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  1. Courtesy of SpoilerTV Press Release: Original Airdate: April 18, 2019
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    S02.E12: Sanctuary

    @The Kings Foot, if you want to have a discussion about the show, I'm all for that. If your only interest is "beating" me, then I'm sorry, I'm not interested.
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    S05.E11: They Did What?

    My main idea for how I would have done Gotham differently involves making the series about Bruce and Selina being a crime-fighting duo that goes deep into the city's underworld and solves the crimes the GCPD either can't or won't solve. As the series progresses, Bruce and Selina conflict because Selina is willing to break the law (because she's the more logical one) while Bruce insists on doing everything "the right way" (because he's the more moral one). The series would end with both of them drifting apart. Commissioner Jim Gordon initially hates them but he comes to grudgingly accept them, especially when Bruce and Selina finally part ways and Gordon realizes Bats needs a new partner. This could have been something the show could have explored in S4 but, for some reason, they never did. Which is a shame- David Mazouz and Camren Bincondova had marvellous chemistry together and certainly should have had more time to shine together.
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    S.W.A.T.

    He was good. A little Googling reveals him to be Deshae Frost, 18 years old from Seattle. He's a stand-up comedian and a stand-up guy: he left $1,000 for a tip to a waitress who told him she was trying to get her Screen Actors' Guild card (which Frost says is $3000).
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    S05.E11: They Did What?

    This was a tough one to really rate. On the one hand, it was a nice practical finale (I'm following the lead of @DR14 and concluding next week will be the pilot of a show we won't be seeing) that tied loose ends, established other things (like why Oswald wears a monocle) and set the characters for the next phase of their lives (the ones in the comics). On the other hand...given the episodes before it...this finale is kind of...weird? Where next week is a pilot for a series we won't see, this episode feels like the finale of a series we didn't see either. It was merely an episode that hurriedly established things so that the story could move on to the "Batman" phase and acted like it closed the book on a series that was much better and tightly told than what actually transpired. It felt like a "grand finale" for a show that, well, while having hints of grandiose, never seemed to actually get there. It was a bittersweet close, the kind of close where I sit and think about what the show could have been instead of what it actually was. There are few shows, I think, that can hint at promising bellwether entertainment, and fewer that actually deliver on that promise. I think of Gotham in this regard as well as Criminal Minds, because both shows hinted they could hit a higher peak than the peak we did get. Sure, everyone's got a favourite episode of Gotham- I know I have my favourites- but it doesn't escape the feeling that Gotham had, in its cards, something better, something more fantastical and something more mind-blowing than what it actually gave us. ...and we watched, waiting for that monumental moment...and it never came. So, goodbye to all the characters I know and love. Who knows how many of you will still be there next week (I have a feeling, for one, Harvey will be nothing but a plaque on the wall and serve as an "inspiration" for Jim), but you did what you could, and now it's time to move on to the next chapter.
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    S.W.A.T.

    Episode 02.19 "Invisible" "You son of a b***". Don't worry, Mumford- you're not crying, I'm crying. Wait...uh... I guess it's official- he's Jack Mumford. Glad to see him in action, and he got a great sendoff. He may not have wanted a party, but I can't imagine a better party than the one he got. A great way to move on and hit the road, Jack. (You know I had to...) As for the other storyline- Hondo letting Darryl stay with him was the right move. Darryl needs someone who will actually care about him and give him love and support- not a mechanical "robot family" that may keep him out of trouble but never pay attention to what he really needs. Besides, if it means more of Snarky Mommy Hondo, I'm all in. 🙂
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    S02.E13: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

    That ending. That's all I can say right now. Wow.
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    S05.E11: They Did What?

