‘Gotham’ Review: Let the Rise of Villains Commence

It's a new day in Gotham.

It’s a new day in Gotham.

Season two of Gotham is like a completely different show. All of the characters are in very different places from where season one left off. Gordon and Bullock were demoted down to uniform and Bullock quit and became a bartender. Oswald is the top crime boss and Selina is working for him! It’s definitely ‘a new day’ in Gotham, as Gordon said.

How exactly did Loeb demote Bullock and Gordon? They’re like the best detectives the GCPD have. Of course the whole city is corrupt.

How far down the rabid hole will Gordon go to save his city? He did a favor for Penguin and ended up killing someone in the process. Not that it wasn’t done all for the greater good. Essen is now Commissioner and she’s a much better person for the job. Unfortunately, people had to die to make this possible.

Did we really think that Gordon could stay on the right side of the line while he cleaned up the city? He’s going to have to make some sacrifices if he wants to succeed. This may end up being his new girlfriend Lee. She loves him because he has a very straight moral compass, but he’s not acting like that Gordon.

Oswald will have to be careful. There’s a new man in town and he wants to unleash a bunch of lunatics on to the city. Maybe Gordon will have wished he let go of the badge. We know he won’t, but it looks like a very scary road ahead of him with the Arkham patients that were kidnapped.

Was it just me or did Barbara actually look good in that stripped dress? She was really pulling it off right?

Barbara is a much more interesting character now that she’s crazy. She was so boring before. I’m very excited to see what she ends up doing to the city. Will she go after Lee? She’s got a split personality just like Ed has.

Ed is now talking to himself. He completely snapped. I would have liked to seen more of him in the episode. That was always my complaint last season, we didn’t get enough of the Riddler. I really like his character. If it is going to be the rise of the villains, there should be more of Ed.

Jerome has really gotten my attention. He was briefly in the first season, but he seems to be a main fixture for the second. I’m looking forward to getting to know the Joker more. And not just because he’s an iconic villain.

Bruce was looking so grown up. It’s only supposed to be a month in the future, but that month has totally made him grown. Of course that might have just been everything he experienced last season too.

We are finally in the Bat Cave and his father has left him a message: “You can’t have both happiness and the truth. You have to choose.” Thomas hopes he’ll choose happiness, unless he has a true calling. So this is where Batman begins.

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Where Does ‘Bones’ Go From Here?

poster-bones-season-4In the season 10 finale of ‘Bones’, Brennan left the Jeffersonian and Booth left the FBI. The stars of the show have said goodbye, but the series is coming back for an eleventh season. That means something will pull Brennan and Booth back into the game, because there is no ‘Bones’, without the two stars.

With a second baby on the way Brennan decided it was time for a change. She didn’t want her or her husband to be constantly in harms way.

Angela was having the same thought when she was day dreaming about moving to Paris. Hodgins was about to give her her wish too, but Angela put her dream on hold for Hodgins to continue what he loves. I hope when ‘Bones’ does come to an end, Angela can get her dream.

It’s going to take a lot for both Booth and Brennan to come back. They were both resolved for a change. Brennan wouldn’t even listen to the entire message from Pelant. She’s shutting the door on that part of her life.

Executive producer, Stephen Nathan, told TVLine that he doesn’t know how they will work Booth and Brennan back in yet. “Everything is up in the air right now,” he said to the website.

It doesn’t sound like Pelant will pull Brennan back in though

“We don’t want to take the easy way out,” Stephen added. “You don’t want to just go back to a well that’s running dry.

I’m actually glad to hear Pelant won’t pull them back in. That would be just too predictable. The writers have the task of coming up with something new now. Maybe a new serial killer?

There’s been some great serial killers over the last ten seasons and I think it’s about time to introduce a new one, even if it will be the last.

I think there would have to be a personal pull to get Brennan to return to the Jeffersonian and Booth to the FBI. Angela, Cam or Hodgins would have to be threatened or needing help.

Another option could be to bring them back on a consulting basis and then they remember their love for crime fighting.

The possibilities are endless. Nothing seems to be planned yet, so anything could happen in season 11. One things for sure, Brennan will be giving birth to another child. That may not happen on screen, but we will meet the new family member next season.

Could there be a wedding next season? It seems like Cam is finally considering marrying Arastoo.

How do you think Brennan and Booth will be pulled back in?

And the last question going into season 11, will this be the last?

‘Bones’ Review: This Isn’t the End

If this was the last episode ever, this would have been a great last victim.

