The second episode of Gotham: Selina Kyle started with street kids being approached by a kindly couple, played by Lili Taylor and Frank Whaley, who are handing out food and sweets in the name of the major. As each child goes to collect, the woman sticks them in the back of the neck with an oversized hat pin and they collapse immediately except for one boy who runs and Selina Kyle, who does not go near the man and woman. Across town, Bruce Wayne is caught by Alfred burning his hand on a candle. The butler gets angry and then hugs the boy telling him that everything will be alright.
Episode two of Scorpion did not have as spectacular a problem to solve as in the pilot, there were no jet passenger planes falling out of the sky killing hundreds this week. In A Single Point of Failure death was still an issue but in numbers much smaller, just as the potential victims themselves were small. The first on the list of the dying was the governor’s daughter whose health was failing at a rapid rate with doctor’s giving the girl less than 24 hours to live.
Last season’s cliffhanger ending had Kate finding the burning car but no Castle, the season seven premiere picked up where that left off. Once the fire department put out the flames Beckett looks and finds that there is no sign of him anywhere in the wreckage. Telling the local police chief that Rick is “one of our own” she gets more police out to search for her fiance and gets changed into an outfit more appropriate for the task.
Lena Dunham, darling of feminists the world over, will now be seen as an essayist on tour, preferably clothed and without any long winded rants on her right to show off her naked body. Her collection of essays, titled Not That Kind of Girl, is not on par, by all reports, with her “funny” HBO show Girls which has won a number of awards. Earlier this year, during a Q & A session in Los Angeles, Dunham was asked just why so much nudity featured in the program, specifically her nudity.
With no news of whether a second season is in the works or not for The Lottery, its season one finale, In Extremis delivered across the board with the science fiction dystopian thriller tying up a number of threads and opening the door for more Dionysian activities from the government. This show has been a fascinating look at the nefarious dealings of not just the bad guys in the White House but also outside the system. Marley Shelton and her co-stars have worked hard to bring life to this series about a world that has gone sterile with the result that the human race faces complete extinction.
The Strain season one penultimate episode begins with Eldritch Palmer waiting in pain and fear for The Master to show up and grant his wish for immortal life as a strigoi. Abraham Setrakian is reacting badly to the group’s failure to kill the vampire leader under the subway. Zach says nothing of his little adventure while looking after Nora’s mother. Setrakian speaks to the heart in the jar in his basement and remembers his first encounter with The Master.
From 1985 to 1989 English actor Edward Woodward was The Equalizer, aka Robert McCall, a former well armed shadowy governmental agent who “had gun and traveled,” albeit not very far, to help the innocent; why then, in the big screen adaptation is Denzel Washington more like MacGyver than Robert McCall? Anyone watching the film its opening weekend would have noticed that, unlike the small screen version of the character, McCall used quite a number of implements to kill the bad guys. Implements that were not guns. It should also be pointed out that in Mr. Woodward’s televised, and fairly violent, series the villains were mostly homegrown rapists, murderers, blackmailers, et al versus the Russian baddies in the film versio