Gotham Season 3 Review

Batman is easily my favorite comic book character so I am pretty picky when it comes to a live action adaptation. I tend to find myself terribly disappointed after I watch a Batman film because they always have the character stray from his core values. I had heard about Gotham a lot but was hesitant to start it because I knew that as a huge fan of this character, I would have to finish it regardless of whether or not it was any good.

I finally caved and decided that I would watch a few and if I didn’t like it I would force myself to stop. 3 weeks later, I was caught up and eagerly awaiting the show to pick up after the midseason break. As I am super particular about things, it’s rare that I genuinely enjoy something. I tend to be mostly indifferent or vehemently against things. But to my immense surprise, I really enjoyed it. This show gives me everything I want from a Batman adaptation, a perfect Bruce Wayne and some amazing villains. This show has just the right amount of violence for a believable Gotham and the sets are incredible. I tend to be quite skeptical about child actors but I think that David Mazouz perfectly captures this glimpse into the life of young Batman. I cannot praise this show highly enough.

I absolutely love Bruce, but I can’t help but love the villains as well. From the Joker to Tigress this show has everything. When you have such a wide array of characters, it’s hard not to like at least some of the characters. Season 3 really delves into the

established characters to really find out what motivates them, what makes them tick. I’m pretty consistent with my favorite characters, once I’ve chosen them there is very little they can do to change that. So as with the previous two seasons, I of course loved little Bruce Wayne, Jim who is just a genuinely good person, Ed Nygma or the Riddler as he likes to call himself, the Penguin, as well as almost everyone else in Gotham. But I will say, this season really shone a light on some characters that I didn’t really have an opinion on before. I would say the biggest example is probably Tabitha Galavan. You see her a fair amount with her brother in season 2 and it didn’t really do it for me. I mean she was cool and all but whatever. This season, they showed her in a different way that was pretty interesting to watch. I found her interactions with Butch and Barbara to be very entertaining. I am definitely a fan of the direction they’ve taken with this character. I also found myself liking Selina more and more as well. It is really cool to see younger versions of these characters, it opens up a whole bunch of opportunities for them in upcoming seasons.

Before I talk spoilers, I want to say that I would highly recommend this show. I really enjoy this show and it is genuinely much better than I had expected.

If you haven’t seen all of season one through three I would recommend stopping here.
I watched the finale earlier today and my mind is still buzzing with thoughts. I’m going to talk about things that I liked first. I absolutely adored the relationship between Ed and Oswald. It was something that as I binged through the first half of this season, I couldn’t help but wait expectantly for their scenes. They moved closer and closer to a relationship until Isabella stepped in and everything came to a jarring halt. I was devastated. And what was even worse is that when Ed met her, he was buying wine for his and Oswald’s dinner. I honestly found it kind of funny when Penguin cut Isabella’s brake lines but I totally knew it wasn’t going to positively influence his relationship with Ed. As Riddler got closer and closer to realizing the truth, I was terrified. And when he did find out I thought that they couldn’t possibly get passed this. But I’m not so sure that’s the case anymore. I feel that since watching the last two episodes of the season, they are pretty much even. Ed shot Oswald and dumped him in the river and Oswald encased him in ice. I mean they’re not the most sane people even if they both received certificates from Arkham. I’m fairly certain they can get passed this. I found the whole Court of Owls plot to be kind of dumb but there were enough other things going on that I was able to ignore it. Somehow, I’ve managed to get this far without talking about the main character. I thought that after two seasons of nice boy Jim it would have gotten tired but I still really enjoy his character. All of his inner conflict is very entertaining to watch. The whole Lee situation very upsetting but I’m going to talk a bit more about that in a moment. Selina is a character who I care very much for but after watching scenes with her, I’m left feeling very conflicted. I don’t much care for a lot of the stuff she’s involved in but I really like her. I’m really excited to see her training with Tabby next season because that’s the sort of plot that tends to work best with this adaptation of the character. And I need to talk about all of the Tabitha stuff this season. I didn’t care much about her brother so I’m not going to talk about him coming back as Azrael or whatever. The relationship between her and Barbara and Butch, which I mentioned earlier, was so good. It was really exciting to see them run a portion of Gotham’s underworld. So, as I’m sure you can imagine, I’m not much of a fan of the outcome of this season. I honestly just want them to all make up and rule Gotham. A lot of people seem to think that Barbara is going to come back as Harley, which I totally get electrocution was a big part of the character’s comic backstory, but I don’t know if I want it to happen. At least one person in this city needs to stay dead. I also just want to talk about how perfect that closing scene was. That is exactly what I wanted from this show, a Batman who follows his rules. I like the character because of the standards he sets for himself as the Bat of Gotham. I was so tired to seeing this character repeatedly butchered. I can also really appreciate how Alfred has shaped him, their relationship is amazing. I cannot express how pleased I am with this version of the character.

