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Waiting Til October: Why I’m Skipping (Postponing) The Walking Dead Season Finale

Why I’m skipping (read: postponing) the season finale of The Walking Dead.

I usually try to stay away from Twitter during big television moments that are not broadcast live.  It’s not too bad here on the West Coast given the three hour time zone gap; it’s even harder when watching Doctor Who, when I have to stay away from Twitter all day.

I’ve been pumped up about The Walking Dead’s season finale more and more as we’ve gotten closer to the big day.  I had planned to stay away from Twitter today, but like most things, I couldn’t deal with the suspense and I peeked.  After all, I’m the one in the family who opens Christmas presents because I just can’t deal with the aniticipation….  So I peeked.

But something strange happened tonight.  I’ve been home most of the day with a sinus infection, and the television has been tuned in to AMC’s The Walking Dead marathon.  The commercials were pumping me up to watch, and up until 7:30pm I’d planned to watch the finale.  And then I looked at Twitter.

It looked like the writers were pushing the action to the last few minutes of the show.  (As usual)  But then the Tweets started coming in after the end of the show, and there was a colossal sense of disappointment coming from the Internet.  There were no deaths, as had been predicted.  Someone was probably going to die by Neegan’s hands, but at the end of the episode the audience still has no idea who it was.

I’m sure the writing was solid, and I’m sure the story was compelling.  TWD writers are fantastic.  I am a fan of the show, even through the ebb and flows.  I’m not skipping the finale in protest—I’m skipping it for my own sanity!  I can wait until October, in spite of the Christmas present thing.  I know I’ll enjoy the episode much more knowing that the answer is coming up next, as opposed to watching tonight and having to wait six months to get answers.

Six.  Whole.  Months.

Yes, I definitely made the right choice….didn’t I?

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The Walking Dead Recap S6E10: The New World

The Walking Dead S6E10: The New World

Original Airdate: February 21, 2016

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

Music plays as Rick fixes his belt.  There’s a picture of Carl and Judith on the desk.  Judith plays on the floor and then Michonne steps out of the bathroom in a robe.  She needs toothpaste, and Rick says someone has been taking it for two weeks.  Carl comes in she says she wants to change his bandage.  All seems well, oddly enough.

Daryl asks Denise for clarification on her shopping list.  He’s going on a run and she hopes he can find Tara’s favorite drink as a surprise for her, but clearly food and medicine are priorities.  Daryl says nothing as she tries to explain it all to him.

Daryl and Rick drive to the gate and Eugene gives Daryl a map with the food supply places he thinks might still have some food.  He tells Daryl that if he finds a special kind of corn, their food situation will be “hunky dunky,” which only serves to confuse Daryl.

Once Rick and Daryl hit the road, Rick says this might be the trip where they find other people, even though they haven’t seen anyone lately.  Rick turns on the radio and sings along with the music.  Daryl shakes his head.

The fences in Alexandria are holding strong.  Michonne stands guard.  She spots Spencer going out into the forest with a shovel so she follows him.

Enid is writing in her journal when Maggie walks up and asks where she has been.  Everyone has been working on getting the town put together over the past few weeks but no one sees Enid.  Maggie knows that Enid helped Glenn and helped her when she was trapped.  She offers her help to Enid if she needs it.

Rick and Daryl fly down the road, but they stop and back up after passing a ranch with a barn.  It’s called Sorghum. Inside the barn is a truck.  They open it and find a ton of food and supplies.  “Law of averages,” Rick says.  After taking the truck, they stop at a looted gas station.  They find a vending machine and use the truck to turn it over.  Rick doesn’t understand why Daryl is going through the trouble for soda, but obviously he’s on a lookout for Denise’s shopping list.  They’re about to open it when a man sneaks up to them, his face covered.  Daryl and Rick are faster on the draw, though, and the masked man raises his hands.

The masked man says he had been running from a group of ten Walkers.  That doesn’t intimidate Rick and Daryl at all.  The man asks if they have a camp, and they say no.  He says his name is Paul, but his friends used to call him Jesus.  He starts to leave while Rick starts to ask the three questions.  He takes off running, and then there’s the sound of gunfire.  It turns out to be firecrackers, and Rick realizes his keys are gone.  Jesus drives off with the truck and the vending machine.

