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As Seen On T.V. :: Pilot Watch :: Monday, September 22, 2014

This week is overflowing with pilots, enough that I’ve had to schedule my time and wake up an hour earlier every morning in order to keep up with both the watching, and the writing. But fear not, I am nothing if I am not persistent.

You can think of these “Pilot Season” posts as a “I watch so you don’t have to” and maybe you’ll find one that seems in your wheelhouse and you’ll check it out, too (or, you know, spare yourself the really bad ones).

So, in this installment of “As Seen On TV” I will give a three-sentence review of the pilots for Gotham and Scorpion. This installment will not include SPOILERS, though later episode reviews may.

Please share your thoughts in the comments to the shows I mini-review – I welcome all reactions, debate and discussions, and, as always, bring on the TV show recommendations, old and new.

Gotham-TV-Show-First-Trailer-GordonThat’s how they do it in the G. C. (sorry, it HAD to be done) :: GothamPilot

My thoughts in three sentences:

So, let’s get it out there, I am a comic book fan, but I was also a big fan of The O.C. (still am, really), so I knew I’d be tuning in, and wanting to like what I saw. Though it as a bit dizzying with the whose who of all the “they will be…” characters, the core characters of James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) were interesting and complex, and to me, they elevated themselves from their comic selves; I hope the others get a chance to come into their own, too. The city, too, feels like a character to me, in the way it looks, and feels.

Rating (out of 5): 3.5

Will I watch again: Yes, of course. My rating would have been higher if they hadn’t thrown so many characters all at once, but I’m hopeful with where it will go.

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SC1D60SR2-promos_395361_640x360Special geniuses creating their own unconventional family :: Scorpion :: “Pilot

My thoughts in three sentences:

This is the biggest surprise (so far) of the season to me, I didn’t expect to like it, but it hooked me emotionally, whether it be the story of Ralph, the young boy on the “spectrum” who seems to be a genius, though he can’t seem communicate which go to me, or the action packed final act that had me peeking through my fingers and holding my breath. It is surprises like this that make me glad I go through this challenge of watching all the pilots, I only hope more people than just me tuned in and gave it a chance, as I will be sad to see this one on the cancellation chopping block. I want to see what happens next for this cast of characters, and look forward to some of them stepping out of some of the stereotypes and social assumptions.

Rating (out of 5): 4.5

Will I watch again: Without a doubt – I want to see this show grow.

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