What I ___ Today: Oct. 21, 2014

Posted: October 22, 2014 in What I ___ Today
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What I Watched Today: Star Wars Rebels (episode 3) & Gotham (episode 5)

Star Wars Rebels:

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The best way that i can describe this episode is a detour, an interlude, with only the barest hint of any kind of an overarching story. I mean, I know it’s on DisneyXD and I know that the show is geared more towards younger viewers, but this is supposed to be Star Wars canon as well, so I have to assume there’s some kind of overarching story here. Like, maybe something about the formation of the Rebel Alliance (hence the show’s name), or maybe about Kanan and Ezra becoming super cool Jedi…who may, kinda, possibly die before A New Hope (spoilers, shhh).

So, what makes this a detour episode? Well, let’s go with the fact that Kanan, Hera, Sabine and Chopper are essentially only in it at the beginning, the end and for a second in the middle. Everything in between is all about Ezra and Zeb. Now, that doesn’t automatically make this a detour episode, but the fact that the narrative of the episode revolves around Ezra and Zeb going on a grocery run and generally becoming better friends. Alright, I’m hating on the show a little bit here, but there’s nothing wrong with detour episodes now and then (episode 3 may be a bit early though) and this one is actually a lot of fun. It’s nice to see Ezra and Zeb getting some good bonding time after seeming to be at each others throats for so much of the first two episodes.

I’ve gotta say though, even though she was barely in the episode, Sabine still managed to prove why she’s my favorite. Basically by somehow making me love her even while she does really nothing. I’m not sure what it is about her exactly. She’s just that girl i wish I was friends with in high school. That fun, cool, artsy, punk girl…with a penchant for explosions (nobody read anything into that last part, that’s just who Sabine is).

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Gotham:

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Bat-fans, we all should have seen this episode coming. If you did, good for you. Personally, I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t just assume that Gotham would, at some point, go to the place the went this week. Where is that? The origin of the origin of the Man who Broke the Bat. That’s right, Venom! well, Viper, the precursor to Venom. So, apparently in the Fox DC Universe, Wayne Enterprises is, at least indirectly, responsible for Bane. So yeah, that’s a thing.

I will give Gotham some credit though. I was just talking about the complete lack of overarching story in this week’s Star Wars Rebels, but if Gotham has anything going for it, it’s a dedication to its overarching plot lines. Honestly, every moment that this episode wasn’t about Viper, it was about the show continuing to develop already established storylines, or assuring viewers, that they haven’t forgotten about these storylines (the Selina/Gordon story was the most blatant example of “hey, we promise we haven’t forgotten that this is a thing”). Other more prominent recurring stories in this episode included the Penguin and Liza/Fish Mooney stories. I’m not going to talk a lot about penguin here, because I’ve given Robin Lord Taylor plenty of praise already over the last month or so. I do need to talk about Liza and Fish though. Even knowing right where they were going to be taking that storyline, Liza’s training sessions were just weird and uncomfortable. I’m glad they’re done. It was really a disappointing followup to how much I loved Liza (Makenzie Leigh) last week.

As just a couple final notes on this week’s episode, let’s touch on Alfred, Bruce and Nygma. I didn’t even mentioning the continuing saga of young Bruce Wayne seeking his parents killers and how Gotham works (which is actually most of the point of the show if were being real here). That’s another example of this show giving ample time to its overarching plot lines and it’s nice to see Alfred starting to come around a bit and join the investigation. And finally, Edward Nygma. He’s been such a small, yet relatively important, part of the show to this point, but this week’s episode was the biggest hint to where the character will go in his, if not the show’s, future, and that’s certainly something i appreciate.

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