Spencer is alone in the woods and a Walker approach.  He hesitates and Michonne rushes in and kills it.  He says he likes to walk after his shifts and she’s the first to ever notice it.  He wants to be alone.  Michonne says that his mom told her that she needs to figure out what she wants in life.  Right now she needs to know why he’s wandering with a shovel.

Carl and Enid explore the woods.  They find a blue balloon with a note in it, but the note was wet and the writing is faded.  Enid says that by finding it they’re not alone, and Carl says they know that already.  She asks why they’re out there, to which Carl says they’re kids and that’s what kids do.  It sounds like they’ve been doing a lot of exploring together.

Daryl and Rick run down the road and find the vending machine.  Daryl breaks it open and takes out the soda.  Rick is all for Denise’s special request, given that she saved Carl’s life.  She turned out to be okay.  But Jesus isn’t going to turn out to be good, Daryl says.  They still have a trail and so they continue the chase.

Carl and Enid enjoy lunch when they hear something.  Enid wants to leave, but Carl crouches with his gun at the ready and sees that it’s Michonne and Spencer.  He goes back to reading a comic.  Enid doesn’t want to come out to the woods anymore, so Carl packs up and walks away, leaving Enid to follow him.  They come across a Walker and Carl doesn’t want to leave it because Michonne is out there.  Carl whistles to it, drawing the Walker’s attention.  She doesn’t want to leave and Carl tells her to go.  He says she wouldn’t understand.

Rick and Daryl are still running.  They find the truck.  Jesus is trying to fix the flat tire.  Rick tackles him but Jesus fights back.  They get him to the ground and ask for the keys.  He doesn’t think they have any ammunition so they shoot a Walker to prove the point.  They leave him on the side of the road with loosely knotted restraints and drive away.  Daryl makes sure he still has at least one good can of soda for Denise.

Music plays as Rick declares that it all worked out and today is still the day.  They come across another farm and take a look.  That’s when they realize that Jesus is on the roof.  Rick stops hard and Jesus rolls off.  Daryl jumps out in hot pursuit and Jesus uses the truck as a shield from Daryl.  Walkers who have been tied to a car break free and Rick goes after them.  Jesus jumps into the truck and Daryl jumps in after him.  He tells Daryl to duck and then he shoots a Walker that was coming after Daryl.  As they fight, the truck starts to roll backwards.  They jump out, Jesus gets hit in the head by the door, and the truck sinks into the pond.  The law of averages, Daryl says, is bull shit.

Michonne is still following Spencer, but he says that she can’t help him.  She hears something and turns around in time to see Carl running from a Walker.  Spencer says he thought he saw “her” that night…and he did.  Deanna is a Walker.  Michonne holds her as Spencer sticks his knife into her head.  He holds his mother and then looks at Michonne and says this is why he was out here.

Spencer buries Deanna while Michonne carves out a “D” in the tree to mark her grave.  He says she left him a note saying she never lost her way, but he doesn’t know his way.  His family is gone.  Michonne says she has been chasing him all day; he has a family and a home.

Now in a minivan, Rick drives down the road.  Daryl is in the back next to Jesus.  Rick says that everyone tried to tell him what needed to happen.  He’s finally listening.  Jesus falls against Daryl, so Daryl pushes him over.

Michonne returns home to find Carl holding Judith.  He gets up to take her in.  Michonne stops him and says that she saw what he did with Deanna.  He says he couldn’t have left her or kill her.  He couldn’t leave her out there and he says that he couldn’t kill her because it should be someone who loved her, someone who is family.  He says he would have done it for Michonne.  “Me too,” she says.  They hug it out.

Rick drives up to the town gates.  Daryl says that Rick was right about not going out to find people anymore, and he was right.  Rick doesn’t think so.  They carry Jesus to Denise’s house.  “That thing didn’t work out.  It was this asshole’s fault, sorry,” Daryl tells Denise.  Rick leaves a note for Jesus and then he and Daryl leave, both agreeing that it’s stupid to leave.

Rick crashes on the couch and Michonne walks in with a baby monitor.  They lean back on the couch and Rick tells her about Jesus.  “Crazy day,” he sighs.  He doesn’t want to talk about his day, but he asks about hers.  She doesn’t want to talk, either.  He brought her some mints because the toothpaste ended up at the bottom of a lake.  They laugh, then they hold hands….and then THEY KISS!!!

