Monday night was a hectic one in the world of fall television premieres. I went from finding anything to watch on Netflix all summer to having a full fall lineup over night! For those if you who don’t know, I am an addict. A television show addict. I watch way too many and I can’t keep up with them all, but that’s just part of the fun right?
GOTHAM – S02E01: DAMNED IF YOU DO…
Three television shows premiered last night, two of which were series premieres. My marathon kicked off at 8:00 PM with the season two premiere of Gotham. I’m not going to lie, Gotham isn’t the best piece of television out there and I almost gave up on it half way through season one. As I said before, I watch a lot of television and if I’m not really feeling a show I usually scrap it as I have no time to waste. The only thing that saved Gotham and kept season one on my radar was the stellar performance from Cameron Monaghan in his little teaser episode which premiered the origins of the infamous Joker. Cameron Monaghan is an actor on one of my favourite television series of all time, Shameless, so I decided to keep watching Gotham in order to keep an eye on his portrayal of the Joker.
The season premiere began right where we left off, with Bruce seemingly finding the soon to be Bat Cave…and then it jumps forward one month. In one of the first opening scenes we get to see Cameron Monaghan as Jerome/Joker meeting Barbara for the first time in the Arkham Asylum. Just that scene alone has me wanting to see more from this talented young actor. On top of Cameron Monaghan, Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith continue to portray Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin and Edward Nygma/Riddler quite impressively. These three actors together are the glue that is holding this show together. Unfortunately, where there is fantastic acting there is also some that is not so great. I’m sorry but I just can’t get behind Ben McKenzie’s acting. Despite my mixed feelings on Gotham, I will continue to watch for now.This premiere did a good job of leading up to what seems to be a season mostly revolving around the Arkham Asylum villains. Also, what is it with action films/shows and the cliche “chase through a back alley, entering a random door which happens to lead to a restaurant kitchen”?
BLINDSPOT – S01E01: PILOT
Ah, the first new television show of the Fall season that I was able to watch! Blindspot has the very interesting premise of a young woman who is found alive within a duffle bag in the middle of Times Square. She has no memory of who she is or how she got there. If that wasn’t enough of a mystery, she is also completely covered in tattoos which are all minor clues into figuring out who she is and who did this to her.
Blindspot was insanely fast paced and didn’t hesitate to get right into the story line. There was no time to catch your breath until the next commercial break. This series premiere was heavily action packed and even left off with a perfect little cliffhanger.
Jaimie Alexander is flawless and she is completely believable in portraying someone who is genuinely confused and scared in regards to what has happened to her. I was hooked right from the start and the episode held my attention throughout its entirety. I will definitely continue watching this program.
MINORITY REPORT – S01E01: PILOT
Third on the list for Monday night was Minority Report (based on the film of the same name). This one was a bit of a miss for me as the acting just wasn’t there in my opinion. I love the story line, but if the acting isn’t on point it doesn’t matter how great the story line is.
I felt the main character Dash, portrayed by Stark Sands, to be way too awkward. I know that is a huge part of his character traits, but it was just too much. He almost felt a little dim-witted. As for the character of Lara Vega, portrayed by Meagan Good, something was just off. Honestly, I think it was just a case of the acting/writing not being up to par with my personal standards.
While watching the episode, I had a feeling just by looking at the atmosphere around the characters that this show was filmed in Toronto (my home town!) and as the episode continued it was definitely confirmed when using Toronto’s City Hall as a futuristic building in 2054, the year in which this story takes place. It was so obviously Toronto to me that it felt weird seeing it plastered with American flags.
Overall, I may continue on with the show just to see if there is any character development or advancement in the plot, but I have a feeling I may not be sticking around for too long.
And there we have it, the first of many Fall premieres that I have been able to watch! Stay tuned as I hope to review a few more premiere television episodes throughout the week!