The Flash (The Sound of Furry) review

Grant Gustin as the Flash and Andrew Mientus as Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper

Grant Gustin as the Flash and Andrew Mientus as Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper

The mystery of Dr. Harrison Wells is the most significant story line of the Flash’s first season. Is Dr. Wells a good guy, bad guy, or even something more meaningful? Honestly, this episode has confused me on who or what Dr. Wells is.  This episode did give an answer that the audience has wanted to know the whole time. Dr. Wells was wanted the particle accelerator to explode so Barry Allen could transform into the Flash.

Barry Allen faces a new villain Pied Piper.  Pied Piper,Hartley Rathaway worked with Dr. Wells, has the ability to control sound waves and has a vendetta against Wells.  Rathaway told Wells that the partial accelerator could explode and harm innocent people. Rathaway’s revelation causes Team Flash to stop trusting Dr. Wells. Dr. Wells needs to earn back the trust of the team but can he do it?

The writers make the audience question the belief if Dr. Wells is The Reverse Flash.  The Reverse Flash runs with yellow streaks emulating from his body.  The Flash has red waves, and Dr. Wells used his speed in this episode.  His waves were red. The Flash writers are doing a hell of a job to cover up Dr. Wells’ interior motive by working with the Flash.  Who is Dr. Wells? Dr. Wells’ backstory was revealed a little bit with Rathaway and it made the episode intriguing.

Roger Howarth as Mason  Candice Patton as Iris West

Roger Howarth as Mason
Candice Patton as Iris West

Iris starting her job at a newspaper was another positive.  Her boss is Eric Larkin, played by Tom Bulter, and her rival colleague is Mason Bridge played by Roger Howarth.  These are two veteran actors might really develop the Iris character.  Honestly, Iris working in the coffee shop didn’t brother my inner fanboy. I didn’t really care about her becoming a reporter. However, I think these two actors and their characters can invest the viewing audience into the storyline of Iris West becoming a Lois Lane type reporter.

Overall, this Flash episode was a good episode. It was enjoyable, action pack, plot details of Harrison Wells is still shrouded in mystery, and have established more a bonding moment between Barry and Detective Joe West.  Flash “The Sound and the Furry” gets a 4/5 from me.

Gotham (welcome back Jim Gordon) review

Jim Gordon and Edward Nygma investigate a murder inside GCPD

Jim Gordon and Edward Nygma investigate a murder inside GCPD

Gordon is taking the GCPD!

Gotham is such a roller coaster of a show. Gotham has moments when it looks like it could be one of the best television shows on television then it suffers a setback.  Tonight’s Gotham was that set back.  It is because they choose to focus on characters other than Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock.

“Welcome Back Jim Gordon” is about Jim Gordon’s first day being reinstated as detective and trying to catch a killer. A witness saw the killer and Jim Gordon persuaded the witness to come to the GCPD to talk to the police sketch artist.  The witness ends up dead and it causes Gordon to butt heads with fellow cops in the GCPD.  Arnold Flass, a fellow detective, seems to be impeding Gordon’s investigation. Meanwhile, Fish escapes interrogation and goes after the Penguin.  Zsaz pursues her and her assistant Butch helps get away.  Bruce Wayne is thrown into this plot trying to find Cat because he fancies her. She tells him to get lost and officially sort of starts the on and off again relationship between Bruce and Selina.

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Gotham needs to focus on Jim Gordon. Gordon’s story is why Gotham has such a large audience. They want to see the Batman references and easter eggs but they are curious about the backstory of Gotham before Batman’s time. Gordon vs. corrupt police is something that I want to see more of not Fish Mooney, Edward Ngyma, and even Penguin, who might be the strongest character on the show. This season should be about Gordon butting heads with his fellow cops. The episode was super strong in storyline with Jim Gordon investigating a possibly of a dirty cop.   The episode was weak when Fish Mooney escapes and goes after the Penguin.  I feel like Gotham is trying to infuse two separate main story arcs into a 45 minute episode. It feels like overkill.

