Thursday, May 26, 2016

Recap/Review: Penny Dreadful's 3x04: A Blade Of Grass

It's that again where nearly every other character takes an episode off and we get an extended look into Vanessa Ives and once again, it's certainly something to behold.

Written by John Logan
Directed by Toa Fraser


Day Or Night: Last week we learned that Caliban was an orderly at the same asylum that Vanessa had been committed to during flashbacks in the first season and with the exception of Seward from time to time, this was an episode purely for both Eva Green and Rory Kinnear as the two played off each other so well. We never learn the name of Kinnear's orderly or how he even died in the first place but everything else that happens between him and Vanessa in this episode is pure gold.


A Little Makeover: The orderly's relationship with Vanessa seems to be one out of genuine concern for her. He's never cruel as such, even when he had to force feed her and remove a blanket and there's a rather interesting scene where he removes her gag in order to put some makeup on Vanessa and brush her hair. In other shows, that would've been creepy but here there was a point in trying to make it an act of kindness as the orderly tries to appeal to Vanessa to either get better, fake it or end up becoming lobotomised. There's also some brilliant discussions into the others respective lives as they develop a bond between each other and then this moment happened ....


Leaving The Job: Towards the end of this episode, we then learned that the orderly decided to leave his job. He told Vanessa a story involving his son and a boat to Scotland but a part of me did wonder given that he went from following to deliberately breaking the rules (he shared a kiss with Vanessa at one point in this episode) if maybe he had gotten the sack instead but chose not to tell Vanessa that in case it set her back. The connection between the pair in this episode was beautifully done and it's really going to be interesting to see how it plays out when Caliban also remembers his past with Vanessa too.


Battle Of The Brothers: Rory Kinnear gave one of his best performances in this episode but he was also on triple duty as well. Not only did we see him shine fantastically as the unnamed orderly, but Kinnear also got to sink his teeth into playing both Lucifer and Dracula and did so with relish as both brothers clamoured for Vanessa's body and soul during her incarceration. What neither of them banked on though was that Vanessa's own darkness was enough to scare the crap out of the both of them and that was pretty satisfying to watch.


Bringing Her Back: Ah, Patti LuPone. The only other actor in this episode aside from Green and Kinnear and though as great as the both of them, Seward's role was mainly to get Vanessa to remember and then later to get out of her state, both of which Seward accomplished. We did see a softer side to the character when she got Vanessa to open up about Joan Clayton and Seward did seem to believe her about Dracula now as well, which should be interesting as the season progresses.

Next week, we're delving into Ethan's history as Malcolm gets closer to finding him.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Review of Gotham's 2x22: "Transference"


Written by Bruno Heller
Directed by Eagle Egilsson

Lucius: "Are we alive?"
Gordon: "So far so good."
Lucius: "Had to be sure."

The one thing I love about Gotham nowadays is that it's now but all abandoned it's initial attempts of being a small screen variation of the Nolan Dark Knight trilogy and has fully embraced the madness, no more so than in the second half of this season as this Indian Hill comes to something of a chaotic conclusion.

Hugo's determination to blow up his own creations at the behest of that not so mysterious Council would've gone a little better had Fish not put a spanner into the works by working her new found powers on Peabody but also because having Gordon, Bruce and Lucius in the place wasn't such a bright idea after all.

While he did manage along with Nygma to deduce that the three of them didn't know as much as his Council feared they did, the three of them also had Selina in their corner, who in turn also managed to get Firefly back in hers too. Not to mention the fact that Hugo unwisely got in between Mr Freeze and Firefly going after each other as well.

I'm glad that Strange made it out of the episode alive but I'm also rather certain that prison is going to be the least of his problems. The grey woman doesn't seem to suffer fools gladly and given that Strange's experiments are now loose in the general populace, he has more reasons to worry than he did beforehand.

Speaking of the monsters, we didn't get to see too many close ups of them, other than Fish leading them to freedom and a homeless woman unfortunately opening the back door of the bus after Butch and Oswald caused it to crash. The reveal of that Bruce clone (or Thomas Wayne Jr) was a good one to end on but the episode had plenty of good moments.

Fish taking control of Hugo's contingency plan was a highlight along with her brief encounter with Oswald, who looked horrified to see her. I'm surprised Fish didn't kill Oswald there on the spot but I'm also relieved that he didn't get a chance to kill her either. Their dynamic next season should be interesting to see unfold.

