Category Archives: TV Recap

‘Gotham’ Finally Unveils Its Batman

After five years spent watching Fox’s extra dark take on the origin of the dark knight and the most elite members of his infamous rogue gallery, we finally get to see Bruce Wayne unveiled as Batman.

Just like with Smallville, years back, we watched how Bruce went from young naive kid through various tests and trials into the caped crusader, protector of Gotham city.

Bruce Wayne (as played by David Mazouz) went from dorky, defenseless boy to mean-faced, unwilling disciple of Ras Al Ghul in season three of the show. Anyone familiar with Batman lore knows that the immortal Ras and his League of Assassins plays a pivotal role in modelling young Bruce into the guardian Gotham so desperately needs. This, coupled with the fact that at the end of the penultimate episode Bruce leaves the city for further training in an unspecified place, only to return 10 years later, fully formed as the Bats.

Though a different actor plays the character, we get to see Gotham’s take on the beloved dark knight, and I think it was decent.

Take a look and judge for yourself:

In the same vain that Bruce became Batman, his existing rogues, such as fan favorites – Ed, Nygma and Selina – became more accurate versions of their comic book counterparts as The Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman. Even the Joker wasn’t left out, as Jeremiah Valaske wholeheartedly took on the mantle.

One thing I liked about Gotham during its run was the consistency with its story telling; it might have been the most popular shows o air, but it knew what it was doing, and we’re it was going. And might be fondly remembered for ending right.

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This Is Us: Beth and Randal Pearson Are Still Together!

This year, I don’t think I’ve been as happy as I was the moment I found out RnB (the internet name for Randal and Beth) never got divorced.

With the introduction of the flashforward timeline at the start of the just concluded third season, I’ve held my heart in my mouth this entire time thinking the worst has truly come for one of TV’s most perfect couple of all time. Luckily, for me (and many) it happened to be a case of the network baiting us all along… Another period in a married couple’s life, and that they were able to work out their differences.

This Is us isn’t a supernatural show, so I’m sure RnB’s future is set in stone; and there shall be no surprise, last minute changes to their marital status. They’re safe.

The season three finale did reveal a whole lot of interesting stuff about the rest of the Pearsons – like Rebecca living a very long life, enough to see her grandchildren, possible great-grandchildren, and even Kevin’s child (shocking! 🤣). The cliffhanger about the state of her health isn’t much of a cliffhanger to me; I believe she’s had a great time, more than most people would ever ask for.

Are you happy Beth and Randal were able to fix most of their problems at last? Do tell.

Fiona Gallagher Is No Longer Shameless

The 9th season finale of Shameless aired last night, and we had to say goodbye to Fiona Gallagher.

😦😧😲😢😥

Fiona’s been one of the strongest character on the show. If you’ve been a fan f the show from the very beginning, you’d know there’s no shortage of ill-luck afflicting the Gallagher’s; Fiona’s had her fair share, even going as far as venturing into entrepreneurship only to lose everything.

I liked the way the Emmy Rossum played character was written off; a wonderful send off to arguably the most important character since the start of the show. Her scene with Frank is easily the most emotional of the entire episode.

Shameless has been renewed for a 10th season. It’s left to be seen just how gravely Fiona’s absence will affect the rest of the characters – her siblings, Vee, Kelvin.

I’m not even sure how I’ll feel watching the show next season knowing fully well there’ll be no Fiona. The writers and producers will have to come up with a really engaging story so that Fiona’s absence won’t become the bane of the show’s existence.

Bonus though: Ian’s returning. Lip’s girlfriend is still pregnant, Liam’s becoming more independent, and Carl’s being dragged back to school. There’s no shortage of drama in the life of the Gallaghers. And that’s a good thing. 😁

Rinzy Reviews ‘You’ Season One (2018)

Release Date: Sept. 9 to Nov. 11

Network: Lifetime

Starring: Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell, et al.

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You‘ is weirdly named. So, one might think. But once the tape gets rolling, it wouldn’t take a branaic to figure out why it’s rightly so. It’s not everyday your protagonist is a functioning psychopath, and the narrator of his own story.

