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15 “The Scarecrow” (Gotham season 1) [SPOILERS]


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So far Gotham‘s record for introducing Batman villains hasn’t been flawless. The Penguin, as a story arc project, is coming along nicely, and Edward Nygma is humming away nicely in the background. But the rest have largely been one-shot, single episode features.

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that an episode titled “The Scarecrow” is going to feature, well, Scarecrow. We got the preview yesterday, in what seems to be becoming a new feature for the show: the two-episode villain introduction.

Admittedly, the last time was with the Electrocutioner, which isn’t exactly an A-list Batman villain.

But Gotham has won the room to experiment, in a way that few of the new series I’ve been regularly reviewing has. It’s already won its second season, and though it does hit bum notes from time to time, it’s more or less found its rhythm.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)

Heresy of the Week: Cancellation made Firefly a success


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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:

Whilst it has become a cult classic in a remarkably short space of time, spawning comic-based spin-offs and even a fan driven film to complete the series, Joss Whedon’s Firefly would never have enjoyed the success it had Fox hadn’t put a bullet in it three episodes before the end of its first season.”

Read on…