Now onto the things I’m not super in love with. I absolutely hated the Mad Hatter. I became tired of all his rhyming very quickly. I just found his character very unenjoyable. I found Barnes to be quite annoying as well, even more so after he was infected by the virus. Now this isn’t that important but I got very sick of that crème turtleneck that Bruce wore for like 6 episodes. Like Bruce I get that you’ve been brainwashed but change your shirt please. Now onto the thing that irritated my most this season: Lee and Mario’s relationship. I really like Jim and Lee together and it pained me to see her with some other guy. It was even worse when we got to know him. Even when he died Lee just whined and complained about how he was dead. Like get over yourself, he was literally about to stab you. I don’t know I just found that really annoying.

So I would say that I really, really enjoyed this season and I am eagerly awaiting the next one.

Rating: 4/5 stars


Riverdale Season 1 Review

The Archie Comics are never really something that interested me. I never saw the appeal of reading a high school teen drama comic. So before watching the show, I didn’t have any knowledge on these iconic characters. Since watching the first episode, I am absolutely in love with them. Per usual I’m going to start spoiler free and then clearly mark when I’m going to start on spoilers. So this show takes place in the small town of Riverdale and is centered around the murder of Jason Blossom, the son of one of the most powerful men that live there. I feel this show does lean heavily on the characters so I’m going to talk about the core four individually.

I’ll start with Archie. Archie Andrews is the main character in the comics and he is notoriously indecisive. He spends most of the comics flip flopping between Betty and Veronica. Luckily, the show has added in more character traits and depth to the character. Though I will say that Archie’s biggest problem is that he is to good at everything and has to many options. Honestly this makes him come across as a lovable idiot.

Next we have Betty Cooper, girl next door with a bit of a dark side. Its hard to really compare the female comic book characters to their television counterpart as they are very different. In the digest, both Betty and Veronica, who I will talk about later, spent a large portion of the time being petty and fighting over Archie. In the show they have gone for something that I like much better, they are best friends. Alongside Jughead, Betty strives to find out the truth about the murder of Jason Blossom. She wants everyone to know the full story and not the bits and pieces that they’ve been left with.

Yes Jughead may be a weird nickname, but he’s an amazing character. He acts as the show’s narrator and has frequent voiceovers through out the show. I love the way they use excerpts from the novel he’s writing to set the tone for each episode, it really makes for good story telling. In the comics he’s know for loving burgers and being totally uninterested in girls but I do quite enjoy this adaptation of the character.

Veronica Lodge is the new girl in town. In the comics, Ronnie is mainly just a love interest for Archie but in this adaptation, she is an amazing and well developed character. She adds the perfect aspect to our main group of teens. Her and her mother’s appearance in the small town immediately sends ripples through out the lives of all the other inhabitants. Kevin even asks Jughead if he remembers a time before she got there. She challenges people who would normally get away with whatever they wanted and she is loved for it.

I would honestly really recommend this show. CW shows are really hit or miss but this is definitely one to give a try. I found myself quickly falling in love with these characters and eagerly awaiting the upcoming episode. There are definitely things that I wasn’t the biggest fan of out the good by far outweigh he bad.

I’m going to talk spoilers from here on so I would stop reading now if you have not seen all 13 episodes.

I’m going to work my way up to the big question: Who killed Jason Blossom? I really enjoyed how the mystery was built up over the 13 episodes, it is the perfect amount of time for a build up. They introduced several good suspect that I found myself scrutinizing heavily by the time we found out who killed Jason. My main problem with this show over all is that I found it very predictable but I feel that’s something that should be expected of a CW show. Even though I kind of guessed that he was killed by his father, I was still super surprised when I saw the footage. I’m really curious to see how they are going to continue into the second season. I don’t think that they’ll pull a How to Get Away With Murder and kill someone off each season. W will most likely see the ramifications of Cliff Blossoms suicide and find out more about the massive stash of drugs that the police found in his possession. Another think that I’m really curious about is finding out more about Betty’s brother, I was completely caught off guard when it was revealed by her mother. I want to also add that I really enjoyed Alice Cooper’s story arc, she had a lot more depth than I was expecting from her. It will be interesting to see how Alice and her mystery son’s story merges with  everything else happening in Riverdale. Also, I’m really unsure of how Veronica and Archie’s relationship is going to move forward as Hiram totally got Fred shot. I’m sure that’ll lead to a rough patch in their new relationship. But I will say I am routing for them as well as Betty and Jughead who’s little detective adventures I really enjoyed. But I will say that one of my favorite scenes was the scene when the group goes down to Sweetwater River to save Cheryl, who I definitely want to see more of in season 2. It was a moment of chaotic intensity that really appreciated in a show that I wouldn’t describe as being serious.

