Gotham

This show is crazy in all the right ways! Season one, they tried to be a serious crime drama using Gotham as a setting and certain Batman characters. Season 2, they said forget that, let’s go full comic book. And season 3 continues that trend of doing crazy things. Bruce is getting more and more Batman-like. Gordon is dealing with ever more dangerous criminals. Bullock is dealing with it all the best way he knows how, drinking (comedically, there’s no real drinking storyline here).

They manage to keep Penguin as a really compelling and fun to watch character. When they first started the show, I was curious how they could make Penguin remain interesting all the way up until the Batman time. But they do manage it well. Riddler is also getting better now that he’s a full villain.

They made a curious choice with Ivy by aging her up a bit through some Hugo strangery. And it still sort of feels like they don’t know what to do with the character. She still has the mind of an eleven year old (or however old she was before) but now she has the body of a twenty-something. It’s strange. Later on in the season, I enjoyed Ivy more due to her interactions with other characters.

Butch is woefully underused this season, unfortunately. He was always a fun character.

The plot starts off with a brand new threat, the Mad Hatter. With so many crazy villains, he still manages to stand out and is fun to watch whenever he’s on screen. His interactions with Gordon are some good stuff especially now that Gordon has adopted a too-old-for-this attitude.

This season, they are really pushing Bruce’s growth. It’s like they’re rushing him to be Batman a bit. It could work, and I suppose there’s only so many ways a kid could be involved in the crime world of Gotham. Still, the actor playing Bruce, David Mazouz, has grown up pretty well. It’s really noticeable on flashbacks to the first season. And his interactions with Alfred and Selina are well done.

This season keeps up the craziness of season 2. It brings back characters I didn’t really expect to see again and ties them all into the season long plot. Each episode is a wild ride, some a lot wilder than others. Sometimes, this show can be so comic-booky in the best way.

Onto some spoiler thoughts on this crazy season.

I think a weak point in the season is Isabella. There is just no way a character that perfect for Riddler shows up that looks just like his old dead crush. It never gets brought up as anything more than coincidence, and that’s even with a known clone running around. But Isabella isn’t likely a clone since why would the people that made the clones care about Riddler and Penguin?

Also, really like other Bruce and the little song that shows up whenever he shows up.

And after seeing Tabitha for two season us a whip as her weapon, somehow it never crossed my mind that Selina would eventually get training from Tabitha. Yet it’s so perfect when it does happen!

Let’s go, season 4!

Arrow, Season Finale

So, I heard a lot of good things about seasons 1 and 2. Some good things about 3. Bad things about 4. Haven’t watched any of them. And I’m here for season 5! Out of all the CW hero shows, this one felt the most cohesive. I think it’s from having one main villain through pretty much all of the season, and Arrow does one main villain well. There’s rarely any why don’t they just beat the villain already. Throughout the entire season, the interactions between Team Arrow and the villain were great. Everything just unfurls at the right speed, and the things that happen in between were fun, too.

So, new to the season is an entirely new team to help support Oliver. We have Ragman, who was a cool character. It’s too bad he never came bag, since he looked nice and had a cool power. I guess he was too powerful for the show where everyone else is normal.

We have Artemis, who I don’t get and wasn’t utilized enough really. I sort of think having her just leave the show on episode, uh, the one where Oliver got kidnapped, would have been a nice arc. As what we got, I don’t know. She’s just there, now.

Wild Dog is my favorite out of Oliver’s new team. Probably not surprising since he’s also around the longest. He gets the most development and really feels like a main character. And he still has more plot going into the future. So while he starts off annoying, he becomes a really strong character.

Dinah is cool. There wasn’t much focus on her after finding out her backstory, but she does remain kickass all through the season.

Speaking of kickass, Arrow has the best fight scenes out of the CW superhero shows, too. They can’t rely on special effects, so they need to have good fighting, and that they do. There’s just a lot of impressive stunts going on.

So yeah, really liked Arrow. It tells a rough story with a devious and threatening main antagonist. The side stuff is enjoyable, too. There were a few points I wondered why the villain wasn’t doing anything, but it didn’t happen enough times for me to care much.

And boy, that was quite a finale. Between Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, it’s tough to tell which finale I liked more. Both were great. Even for me, not having seen the previous seasons,┬áseeing what Oliver was doing was still awesome.

Supergirl, Season 2

Supergirl, now on the CW. Unfortunately, one of my favorite characters is now just a guest star. I’m talking about Cat Grant. She was the one Supergirl looked up to and got advice from. Now she needs to learn life lessons all by herself! Maxwell Lord also didn’t make the move, so we got Lena Luthor this time.

I really like Lena Luthor in the show. She has great chemistry with Kara, both as Kara and Supergirl. And I hear Lena is now a show regular for next season, yay.

Other new characters this season include Mon-El, the person in the pod. He’s from Daxom, a planet in Krypton’s solar system. The two plants dislike each other, and I think Mon-El had a fine arc. It was a bit Supergirl centric, but I didn’t mind that too much. He has great scenes with the others, though, and I wanted more of that.