As for Gordon, he spent the episode being drugged while Clayface did a poor but OTT impression of him that Barbara of all people had to rumble. However when he wasn't defusing bombs with Lucius, he realised that he loved Lee and basically left town in order to get her back as well. Right now, that's probably the best thing Gordon can do for himself.

Also in "Transference"

Did we just see the Mad Hatter in the GCPD during one scene?

Nygma (to Bruce/Lucius): "Who runs Indian Hill? You have one guess. Think carefully fellas or die."

Oswald still has Grace's head. I did find his rapport with Barbara slightly amusing in this episode.

Fish (to Peabody): "Your mama may be number thirteen but I'm a human being. I'm Fish Mooney, bitch."

Strange: "Who controls Gotham, Jim? You've never heard of a secret council?"
Gordon: "Secret council? No!"

They've more or less confirmed Bullock as the new commissioner/captain now. I doubt we'll see Barnes at all next season.

Clayface/Gordon (to Alfred): "Complicated police business."
Bullock: "He's got a touch of the flu."

Fish (to Strange): "You would've made a great pimp."

Going into next season, I do wonder if they should scale some of the cast back. Nygma and Babs as recurring characters, Lucius as a guest (which was the actor made a regular when little has been done with him, etc?) and so on.

Barbara: "So now you like me again?"
Clayface/Gordon: "What's not to like?"

Oswald: "Impossible."
Fish: "Nothing is impossible."

Chronology: Pretty much from where A Legion Of Horribles left off.

Transference was pretty satisfying as a finale. It didn't so much resolve the Indian Hill storyline but more intensified it with a replica of Bruce on the loose and Fish also up to some mischief as well. It'll be fun to see where they'll go next season with the Court of Owls stuff too.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Saturday, May 21, 2016

2016-2017 TV Season: Shows To Watch

Over the last several days, we've gotten the upfronts from the upcoming 2016-2017 television season and here are some of the shows that have piqued the most interest.

1: 24: Legacy (FOX, Mondays 9pm, mid-season)



With Kiefer Sutherland retiring as Jack Bauer and playing president on ABC's Designated Survivor, the mantle of top CTU guy now falls into the hands of Corey Hawkins, who takes on the role of Eric Carter in this 12 episode series, which also includes the likes of Jimmy Smits, Miranda Otto and Teddy Sears. The trailer suggests nothing too new that we haven't seen Bauer deal with in nine previous seasons but whether or not this show can work without Bauer will remain to be seen.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOWpUB_Xdqs

2: Conviction (ABC, Mondays 10pm)



This last week has been a mixed fortune for the lovely Hayley Atwell. On one hand, Agent Carter was axed after two seasons by ABC but on the other hand, the network also commissioned this legal drama where Atwell will take on the role former First Daughter and all round party girl, Hayes Morrison, who now finds herself working for a New York law firm to make up for her misdeeds. While we're not exactly short on legal dramas, this could be ABC's answer to the now ended CBS rival, The Good Wife though and certainly looks slick and polished.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJqg6J4JeLg

3: Designated Survivor (ABC, Wednesdays 10pm)



He may not be Jack Bauer anymore but Kiefer Sutherland thankfully has not abandoned television and this time around, he gets to play the President. When the current one is killed, it's up to Sutherland's character, Tom Kirkman to assume the role but with his own reluctance and a staff that seem openly sceptical of his abilities in the role, it looks like it's going to be a tough one for the guy. I'm not sure it'll be something I'll stick with but at the same time, it's still nice to have Kiefer back on the small screen.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_f1v0Nx5Sw

4: MacGyver (CBS, Fridays 8pm)



Another television season, another reboot of a cheesy show with a slightly gritty-ish but not really remix to it. Can this version of MacGyver succeed where the likes of Charlie's Angels and Knight Rider failed in previous years? Oddly, I doubt it but I found the trailer actually fun and whether or not Lucas Till can truly capture the role like Richard Dean Anderson did back in the day remains to be seen. There's some decent support from former CSI actor George Eads as well.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt8E6X6-744

5: Midnight Texas (NBC, mid-season, TBC)



From Charlaine Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse books in which HBO were able to get seven seasons out of, courtesy of True Blood, NBC have roped in the writer from Alias and Charmed (Monica Owusa Breen) for this supernatural series set in the titular town, harbouring vampires, witches and the occassional hitman or so. The cast for this show includes Fran├žois Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, Peter Mensah, Yul Vazquez and Sean Bridgers. In terms of supernatural shows, aside from Grimm (currently entering a sixth season), NBC haven't had too many long lasters. Hopefully this show can break the trend. It also might help if the station released a trailer for it too. The series will run for 13 episodes.

Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/NBCMidnightTX/with_replies?lang=en

6: Powerless (NBC, mid-season, TBC)



One of the strangest new shows to be debuting within the next year, this one is set within the DC comics universe but it's a comedy that seems to be more focused on the damage caused by superheroes more than anything else. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk, this will air during mid-season. Again, accessing the trailer seems to be a difficult task here as NBC have taken it down. A 13 episode order has been made for the show. It does look funny enough as a series but if this does better than Constantine, I'll be shocked.

Trailer Breakdown/Easter Eggs: http://moviepilot.com/p/easter-egg/3923782

7: Prison Break (FOX, Thursdays 9pm, mid season)



And they're back. If you enjoyed seeing Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell during their recent stints on both The Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow, you can now enjoy them all over again as they reprise their most famous roles as Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield for this revival series. I have to admit to being sceptical about this particular show being brought back but after seeing the trailer and most of the old gang (Sara, T-Bag etc), I guess maybe there is room again to see the brothers breaking each other out of prison yet again.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9T-9fZn_oA

8: Riverdale (CW, mid-season, TBC)


Based on the long running Archie comics and produced by Arrow verse master, Greg Berlanti, the CW have the perfect mid-season show here. From the leaked/quickly deleted trailer, Riverdale, starring KJ Apa as Archie seems to have a creepy blend of Twin Peaks meets Pretty Little Liars as the titular town harbours many secrets and lies, the majority of which are threatening to surface. Also in the cast are Luke Perry, Madchem Amick, Marisol Nicholls and Cole Sprouse while Casey Cott will be playing the role of openly gay teenager, Kevin in this series.

Trailer Description: http://ie.ign.com/articles/2016/05/19/cw-riverdale-trailer-description-plus-frequency-and-no-tomorrow-trailers

9: Shots Fired (FOX, Wednesdays 8pm, Spring 2017)



And for something more topical. With ABC generating mass acclaim for American Crime, this upcoming events series will tackle the aftermath of a racially motivated crime. Starring Helen Hunt, Sanaa Lathan, Stephen James, Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Moyer, this certainly looks like it could be the jewel in FOX's crown and pairing it with Empire as well could be a very smart move too. It certainly looks harrowing and I can see the Emmys tripping over themselves next year to nominate it for all the awards.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RmkAihHeJg

10: Star (FOX, Wednesdays 9pm , mid-season)



Now this one I am most looking forward to. Created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaughy, this series will inevitably draw many comparisons to Empire and far as I'm concerned, it might as well be set in the same universe where the Lyon family exit. Not only will it be taking the show's timeslot for a few months but the premise sounds like they took the Mirage a Trois plot from the second season and did something a bit more compelling with it. The show will focus on Star (Jude Demorest), her sister Simone (Brittany O’Grady) and  and her Instagram bestie, Alexandra (Ryan Destiny), and together, the trio journey to Atlanta to become music superstars. Rounding off the cast includes Queen Latifah as the girls manager/godmother Miss Carlotta and Benjamin Bratt as washed up agent Jahil with Lenny Kravitz also guesting in the show.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2snL9QUIZI

11: Star Trek (CBS/CBS All Access, mid-season)



One of the most anticipated new shows going and we're still months away from both the casting being announced and filming to begin. With Star Trek: Beyond due to make it's way into the cinemas pretty soon as well, former Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller will certainly have to make sure the television can truly enter the 21st century and learn from the mistakes of previous spin-off series, Enterprise. CBS released the logo during the upfronts this week and it looks rather traditional but great though. Can't wait to see it in January when it properly launches.

Logo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXpPweAooeE

12: Time After Time (ABC, mid-season, TBC)



Now this one is unusual. A series with HG Wells (Freddie Stroma, Game Of Thrones) versus Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman, Revenge) from the creator of Dawson's Creek and The Vampire Diaries? Throw in some present day chaos as the former friends turned enemies then rock up in present day New York and this could be a show that could be truly inspired or an absolute mess? The trailer showed elements of both (beautiful steam punk, gorgeous costuming, brilliant battle of wits between Stroma and Bowman but some moments of generic-ness as well). An interesting addition, although the television schedule seems to have a fair amount of time travel themed shows this upcoming season.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN4C4Ar5BLo

Those are my picks for the upcoming US television season, what are yours?