If this was the last episode ever, this would have been a great last victim.

We started out the episode thinking Angela and Hodgins were going to leave and in the end Brennan and Booth left. Two people that you would never expect to get out. Angela has been wanting to leave basically since she got there and now she wants to stay. Well she wants to stay for Hodgins.

This episode was wrote like a series finale incase ‘Bones’ didn’t get picked up again. It’s almost a shame this wasn’t a series finale, it would have been a great one, but I’m happy it’s not over yet.

As a series finale it would have been great because we got to see a lot of the interns one last time and Hodgins got his money back! Then he gave it away. I think Brennan and Booth leaving would be a great end. They deserve to be happy and move on from all the death.

The writers will have to give us something even better when the real series finale rolls around. There wasn’t really any cliffhangers, since it was written as an ending, but there is no doubt something will pull Brennan and Booth back. But what will that be?

Angela was pulled back in because she saw how much Hodgins loves his job. Hodgins really does enjoy his job. It’s been a long time since he’s done some crazy experiment that Cam disapproved of. This time he didn’t even come up with any excuse to do the experiment. The only thin that was missing was King of the Lab.

It was a sad episode for Cam and Caroline losing their favorite people. I just wanted to say to them, “don’t worry, they will come back!”

It’s a relief that Hodgins and Angela aren’t going anywhere. There really can’t be ‘Bones’ without them, but I do want Angela to get her Paris dream one day.

I’m not worried about Booth and Brennan, because there is definitely no ‘Bones’ without them. I’m looking forward to see how the creators get them back to the Jefersonian and the F.B.I.

I want to know what Pelant said! He’s clearly made an imprint in cyber space and he isn’t done messing with them yet. Will we see him again in season 11?

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‘Bones’ Review: The Light was in the Future

We finally know Angela's real name!

We finally know Angela’s real name!

So it’s really happening. Angela and Hodgins are moving to Paris. On the one hand, I’m very happy that Angela’s dreams are coming true. But on the other hand, I don’t want to see her go. They are a big part of the show, ‘Bones’ won’t be the same without them.

We finally know Angela’s real name, Pookie Noodlin! Why on earth did her dad name her that?! Now we understand why she didn’t want anyone to know. She must have had a horrible childhood growing up with that name.

The case was really going on in the background this week. Booth’s 30 day sobriety was a big fixture. Everyone wanted to make a big deal about it except Booth. Aubrey was trying to commend him for his work with everything going on and mention his 30 days, but he didn’t want to talk about it. Booth wouldn’t even invite Brennan to go. It wasn’t until Cam said it was okay for her to leave to attend that she even realized she should be there. It was nice that in the end she went.

Booth and Brennan were getting back to a better rhythm this week. They almost forget they were separated when they were eating pie.

The big thing in this episode was of course Hodgins taking the plunge and buying the house in Paris. I don’t know which was more heartbreaking, Angela telling Brennan or Hodgins and Angela telling Cam.

Brennan couldn’t wrap her head around why Angela would even want to leave. Everything she knows is here, she said. Angela has been there through everything for Brennan and even offered to postpone moving until Booth and her are doing better. It was hard to watch. Brennan really doesn’t want Angela to go.

If Brennan’s reaction wasn’t hard enough, Cam was also heartbroken. The look on her face just crushed me.

Angela and Hodgins aren’t gone yet, maybe there’s still hope! They are still in the season finale and they will be facing an old foe. Pelant is back, but wheat can he do from beyond the grave. Booth also declares that this is his last case. So how will there be another season with no Booth, Hodgins or Angela? There must be something to pull them all back in. Take a look at the promo:

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‘Bones’ Review: The Motive was in the Addiction

This week Booth and Brennan hardly had any scenes together and when they did, it was very awkward.

This week Booth and Brennan hardly had any scenes together and when they did, it was very awkward.

This episode definitely reminds you that you can be addicted to just about anything. The victim this week was addicted to collecting cookie jars and it’s what got her killed.

It seems fitting that they would be dealing with a case of addiction while Booth was trying to get a handle on his addiction. He claimed he was getting better, but he was just going through the motions. He was going to the meetings, but he wasn’t participating in them. Aubrey tried to reach out to him, but he just pushed him away. He wasn’t dealing with it. And that’s exactly why Brennan wasn’t letting him back home. He hadn’t done anything to deserve to go back home yet.

