The Gifted – Season 1 Episode 8

“threat of eXtinction” The Gifted answers some lingering questions about the Strucker family as the Mutant Underground get closer to understanding how Mutants are forced to work for Sentinel Services. It’s no accident that the Strucker name was used for this show. In Marvel comics it’s a very significant name so using it is an…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 20

“Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine” I’m hoping that this week’s Gotham is the setup for the double-episode season finale plot in the same way that ‘Light the Wick’ felt like the painful setup for ‘All Will Be Judged’. Not that I disliked this week’s fare as much as ‘Light the Wick’ but a large majority…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 19

“Heroes Rise: All Will Be Judged” It feels like last week’s episode of Gotham was more of a setup for this week’s rather than something I could enjoy on its own merits. This week the strength of The Plot Force (the force that makes characters make out-of-character or silly decisions to suit the needs of the…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 18

“Heroes Rise: Light the Wick” Gotham returns this week to the too-many-characters problem of season 1 but worse, manages to undermine most of the episode’s plot by removing all purpose and meaning from character interactions. As we sometimes still see with this show the needs of the plot can seem to outweigh the needs of…

Gotham – Season 3 Episode 16

“Heroes Rise: These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” The rise of heroes in Gotham season 3’s final arc still seems more of a future promise than a present event. Certainly Bruce is moving into his training in earnest but it’s difficult to see how Jim’s upcoming dance with the Court of Owls will make him a…

On the D/L – The 100

Season 2 Episode 1 – “The 48” The 100 returns for a second season and all but abandons the status quo from the first. The camp is gone and most of the characters are cast out in very different directions giving them unique problems cut off from any support. Clarke wakes up in a sterile…