Rick and Michonne KISS and start making out on the couch!!!!

Next we see them in bed, naked.  His gun is on the nightstand, her kitana is beside her.  Out of the blue there is a voice.  Rick and Michonne jump from bed, naked, and Jesus is standing there.  “We should talk.”

Whoa.  Did that just happen?!

The X-Files S10E2 Recap: Founder’s Mutation

The X-Files S10E2: Founder’s Mutation

January 25, 2016

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

Dr. Sanjay uses his bloodshot eyeball to gain access to Nugenics Technology.  He’s had a “humdinger” of a weekend.  Suddenly a piercing tone stops him in his tracks, causing his pupils to bleed even more.  At a staff meeting, the Founder has proclaimed that the data is no up to par.  Augustus Goldman may be a recluse, but he is engaged in the process and is not happy.  Outside the grass is covered in ravens.  The noise drives Sanjay to leave the room, even though he’s the only one who can hear it.  He retreats to the lab and locks his colleagues out, and as they drill the lock to gain access, the noise becomes too much for Sanjay and he sticks a sharp tool into his ear.  So much for Dr. Sanjay.

Agents Mulder and Scully are on the scene.  Scully thinks Sanjay had a psychotic break, while Mulder is more concerned that Sanjay picked the most secure room in the building to kill himself.  In fact, when Mulder grabs the hard drive, it is taken from him because it’s classified.  They won’t even grant the agents access to Goldman.  While Scully argues, Mulder swipes the dead man’s phone and uses his finger to unlock it.  As the walk away, Scully tells Mulder how illegal it is to search a phone without a warrant, but again, Mulder is more concerned with someone named Gupta with whom Sanjay spoke nightly.  Scully tells Mulder that “gupta” means “secret.”

Mulder meets the mysterious Gupta in a dark bar.  Mulder knows he’s being watched in the bar.  Mulder suggests going somewhere more private to talk, so they retreat to a storage room in the bar, where Gupta immediately gets on his knees and reaches for Mulder’s fly.  Mulder backs off and says that he’s not there for that, which leads Gupta to tell him that he’s repressed, and that the truth is in Mulder’s heart.  Mulder replies that he’s heard that before.  He tells Gupta that Sanjay is dead, which seems to shock the other man.

Scully prepares to do an autopsy of Dr. Sanjay, who still has the sharp letter opened sticking out of his ear.  She pulls the letter opened out and notices that he has a black mark on his hand.

Gupta tearfully explains that Sanjay had been upset the past few weeks so Gupta had been trying to make him feel better.  Now we see that the men who had been watching Mulder were attracted to him—they’re in a gay bar.  Mulder drinks a beer and listens to Gupta talk about how Sanjay was concerned for his kids, whom he said were dying.  Scully calls and tells Mulder he needs to see what she’s found.

When Mulder arrives, she shows him Sanjay’s hand.  She had to break his fingers to pry them open, but written there are the words “founder’s mutation.”  They call Augustus Goldman “the Founder.”  The letter opener ended up piercing the auditory complex of his brain, and it looks like he tried to dig it out.  Scully recalls that he’d said something about a noise that no one else heard.  They want to see where he really loved.

They go to Dupont Circle, where Scully remarks that it’s amazing that Sanjay had to keep his lifestyle a secret.  She almost hits a guy, who looks like he’s fleeing something himself.  Inside Sanjay’s apartment, they find photos of children with horrific genetic mutations.  Mulder wonders if these are the children Gupta had mentioned.  They all seem to have been photographed in a clinical setting because the background is the same.  Scully notices that the police have arrived, and just as she goes to the door to greet them, Mulder collapses.  He’s clutching his head as the same piercing noise renders him deaf to everything around him, except the noise.  He sees Scully talking to the officers and all he can make out are the words “find her.”

In Skinner’s office, Skinner reviews their report.  Mulder asks if Skinner has seen the files they pulled from Sanjay’s apartment, but a man at the table across the room has the files in his possession because they’re classified, and they belong to the Department of Defense.  He cautions Mulder that disseminating any of that information would result in a harsh penalty, to which Mulder replies that he’s familiar with Edward Snowden.  The DoD rep leaves the room, and Skinner gives the agents a look.  He wants to know what they really think, and he hopes Mulder got copies of the files before they were confiscated.  Mulder did make copies, and he believes that the children were a product of genetic studies by the government.  Scully concurs that there are some troubling aspects to the case.  Skinner closes the report and says that the FBI processes have become very slow given all of the hoops the cases must pass through, so that will give the agents time for a proper investigation.  He welcomes the duo back and sends them off in search of the truth.