    I got a lot to say, but a lot to process. All I'll say right now is that this felt like a finale without actually being one, and it might have made a wonderful one if we had half the series I had hoped. I'll have more to say later.
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    S02.E12: Sanctuary

    Gordon Malloy.
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    S02.E11: Lasting Impressions

    If this is about the exchange with Issac, I'd say it's "technically" different. John didn't want to date who he was dating anymore so he manipulated her into dumping him, meaning he wanted to get dumped. It's not like he got dumped when he didn't want to get dumped.
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    S02.E12: Sanctuary

    You keep missing my point. No one will change their minds unless they have a reason to do so. Right now, the Moclans feel that women are useless. The women thus need to be shown that they have a use, and the easiest way to do that is if the women show it to them. (I grant they don't have to, which I said in my original post, but the task becomes much harder, and the women proving their worth is a better story) Bill of Rights exists because we, as a society, believe there is a value in each and every one of our existences. We can debate how realistic this is, but that is a separate debate- the philosophical core is that every one of us has value so we ensure that we all preserve each other. Those who oppress do not see the value of those they are oppressing, which is why they do it.
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    S02.E12: Sanctuary

    First of all, there are plenty of instances in history where the oppressed managed to overcome their oppressors on their own. The Chaldeans did it to the Assyrians in the 7th century BC and a century later the one who would later become Cyrus the Great successfully rebelled against the Medes and, in turn, established arguably the world's greatest empire in the ancient world, Achamenid Persia. Second of all, Touissant L'Overture's rebellion was so successful that he caused Napoleon to say "screw this" to North America because it just wasn't worth it anymore. Basically, without Touissant, you don't have a Louisiana Purchase, and no doubt Touissant inspired a lot of Southern slaves as well. Third of all, plenty of slaves escaped the South and fought for the Union, many of them bravely. So the slaves did have a hand, at least, in securing their freedom. More importantly, though, without those slave revolts (and thus a chance to establish discord in the South and turn the world against the Confederation), Abraham Lincoln would not have seen the value of setting the slaves free. People forget that the Emancipation Proclamation was a political move- Lincoln only enacted it to help his cause. I won't stop there, though. One of the main reasons why women got into the workforce was because after World War One there were not enough men to fill vacant positions. Women were hired out of necessity, but, because they were hired, the idea of women working eventually didn't become so foreign to our culture. That's the heart of the matter- if you want to convince someone to change, they need to see the value in making that change. It's not enough to tell them to change- they need a reason why. This is ultimately what the Moclan men need- a reason to keep their women as women. I was thinking it would have been interesting if a Kaylon vessel attacked a Moclan ship and only stopped the assault once they saw that the Moclan women were actually people the Kaylons could respect. It'd be a great commentary on one of the reasons why there are men who are afraid of women- because those men are afraid of being "shown up" by the women.
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    S02.E12: Sanctuary

    I suppose I should give Seth McFarlane credit that this story- which could have ended with a neat tie and a bow- didn't exactly end all that neatly, but it still ended a little too neatly for my liking. You'd think, if the world was written by Seth, that all that's needed is a few strongly-worded speeches and a strange revolutionary (who's not actually all that strange if you got to know her) and you can still secure a quasi-solution that solves the immediate problem while still maintaining the status quo. If only situations like this could be this easy. I mean, we're talking about the Moclans having to change something that's culturally ingrained within them for centuries- a few speeches ain't changing a thing. Even if we allow that timing meant this episode needed to be self-contained, there still are other solutions that would have made for a more satisfying conclusion than what we got. The easiest? Put Moclus under threat and have the women be the ones who save it, either because Moclan women are far better than the men at negotiating or because recruiting the Moclan women warriors give the Moclans enough numbers to neutralize the threat. You have a solution that doesn't require the Moclans to make immediate changes but you have a solution that forces the Moclans to actually see the value of having women. It also gives the Moclan women agency, which this episode sorely lacked. Sure, Haveena talked a lot...but the decisions were still left to the men in this episode. Not exactly great optics for an episode that was all about female empowerment. Truth is, this episode just points to Seth's ultimate faults as a writer. He's great at characters, he's great at continuity, he's great at understanding stories require conflict...he pretty much checks off the boxes of story-writing fundamentals that many in Hollywood don't check off in their work. Problem is, the stories lack depth, or, more specifically, a deeper exploration of the many different angles a story can take. Get a simple, character-driven story like Gordon dating the 2015 woman or Bortus' peeing ceremony and Seth can really work magic. ...but then you get a story like this, which isn't so simple and has so many different angles and viewpoints and Seth winds up getting lost in the details. He tries too hard making the story easy to digest that he'll either handwave or outright ignore the wider complexities that surround the issue that he's created, resulting in a conclusion that leaves way too much to be desired. One thing I did particularly enjoy in this episode was all the star power in the Admirals' council. Credit to Seth to get Ted Danson, Ron Canada, Kelly Hu and Victor Garber all in the same room...my mind was blown. They all did pretty well too. Here's what I will conclude- this story wasn't necessarily a bad idea. I think it worked much better than the rather heavy-handed "Deflectors" but, like that episode, if we had two-parter- or an arc- where we could better expand on the complexities the story would offer and give all the angles their proper treatment. There is a good story here- it just needed the time to develop it.
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    Spoilers and Spoiled Speculation