Friday, May 20, 2016

My Review of Legends Of Tomorrow's 1x16: "Legendary"


Written by Greg Berlanti & Chris Fedak & Phil Klemmer & Marc Guggenheim
Directed by Dermott Downs

Rex (to the gang): "My name is Rex Tyler. I'm a member of the Justice Society of America."

And as this episode finally did us a solid and finally got rid of Vandal Savage, it also made sure we came for seconds with the arrival of Hourman. If you follow me on Twitter, that particular character was someone I did mention in relation to Patrick J. Adams heroic mystery character and I'm rather pleased with being right.

The more interesting part was the fact that Rex Tyler rocked up because it was Mick who called for his services instead of Rip and also the fact that Rex seemed adamant that none of the gang stepped inside the Waverider. All in all, a little scene lasting less than two minutes set up a lot to look forward to in relation to the next season.

As for this season, well it certainly ended on an interesting note. Vandal Savage hasn't been the great of villains (marginally less terrible than Non, way behind on Damien Darhk and Zoom) but this episode not only upped his lunacy but it also brought about his much deserved downfall. Having Mick, Sara, Kendra and Rip in the periods of 1958, 1975 and 2021 band together and kill the villain off three times over was the best way of getting rid of Savage.

As a villain, Vandal certainly won't be missed and despite some frustrating moments, this was truly an excellent exit for the character. However, it wasn't the only exit as Kendra and Carter ultimately decided to leave the Waverider as well. It's a shame the characters didn't work out as well as they should've done but I think their exit was for the best and with two new regulars stepping in next season and a whole new mission statement, we'll probably see the two of them again along with a certain chilly anti-hero/total hero as well.

Of course when this episode wasn't resolving the Savage storyline and setting up next season's plot with Rex's arrival as well we had some more emotional content to deal with. Mick struggling with losing Snart was nicely handled as well as Clarissa and Jax persuading Stein to pursue his wanderlust. Of course, Sara's reaction to learning that Laurel was dead from Quentin was heartbreaking but it was something we needed to see. I liked that Quentin also encouraged Sara to keep travelling as well.

- We got see Leonard in a brief scene where Mick told him he was a hero. Mick also considered Rip a friend too. How brilliant has Mick's characterisation been this season?
- The CW originally considered doing an Hourman series a few years ago. That's partly why I suspected we were going to get Rex Tyler on the show.
- Thanager invasion was somewhat set up as well. Looking forward to that next season.
- Loads of times here - 1944 France, 1958, 1975, 2016 (January and May) and 2021.

There has been some up and downs and all that but in the end, Legendary served as a truly satisfying way of ending the first season, putting to bed the Savage arc while setting up more interesting ones for the next season. We might not have everyone back full time next but we still have plenty of reasons to tune in again though.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Thursday, May 19, 2016

My Review of Empire's 2x18: "Past Is Prologue"


Written by Lee Daniels And Ilene Chaiken
Directed by Sanaa Hamri

Rhonda: "You wanted that devil's child to be the only heir to the throne, didn't you? Didn't you?"
Anika: "You're damn right I did, you bitch."

Okay, so every season is going to see Anika getting her ass handed to her and even season is going to involve either her and/or Rhonda in a violent altercation and this episode had two of them. First of all, Rhonda made it pretty damn clear that she believed Anika pushed her and proceeded to slap her silly in front of Lucious and Cookie, only for everyone to take Anika's side over Rhonda (including Andre as well).

Then we had Anika threatening to jump off the Empire building due to her fear of being called to testify against Lucious and when her fears were later confirmed and she got served, Lucious stepped in to protect himself and married Anika, which managed to kill any good feeling he might have generated with Cookie in the process.

Unfortunately during the aftermath of the least romantic wedding ever, Lucious did make it abundantly clear to the audience that Anika actually pushed Rhonda, which disappointed me a lot more than it should've done. Then we had one final and violent confrontation between Rhonda and Anika and it really did look like both of them went over the edge while Andre watched on in horror. Are both of them gone for good? I doubt it but would they really kill off a pregnant woman? Rhonda on the other hand might not fair so well.

