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Dark, Brooding, Important, Groundbreaking – A Tribute to Gotham’s Bruce Wayne

Tough times are upon us now that season one of Gotham is over. For a torturous summer we’ll be without ingenious Z-list villains like Balloonman, who deviously hid giant balloons where no one would think to look – in the sky – before handcuffing his victims to them. We’ll miss nuanced characterisation that discreetly foreshadows iconic characters’ futures, such as Selina Kyle only ever drinking milk (because cats drink milk, and she’s going to be Catwoman. GET IT?). Of course, one of the show’s many achievements has been its subtle and gritty depiction of a young Bruce Wayne. Butler and guardian Alfred Pennyworth, heeding the wish of Thomas Wayne that his son should never see a psychiatrist, seemingly decides that after Bruce witnesses his parents’ murder the best course of action is to let the traumatised youth manage his own recovery. This allows Bruce to begin becoming Batman before his voice has even broken, seeking out dangerous tests for his physical endurance, investigating his parents’ murder, and having Alfred school him in fighting techniques (the most effective of which seems to be wrapping a watch around your fist and repeatedly punching your adversary in the face). In tribute to this accomplished reimagining of Bruce, I’ve made a video that I hope captures the character’s depth and complexity.

By James Taylor @tayloredchatter

By James Taylor
@tayloredchatter

The Man, the Girl and the Mission: First Impressions of Doctor Who Series 5

Hurtling down to earth on a malfunctioning TARDIS, sonic screwdriver gripped between his teeth, gawping as he narrowly evades Big Ben, Matt Smith’s plucky Doctor hit the screen flying in ‘The Eleventh Hour’. Still, compared to David Tennant’s exit, where he spent half an hour waving to the cast of the last three series’, Smith could’ve had an explosive entrance riding in on a tricycle. Don’t get me wrong, David Tennant was an incredible Doctor, but towards the end of his run the persistent pondering of his inescapable loneliness, and fretting over the moral responsibilities of his godlike powers, grew tiresome. Continue reading