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The Road to Gotham is Paved With Good Intentions

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. If someone’s not remaking or rebooting something, they’ve gotta make a prequel or an origin story. Granted, it’s more satisfying to watch the latter two (except for the Star Wars prequels). In most cases it can be quite interesting to see how your favorite character(s) came to be.

I'm just wondering how Ben McKenzie is going to look with that sweet Jim Gordon mustache.

I’m just wondering how Ben McKenzie is going to look with that sweet Jim Gordon mustache.

This is definitely the case for Fox’s upcoming series, Gotham. Based in Batman’s hometown, the series follows everyone’s favorite Batman ally, Jim Gordon, as he begins his career with Gotham P.D. Long before he was Commissioner Gordon, he was just a rookie cop trying to keep Gotham City safe. Not the easiest thing to do in such a broken city, where the city officials and police officers are just as corrupt as the criminals, if not more.

Hopefully they'll focus less on Bruce going through puberty and more on him going through training.

Hopefully they’ll focus less on Bruce going through puberty and more on him going through training.

The show will also be focusing on an adolescent Bruce Wayne after the tragic death of his parents, following him throughout his youth and teenage years, as he gains all the worldly knowledge that he’ll need to become the Caped Crusader. Honestly, I’m not quite sure how entertaining all of that is going to be. The later years should be more interesting than the earlier but the writers are bound to find a way to make it all exciting. Something about Bruce Wayne attending private school and sitting through classes just makes me yawn. Might have to fast-forward through those scenes. Once he gets into his training and preparation, that’s where the fun will start.

A plus side to the show is that you’ll get to see how some of Batman’s greatest foes came to be. The Joker, the Penguin, Catwoman, and many others will have their origins told but instead of fighting the Dark Knight, they’ll have to contend with the tough-as-nails Jim Gordon. It’ll be interesting to see if they use the “Red Hood” origin story to introduce the Joker or if they’ll find a brand new way. If they keep with the proper timeline of things, we probably won’t get to see Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, the Riddler, or Scarecrow, but you never know. We may get to see their pre-villainous forms, which could still be intriguing.

Can he be the tough, honest cop that Gotham needs?

Can he be the tough, honest cop that Gotham needs?

So far, there is a basic cast list for the show, just some of the main characters so far. Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, which I’m all for because he’s actually a really good actor and can totally make it work. If you want proof, watch Southland. Donal Logue as Gordon’s partner, Harvey Bullock, is another solid casting choice. He’s one of my favorite actors and will pull off the rough-around-the-edges cop role nicely. Sean Pertwee, son of the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, will play the role of Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s caregiver and protector. He’s got the “middle-aged, ex-marine Alfred” look to him. So far, only two villains have been cast: Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) and Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, a sadistic crime gangster and nightclub owner, as well as Oswald’s boss. Both very interesting choices and I’m excited to see what they do with the roles.

From the first announcement of it, I’ve gone back and forth with this show. I was okay with it when they said it was going to focus on Gordon and the Gotham P.D. Then there was a rumor that the show was going to be more like Smallville, with Bruce and the villains being in high school together, which I was completely against because it’s a ridiculous idea. But now with the confirmation of the way the show is actually going to be, I’m more excited than ever about Gotham. I shall remain skeptical however, as I have been let down before by comic-book-to-television adaptations (Birds of Prey). As I grow older, I learn with every new adaptation to reserve judgement until the final product is revealed. So until it premieres, I’ll will remain excited, yet reserved.

What are your thoughts on Gotham? Post your comments in the comments section.

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The Sons Return for More Anarchy, “Better Call Saul” Gets a Greenlight

*Sons of Anarchy SPOILER ALERT*

RECAP!

For Season 6, the show starts off shortly after where Season 5 left off. Clay (Ron Perlman) and Tara (Maggie Siff) are in prison, Lee Toric (Donal Logue) is still torturing Otto (Kurt Sutter) for the murder of his sister, Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) is taking a break from the MC to clear his head after finding out Jax framed Clay, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is continuing his ongoing fight to keep his club and family alive and together.

