Day: 08/10/2014

03 “The Balloonman” (Gotham season 1) [SPOILERS]


The one most remarkable thing about Gotham so far (What, all two episodes? -Ed) is that it feels like its own show, and not simply a Batman prequel.

Which is a pretty stupid thing to say, because it is, of course, a Batman prequel. But it is a decidedly different sort of beast to Batman in a number of ways. Most notably, as a pointed out in last week’s review, it has much more of a “crime/mystery” feel to it than certainly the Batman films have done.

In that way it harks back to the character’s origins as a 1930s detective, who wasn’t shy about killing people. There’s a joke in there somewhere about the Batman Gotham deserves…

Read on…(and mind the spoilers)

Heresy of the Week – Stafleet’s promotion system is an absurd mess

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Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

“One of the biggest bugbears in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films is the way promotions seem to work. ‘Ranks’ are tossed about with confetti, and apparently neither length or quality of service are considered when dolling out command.”

Read on…