Gotham: Season Five: A Disappointing End to a Fascinating Experiment

When “Gotham” first began way back in 2014, it was thought of as a kind of curious experiment. Could a show that takes place in Gotham City and doesn’t focus on Batman actually work? Strangely enough, for the first three seasons, it worked marvelously, boasting some interesting characters, a cavalcade of intriguing villains, and storylines that had you hanging on to see what would happen next. However, the show’s streak came to an end with the fourth season, which represented a major shift in its quality. Where once there had been great villains, there were now uninspired antagonists, and the previously captivating storylines were replaced with directionless and misguided narratives. By some

Avengers: Endgame: A Thrilling and Emotionally-Satisfying Conclusion

One year ago, Marvel left us with one of the biggest cliffhangers of all time at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.” With a snap of his fingers, Thanos had wiped out half of all life in the universe, leaving the surviving Avengers (and viewers) stunned. Now that the long year between films has finally passed, we at long last get to see what our heroes are going to do about it in “Avengers: Endgame.” The first film set a rather high bar when it came to skillfully threading together a plethora of storylines into one action-packed and dramatically-satisfying story, but will directors Joe and Anthony Russo, along with screenwriters Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely, once again be able to d

The Walking Dead: Season Nine: New Showrunner, Same Problems

At the end of last season, you may recall that “The Walking Dead” found itself in the same bind it’s been in for the last several years in that it’s been having an awful lot of trouble getting the story moving and its characters properly developed. Season eight had been a particular disappointment because the section of the story that was supposed to be covered was the “All-Out War” arc of the comics, which had been a rather exciting series of events on the page, but merely a squandered opportunity when it came to adapting it for the show after showrunner Scott Gimple, who had been responsible for the show’s massive decline in quality in the first place, decided to divert from it at just abo

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