I don’t know if it was the case itself or watching Brennan talk about the victim’s addiction, but finally Booth decided to deal with it. He finally spoke up in a meeting. Admitting you have a problem is the first step in recovery they say. He was lying to himself as much as he was to Brennan.

This was an interesting case because not one of the suspects they spoke to during the investigation turned out to be the killer. So many times it’s the first person they talk to or at least someone they spoke to through questioning wasn’t completely honest. This time it was none of the suspects and it came down to love and addiction.

The victim got her boyfriend to steal a cookie jar she wanted because he was a locksmith. When he realized she didn’t really love him, only the jars, he tried to break the jars with a wine bottle. She lunged in front of the jars to protect them and it got her killed.

This wasn’t at all the victim’s fault though. She was shot in the head 20 years ago, which would explain her obsession. It’s sad to think that incident ruined her life and cost her her life.

Her daughter seemed very torn up about the fact that her mother loved the jars more than her. She seemed to be the perfect suspect. But all she was guilty of was almost selling her mom’s collection.

I’m not sure how I feel about Warren and Aubrey being paired together. I’v never really liked Warren, but I really like Aubrey. Of course I’ve never been a fan of the multiple interns either. I preferred when there was one. The flirting started early in this episode and ended with a date, though neither one of them is calling it a date. The writers don’t seem to be putting them together quite yet, but it definitely seems to be headed that way.

I still don’t understand how ‘Bones’ can be renewed for another season when signs of it coming to an end keeping coming up. Angela thinks their work is eating away at them and the cause of the rift between Booth and Brennan. I don’t see why these intelligent people would continue this line of work, especially when they have other options, when they feel like it’s messing with their lives. To me it just signals the end of the show coming.

Next week we finally get to know Angela’s real name! Plus Hodgins and Angela are leaving! How can we have another season of ‘Bones’ without them? Take a look at the promo:

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‘The Following’ Review: Ryan Makes a Great Sacrifice

How could Ryan just walk away from everyone he loves? That must have took a lot of strength.

How could Ryan just walk away from everyone he loves? That must have took a lot of strength.

That was one crazy finale. Just two hours of being on the edge of your seat.

I was surprised that Theo went after Gina. I thought for sure the clear target would be Max. That would be the person Ryan loves as much as Theo loved his sister. I was happy that he went after Gina. That meant we got to see Gina again and she didn’t disappoint. She was so tough. Theo was threatening her family and she stayed strong throughout. Even through everything she was able to protect them. It was nerve wrecking watching, but she was incredible.

Did they really think two agents were going to protect Gina and her family? That was a disaster waiting to happen. They needed multiple agents to really protect them. They keep underestimating Theo.

Things started to take some turns from there. When Gwen was leaving a message for Ryan and letting him hear their child’s heartbeat, I knew something bad was coming, but I could never have predicted how bad it could go. It was an ominous, but beautifully done scene. You just knew Ryan wasn’t going to get to see his kid grow up. It was heartbreaking to watch.

First Theo takes Ryan and then Liza comes back into the mix. Though Liza put her fate into her own hands. Ryan didn’t know anything about her and didn’t even think twice about her. If she had stayed out of it, Ryan wouldn’t be hunting them down.

There was a mole in the F.B.I. all along, Lisa. Another person Ryan was close to. She’s working with Liza’s group and it sounds like the depth of the organization goes deep. What did Ryan learn from her? We may never actually find out.

I’m torn, part of me liked this ending as a series ending and the other part of me wants to know more about this corrupt organization. It seems fitting that Ryan would leave his family to protect them. Max has Mike, and Gwen has them. If Mike didn’t pull through, would he have made the same decision? Luckily Mike did pull through. I would have been very mad at the writers if they killed him off.

Ryan told Gwen he was leaving the F.B.I., but he never could let go. There was always going to be a new bad guy. He needs to hunt them and his family is always going to be in danger. Even when Liza thinks he’s dead, they are still ready to move in on his people. They don’t even know anything.

Theo took one last final stand before he went out. He was going to raise Ryan’s child to be a psychopath. This was a fate worse than death. It was more personal than any of his target’s have gotten before. This flipped a switch in Ryan’s brain. He doesn’t believe his family will ever be safe with him. But it also made him take a life of a F.B.I agent. He’s completely rogue now and I believe he can take this huge organization. When you’re dead, you can do anything you want. Part of me wants to see this happen, but I don’t think any of the other characters will be around to see it. This may be the end of the road for Mike, Max and Gwen, even if another network picked up the show.

