Snookums October 22, 2015 Share October 22, 2015 (edited) The motivations are lost on me. They really are. The elaborate ruse and destruction rings hollow to me. That bugs me too. The show does its best by showing how the Dumas (name of the author who wrote The Count of Monte Christo, natch) family became obsessed with revenge, etc. and so on, and how Theo has been raised to truly believe himself superior. Like the one scene where Bruce agrees to endorse him and after the handshake and more ham n' cheese bloviating from Theo, Bruce turns away and Frain gives this fabulous "I cannot BELIEVE how easy it is to jerk these morons around" look. He LOVES how the second-rate purple prose gets eaten up with a spoon. But as you said--why??? Why is the building up or burning down of Gotham/the Wayne family so gorram important? Hell, if it's vengeance he's after, the putrid sinkhole of corruption and wealth pooling that is this city is all the vengeance the Dumas/Galavan family could possibly desire! And Bruce seeing his parents slaughtered in front of him should satisfy any payback crap. Even the whole "rebuild into the dream city my family deserves as a monument" is played off as pretty perfunctory at best. And there's another point--that this entire Hatfield Vs. McCoy jackoff fantasy generation-spanning turned it into a cult revenge boondoggle was apparently fueled by a false rape accusation. From what was presented, Celestine comes across as a self-serving liar that willingly let her lover be mutilated rather than tell the truth. And frankly, this show hasn't earned that kind of goodwill from me. It's not that women characters can't be fucked up or liars, but the whole "women be lyin' 'bout rape" trope is like sandpaper on a sunburn to me. Coming in after the whole "Kris is totally down with her stalker" thing, especially. Hah. Am I forgetting something? The bathtub scene. Edited October 22, 2015 by Snookums 1 Link to comment
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