Gotham, Ep. 1.02, “Selina Kyle” slows down pace with rising tension

After a full throttle pilot, Gotham switches to a slower gear in order to explore the issues facing Gotham’s inner city children, and the failing of its government system on how they’re handled. The corruption of Gotham City reaches just as high as Gordon had suspected, and it’s not simply that the Mayor is in Falcone’s pocket. There’s a general flaw in the system of the City itself; everyone is trying to survive, and does so by looking out for themselves, and to hell with everyone else. Gotham City has been represented in comic books and other media adaptations as a city that breeds criminals, and by having a high poverty rate and children without homes or parents, the Gotham series may provide an answer for why that is. The inner city children are antagonized by the police and mistreated by the law system by being sent upstate into prison-like disciplinary facilities, and this is most likely the cause that riles up the citizens, making them push back.

The Following Ep. 2.03, “Trust Me”: Burn

“For Joe”, last week’s episode of The Following, kicked things into high gear for the show and “Trust Me” continues on that path. The episode answers some of the most important questions from last season, like how exactly Joe (James Purefoy) escaped the boathouse, even if Joe having a mysterious half-brother murdered for his DNA does seem a little too easy. Despite that one hiccup, “Trust Me” hits all the right notes. Like most episodes of The Following it moves very quickly, is vaguely disturbing, and has some brilliant, if slightly predictable, twists. From the beginning of the season Lily (Connie Neilson) has clearly been hiding something. Why Carroll’s followers chose her in the brutal subway attack was a major question, one that seemed difficult to answer. Learning that she is possibly the mother of the twins, Mark and Luke (Sam Underwood), and a cult member might not be a huge shock but it’s wonderfully played and it takes the show to an interesting place.

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