Can I just say how much I love Walter Skinner?

Mulder returns to their new office at FBI headquarters.  Scully is reviewing security camera footage of when Sanjay killed himself.  She knows that Mulder might not have been comfortable sharing the story of what happened in Sanjay’s apartment with Skinner, but she wants to know what happened to him.  After he tells her what he experienced, he pulls up the footage of the birds outside.  He thinks the birds were there because some sound wave brought the worms to the surface.  She asks what the link is to all of this and Mulder says that only Augustus Goldman knows.  Scully reminds Mulder that Sanjay heard that noise right before he killed himself, and that could be Mulder.  She also says she knows how to meet with Goldman.

(Isn’t it funny to see that the agents are still driving their Fords?  I’m mildly surprised they aren’t in a Prius…)

The agents arrive at Our Lady of Sorrows Hospital in Washington, D.C.  Sister Mary knows Scully from her work at the hospital and she tells the agents about the donations Augustus Goldman has made to the hospital to help women and their babies.  Scully says that they want to avoid embarrassing Goldman with a government investigation, but Sister Mary can’t help them.  Scully pleads with her, and so Sister Mary agrees to make a phone call.  Mulder tells her to mention the “founder’s mutation” to Goldman, and this seems to trouble the nun.

While the agents wait, a young woman named Agnes motions for them to come into the women’s center and asks if they have a car.  She needs to get out of there.  Scully tells her that she’s safe, but Agnes says she doesn’t want to give up her baby even though there is something wrong with it.  Sister Mary is about to return to the room so Mulder slides her his card and Agnes retreats.  Sister Mary tells the agents that Goldman is more than happy to meet them, then she tells them that the women are homeless and damaged in some way, either by drugs or alcohol.  Agnes watches them, and in the background The Planet of the Apes is on television. There are no men in their lives, Sister May continues.  It all seems a little fishy if you ask me.

Outside, Mulder definitely thinks something is going on with the clinic.  He says it’s “insidious” that Goldman contributes money to a homeless mother’s ward when he’s also backing projects that are classified by the DoD.  It’s like his own incubator for genetic testing.  Scully asks if that’s what Mulder thinks happened to her, that she was just an incubator for some project 15 years ago.  She hasn’t stopped thinking about their son, William.  What if he’s one of the children on Sanjay’s board?  She has missed every event in his life.  Mulder says they need to keep working to figure these things out.  He also thinks about their son, but they have to hope he’s okay.

Scully and a young boy walk toward a school on the first day.  She asks if he remembers what the most important things are, and the most important thing is that she loves him. They go inside, and then the doors open and the children leave.  Will runs past her, and then the scene changes and he’s on a stretcher, having broken his arm.  The scene shifts again and he’s in his room, calling for Scully.  When he turns from the mirror, his face has morphed into some kind of alien/human hybrid.  Scully jolts back into reality, where she takes a picture of a baby from the drawer and touches it lovingly.

At Goldman Technology, Goldman says that “founder’s mutation” was a strange message to pass along.  He plays it off and says that the work they do is trying to save children.  The walk through a ward where children with various deformities are in rooms that are sealed up, and they’re not able to get out.  They stop and talk to a boy named Adam, who tells Scully that he has been there forever, and he doesn’t have any parents.  Goldman insists that Adam was brought to them when he was a baby and the work they’re doing is trying to save children. Scully asks if he is using alien DNA in his research, but Goldman never ventures close to an answer, not to mention the fact that they’re interrupted when a patient starts screaming, and objects start flying off the cart next to her of their own volition.  The agents are rushed away, but they both saw what happened.  Mulder gets a text.  Something happened to Agnes.

The agents arrive in a tunnel where Agnes seems to have jumped in front of traffic.  Scully asks the police officer where her baby is, and the officer is confused.  Mulder sees the blood on the front of the girl’s shirt and knows that the baby is gone.