Overall, Gotham is a decent show again but they need to settle down. The show is about Jim Gordon and the first episode about him solving the Wayne’s murder. We are no closer to that the mystery. However, I feel we are closer to Edward Ngyma becoming the Riddler than we are to seeing Jim Gordon solve the Wayne’s murder. I give this episode of Gotham a 3 out 5.

Arrow (Left Behind) Review

RA Al GHUL killing Oliver Queen in combat RA Al GHUL played by Matt Nable Oliver Queen played by Stephen Amell

Ra Al Ghul killing Oliver Queen in combat
Ra Al Ghul played by Matt Nable
Oliver Queen played by Stephen Amell

 

Who fights crime now?

The Climb, the previous Arrow episode,  ended with Oliver Queen being killed by Ra Al Ghul in mortal combat.  In this episode, tells the story what is Starling City like without Oliver Queen as the Arrow to fight crime. The episode also is a catalyst for Arsenal’s future independence as a crime fighter (at some point in the show) and starts the countdown to Laurel apocalypse.  Laurel Apocalypse was coined by John Campea but the meaning of the word is when Laurel Lance starts to pose as the Black Canary and fans might quit watching the show.

The episode starts with Diggle and Roy pursuing a truck with two criminals. They capture one criminal and discover he works for a crime boss named Brick, played by Vinny Jones. Felicity has trouble focusing on her work and needs to find out if Oliver Queen is dead. Malcolm Merlyn looks into the matter and discovers that Oliver Queen is dead by the traditional practice of Ra Al Ghul leaving the killing weapon on holy ground to honor the dead. Felicity tests the blood on the weapon and discovers that it is Oliver’s blood. Roy and Diggle need to stop Brick but Felicity prevents them in succeeding by quitting the team. Meanwhile, Oliver has an old friend who helps him even though he is dead.

Diggle played by John Ramesy  Arsenal played by Colton Hayes

Diggle played by John Ramesy
Arsenal played by Colton Hayes

The episode was a very good episode because of the conflicts within the Arrow team. Roy still wants to fight crime and stand up for the innocent. Diggle has mixed feelings about fighting crime. Felicity wants out of the crime business because she lost Oliver. Colton Hayes was more a feature in this episode which was nice. It is like having a Robin or Nightwing centric storyline in a series of Batman issues. Roy in the episode was put on display. He was skilled with a bow but still lack that intuition to be near as good as Oliver Queen. Felicity had internal conflicts which made her walk away from Ray Palmer and his goal of building a crime fighter suit.  It was nice to see all three pivotal characters featured in a episode without Oliver Queen being the main focus.

Katie Cassidy as Black Canary

Katie Cassidy as Black Canary

 

The biggest negative was Laurel Lance but not until the end of the episode. She does show up in the Black Canary outfit.  Katie Cassidy looks gorgeous as the Black Canary but her character is no Canary. Her crime fighting skills makes Roy look like Oliver Queen.  However, the writers of the show can prove us wrong.

Overall,  Left Behind was a great mid season premiere. It was better than Gotham’s or the Flash’s premiere. The villain was great and Vinny Jones should reoccur as Brick every couple of episodes per season. Brick will be talked about more in next week’s review. Left Behind gets 4.5/5.

The Flash (Revenge of the Rogues)

Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold (left) Dominic Purnell as Heatwave (right)

Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold (left)
Dominic Purnell as Heatwave (right)

Captain Cold is back with a friend!

Captain Cold is perhaps the Flash’s most formable foe.  His power to freeze all objects nullifies the Flash’s powers.  However, in the first meeting, Captain Cold did best the Flash. Captain Cold was intrigued by the Flash and now wants to kill him. He is the most vicious and cunning of all of the Flash’s foes that he has faced.  The Flash episode, “Revenge of the Rogues” introduced a new foe for the Flash, Heatwave!

Captain Cold and his partner, Mick Rory, return to Central City to kill the Flash. They break into a warehouse with expensive foreign cars to provoke the Flash into stopping them. The Flash declines their invitation and decides not to fight both criminals. Barry Allen is more concentrated on training to stop the Reverse Flash.  Reserve Flash is the priority for the Flash team. However, Captain Cold and Heatwave take the initiative in provoking a fight with the Flash and capture Catlin Snow.

Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne

Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne

The best moments of this episode was the interaction between Captain Cold and Heatwave. Both actors brought great charisma and had chemistry as a team on the small screen. Purcell as Heatwave had a temper and had sarcastic tone.  He was a fun character but was overshadowed by fellow actor, Wentworth Miller. Miller is spectacular as Captain Cold. The way he plays Captain Cold is so fantastic. He is cold, cunning, and malicious.  Miller’s presence on screen comes across as he enjoys playing his character in a sadistic way. Cold wants to kill the Flash. He doesn’t care how he will does it or who he uses to achieve his goal. He actually might be the closest villain as a representation to the Joker on the either the Flash or Arrow.

Overall, this Flash episode was fun and entertaining. It was enjoyable and the villains were entertaining. The love story between Iris and Eddie needs to be cut down. It takes away from the screen time of the Flash. The Flash “Revenge of the Rogues” gets a 3.5 out of 5. The villain story showed up but the love story between Iris and Eddie went out for coffee.

Gotham (what a little bird told me) review

John Doman as Carmine Falcone  Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney

John Doman as Carmine Falcone
Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney

Don’t Mess with the Head of the Family!

Gotham has finally developed its identity as a show. Two weeks ago, Gotham featured Jim Gordon working with Dr. Leslie Thompkins in Arkham Ayslum. However, a criminal mastermind has broken out of Arkham to avenge his incarnation.  Gotham episodes have usually focused on other characters with side plots but finally this week, the show discovered its identity.  Jim Gordon was the main focal point.

Jim Gordon is reinstated as Detective to capture Jack Gruber aka Lester Buchinski.  Buchinski is out to kill Sal Maroni for betraying him. Jim Gordon meets Commissioner Loeb and the two men immediately despise each other.  Loeb gives Gordon 24 hours to capture Buchinski, or he will be back at Arkham. Fish Mooney finally makes her move and kidnaps Liza which prompts Falcone to think about giving up his position as head as the family.  However, the end of the episode was the best part.

Gotham is a good show; however, this episode might be a turning point in the show’s direction. The writers might finally get rid of the bad fish that is plaguing the plot lines. Positively, when Fish Mooney makes her move and causes Falcone to falter was interesting. Falcone hasn’t been a big powerhouse on the show. He has had moments but hasn’t felt like he was a threatening crime boss. His last scene on the episode was terrifying.  Finally, glad to see John Dorman will be showcased more in future episodes. Carmine Falcone and his ability to manipulate the powers that run Gotham is one of the reasons why Bruce Wayne puts on a batsuit in the future.  It is refreshing to see him because a mob crime boss and teach people lessons in person instead having one of his lackeys do it.

Jim Gordon in this episode was finally the main focus. He told off the commissioner and wouldn’t take no for an answer. This is the Jim Gordon that fans have been dying to see on the show. He had that Jim Gordon charisma from the Nolan movies. Fans of Batman lore know Jim Gordon to be a guy who isn’t afraid to tell someone off. Gordon also had great chemistry with his partner Harvey Bullock in the episode. Ben Mackenzie and Donald Logue really need to become the focus of the show. It will be interesting to Gordon’s rise to commissioner and how it affects his relationship with Harvey.

Overall, this Gotham episode was a good preamble for future storylines to come. Bruce Wayne, Alfred, and Selina Kyle were not forced in the episode’s plot which takes away screen time from the action in the episode’s plot.  Barbra Kern was forced on us but only for a few mins. Leslie Thompkins made it obvious that she wants to be an item with Jim Gordon. I give this episode of Gotham a 3.5 out 5.

Gotham (Rogues) Review

Jim Gordon meets Dr. Leslie Thompkins played Morena Baccarin

Jim Gordon meets Dr. Leslie Thompkins played Morena Baccarin

Gotham is back!

Gotham mid-season finale ended with a bang. James Gordon, and Harvey Dent target Gotham’s elite in the mid-season finale. The fall back is that James Gordon is sent to Arkham Asylum to work as a prison guard. The episode Rogue picks up Gordon’s storyline in Arkham Asylum and introduces an important potential ally.

