epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 1x04 + Gotham 1x19 Reviewed

All The Mirrors Of The World
Fusspot Norrell harasses, harangues and silences Emma. Norrell’s feckless and dastardly servant isn’t dead. Norrell is annoyingly idiotic, narcisstic, unlikeable, devious and morally ambiguous all for selfish motives. Emma is intimidated and demeaned. Norrell is viscerally offensive as he rants about being constantly betrayed. He ignores the painful consequences and continues his dictatorship of the mediocrities.

The plot is fearsomely slow going. The sulky faced Norrell fosters resentment and ill will and is callously dismissive of Emma. Strange pulls his special serious supercilious face. The acting is schlocky. The magicians are asked to cure George III. Norrell has cold detachment and ghastliness. This episode was screechingly unappealing and parked in the holding tank of mediocrity.

The platitudinous Norrell doesn’t want Strange looking into the Raven King. Is the Gentleman a servant of his? Norrell has jarring hostility to old magic. Mrs Strange is relentlessly chirping. Everyone inevitably lets Emma down. She’s damaged and suffering identity loss. There is a laboured plot twist and more bad starts, desperate measures and questionable choices. Marc Warren prances and utters self help style philosophising - he’s not very scary. Norrell cry-bullies and is confrontational about his tangled and laborious motives. The plot moves in increasingly ludicrous travails.

Nothing induces shame in Norrell. Emma is handed over to unexpected keepers. She is timid and cold. Marc Warren prances doing self important menace. Emma and her sad, bewildered eyes is emotionally isolated. The ghastly, pompous and corrupt Norrell is irremeably contrived and shifty. Strange ignores his own unease. This ep is strange and formless. The annoying posho Drawlight does fake magic cons and is caught. Strange finds out what is behind the mirror. There are malevolent bumps in the night.

Mrs Strange is tense and difficult. Why in dramas is drama created by having wives being ununderstanding nagging harpies? Spoilt Mr Norrell wants to dictate what magic is and he is strident and caustic. All the characters are frightful people and I feel great disgust for them all but especially Norrell and his pretentious stream of bile and ugly wig. Strange turns his back on the flaccid shockingly hopeless Norrell because of moral objections. An irrevocable move. Napoleon escapes and Strange goes back to war. Mrs Strange has irritated impatience just because. The Gentleman plots and this was trying and terrible. I’m going to skip 1x05 and watch ‘Humans’ instead.

Best Lines:
The king’s children are all fat and stupid. Who would wish to be governed by such frights?”

“He is our enemy. We must destroy him utterly.”

“Odd things will happen.”

“Have you been madhouse keepers for long?”

“I am sold once more.”

“It is most inconvenient to him that I did not die in the peninsula.”

“So very disobliging.”

“Things are as they are.”

“Where on earth have you been?”

“They’ve been closed for hundreds of years but now, they are open again.”

“Take yourself off to your master.”

“Absurd, constipated and dull.”

“For 1000 years it has been waiting.”

“Tears of the lady, shed in pain.”

Beasts Of Prey
Fish plots her escape. Bruce and Gordon have an ‘avuncular’ chat. Gordon is told about a cold case by a not so convivial colleague. Alfred’s home and bleeding. Gordon rages. I felt exasperation for this episode. It had too much procrastinating, Bruce is brash, fretting and whinging and a serial killer (Milo Ventimiglia of ‘Heroes’, ‘The Divide’ and ‘Gilmore Girls’) kills naifs. This was not laudable. Bruce isn’t as hardened as he thinks he is. Penguin does derogatory things. The killer is immensely frustrated and kills women who don’t do as he wants. This was so insultingly bad. Fish impulsively lies. Cat-teen shows up to sully the ep some more. Bruce doesn’t know what a shooting gallery is. The serial killer nicknamed the Ogre terrorises women and is caustic and vampiric. Penguin plots. Fish can fly a helicopter. The GCPD aren’t community guardians. Reggie (David O’Hara) is a junkie and not so menacing in this appearance. Cat-teen does something.

Best Lines:
“You’re the catcher.”

“Every so often, someone gets stupid.”

“Is there a problem?”
“You’re outside.”

“You’re just silly little children. I’m going to tell on you.”

“Oh dear.”

“Don’t talk. Listen.”

“I’m coming after you.”

“I really have to go.”
“No. You don’t.”
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