Mulder pores through police files as he waits for Scully to complete the autopsy.  She did indeed die of blunt force trauma, but the baby was surgically removed.  Scully can’t tell if the baby was alive or dead when it was removed.  Mulder thinks that the baby could have enough alien DNA that it could have survived. That would mean they’re trying to change a population.  Mulder also found out that Goldman’s wife Elizabeth was remanded to an insane asylum for killing her baby 17 years ago, and that body was never found either.

The agents pay a visit to Jackie Goldman at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.  She’s catatonic, until she chucks an apple at the cat.  She doesn’t want to talk about her husband because he’s the one keeping her there.  Mulder asks if she loved her daughter.  We flash back to a party at the Goldman house, where the mothers are playing with their children and laughing and not paying attention to the fact that Jackie’s daughter was gone.  Jackie found her at the bottom of the pool, where she’d been for almost ten minutes.  She was breathing in the water. Jackie knew then that her husband had been using their daughter for his research, and she was nine months pregnant at the time and not about to let him use their son.  She tried to leave him but she couldn’t find their daughter.  She left, but she knew the government was coming after her.  She hit an animal in the road and crashed.  She crawled out of the car and heard the sound.  It was her son talking to her, telling her to cut her belly open.  We see the baby crawling out of her.

Scully tells Mulder that even though she thinks Jackie is delusional, there’s something about her that she trusts.  As they walk down the hall, Mulder stops a janitor and asks about the company he works for.  Upon returning to the office, Mulder shows Scully a tape of the janitor from the same company working directly above Sanjay when he died.  The janitor has a similar reaction to a noise, and it also happens that he worked at St. Elizabeth’s the month before.

The agents arrive at the janitor’s house and find a woman there.  It’s Kyle’s mother.  Her son has nothing to say to them and she doesn’t like exposing her son to stressful situations.  Mulder asks if she gave birth to Kyle, and clearly she didn’t.  He suspects that Kyle was Jackie’s son who crawled away from the accident.  They look up and see that birds have landed all over the yard.  Bad things happen when the birds gather,” she says.  That’s when the noise sends Mulder falling down the stairs.  Scully runs off in search of Kyle.  She finds him in the barn and they put him in the car.  Mulder asks if Kyle can control his ability, and he can’t.  He’s just trying to find his sister Molly.

They go to Goldman’s office and Goldman takes a vial of Kyle’s blood and promises to take him to his sister.  However, the girl he introduces as Molly isn’t Molly at all, and so Kyle runs off in search of her.  When they find each other, Molly speaks telepathically with her brother and together they break the glass door with their minds as Goldman and the agents catch up to them.  The siblings use telekinesis to send Scully into a wall and Mulder into a door, and then they kill their father by making his orifices bleed.

Later, the DoD representative tells Skinner that the area is now restricted, and Skinner passes this along to Mulder and Scully, who wonder where the siblings went.  Skinner asks Mulder, since he was the last person to see them, but Mulder blacked out after Goldman’s eyes popped out of his head.  “You can’t unsee that,” Mulder drawls.  Skinner leaves, and Mulder presents the vial of Kyle’s blood to Scully for analysis.

Next we see Mulder and Will watching The Plant of the Apes.  Mulder explains that apes were early humans and that the monolith represents the first contact with aliens.  Outside, father and son launch rockets into the air and talk about man’s journey to the moon.  Will vows to go to space someday.  Next we see Mulder racing toward a door, and inside we see Will levitating out the window.

Mulder sits at his kitchen table and looks at the picture of baby William that Scully had been looking at.  Sadness is in his eyes as he thinks about the son he never knew.

Until next week, fellow Philes!

New Years: A Time for TV Marathons

As far back as I can remember, New Year’s meant two things: the Rose Parade and the Twilight Zone Marathon.

Nowadays, almost every channel has a marathon of some kind: The Walking Dead, Penny Dreadful, Sex in the City, Friends, Real Housewives, Lockup, My Strange Addiction…the list goes on.

The timing has been perfect for me this year, as I have been battling the sinus infection Santa brought me for Christmas. So I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Twilight Zone marathon all day long.

But when did marathons become the new tradition? With Netflix and Hulu, it has become common to binge watch entire season of television. I can only imagine that network executives love being able to push a button on holidays and let shows run through in their entirety.

Are you binge watching shows this New Years? What show has you captivated? Did you start watching a new show this year? (I admit that I started watching Penny Dreadful…very good fun, I might add!)

