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This is Gotham!

October 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

Image credit: DC Entertainment/Warner Bros

With ten films slated between 2016 and 2020 and three television shows this autumn, DC and Warner Bros are taking the fight to Marvel and Disney; clearly hoping to kick the post-Nolan lull. Arrow, The Flash (both to air on Sky 1) and Gotham (a coup for Channel 5) are DC’s small-screen contenders and the latter proved a mild hit, pulling in over two million viewers – big numbers in our age of multichannel Valhalla. Continue Reading…

The 100 and Extant

July 27, 2014

The excitement, or at least the interest, of The 100 (E4) did indeed increase at an admirable rate over the second and third episodes. Luminous butterflies, deadly dust storms, some sort of panther on steroids – what more could one want? Alcohol and casual sex, you say? Well, you’re in luck there also; and how fortuitous that a bottle of whisky survived for all those many years. As for the (implied) sex, Octavia (played by the delightful, and delightfully named, Marie Avgeropoulos) is giving her brother Bellamy (Bobby Morley) more headaches than trying to run his own Lord of the Flies-esque dominion. Continue Reading…

***Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones***

Image credit: HBO

Image credit: HBO

Farewell, Charles Dance. Yes, the little shit shot Lannister père on the can before sailing away in a crate (one can almost hear the keyboards of Freudian acolytes clattering away). This was the climax of the Game of Thrones (HBO/Sky Atlantic) season finale and we can only presume that the downward spiral of Tyrion’s tailspin is far from its presumably fiery impact. As scenes go, it probably could’ve had more impact of its own: Tywin (Dance) didn’t seem particularly shocked by that first crossbow bolt, and the disavowal of his son lacked the proper intonation of his customary malicious indifference. That being said, it had to happen – what with Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) listing all the names for murder two episodes ago – and now we can move on: I expect, next year, to see a flock – or murder, if you will – of new characters prowling, skulking and, of course, sulking around Westeros and Essos, one of whom had better be a better villain than either Roose or Ramsey Bolton. Continue Reading…