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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Gotham loses it's wild card, The Flash sets up season two and AHS:Hotel is open for business

Well, I wasn't the only one who thought that Jerome was meant to be our Joker on Gotham as many of us were sad to see his reign of terror come to a sudden end.

It does make story sense that Theo Galavan would quickly dispose of such a loose cannon of a pawn, once his own big hero moment was established at the charity benefit turned hostage situation.

However, it is a shame since Cameron Monaghan's performance fit this fictional world like a glove and I personally wish that he was the one playing the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. One thing is for certain and that is Jerome lived up to his father's prophecy of leaving a lethal impression upon the citizens of Gotham for a long time to come:

On the other hand, this season is subtitled "Rise of the Villains" for a reason. The Joker(or prototype version, if you will) is not the only dangerous card in the deck. As Theo and his sister, along with Barbara who appears to be playing her cards with both of them, are busy scheming, future threats lie in wait.

From the promos for next week, it appears that our Penguin pal Oswald is planning a major move and could mean extra trouble for Jim Gordon and friends(especially the one buddy who paid Cobblepot a little visit this time around):

Season two of The Flash got underway this week by clearing up some of the loose threads from the former season finale. Barry struggled to deal with his guilt over who really saved Central City(a sacrifice made by one half of the duo who make up Firestorm) and insisting on being a lone wolf hero but it quickly became obvious that his team needed to get back together.

The new dynamic has Dr. Stein replacing the evil Dr. Wells as well as including Iris into the mix, which are all changes for the good. The irony of Barry's father finally being released from prison only to leave his son yet again for the greater good was to be expected but it would've been fun to have him around for a couple of more episodes there.

Anyway, we are going to see some interesting new action soon as the alternate Earth heroes and villains start to make their presence known. Having Jay Garrick(the Earth 2 Flash) drop in at the end was a great set up for what's to come. Glad to see Barry back in fine form and looking forward to catching up to the fastest man alive as much as possible:

And it wouldn't be autumn without an over the top season opener from American Horror Story, whose Hotel setting was quite the death trap for several guests.

 The plot points are rather sketchy as a brutal serial killer targets a mournful police detective, the title hotel appears to have a new owner unaware of the gruesome nature of his purchase and Lady Gaga is a vampire queen called The Countess who keeps a secret playroom for her creepy vampire kids and has a broody romantic partner who is not happy about the change in management.

Have to say that out of all the bizarre and bloody business going on here, I liked how Gaga handles her character. The sequence alone where she and Matt Bomer(who plays her night stalking companion) engaged in a bout of synchronized sexual romping and blood feeding was well timed enough to qualify for the Olympics! Her performance in this first episode is mainly visual, with minimum dialogue which may work best for the remainder of the season but we will see. For now, this hotel hell is worth checking into:


THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: I've been watching this latest season online as PBS in New York tends to air the episodes at odd times. However, if you're in the mood for a culinary competition with tasty challenges and polite manners, this is definitely your sweet spot: 


1 comment:

Thaddeus said...

I don't know about the other shows, but The Flash is off to a great start. It's not perfect, but it has the same sense of fun and wit as it did last season. I only hope that they learn from their mistakes and make this second season even better!

I may actually decide to find out what this AHS is all about, though, so if I catch up, I'll be sure to join in all the bats--t insane shenanigans people have told me about...