and such, to which I say: Who's played with origins more than DC, to begin with? Just sit back and enjoy an awesome ride (Or, you know, switch to "Agents of Shield").

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cornerofmadness
Feb. 7th, 2017 04:08 am (UTC)
You are so right about the villains. The good guys (i.e. Gordon) are such a soap opera I would have quit just a few episodes in. Penguin, the Riddler and yes I'm assuming Jerome is the JOker too are just plain amazing.

Given Barbara is now a bisexual insane crime boss, I'm assuming that this is an alternative timeline and don't worry about the villains turning up when Bruce is so young.

I actually like Bruce and Selena (who has hair I'm so jealous of) and I love Alfred.
ozma914
Feb. 7th, 2017 06:04 am (UTC)
Come to think of it, I'm kind of jealous of Bruce's hair!

Gordan's getting better than he used to be, but I agree about the soap opera aspects. Still, his partner Harvey is a lot of fun.
cornerofmadness
Feb. 7th, 2017 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah I don't blame you there.

If they could just take the doctor ex girlfriend and dump her in the river, Gordon would be a lot better. I'm so tired of that drama but yes Harvey is fun.
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