As for the rest of the episode, Hakeem's wedding to Laura predictably went to hell when an unwanted guest from Lucious and Cookie's dodgy days caused mayhem but to be honest, no-one was really rooting for the pair anyways so if this is the last we'll see of Laura, I can't say I'll miss the character that much. Hakeem wasn't ready for marriage to begin with.

As for Jamal, the great news is that Freda didn't kill him but he was largely dispirited in this one and while he did get a bit of his groove back when trying to organise music for Hakeem and Laura's non wedding, he also seemed desperate to break his family's toxic cycle with no success. As for Freda - well she's in prison and Lucious got some music out of her but it seems like we might not be done with her just yet.

Keeping with the reveals, I was intrigued that we learned about Lucious's father in this episode and that Tariq is actually Lucious's half brother as well. Nice soapy revelations there and with Leah sticking around, it seems more on Dwight Walker is going to come out.

Also in "Past Is Prologue"

Anika willing to murder a child is pretty dark, even for this show but Rhonda then tried to the same thing as well here.

Lucious (re Jamal): "He doesn't want to do music."
Cookie: "Yeah, that's what concerns me."

Xzibit guest starred in this episode as the rather troublesome Shy. I have a feeling he'll be back next season as well.

Lucious: "What the hell is wrong with you?"
Rhonda (to Anika): "I know you pushed me, bitch."

Andre (to Hakeem): "Come on, man, when was the last time Lucious went out of his way to help anybody, especially his own sons?"

Lucious's father being a cop I didn't see coming but I like it as a reveal. I hope we learn some more of Cookie's past too prior to meeting Lucious next season.

Cookie: "Anika, I know we have bad blood between us but you are carrying a life, my grandson so you'll never be alone, you hear me cos I know what that feels like. You're a Lyon now okay. I know that's what you always wanted, huh? To be one of us."

Cookie (to Lucious, re Anika): "I didn't save this bitch's life so she could ruin mine. There's gotta be another way."

Standout music: Veronika's "Hourglass", Jamal's "Hemingway" and Freda's "Turn Around".

Lucious (re Rhonda): "I know you pushed her."
Anika: "Excuse me for a minute please."

Chronology: A while since the events of Rise By Sin.

For a while, Past Is Prologue certainly delivered on the action. It was definitely a good way of ending what was ultimately a bit of a hit and miss season in parts. I still intend to watch next season but we'll need some less boardroom stuff though in parts and more into Cookie's past as well as a stable love interest for Jamal as I can't see DMajor lasting too long.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Recap/Review: Penny Dreadful's 3x03: Good And Evil Braided Be

Back a bit more of a structure here. I'm gonna try and do these reviews Wednesdays from now and while this was a slower episode, it certainly wasn't lacking a good reveal or two.

Written by John Logan
Directed by Damon Thomas


Tapping Into Memories: Oh Vanessa. This episode really wasn't her week, was it? Thanks to Dracula/Sweet's overzealous minion, Vanessa was put on high alert that the Master is out to get her once again and this week when she wasn't screaming at Seward over her past supernatural encounters, she was getting the good doctor to tap into some old memories. We saw the padded cell but more importantly, we also learned that Vanessa and John Claire/Caliban actually have a past connection too. I really liked that reveal. It wasn't predictable and it feels like it makes sense too and with Caliban back in London, it can only lead to some great scenes in the near future.


Retracing The Past: With Vanessa unlocking some memories, it was actually fitting that Caliban upon returning to London started to do the same as well. I've said it in past blogs that Caliban works better away from Victor and delving into his past (losing his family etc) certainly has propelled him better as a character. His plotline seemed to move a little better but I'm more interested in seeing how he and Vanessa will deal with their own past once they see each other again.


Bloody Justine: Quite literally as this episode treated us to a bloody threesome between ingenue Justine and killer power couple Lily and Dorian. I'm liking their little 'taking over the world' storyline and so far they're not actually harming anyone undeserving either. The parallels between Lily and Justine as well as the commentary on oppression, feminism and suffragettes are far from subtle but they are effect and do work well within the narrative. I also find it interesting that in some ways, Dorian is essentially sitting back and watching Lily run the show as well.


