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Strike - The Cuckoo’s Calling (2017) 1x01 + Gotham 3x21 Reviewed

Strike - The Cuckoo’s Calling (2017) 1x01
Tom Burke and Martin Shaw star in this adaptation of JK Rowling’s crime novel. Cormoran Strike (Burke of ‘The Musketeers’) looks into the death of a model. This was not dramatic or entertaining. The model (who has no audible dialogue) lies dead in the show in an artistically and contextually justified way I’m sure. The opening credits are very 1970s.

Strike is a PI and his yelling ex views him with near total opprobrium. A blonde becomes his secretary. Strike over-estimates the distinctiveness of his insights. This loudly insists on its contemporary relevance and it is hard to register interest. Strike looks like an angry sex machine into aggressive domination and coercive acts. This is far less exciting than it should be.

Strike tries for smiling menace and has trouble expressing any emotion except anger and sexual creepery. This was un-repentant stupidity. Strike has no limitless personal potential. Strike has the air of an ex-convict and verges on scary. Blondie has an unexciting existence as his secretary. Strike has anger and grievance. Strike is attention seeking. Was the model, Lula, a suicide or a murder?

Via exposition we find out that Strike is the estranged lovechild of a rock star and is former Royal Military Police. He also lost a leg. A berating sarcastic doorman lurks. Strike is offered favours by a grubby hooker. Strike’s contemptuous ex Charlotte annoys. Lula was in a nut house and there is more death.

Best Lines:
“Let him tag along.”

“Please don’t say no.”


“Must have been a nice quiet wedding.”

“Not that kind of favour.”

“Welcome to London.”

Destiny Calling
Fish is back, again. Lee has put on evil eye make-up cos she’s evil now. The Tetch virus is a thing. Gotham is in peril, again. There are mutual animosities all round. Alfred dresses like Prince Charles. The bad guys head toward a seemingly irreversible victory. There is an antidote to the Tetch virus. This is okay but it is not strangely memorable.

Will Lee face any consequences for being morally evil? Riddler bores. Violent pathology rages in Gotham. Where is Harley Quinn? Barbara is slutty and annoying. I’m tired of Lee and her ingratitude. Barbara has evident disgust and fastidious distain for Riddler. Mr Freeze (Nathan Darrow) shows up. Why does Bruce always get away with his crap? No wonder this show faces audience indifference. Mr Freeze sneers.

The Tetch virus unleashes thought processes people often have but wisely keep secret. Penguin judges Strange harshly. Villains consort. Riddler is not lethally hostile. There are no obvious consequences to anything. Alfred has no fear, distress or alarm. Does everyone forget that Bruce is Alfred’s legal guardian? Alfred makes a sappy and unwise speech.

Butch and Tabitha lurk. Nobody reacts rationally. Alfred says Bruce is brainwashed. How can anyone notice the difference? Ninjas attack. A crazed Gordon kills Fish, Penguin is sad, the antidote spills and Mad Hatter shows up again. Bad guys annoy. There is an evil lair and in it is The Demon’s Head (Alexander Siddig). He rattles as he walks and wants Bruce to be his heir. Siddig is an intense presence which more or less overcomes the sap in the scene as Bruce kills Alfred. There is no irreversible reality in this show so I’m sure Alfred will get over it soon.

Best Lines:
“Buy our cookies!”

“The one who is to come.”

“None of your business errand boy.”

“Seen and done things.”
Tags: gotham, musketeers, review, star trek

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