There’s Maggie, who is a new love interest for one of the existing characters. She’s a cop, and I would like to see her doing more cop things. Much like Mon-El, she seems to only exist in relation to the person she’s dating. Having more time dedicated to her away from that would help, otherwise she’s simply there. Still a pretty good character, though.

Then we have M’gann, another Martian! She’s a love interest of Jonn’s, but the actors look like they have a huge age gap. Yeah, shapeshifting aliens and all, but still a huge age gap. Other than that, she was alright. Jonn is still the main Martian, though.

And finally, Snapper Carr, Kara’s new boss. He’s not around nearly enough to fill the same role as Cat Grant, but he tries. And he does put in effort despite his appearances. We just didn’t really get enough of Kara’s job at Catco in the season to make him important.

As a whole, though, the season was uneven and wonky. The fights are alright for TV. They work with that the budget they have. The plot is what’s a bit wonky. There are high spots and low spots, but the high spots are still really good. There are just large gaps between when the current bad guy does things so random adventures are slotted in. It makes the season feel pretty slow. But we do get more alien stuff this season, a lot more.

I think in general, it was trying to do a season long arc that just puttered out too often. There was no convincing big bad for a while. Things meandered along too much. If they could tighten things up for next season, that would work wonders. There’s no need to have a season long bad guy. I did like the two multi-episode bad guys that Supergirl had to fight. They just needed to be integrated better.

Oh, and Superman is in this season! And he’s awesome. He’s charming, happy and a great guy.

Time for season 3.

Wonder Woman

I will never get tired of hearing the electric cello rift that is Wonder Woman’s theme. It doesn’t fit into the period of the movie, but who cares. It’s completely awesome and everyone time it comes out, you know things are getting heated.

This movie is fantastic, everything I wanted out of a Wonder Woman movie. There’s a few modern pieces that relates to what happened at the end of Batman V Superman, but overall, the movie is self-contained, not trying to set anything up. It’s just one good story for Wonder Woman, and it works great. Most of the film takes place during World War I, and it all looks pretty good.

Gal gives a great performance as Wonder Woman from being upbeat and curious to being furious at the war causing so much harm to innocents. She wants to help and no one will stop her.

Steve Trevor is great, too. He’s the man that shows Wonder Woman more of the world. after the beginning, he stops trying to keep her safe because he knows she can handle herself. But he still worries because there is a lot of complexities in the world that Wonder Woman doesn’t know about, yet.

The two of them are both strong in their own way. The movie never needs to demean anyone to build up Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman stands taller than the others through her character and beliefs.

There are some side characters tagging along. While they don’t have a huge impact on the movie, I enjoyed their presence. They’re all shown to be more than just soldiers. All of them have aspirations unrelated to war at all. It makes them more than just tagalong parts of the team.

The action scenes in Wonder Woman are also pretty great. They lean a bit heavy on the slow motion, but they also mainly happen in important and emotional points. Also, I like how much they incorporate the lasso into Wonder Woman’s fighting style. I am curious why she sought to bring it in the first place, but she knows how to use it. And the fighting does have a lot of great stuff when there’s no slow motion going on.

The fighting really showcases just how powerful Wonder Woman is. And as a whole, the DC movies have great action scenes with great effects. They really show just how much beyond normal people their heroes are, especially Wonder Woman and Superman.

The movie has some humorous stuff, too, but it always knowns when to get serious. And the serious stuff is emotional. Wonder Woman has a solid storyline told all the way through without trying to set up other stuff, and it makes for one great movie. And Wonder Woman herself is a powerful force all through the movie.

It’s the best DC cinematic universe movie and a great comic boook movie, too. And now it’s time for my spoiler thoughts.

What I think the movie could have used. Early on, they have Steve explain why he was fighting the war. I think we could have used a short flashback or something to show why he was so committed because he stated he already tried doing nothing. They should elaborate on that! What nothing did he do that makes him regret his choice?

Also, they never say the words Wonder Woman once in the film. Just a bit of a namedrop would be great.

The villains for the movie have great screen presence, but not much beyond that. I have no idea why Dr. Poison is the way she is. She’s creepy and great to watch, but she’s also just there doing her stuff like some random scientist. She could also use a bit of backstory to help.

The final action sequence of the movie includes a lot of CGI, and I like it. They showed off a lot of super fighting, and now they get to show off super powered fighting. While I wouldn’t say it was necessary, I like the CGI stuff. It shows off just how powerful the enemy is and how powerful Wonder Woman is. That kind of stuff can’t be done without the massive effects.

I’m glad Wonder Woman is doing well. It certainly has me looking forward to Justice League, too.

The Flash, Season Finale

This is the first full season of the Flash that I have seen. I might go back and watch the earlier seasons, but it’s not a high priority. And gosh if Barry isn’t the guy that least knows how to utilize his powers ever. And you see why super speed is like the most broken power and why Barry has to fight other speedsters to get a challenge. If Barry just utilized his super speed to the best of his ability, most episodes would be over in ten minutes. Then it’s 50 minutes of having fun and 70’s music!