Kill First, Question Never: Hecate is still a bit of a divisive character for me. As much as I like Ethan (and I really do), I find her obsession with him a little too stalkerish for my liking and while it doesn't seem like Ethan is deliberately enabling her, neither is his actively trying to distance himself from Hecate either. On the plus side, she's proven to be handy in a fight and with Malcolm and Kaetenay taking an eternity, I guess Ethan really does need someone in his corner. Unfortunately, it's obvious that Hecate seems more interested in bringing Ethan to her own level than actually helping him though.


Showing Some Hyde There: We didn't get too much with the lovely bromance between Victor and Jekyll this week but we did get to see Victor questioning the guy that Jekyll helped make sane from the previous episode while Victor also got to see the tiniest flash of Mr Hyde as well. We're only three episodes into the season so I can understand why we're not seeing Hyde in full form just yet but I hope when we do, it's genuinely explosive now that Once Upon A Time have also gotten in on the Jekyll and Hyde action as well.

Next week, Vanessa's finding herself being tempted by a certain someone.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Review of Gotham's 2x21: "A Legion Of Horribles"


Written by Jordan Harper
Directed by Rob Bailey

Fish (to Strange): "My name is Fish Mooney, bitch."

And she's back. It literally took nearly this season and despite the fact that Hugo has been reviving and become responsible for a hefty chunk of some of the villains of late, I have to admit that I was looking forward to seeing Fish Mooney back among the land of the living.

Did we need her back as a character? Truthfully not really. Fish had a great-ish arc in the first season and her previous encounter with Oswald saw a fitting enough end for her character. What can the show do with her now? It seems maybe more than expected if she can get an orderly to make her a grilled cheese sandwich without applying too much pressure on the bloke.

Strange's experiments have been erratic at best but Fish is something of a true success for him. Not only did she come back with her own memories intact but she might have some powers as well to boot along with some brain abnormalities. I'm a little surprise we didn't get a reunion with her and Oswald but given the trailer for the finale, that is certainly coming pretty fast though.

As for Strange, once again, he managed to outsmart Gordon, Bruce and Lucius as their attempts of rescuing Selina saw them being captured instead. While Nygma got to have fun threatening both Bruce and Lucius with a slow death, Strange really upped the ante by having a very earlier version of what was Clayface be morphed into Gordon in order to keep the GCPD out of their hair.

I have to admit that I've loved Strange during the second half of this season and he certainly seemed to be holding all the cards except for the fact that he's got a masked woman/superiors to answer to as well. I do wonder if this lot are going to be the show's answer to the Court of Owls or whatever but either way, I think we've just gotten a glimmer of the next half season threat for the show will be.

As for Selina, she managed to escape a fiery death courtesy of a brainwashed Bridget but only because she went along with playing the role of servant. I bet anything it's going to be Selina and 'Firefly' who'll end up saving Gordon, Bruce and Lucius next week.

Also in "A Legion Of Horribles"

Along with the introduction of the Basil Karlo version of Clayface and Fish's return, we also got to see Ivy once again.

Reporter: "How long are you acting Captain?"
Bullock: "Until literally the second that anyone else wants the job."

I really do think the show is going to go there and make Bullock the next Commissioner. Again, it's a great move if they do.

Strange (re Fish): "How much more damage can she possibly do? She's dead."

Strange: "So you want a reason. Someone to blame."
Bruce: "In their case, I think there was someone to blame."
Strange: "Oh, so do I. Sugar?"

I think Peabody might have a darker streak that Strange. She's certainly showed that in her scenes with Nygma and Lucius this week. Strange also used cuttlefish on Fish during his attempts to revive her.

Lucius: "You're doing good so far."
Peabody: "I'm so relieved. This way."

Fish (to an orderly): "You wanna make yourself useful, make me a cheese sandwich."

No Oswald, Butch, Tabitha, Barbara or Barnes this week. I wouldn't be surprised if one of those characters is killed off in the finale.

Nygma (to Lucius): "You were always a smart cookie, Foxy."

Gordon: "You belong in your own asylum, Strange."
Strange: "And you James Gordon belong in the past."

Chronology: Not long from where Unleashed left off.

A Legion Of Horribles was a good set up for the finale. While it's unlikely that Bruce, Gordon, Selina and Lucius are in serious danger, I am going to miss this Indian Hill/Strange arc when it comes to it's natural conclusion as well.

Rating: 8 out of 10