I wanted to talk briefly about things that I didn’t enjoy. I mentioned earlier that I found it to be a bit predictable at times but I wouldn’t say that bothered me too much. Polly’s character didn’t really work for me but I feel that was mostly due to her mediocre acting. I didn’t really get the mayor’s motive and I’d like to get to know her a little better in upcoming seasons. Now I have to say that what I found most disappointing was that Sabrina the Teenage Witch didn’t appear in the finale which the cast has ben teasing since Comic Con. Apparently they changed the ending last minute so I’m sure that pushed her reveal into the next season. A lot of people think that she is either going to be Jughead’s new neighbor on the Southside or the foster family that he’s going to be staying with while his father’s in prison. I’m just really looking forward to it.

I really, really enjoyed this show and immensely looked forward to watching it each week. I absolutely can not wait to see what they do with the show in its second season.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a movie that I’ve been looking forward to since the first one came out in 2014. It had the perfect blend of humor and killer fight scenes. The characters were perfectly developed and by the end, you felt truly concerned for the wellbeing of these characters. Now on to volume 2, I’m going to start spoiler free. The team has been hired by the Sovereign, a race of aliens, to protect their ultra strong batteries from some sort of weird space octopus-beast. Ultimately, the Guardians managed to piss of the easily offended race and they go after the team. Throw in Peter’s dad, which you see in the trailer, and that’s  the movie. As always there are hilarious jokes and little dancing trees. As with the first one, I found the movie to be enjoyable. Starlord continues to be a strong central character and is perfect coupled with the rest of the team. The addition of people like Nebula, Mantis, and Yondu worked really well and you found yourself hoping they are brought on for future Guardians films.

Now onto the fun part, spoilers. I wouldn’t recommend reading from here on unless you want the film to be spoiled.

This movie was a good follow-up to what I would say is one of the best Marvel films. In a way, for me at least, it was destined to be a bit disappointing. When a movie gets such good feedback, the people behind it tend to go a bit overboard in films to come. These movies are intended to be funny, and rightfully so. When you have characters like Peter and Rocket, its impossible to not be. But weirdly enough, I thought the movie was too funny. It is difficult to take the movie seriously when everything’s a joke. For me this mainly happened with Drax, it gets mildly unpleasant when he just laughed loudly at everything anyone says. For me it felt like a laugh track which, for me, makes things not funny. I think it was a funny concept that they just went a bit overboard with. Don’t get me wrong, anytime someone insulted Rocket, calling him a trash panda for example, I couldn’t help but laugh. I just feel like I couldnt take anything serously. Now onto the Stan Lee cameo. This cameo was one of my favorites because it linked all his previous cameos together. It shows Lee talking to a group sitting in a circle about his cameo from Civil War. As a fan of the comics immediately recognized them as the Watchers. They are basically a group of aliens that just observe everything that occurs in the universe. I honestly really like this concept, there’s nothing I love more than some sort of crazy crossover type thing. Okay yeah I can’t conclude this without talking about something that probably only bothered me. Baby Groot. Now okay I will admit he was adorable at the end of the pervious film but by the end of Vol. 2 I was just really tired of him. Basically the entire opening fight sequence was missed because the camera was just focused in on him. I personally was really looking forward to this scene because of what we saw in the trailer. Baby Groot is cute but I quickly get a little tired after he dances for the entirety of Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr. Blue Sky. The reveal that Peter’s Dad put the tumor into his mother’s head caught me completely off guard. I thought that it really worked well to build Starlord and establish Ego as a character who I was pleased to see as a giant planet with a face.

Overall I quite enjoyed this film, it was a good follow-up to Vol. 1. Hopefully they keep getting better from here.

Rating: 3/5 stars

(I enjoyed it but I’m also a hard judge.)