Anyway, powers aside, I liked this season. It might have gotten repetitive to long time viewers, but not to me, not yet. The thing I don’t like the most is how inconsequential Flashpoint felt. I know it had permanent effects on the world, but it was just such a small part of the season that it was just an excuse to do things. And not even a great excuse since any other excuse could be used to bring out a new bad speedster.

While there are some great moments in the show, I think it’s overall weaker than the other CW superhero shows. The main bad guys, Alchemy and Savitar just disappears for episodes at a time for no real reason. It is good that while Alchemy and Savitar are connected, they each get around half the season to develop.

The other adventures were more fun. Gorillas? Yes. Sharks? Of course. Time travel? Wouldn’t be Flash without it. Multiple dimension Wells? Bring on more. Long, drawn out Savitar stuff? Could use less of it. That’s what happens when the bad guy of the season is just too powerful to fight normally. They don’t do much at all.

Speaking of Wells, I really like HR. His other-dimensional antics never got old to me, and he stayed entertaining all the way through. And I saw enough of the Earth-2 Wells to get a clear difference between the two of them. More Wells next season, please.

Julian is a character I liked. He points out just how bad Barry is at the regular CSI job. I always enjoy a character that is against the main hero while having a good point. And despite being a special guest star for all of the season, he’s still around! What’s going to happen to him next season? He does fill another smart guy role on the show, so maybe he could show off more of that archeological and meta-human knowledge.

Gypsy was a character only in the season a few times, but she was cool. She’s just way to intense most of the time. It would be nice to see her on a time when things aren’t going bad, get a sense of fun Gypsy, otherwise she’s all business.

Spoilers for the final episode.

Killer Frost. What’s her deal? Why would she follow Savitar at all? And why the sudden change of heart? She, I don’t get. There didn’t seem to be any real reason for her to change sides at the end. It’s not like Savitar lied about his goals.

Into the Badlands, Season 2

Into the Badlands was a great surprise when I saw it last year. It’s a cool, inventive take on the kung-fu and wuxia style. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where barons control everything inside the badlands. Then there’s a world outside, much of which was mysterious in the first season. And then there’s a supposed shining jewel of a city called Azra. The gunless nature of the world works wonderfully with all of the martial arts going on.

Now, it’s time for season 2. At the end of the first season, our heroes Sunny and MK were separated. Sunny is outside of the wall, but he must find his way back in to save his family. And MK is training with the Abbots, people who all have the same, mysterious power that he has. The world is fun. The acting is passable for the most part. There are some stand out performances. And the fighting is great.

I didn’t notice it in the first season, probably because most characters were in uniform, but Into the Badlands has some great character design. It’s much more noticeable on the parts outside of the badlands, where people aren’t so orderly. There’s a lot of details out there that make the world feel alive and exciting.

Newcomer to the show, Bajie, is a great addition. He’s the talker of the show, but he’s not too shabby at all in a fight. That gives him more to be than just a funny sidekick to Sunny. And he gets increasingly more important as the season goes on.

Okay, here’s some spoilers for the first season, Quinn survives! And the show is great for it. Quinn is my favorite character in the show. He just has a gravitas and manner of behaving that makes him grand. He just takes every scene he’s in.

Also, I think season 2 is more violent than season 1. There’s blood and a lot of limbs being cut off. It’s a really stylized kind of violence that mixes in with the martial arts well. And while some fighting scenes are choppy, the important fights look great.

Season 2 doesn’t reveal more information about the why’s of the world, but we do get to see a lot more of it, especially outside of the wall. And we learn a bit more about some mysteries such as Azra. And we have an even longer season 3! I’m hoping for a lot more world building.

I can’t wait for more Into the Badlands. It’s a fun, stylish and unlike other shows on TV.

Mission Impossible, Rogue Nation

The fifth in the highly successful Mission Impossible film franchise with Tom Cruise. More action, more spying, more awesom stunts. This might be a spoiler-free review. I’ll aim for that and take out anything spoilery later.

Actually, I don’t have much to say on Rogue Nation. Pretty much if you like the previous films, you’ll like this film. This movie is well done with some wow moments. It has all the staples from the previous movies such as a devious villain, a new female that has some connection to the main plot and references to the mask thing.

While the movie is overall fun, I find it tough to say anything that can’t be said about the previous movies. That’s the main reason why this is shorter. This movie is solid, but nothing really new. It’s kind of feeling like a super expensive, 2 hour-ish TV show now.

Don’t get me wrong. The stunts are great in this. You’ve all seen the plane scene from the trailers. Pretty nice. And there’s more, too. And they of course have to use their smarts to help them along the way. This is Mission Impossible, still fun, still possible.

I think the Mission Impossible 3 might be the favorite out of the ones I’ve seen. Which I think I’ve seen every one but the first movie. But this one is pretty great, too. Though I’m not sure how much of Rogue Nation I’ll remember.