Do we want to see Ryan’s new journey? I think I would like to see it in a movie format, but I don’t know if I want to see it in a full season or more. I like Max and Mike and I would want them to be in on the journey too. If this is the end, I’m very happy that Mike and Max ended up together. I always wanted this.

I like that Ryan is sacrificing himself for his family. You can see it hurts him to leave them behind, but he can’t have any more of them die. Max will hurt, but she’ll be alive. At least that’s what I think Ryan is thinking. The same goes with Gwen. He could just get out, but Liza would continue to come after him and you see how well that worked out for Gina.

If this is how ‘The Following’ ends, I like the ending. It’s very fitting to Ryan’s whole journey. We will have to wait and see if we see his next chapter.

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‘Bones’ Review: The Squints Solve a Case in the Middle East

Why doesn't it surprise me that he was taken to solve a murder.

Why doesn’t it surprise me that he was taken to solve a murder.

We knew Brennan would figure out Booth was gambling again, but I thought she would pick up on the signs. It wasn’t until his bookie came to their house looking to settle up on a debt that Brennan finally figured it out.

I really thought she would tell Angela. That’s the person she goes to, but Aubrey was the person she turned to. It shows how big of a character Aubrey has become. He helped Brennan out in a very bad situation. If the F.B.I. found out about Booth’s gambling it could ruin him and Brennan tells an agent in the F.B.I. It just shows how much trust Brennan has for him. Aubrey really has filled the void Sweets left. He’s extremely smart like Sweets. He brings things to the investigation that really help the case. It was incredible how he could tell that the people were going upstairs in the recording. It’s been great getting to know this new character and we’ll have another season to continue to get to know him.

Can Brennan and Booth get past this? Brennan asked him a question and Booth lied to her face. All he had to do was tell the truth and Brennan probably wouldn’t have kicked him out, but he lied and then continued to lie. It was heartbreaking to watch Brennan stand their as Booth left, but now we’ll get to see them work their way back to each other. It took years for them to get together and it was so much fun watching it.

‘Bones’ is having an incredible tenth season. This was another stellar case. First it seemed terrifying that Arastoo was taken by the Iranian government, but then it turned out he was taken to solve a murder. It’s been a while since we’ve had a field trip. There’s been some really cool cases that they collaborated on over Skype. This was intense being in Iran. They were operating outside of the law and working with a member of the Iranian Parliament.

‘Bones’ loves to touch on real issues. This man was killed because he rejected the Muslim way and he was working to make a democracy in his country. This man shouldn’t have been killed because of his beliefs and trying to make his country what he thought would be a better place. But this is the fear that Muslims face if they try to speak out against the government. Sometimes we take for granted in the U.S. that we have freedom of speech. If you don’t like something the government is doing, we can say so. Iranians don’t have that privilege. I hope this great story telling continues in season eleven.

‘Bones’ will return in two weeks. Will Brennan and Booth be able to work it out or are they just falling apart? Take a look at the promo:

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FOX Renews ‘Bones’ for Eleventh Season

poster-bones-season-4After seeing last week’s episodes of ‘Bones’ I was actually surprised to hear that show got renewed for an eleventh season. It’s not that I don’t want to continue watching Brennan, Booth and  the squints, it’s just that the storyline felt like it was coming to an end.

Brennan is worried about how their work affects their children as their family is expanding. She’s afraid that what they do puts their family in danger. Angela and Hodgins are also planning on moving to Paris. They are already looking at houses. They are ready to put their work behind them. This to me, signals the end of the show, not another season.

The writers can easily write something in to change their minds, but I think Angela and Hodgins in Paris would be an amazing ending for that couple. I’m not sure what the perfect ending would be for Brennan and Booth. She could teach, she could go on digs. There’s plenty for her to do, but what about Booth? Being an agent is who he is. What more is there for him? That’s something I look forward to seeing. Obviously I will have to wait for this.

Season ten of ‘Bones’ has been excellent. There’s been some pretty amazing cases, especially the two cases from last week. But maybe ‘Bones’ should end on a high? I’m a huge fan of ‘Bones’, so I will be watching it until it actually comes to an end.

Are you excited for another season of ‘Bones’? Do you think Angela and Hodgins moving to Paris is the perfect ending for them? What do you think is the perfect ending for Booth and Brennan?

‘The Following’ Review: Not A Simple Trade

The moment was short lived. Mark was back to get his revenge.

