More Comics Shows Round Up

So, Gotham….This was the episode I was waiting for since the beginning of this series. Seriously, this was why you set a show in Gotham. Not for Batman, or the Joker, or all the freaks. You set a story in Gotham because it is a crucible that makes those kind of people. You make a show like this to see people like Matches Malone, and how they make the world around them, and are made by the world in turn. Also, my world was lacking in enough Lori Petty. She is amazing in this. In the bar scene and the music playing, they played scenes of Jerome on the wall behind her. I do find it fascinating they are exploring lots of different aspects of Joker though lots of different characters.
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The Agents of Shield have gone on a full on X-Men riff. Seriously, take pretty much all the X-Men movie themes, mix them in a pot, and now you have the latest episode of Agents of Shield. I swear, if one of the characters into a dark space god, with the power to destroy stars, I am gonna cut someone.

Lucifer was a step back in quality this week. Not bad, but not as good as the previous. The overarching devil story is not getting the attention Lucifer would like say it needed. The human story is super predictable.

Catching up with Supergirl, this show is constantly on the edge of being more than it is. It is a solid show and has a good emotional heart. The writing is just not that interesting. I want it to be really good storytelling to match that good emotional heart. Maybe I am just letting my expectations bother me. It is an enjoyable show, just not my favorite. I am working my way current, but I am couple of episodes behind. I am super excited about the coming crossover with flash.

As to Daredevil, I will be posting about it separately. That will take me a bit to work through and probably deserves a separate post.

More Comics Shows Round Up

So, Gotham….This was the episode I was waiting for since the beginning of this series. Seriously, this was why you set a show in Gotham. Not for Batman, or the Joker, or all the freaks. You set a story in Gotham because it is a crucible that makes those kind of people. You make a show like this to see people like Matches Malone, and how they make the world around them, and are made by the world in turn. Also, my world was lacking in enough Lori Petty. She is amazing in this. In the bar scene and the music playing, they played scenes of Jerome on the wall behind her. I do find it fascinating they are exploring lots of different aspects of Joker though lots of different characters.
jerry

The Agents of Shield have gone on a full on X-Men riff. Seriously, take pretty much all the X-Men movie themes, mix them in a pot, and now you have the latest episode of Agents of Shield. I swear, if one of the characters into a dark space god, with the power to destroy stars, I am gonna cut someone.

Lucifer was a step back in quality this week. Not bad, but not as good as the previous. The overarching devil story is not getting the attention Lucifer would like say it needed. The human story is super predictable.
Catching up with Supergirl, this show is constantly on the edge of being more than it is. It is a solid show and has a good emotional heart. The writing is just not that interesting. I want it to be really good storytelling to match that good emotional heart. Maybe I am just letting my expectations bother me. It is an enjoyable show, just not my favorite. I am working my way current, but I am couple of episodes behind. I am super excited about the coming cross over with flash.

As to Daredevil, I will be posting about it separately. That will take me a bit to work through and probably deserves a separate post.

Comic Book show weekly round up.

Lucifer was a solid episode.  The story around the divine elements were the focus and the murder mystery was the background mystery this time. I sort of saw through the overall plot in last episode, but the execution was well done, so I don’t mind the telegraphing.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are back. It was a solid if not a really inspired episode. I would like it to shake things up and make interesting choices. Instead, it seems to be drifting on the formula it has.  Not a bad formula, but I am not as excited by it.

Gotham was okay.  Didn’t blow me away, and it had some nice bits, but it did feel like some wasted opportunities.Hugo Strange is shaping up nicely into a scenery-chewing bad guy. It is nice seeing Bruce getting an edge to him, but he is still a bit off.
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Legends of Tomorrow was one of the best episodes they have had.  It felt a lot tighter. The 50’s was an interesting choice, because it is the first time where they were showing not only people dressing differently, but actually living in a different world view. They dealt with some of the suckier parts of going back in our country’s past, but not just doing a morality play. They were complications and realities of the era the story is set in, but the story wasn’t about those problems.

I need to catch up on my Surpergirl. I am a few weeks behind on that one.

Many shades of black

Tonight’s Hannibal inspired me to write some things. Forgive me if I ramble.

One of my all time favorite TV shows of all time is Millennium.  It was done by some of the people behind X-Files and Space Above and Beyond, and it actually crossed over with X-Files at a couple of points. It was nominally about a guy who can see into the minds of evil, to help find killers. This is a premise that has been done often to varying degrees, but usually with a sort of typical police procedural feel. Millennium was not that model.
It had a deeply melancholy theme running through it, a level personal darkness one doesn’t see on TV very often, and had the perfect protagonist in Frank Black, played perfectly by Lance Henrickson. He was so dour and so human. He wasn’t the caricature of the hero who is somehow quirky, but still heroic. He was a man, flawed, weak, and the weight of what he dealt with is written on his face.

So, Hannibal is also a show with a lot of similarities. Will Graham, who is not the namesake of the show but the hero, is being broken down by his ability to see the crime scenes of serial killers the way they saw them. He has a sort of super empathy, but it is ultimately terrible for him. Hannibal Lector is the, not yet discovered, mass murderer, who sadly is also Will Grahams friend. This can only end in tears. This show has a deep and personal darkness to it, but the touchstones are different. Where Millenium had a lot of its demons carried in Frank Black’s relationship with his family, the demons in Hannibal are carried by the slow break down of Will Graham. They share a similar format, and the level of storytelling in both is excellent, they are very different shows on the same wavelength.

This was brought to mind tonight, when Lance Henrickson made a guest appearance on Hannibal. I won’t spoil things for folks who haven’t seen it yet, but he turns in a fine performance.  Watching it made me think of Millennium, which I haven’t done in a good number of years. It made me think about the lovely ways that people can pull such diversity, with the same pallet of colors. I have other thoughts on both shows, but I think that will wrap them up for tonight.