Joe Goldberg is a bookstore keeper, and a content one at that. His life’s simple, as were made to believe, until Guinevere Beck walks into his store (and life). He believes it’s true love, hence must have her. This drives him to doing whatever’s imperative to make their love going; this includes keeping whoever poses a threat to their continued love at Bay, by any means necessary (including murder).

It’s weird how far someone would go to propel a relationship (love) that doesn’t legally hold up in court. It’s clear from the onset that Joe is sick upstairs. Certified mental imbalance. But with the way the story progresses, you’re drawn into this mind of this crazy man, who, unfortunately for the ladies, is also a sweet, hopeless romantic, and you can’t help but see reasons why he does the crazy things he does. He’s crazy. 🤣. The story is one about obsession and boundaries. And how to be thankful if you don’t have one who dotes over you in such manner.

Penn Badgley does a terrific job at bringing Joe to life. Not one with many acting credits, but his performance on this show shows a side to the actor his six years as Dan Humphrey on The CW’s Gossip Girl never did, thereby showcasing his great range as an actor.

You is a good show. Not great, but good. The story’s decent; I mean, who wouldn’t want to get into the mind of a passive psychopath? But I also feel it dragged for too long; a shorter, tighter episode order would’ve worked in favor of the story. A shortcoming I hope they fix next season.

The acting is good; pretty decent for a show whose most popular face was a star in a CW show. Peach Salager is my favorite character; a pity she didn’t get to hang around long enough for me to enjoy more of her nasty attitude.

One thing I didn’t like about the show are the many moments of questionable character actions. You see characters making silly decisions not feasible in their present situations. It’s many, yes; but it isn’t enough to turn you off from watching. The shows a real thriller. If you were sitting on the fence about watching, I hope I’ve given you enough details to make a decision. It even ends with a cliffhanger, if you’re into such. 😉

PS: A second season has already been commissioned; this time, it’ll be airing on Netflix.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ Season 3 (2019)

Release Date: January 1

Network: Netflix

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Louis Hynes, Patrick Warburton, Lucy Punch, Malina Weissman, Presley Smith et al.

***

I’ll just go out and say it. The best part of Netflix’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events is easily Neil Patrick Harris’s Count Olaf. The dexterity with which NPH brings to life the cartoonish character appeals greatly to me. In this third and final season, Olaf is still very much appealing. It’s safe to say there’s no A Series Of Unfortunate Events without Count Olaf. And I’m happy the show’s ending while the ovation is still loud instead of dragging out unnecessarily the way The Vampire Diaries did. Continue to RIP, baby. 😘

The central themes this season are family and redemption. The Bauldelaires are still trying to find their parents or, more accurately, find out all the many secrets their parents left in their wake for the discovering, whilst still trying to evade the dreaded Count Olaf (who’s still wearing incredulous costumes that actually works). Olaf gets to contend with winning his parents approval (more accurately the people who raised him, and taught him how to set things and people on fire); this gives some much needed heart to the show’s story this season. Even Lemony Snicket (the narrator) gets a backstory this season. Whilst the tale of connecting with key family members looks good, it’s actually redemption that takes the crown. It’s the arc on which the whole story winds up, bringing to the forefront one of my favorite film quotes paraphrased herein: “There are no good or evil people; only humans.” It brings to light that every person’s actions are directed by their individual, selfish drives and desire —be thou good or bad. It was good to see Olaf do one good thing, even though the journey to that act wasn’t smooth (literally and figuratively), it was good to see all the same.

We get some Lemony Snicket backstory, which I very much approve of. I just would’ve loved if the writing connecting him to Count Olaf was tighter, it would’ve made me itch to know more. I honestly didn’t really care about Snicket and Beatrice, or their shared past with Olaf, which I know is wrong.

Just like DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, A Series of Unfortunate Events is silly and extremely self aware, and that’s why I love it. I’ll miss the theme song especially the part that implores us to “look away” because the tale is one of sadness.