Jim Gordon is a security guard at Arkham Asylum and no longer a member of GCPD. Inmates are being murdered with electric shock treatments. Gordon meets a doctor who shares his empathy of proper medical treatment for the inmates. Gordon decides to call in his former partner to help him in his investigation and all signs point to the warden.

Gotham introduced Dr. Leslie Thompkins tonight played by Morena Baccarin. She is an ally to Batman and Gordon in the comic books. She is actually has been written as young Bruce Wayne’s psychiatrist. Thompkins in the Gotham storyline works at Arkham as a medical doctor. She and Gordon had some moments of flirtation. Honestly, that might be the best thing for a future Gordon storyline. Baccarin is a wonderful talented actress who can be a strong female presence on the show. Gotham doesn’t have a strong female character. The villain also had strong spotlight tonight.

First, Penguin gets locked up in a cell and has to beg to Maroni to let him out. Cat and Ivy start their off and on again friendship. The two supervillains frequently team up which one of them double crossing the other. It was a nice touch for them to break into Jim Gordon’s apartment to find shelter from the rain. However, Barbra Kern as a storyline needs to be cut from the show. She is not a strong female character but super weak and needy. Her screentime is a problem because no one wants to see Barbra spend time in bed with her former lover. Overall, this Gotham’s episode was fun. There was some great chemistry between Gordon and Thompkins. The episode also left with a cliffhanger with the villain, Electrocutioner, terrorizing Gotham. This episode of Gotham gets a 4/5.

 

Wild (Review)

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed  Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée Written by Nick Hornby

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Written by Nick Hornby

Reese Witherspoon delivers an Oscar Worthy Performance

Have you ever gone hiking by yourself and wondered how people can hike a hundred miles in a several days?  Wild is about Cheryl Strayed, Reese Witherspoon, who is determined to hike a thousand miles of Pacific Crest Trail to find her self redemption.  Reese Witherspoon is known for Legally Blonde and romantic comedy movies but it is so gratifying to see her break from those roles.  She is the star of the Wild and is the reason why the movie was so entertaining. Wild is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, director of Dallas Buyers Club.  Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay, and his film credits include About a Boy and Fever Pitch.   Wild is a deep meaningful journey that has peaks and valleys in its narrative.

Cheryl Strayed is on a downward spiral in her life.  The only way she feels like her life can be corrected is if she hikes a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.  She is a recovering heroine addict, adulteress in her recent marriage, and lost her mother to cancer in the past several years before she decided to take current journey.  The grief and pain are a constant burden to Cheryl and even force her to think about quitting and giving up on her quest.

Reese Witherspoon’s acting is the star of Wild.  Witherspoon lost weight and at times looked like a former heroine addict. She played a heartless bitch in the flashbacks. The flashbacks narrated her background. Witherspoon looked super distress most of the time and had internal dialogue that gave the audience a chance to hear what she was thinking. Witherspoon’s acting was superb when her character interacted with other characters during her hike. She was exceptionally magnificent with making the audience feel like her life is threated at times.  Witherspoon will probably get nominated for an Oscar for her performance. Her character’s background didn’t work in a cohesive narrative.

Wild has one huge issue and it is the flashbacks. The flashbacks in Cheryl’s narrative kill the film. The flashback narrative gives a lot of background information on her character. They provide the information on why she is hiking but enviably takes the audience out of the film with the cuts to the flashbacks so often. The flashback narrative was good but the writer and director cut to it so often when Witherspoon’s character was facing real tension in the present.

Wild is a good film about a woman overcoming her struggle in life. The scenery is beautiful and the director did wonderful pan shots of the scenic views on his hike. The flashbacks took me out of the film. Reese Witherspoon kept me invested in the film with her acting. She actually had bruises and lost weight while taking on his role. Wild gets a 4/5 from me.

If you seen Wild, what did you think? Comment below and let me. The Foxcatcher might be coming to my theater soon so I will review it if it comes to my theater.