SyFy’s Ascension: Brave New World (Spoiler Free Thoughts)

The three-day SyFy Channel event, Ascension, debuted last night.

I’m hooked.

I first saw promotions for the show during San Diego Comic Con, where the SyFy Channel decked out Mary Jane’s Cafe at the Hard Rock with Ascension-themed decor.

I had no idea the show would be what it is.  And I love it.

The concept is simple: In the 1960s, a super secret plan was realized which sent hundreds of Americans into space aboard a giant ship.  The 100-year mission was to arrive at a new planet capable of sustaining life.  Several generations of inhabitants would make the journey: those that were there for the launch, those in the “middle”, and those who arrive at the new planet after 100 years.  The “Middle” generation has to deal with the psychological impact of being born and dying on board a ship, with no option of leaving, and no possibility of a return to Earth.

We meet the residents of Ascension in the 51st year, when a suspicious death delivers the ship into uncharted internal strife.  The most startling aspect of the show is that the Ascension residents are now second-generation residents, but they can only refer back to Earth’s history as it was in the early 1960s.  That means they left Earth before men walked on the moon.  They are advanced…and yet they are stuck in the Kennedy-era.

Meanwhile, back on present-day Earth, we meet the man who originally engineered the whole idea (he’s in a senior care facility), and his son, who is trying to protect his father’s legacy.  When a student approaches him claiming that the Ascension project is in fact a reality, the son blows him off, stating that there is no truth to the project at all.

However, Ascension is real…but it’s not what it seems….  The twist is a game changer.

Watching Ascension is like watching a long episode of The Twilight Zone.  The Cold War and racial/social tensions exist as they did in the 1960s even though 51 years have passed.

Part Two airs tonight on Syfy.  I’ll discuss more details as soon as the show has aired.  This is one show that should remain spoiler-free!

 

Trekkie Since 1991

For some strange reason, it occurred to me tonight that I don’t blog about being a Star Trek fan despite the fact that Star Trek was my entree into geekdom.

When I was 11, way back in 1991, I was convinced that I was going to grow up, go to college, major in astrophysics, and work for NASA.  (Incidentally, I did grow up and go to college, but an aversion to math kept me away from astrophysics. I still love physics, I just can’t do the requisite math.  Ironically, I discussed my aversion to math with Bobak Ferdowski, the mohawk guy from NASA who helped land the Mars rover.  He told me that he doesn’t use much math at all. This made me feel slightly better, somehow)

I started watching the original Star Trek series because of my love affair with space. My parents had seen the show but weren’t huge fans. Little did they know, we would soon become a Star Trek family.  We attended conventions here in San Diego that, in retrospect, were more popular than San Diego Comic Con.  I met stars from all of the series, including William Shatner, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Rene Auberjenois, Marina Sirtis, and Jonathan Frakes.  I had both a command gold uniform and the command red uniform from Star Trek: The Next Generation. I watched Deep Space Nine, but fell away from Star Trek on television after the premiere of Voyager. To this day, I have never seen Enterprise, though I was in line on opening day to see Star Trek VI as well as Generations.

Star Trek gave me something to believe in at a critical moment in my childhood.  I truly believe that I would be a different person without it. I also know what it was like to be ridiculed for being a nerd before being a nerd was cool.

I pledge to post more about the series and films that did so much for me in my childhood. 

Gotham

The premiere of the new show Gotham is upon us.  As a San Diego resident, I keep seeing trolleys plastered with advertising left over from SDCC.  I think it’s great.  There are still Agents of SHIELD trolleys from last year.  It feels like SDCC never ended.

I digress.

What I like about Gotham is that it is a series and not a movie.  It will allow for character development over time.  After all, these are stories worth waiting for. 

I’m starting to think that DC Comics is better off with television shows, leaving Marvel to the movies.  Just a thought, of course.  However it makes sense given that Warner Bros and DC are loathe to allow humor in their films, which makes their blockbusters dark.  Television has some great dramas, and Gotham will no doubt join them.  And while Guardians of the Galaxy would no doubt provide as many laughs per half hour as Big Bang Theory, the Marvel movies demonstrate ability to pack in action, drama, humor, and good storytelling into a two hour feature film.

DC can stay dark and gritty in the small screen world, and is fine.  Play to your strengths.

So welcome, Gotham. We’re ready for a long relationship with you.