The moment was short lived. Mark was back to get his revenge.

I was expecting something bad to happen at the end. I was waiting for it, while trying to enjoy Max and Mike reuniting. But I was expecting Theo to come for Max, I wasn’t expecting Mark to come for Mike. Mark went after Max too, but Mike saved her. Mike already has his biggest regret when he left Max for Mark, he wasn’t going to do it again, even if he was shot.

The double dose of ‘The Following’ was very personal and it ended very personal too. I was scared for Mike’s life during the entire episode and it wasn’t until the end when we really had to worry. Will Mike make it through this? ‘The Following’ has killed a lot of people off, will Mike be next? I really hope not. I want Mike and Max to end up together.

This was an intense episode. Max knows her uncle very well. She went back into his apartment and used the key, but she didn’t expect what she would find. Ryan had taken Penny and that’s why Theo had Mike. Ryan deserved that punch, he really did. Maybe it could wake him up a bit. It’s just lie after lie. He’s lying to his loved ones one after another. Except for Gwen, he finally told her the truth, or some of the truth. The complete truth would be a lot for her take, but at least he’s being honest. Now he needs to be honest to Mike and Max, who risk their lives for him everyday. They deserve better.

I wasn’t sure how the trade was going to go. I didn’t expect it to go smoothly, nothing ever does. But I think Penny dying is a really bad outcome. Theo was prepared to kill Ryan before, what will he do to Ryan now? It isn’t safe for any of them to be alone. Clearly even Mike and Max being together didn’t keep them safe.

I get why Ryan is truly pushing Gwen away now. He doesn’t know if he’s going to survive Theo’s attack and he wants Gwen out of the way, but will finding out he’s going to be a father change things for him? He could just push Gwen away and they could go on with their lives, but now he’s going to be a father. That has to change things.

Next week ‘The Following’ comes to an end. It’s a two hour series finale and they’re going after Theo, while Mike fights for his life. Will Ryan make it out of this fight alive? Will Max? Will Mike be okay? After three years of chasing serial killers it all ends. Take a look at the promo:

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‘The Following’ Review: Ryan is on the Edge

Tom had already made a mess for himself, but this secured his demise.

Tom had already made a mess for himself, but this secured his demise.

In hunt for Theo and the mole, things got really personal. Ryan took Theo’s sister. Mark and Daisy used Tom to get to Mike and then Theo took Mike for himself. Plus Max discovered Tom to be the mole. Though Tom was never really a mole. He just incriminated himself because of his jealousy of Mike and Max. He dug his own grave.

Ryan isn’t stable at the moment. He’s drinking and Max, Mike and Gwen know it. At least he was honest about it to Gwen. That’s a start for their relationship. But he won’t tell Mike or Max the truth. Ryan is unstable enough with his hallucinations of Joe, he really doesn’t need to add drinking into the mix.

I said last week that I don’t think the writers ever wanted us to like Tom, and this week I like him even less, if that was even possible. He accidentally killed Sloan last week and this week he left her in the tub in his apartment. How did this guy get into the F.B.I.? Can he really be that stupid. Apparently he is, because he made a deal with Mark and Daisy expecting to get out of it alive. If he did make it out of it alive, Max would have killed him. Well she might not have killed him literally, but she certainly would have made him pay. And did Tom not even think of the security surveillance inside the building? His jealousy turned him into a moron.

Tom getting Mike for Mark and Daisy was pretty predictable. But Ryan taking Penny wasn’t as predictable. I’m beginning to think his rogue techniques have more to with his drinking than his detective style. Did he really think he was going to get away with it? The F.B.I. won’t look fondly on him taking a prisoner and he knew it would enrage Theo. He is clearly not thinking properly, but it is exciting TV.

Unless he wanted to draw Theo to him, this is a terrible plan. I think if Theo couldn’t conveniently take Mike from Mark, he would have gone after Max. Ryan’s reckless behavior is putting his loved ones in danger. If he played it by the book, Mike may not have gone off with Tom.

It was hard to watch Max find out what we knew all along. She’s felt so guilty about cheating on Tom, when Tom’s been the one out of line. Max deserves so much better than Tom. She may not want to admit it, but she still loves Mike and it’s going to kill her to find out that Tom just handed Mike over to Mark and now Theo has him.

It’s a good thing we got a double doe of ‘The Following’ this week. I don’t think I could have waited a whole week to find out Mike’s fate.

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