    It's ironic that Erin Richards talks up Barbara's feminism and then tells us that all Barbara needed turn things around is a baby. Then again, the way she explains the situation, it makes sense.
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    S.W.A.T.

    Episode 02.18, "Cash Flow" Really good, well-paced, straightforward episode. Just fun for an hour, and that's all you ask of this show. Spidey sense tells me we're still not done with that loan shark. Kind of fearing for Annie and the kids now. Christopher Matthew Cook did very well as Maddox. He didn't have to do much but he was still an imposing force on screen anyway and didn't just rely on his hefty frame to do it. R.I.P. Champ...time for you to run around in that doggie park in the sky. Tough to see the animals go. Also gotta wonder how this will affect Chris' relationship- Street is right, this isn't something you hide from a significant other, or others in this case.
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    The Murders

    A CityTV original. Starring Jessica Lucas (Gotham). Episode 01.01, "The Long Black Veil"
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    S05.E10: I Am Bane

    Emblematic of Gotham's problems is that the writers never seemed to decide on what kind of story they wanted to tell. Sure, they had an idea about where they wanted to end up- how the world of Batman came to be- but they never could figure out what path they wanted to take to get there. Simply put, they needed to figure out what their central narrative was and take it from there: Was this show going to be about how Bruce grew up into Batman? Was this show going to be about how Jim rose up in the ranks? Was this show going to be about how The Joker shows up and only Bruce can outsmart him? Was this show going to be a tragedy about how the city of Gotham went from a utopia to a dystopia? Was this show going to be about how Oswald became mayor and eventually destroyed things? Was this show going to be about the battle between Oswald and Jim as a prelude to Joker vs. Batman? Was this show going to be about how Alfred taught Bruce on how to become Batman? Was this show going to be a love story between Bruce and Selina? Etc. ...you get the idea. There's nothing wrong with having multiple storylines- in a long series, they will be inevitable- but for a series to work, a central story, arc or theme has to be present that creates and drives those stories. You can't bake a cake and change the ingredients halfway through- you're going to be left with a morass no one will enjoy. Instead, you keep the core ingredients of the cake the same and if you want to add some touches, you use icing and sprinkles and whipped cream and stuff like that. OK, not sure if that analogy worked...but you get the idea. Art needs to be organic where you let things develop from the original vision- otherwise, it's too hard to follow along.
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    Whiskey Cavalier

    Episode 01.05, "The English Job" Yay! Good to see Ophelia Lovibond here...I loved her on Elementary and she was great here as the lovable, quirky Emma. It was a nice contrast to the darker side she showed on Elementary, so well done Ophelia. Oh, and though I hate love triangles, Emma-Will-Frankie might actually be fun. I thought this episode was, overall, nice and serviceable. Not a classic by any means but a good hour on TV. Standish dealing with his trauma was fun and believable. Jai and the pranks were fun as well, and while Ray was his usual, aloof, annoying self, we did get to see his more sensitive side tonight. It was also a pretty standard, straightforward case. Not too much messing around, though some things- like the sniper- the show inexplicably dropped completely.
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    The Fix (2019)