Lee Toric (Donal Logue)

Lee Toric (Donal Logue)

As always, the show opens with Jax narrating what he’s writing in the journal he’ll one day leave for his sons about his life within the club. Soon after, the show makes its way to the prison where Otto is being held, and apparently raped on regular basis thanks to some connections of Mr. Toric. All part of his torture. You have to wonder why Sutter would write this scene in for his character. All for the sake of the show and storyline, I guess. It takes some guts on his part and on the part of FX for showing the scene. From there Toric makes his way to the other two inmates, Clay and Tara, in order to convince them to rat out Jax and the club. This is gonna lead to more trouble for the club, especially since Clay will do whatever he can to keep from getting killed in prison. I don’t believe Tara will rat, even though she has a chance to get herself and her boys out of Charming for good. At the end of the episode, you also find out that Mr. Toric is a very odd man. Very odd.

Opie’s ex, Lyla (Winter Ave Zoli), gets the crap beat out of her by some Iranian torture porn crew which leads the club to mess up said Iranian torture porn producers even worse, make a new connection with a crooked cop (Peter Weller), and set a new business with a new partner, Colette (Kim Dickens). At the same, one of the Iranian sleazebags makes the wrong comment about Tig’s (Kim Coates) daughter, who was murdered last season, which leads Tig to kill him in quite a unique and disgusting way. It’s easy to see he still isn’t quite right in the head after everything that happened last season.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) moves up to VP of the club.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) moves up to VP of the club.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) is still worried about Juice (Theo Rossi) after he almost sold out the club, killed a member, and then tried to kill himself. Jax wants to give him a chance to redeem himself, which Chibs isn’t okay with but he goes along with it. However, he does give Juice a heavy beatdown and he takes it like a man. There’s also the remaining problem of the repercussions from the death of Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau). They’re working with the club to kill Clay because they believe he killed Pope, but they still want Tig turned over to them for the death of Pope’s daughter. Another stressful decision Jax is going to have to make. Will he hand Tig over or find another way to keep him alive? Or will Tig, not being in a stable state of mind, do something that will lead Jax to hand him over easily?

Throughout the episode, you may have noticed a well-dressed, nameless, blonde boy making his way to school in different scenes. He remains in the background of a lot of shots, just passing through, until the end of the episode. When he arrives, he takes off his jacket, folds it, and lays it on a bench. He rolls up his sleeve to reveal multiple cuts on one of his arms, more than likely from self-harm caused by an unhappy childhood. From his backpack, he takes out a journal and continues to write something in it, as he was shown doing in the beginning of the episode. From there, things become somewhat shocking and unsettling.

After the events at Sandy Hook Elementary in the recent past, it might seem a bit in bad taste to have a school shooting on television, but Kurt Sutter has never been one to shy away from pushing limits and taking his show to places where most wouldn’t go. The boy lays his notebook on the bench, revealing many disturbing writing and drawings. He then takes out a gun, walks into the school, and proceeds to shoot up a classroom. For those weak of heart viewers, worry not, the scene is shown from the outside of the classroom and all that viewers are witness to is the flash from the gun and blood spatter on the windows. Screams and gunfire can be heard as well. I’m not sure how this event pertains to the story, but my guess is that the gun he uses will somehow be traced back to the club or Nero (Jimmy Smits), leading again to more trouble for the MC.

I’ve been looking forward to this season for a while now, and so far, I don’t believe it’s going to disappoint me.

Saul has some of the best advertisements.

Saul has some of the best advertisements.

In television news for next year, AMC has green-lit a prequel, spin-off series of Breaking Bad called Better Call Saul starring Bob Odenkirk as the beloved shyster lawyer, Saul Goodman. The show will focus on the time before Saul was Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) lawyer and everything that led him to become the Saul we all know and love. I’m wondering if he’s always been the smooth-talking, do-anything-to-stay-out-of-court, ambulance chaser type or if he was an honest, hard-working, by-the-books type and something changed his perspective. It’ll be interesting to find out and see if a show about Goodman can stand on it’s own legs with the help of Walt and Jesse (Aaron Paul). It would be nice, since it will be a prequel, to see the return of Mike (Jonathan Banks) and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).

Unfortunately, just like Doctor Who, I’ll have to wait until next year to see what happens.

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