I’ve been asked a few times how I was coming along with my list of 50 Things I’m Looking Forward to Doing with Xavier Carlos. I thought it was due for an update.
This movie won’t make a dime in the theaters but I’m just happy it exists.
It was good – really good – but not great and that’s okay.
In ‘Felina,’ creator Vince Gilligan (who wrote and directed the finale) gave us a final episode that crossed all the t’s and dotted all the i’s. No sudden fade to black. No ambiguous ending with our “hero” walking into the sunset for further adventures we aren’t privy to. Given all the clues that had been laid out before us, it ended rather predictably. The ricin is who you think it’s for. The machine gun is who you think it’s for. There were a couple of great character moments particularly one with Walt finally admitting his true motivations for everything he’s done but after the episode ended, my mind wasn’t blown. I didn’t need a moment to collect my thoughts or catch my breath. I was just like, “Sigh. It’s over.” I was merely satisfied and that’s okay.
I realized halfway through the episode that writers had done something that I didn’t think was possible – they made us root for Walt one last time. I almost forgot that we used to want Walt to get away with everything. In Uncle Jack, Todd and the Neo Nazis, they created villains that despite everything Walt did throughout the show, we hated them even more. Walt found himself temporarily redeemed by squashing a less creative evil.
Season 5 of Breaking Bad will still go down as the best final season of a drama in my book. However, the best conclusion to a dramatic seriePos still belongs to The Shield. I still think about the final two episodes – “Possible Kill Screen” and “Family Meeting” – five years later. I don’t think I’ll feel the same way about “Felina.” If the series had ended with “Ozymandias,” I might have ranked it above the The Shield. If Breaking Bad was a present, “Ozymandias” was the actual gift, “Granite State” was the pretty wrapping paper and “Felina” was the bow. You would have been more than happy just getting the gift handed to you but you still appreciate the effort of making it look nice.
In one of the biggest drama deals this season, after a bidding war, Fox has landed Gotham, from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, with a series commitment. For Gotham, Warner Bros TV is mining one of DC Comics‘ most popular character universes, Batman. It explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series.
The ratings for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D haven’t even come out yet and already other networks are jumping in on the perceived the next big thing.
First of all, how did Fox get this show over the WB? It doesn’t necessarily fit with the demo of the channel but it would have been a perfect pairing with Arrow. Maybe they are still feeling the sting from Birds of Prey.
This is a dumb premise for a show. The villains of Gotham City don’t predate Batman. His presence is what escalated the crazy. Is it going to be a procedural focusing on the Falcone crime family and corruption of the Gotham City PD which was covered in Batman: Year One? Doesn’t sound like a show with a lot of legs.
What really bugs me is that there is a perfectly good show out there based in the comics: Gotham Central.
Gotham Central, written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, was about the day and night shift of the Gotham City Police Department. While it featured many of the villains from Batman’s rogues gallery, Batman was more of a presence than an actual character. It was more about the cops’ relationship with this crazy world they no live and their relationship with one another. Just because Batman showed up to save the day doesn’t mean other cops weren’t investigating crimes by The Mad Hatter or The Joker. Sometimes the GCPD were first on the scene and it led to disasters.
I always thought Gotham Central would be made into a show because Rucka and Brubaker never treated like a superhero comic. It was a police procedural first and foremost. It would basically be like Law and Order: Special Victims Unit except the victims would be frozen or might have died laughing.
If Lietuenant Gordon is going to be facing off against The Joker or the Mad Hatter and Batman doesn’t exist, how is this going to play out.
It’s just another wasted opportunity.
That said, I hope this is the theme song.
It has been a surreal six days since Xavier Carlos was born last week (Cindy posted the details). Since we found out Cindy was pregnant, I have been fantasizing about what we would do together as a family. It’s nice to finally be able to put a face with my dreams.
Being that I’ve only been a parent for six days, I’m sure there are things on this list that I may come to regret (and I totally expect seasoned parents to let me know it) but here are the first 50 things that came to mind:
A week ago, I was sitting in my cubicle and my phone rang. It was Cindy. Cindy NEVER calls me. We’ll text message, instant message and even e-mail each other but unless it’s something that requires immediate attention, we never call each other.
“Is this it?,” I thought. I mentally started preparing to ask one of my co-workers to drive me home and shutting down my computer before I answered the phone and slowly said “Helloooo?” Turns out Cindy wanted to ask me if I wanted to go on the Maternity Tour at Kaiser Permanente that afternoon. I didn’t tell her until later how the mere fact that she called me freaked me out a little. In retrospect, I wasn’t THAT freaked out.