    Episode 01.01, "Pilot" Talk about a show that went everywhere but got nowhere. So many twists and turns and feints...it's enough to make me dizzy. We also had too many characters- good and bad- fighting with each other. I get Hollywood likes making their lawyers look like the greatest of narcissists, but this was overkill. I want to believe this law firm can work well together, not against each other, One thing I will say is that Robin Tunney was great as the lead. She really commanded her presence, and, despite her simple wardrobe, she really rocked it. If The Fix doesn't work, Tunney's more than proved she's a leading lady. I also thought Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje did well as Sevvy. He did really well as the ego-driven actor with lots to hide, and I get the sense that he's really getting played by his lawyer, who I think is the real culprit of his crimes. Seeing Sevvy manage through that was fun. Alas, I don't know how much longer I'll stay with this. The Pilot established little and I get the sense this story feels like more like a movie than a TV series. I also don't know if this is going to be a serial or episodic- the tone suggested episodic but we didn't get a resolution tonight. Bummer.
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    The Murders

    Episode 01.01, "The Long Black Veil" I wanted to dive into this because I saw Jessica Lucas in Gotham and I loved her in it, so I was excited she got her first starring gig, because she deserves it. She just deserves better than this. I'm not sure there's much to say about this episode other than there's little to separate this show from the other cookie-cutter, paint-by-the numbers police procedurals you see all over TV. You have your usual tough-talking, poorly developed homicide squad. Lucas' character, Kate Jameson, follows the beyond well worn cliche of "being the woman who tries to prove she belongs in 'the boys club'." The officers- except our "golden protagonist"- are all shady characters who are not above less than honourable tactics. The case itself was a tired retread- man cheats on wife, gets murdered. There were some attempts at twists, but even that (murder dressed up as suicide) has been, um, done to death. Oh, and the case was resolved with another tired cliche- "The Butler Did It". Well, OK, it was the head of security at a hotel the trysts took place at, but the effect was still the same- we never really got to know him and the show seemed to stick him in there so it can claim they're "shocking", so it's really almost like our murder victim was felled by a piece of furniture. What's worse is that there really was no attempt at nuance or depth by at least trying to put their own spin on the old tropes...they really just went through the motions and played them very, very, very straight. Boringly so, I'll add. The only redeeming factor was Lochlyn Munro, who played Jameson's partner, Mike Huntley, for this episode. Huntley reminded me a lot of another Gotham character, Harvey Bullock, and his portrayer, Donal Logue, who played many of the same beats. Like Bullock, Huntley is also a jaded, grizzled cop whose modus operandi is "do what you have to do". What elevates Huntley, like what elevated Bullock, is that Huntley has a fondness for the protagonist, wanting them to succeed and fiercely protects them. Yeah, Huntley may have played a shady trick by planting a gun- but he knew the alternative (Jameson admitting she was careless with her gun, causing it to get stolen and used in a shooting) would likely bury Jameson for good, so he did what he had to do to protect her. Jameson, of course, repays him by trying to undo what he did, causing him to get shot and likely killed...because Jameson's "too good" to allow that shadiness to pass, only for her to learn "the hard lesson" that she should have just stuck to her, um, other guns. Predictable, really, and emblematic of what's wrong with this show...killing any chance I'll have of watching it again.
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    S02.E11: Lasting Impressions

    I don't know if there are other WWE fans here but now all I can hear is Michael Cole going "THROUGH A TABLE!@#!" after Bortus power slammed Klyden through that table. It really did look like something out of RAW...so good work.
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    Orvillian Media: Wireless Telecommunications Facility

    WTF! 😛
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    S05.E10: I Am Bane