Some people might not like the way the show ended. It’s only normal that there are opposing opinions. But I thought it was good, and ended beautifully. This season is definitely the series best. I’d like to know your own thought in the comment box below.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Runaways’ Season 2 (2018)

Release Date: December 21

Network: Hulu

Starring: Gregg Sulkin, Ariela Barer, Annie Wersching, James Marsters, et al.

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There’s something about TV shows and their decline in quality as they progress. Well, I want to tell you this isn’t one of those cases. Marvel’s Runaways, at least this second season, is a vast improvement from its predecessor.

The sophomore outing of Marvel’s Runaways is a high octane adventure story that arrives just in time to keep you occupied and entertained this Christmas season. Whosever had the idea to release all episodes at once to binge-watch, unlike the first one, deserves high accolades.

The season picks up moments after the last one and starts off strong. The kids are on the run, and have finally earned the title of runaways. Remember they were framed for the murder of Destiny Gonzalez at the end of last season? So, they’ve got so many things working against them riding in. But together, they rise above all these many limitations and gain grounds towards stopping their parents and the many evils they perpetrate in the names of their children.

We see a lot of great character arcs between the children and their parents, a dynamic that works considerably well bearing in mind the commendable acting talents tasked with making it happen. Alex and Nico find time amidst the dramas in their personal loves to step in as team leader; Gert battles with her live without her antidepressants and balancing her love life with Chase; Molly is tasked with growing up too fast; and Karolina has to face the fact that Jonah is her father and that there are infact other people like her in the world. This particular arc makes up a bulk of the season’s story, which gave us one of the most intense scenes of the season when Jonah’s seemingly defeated.

The show tries very hard to make filler episodes not seem like fillers at all, which is very commendable. The whole plot between Pride and the corrupt police team was just them bidding time enough till the plot twist between the magistrate and his family gets revealed. I thought it was impressive though.

As I’ve said before, the second season of Runaways is a remarkable improvement over the first one. So, if like me, that one left a bitter taste in your mouth, be sure this one will wipe it off.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

About The Arrowverse 2018 Crossover – Elseworlds

When Arrow birthed The Flash in 2014 and, by extension, what we’ve come to know as the Arrowverse, it marked a new age of comic book properties on television. Comic book inspired shows have become increasingly popular over the years, and doesn’t show any sign of stopping anytime soon, which is both good and bad depending on how you look at it.

2015 saw the first crossover between shows in the Arrowverse; Arrow and The Flash started it, and since then it’s become an annual event that’s only gotten bigger as the years go by. Remember the awesomeness that was Crisis on Earth-X? So, when the crossover event for 2018 was announced – Elseworlds – core fans of the event, like me, were understandably elated being that it was the only time in the year the Arrowverse shows were extremely fun and bearable.

But, honestly, what we got in Elseworlds isn’t what any of us bargained for.

From a cheesy, overhyped introduction to Kat Kane aka The Batwoman, which served as a backdoor pilot to her own spin-off show; to underwhelming villains in The Monitor and Professor Psycho; to an even more underwhelming plot that made the entire three-episode event seem like filler episodes for the grander, more popular ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ storyline coming next year, I think the time has come for the Arrowverse to wrap things up for some of its shows that have overstayed their welcome.

The first entry in Elseworlds, that’s The Flash’s episode stands out as being the best of the trio. Arrow tried its best to sustain what was given to it, but its the Supergirl installment that wrecked the entire thing. Effortlessly turning it into a senseless pile of garbage. And I’m pissed!

One of the hardest things in life is saying goodbye, but one of the wisest is knowing when to call it quits. I believe the Arrowverse has overstayed its welcome judging by how lackluster most of its shows now are… The Flash easily comes to mind; I mean, what the heck is a meta-tech? 😥

Whatever sacrifice and trial next year’s Crisis on Infinite Earth’s crossover brings, I hope the Arrowverse comes to an end as the story provides the perfect closure.

Honourable mentions:

1. Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane looked rather believable. I’m sad to see her and written off almost as soon as her debut.

2. Tyler Hoechlin continues to shine as Superman.