Day: 05/11/2014

07 “Penguin’s Umbrella” (Gotham season 1) [SPOILERS]


Cliffhangers were not something I was expecting Gotham to pull out of its hat, to be honest with you. Not midway through a series. Certainly not like last week’s.

No spoilers above the line, but to say that it took my by surprise doesn’t really reveal anything. A while back Jeremy Tolbert, a writer friend of mine, suggested that if Gotham wanted to be really bold, it might close out its first season with the death of young Bruce Wayne, splitting itself off into an alternate reality in which Batman could never have existed.

That is, obviously, the one-stop train to cancel-town. But it does raise an interesting question: how much can Gotham tread on Batman-lore in its efforts to beat its own path? It has already done so around the edges — not so that anyone would really notice, but some of the fans are unhappy.

But if one of the major criticisms of the idea of Gotham has been that its destination is predetermined, then the antidote to that particular poison is surely to embrace (as the comics regularly do) the rewriting of scripture

Just a thought.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)

Heresy of the Week – I don’t actually want a new Star Trek series

kirk and spock

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:

“Every Trekie wants to see Star Trek return to its original and first home, on television, including me. But despite that constant desire, a new Star Trek series, now, born out of the J.J. Abrams films, would be neither the Star Trek we want, or the Star Trek we deserve.”

Read on…