    This is what frustrates me about the series as a whole. You have a show that has a deep well of characters and settings and plots to draw from, meaning right from the start there's this rich, all-encompassing universe that intrigues you right from the start. You also have a show whose direction makes so many points to pay attention to details by not just creating mood-setting, visually stunning sets but by keeping things consistent as well. The show wanted to have a "timeless" feel and kept to it by keeping the cars in the '70s and eschewing technology aside from giving the GCPD flip phones. You also have a show whose acting is off the charts, with the likes of Donal Logue, Morena Baccharin, Robin Lord Taylor, Ben McKenzie (when he's inspired), Michael Chiklis, Cameron Monaghan, Sean Pertwee, Crystal Reed, BD Wong and Benedict Samuel. Then you have your breakout talents like Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael-Smith, and so on and so on...I'm missing some people but the acting on this show has been off the charts. Even the guests have been top notch, from Isiah Whitlock early in S1 to Naian Gonzalez Norvind (Tetch's sister) in S3 to Alexander Sidding in S4 to Andrew Sellon (Mr. Penn) in S5. I mean, aside from Criminal Minds and The Orville, I haven't seen a show with this deep of a cast on TV, and they really helped bring these characters to life. Then, lastly, you have characters like Oswald Cobblepott and Ra's al-Ghul and storylines like the front half of S4 and most of S1 that actually provide some compelling stories which points to the potential of the series. ...and that's where it's lost me. This really feels like a series that could have delivered so much more. Perhaps it took on too much too quickly (the Pilot alone had so many "Batman Easter Eggs" that it felt like overkill), but there were also so many decisions the writers made that short circuited this series. Oswald's story devolved into a mind-numbing series where he rises and then falls. Teflon Galavan was an exercise in frustration (and not in a good way). Way too many stories have been wasted putting the likes of Jim or Bruce or Oswald in peril when the audience knows it'll be wasted drama anyway. Not to mention all the wasted opportunities to do something with the likes of Logue, Baccharin, and Richards (to a large degree). Then, of course, was the promise of the story of how Bruce became Batman and how Jim became Commissioner...and the series has only delivered on a token acknowledgement of those storylines. Sure, Jim is Captain but you don't get the sense he'll be promoted any time soon. As for Bruce, he may have played around in some "bat suits" but we still don't know why he'd want to call himself "Batman" nor do we see him as an all-out, effective vigilante. He's still just a kid who sticks his nose into situations that may- or may not- resolve in his favour. I remember when this show started- I've been right there since the opening minutes of the Pilot and haven't missed a minute since- and how it progressed through S1 and thinking, "this is appointment television". S1 seemed to have an actual plan and an actual storyline that indicated it could deliver on all this richness and potential. Then something happened, but I stuck with it. Why? Because I just had this feeling that the show would get back on track, because the show at its best would be the best show ever on television, and that's not hyperbole. ...and I just waited, and waited...and waited some more...for Gotham to rediscover its magic and make it the must-see TV it could have been. ...but, it just never came. Whether or not it was the weight of expectations, executive meddling or the writing staff just not up to the task, I'm faced with the feeling that Gotham just never delivered. That's the most bittersweet thing about this series. I'm sure you could say that about the vast majority of TV series- they'll all let you down eventually- but I don't feel as let down as I do with how Gotham has ended. So, I'm glad it's wrapping up...but I'm also saddened that it didn't end how it really could have.
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    S02.E11: Lasting Impressions

    This was...a nice episode. Light...maybe a little too light. Kind of glad that Seth picked 2015 for this one...go a year or two later and politics would get in the way. Anyway...great to see Leighton Meester. Seth's ability to get A+ guest stars is off the charts. You don't get half the quality of guests on most shows during an entire season but Seth just seems to get at least one each episode. It's unreal. Like Laura Huggins, har har. Anyway, Meester did very well as Huggins, making her very real and very likable (anyone who knew Meester from her Gossip Girl days knows Huggins is a complete 180 from her previous character). I also think she had some great sparks with Gordon, and, while I know Huggins and Malloy can't further explore their romance, I'd love to see Meester and Scott Grimes perform a duet. Really, it was pure magic. Oh...and Bortus and Klyden smoking. I don't think there was a dull moment in that entire story...I loved Bortus asking for 500 cigarettes. Pretty sure there are some smokers that would, er, love that capability. No Issac tonight...wonder if we'll see much of him the rest of the way.
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    S05.E10: I Am Bane

    I'm sure there's a few Gothamites who felt the city needed remodelling. That's about all I can say. This season has been a pure drag...and an utter disappointment. Glad there's only two episodes left.
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