Oct 28

Gotham Recap: Spirit of the Goat

Gotham Recap - Spirit of the GoatOpening Title: Gotham – Ten Years Ago

A bald man pulls on leather gloves looking in a cloudy mirror in what looks like a flophouse. He’s whispering “I am the spirit of the goat” as he puts on a scary looking mask. Again, this is 8 pm folks!! Weirdo stuff happening even before Monday Night Football kicks off? Let’s see what goat man is up to. He punches the mirror. I guess he doesn’t know that means seven years of bad luck…but with the way he was carrying, I guess he doesn’t care.

Some woman in a lux looking apartment gets kidnapped by the Goat. He says her name “Shelly.” People, lock your doors, okay? And get rid of the filmy looking curtains at the windows. Criminals love that crap.

Cut to Harvey Bullock and his partner who already has a flask to his lips. This show is so fun, so comic book that I love it!! They spot the van belonging to some killer/kidnapper. Harvey goes to investigate while drunken partner calls for backup.

Drunken partner is Cher’s father from Clueless!!! He gives some exposition on the goat guy. Randall (goat guy) believes he’s the reincarnation of some ancient murderous goat spirit. Harvey goes in anyway, despite Cher’s father’s warning “No heroes.”

Goat guy is lurking about when the two policemen come in. Some talky-talk back and forth, you’re under arrest, etc and Goat Guy pulls a trap door. Cher’s father is hurt but Bullock shoots the bad, bald guy.

In the present time, they see the same configuration of a dead body. Apparently, the Goat always kills the first born of wealthy family.

Nygma wants to explain a riddle about the wolf and the cabbage. He’s rather persistent.

Same argument, different day.

Same argument, different day.

Oh, lord. Barbara and Jim arguing back and forth. My lord, I know we need to have some drama in Jim’s life, but Barbara is too much for me. She wants to carry “half” of what he carries. Mind you, it sounds really nice, but it still is police business. However, I digress. Looks like they’re making up….then Jim’s beeper goes off. He promised to “tell her everything…everything I can.”

Sorry, just not feeling nosy Barbara right now.

Montoya and her friend are still investigating Oswald’s false death. Montoya is pleased about getting a positive ID on Jim doing the shooting.

Bullock pokes Jim about being late and looking terrible. Bullock gives Jim the lowdown. They going to see the victim’s family. Nygma gets a special linger by the camera after Bullock snaps at him.

Of course, everybody loved the victim and the father does a strange hand gesture. They speak with the Hasting family therapist. The father has a “delicate condition”. Bullock realizes the family is under medication.

Just…wow, Nygma!

Nygma goes to the record room where he meets the clerk, Miss Kringle. They greet each other and he SNIFFS at her when she walks by him. Have I said how much I love this show? He discusses the Goat with Miss Kringle. Kristen Kringle. Nygma complains about the organization of the records room and tries to mack on her. He, is turned down. Ha!

Oswald goes to visit his mother, Carol Kane. Oh, I love these two. Mama Cobblepot loves her Oswald.

At the autopsy of the victim. A penny is stitched under the scalp of the victim. It is suspected that it is not a copycat, but the real person. Why is it so dark in the station?? Bullock has to go talk to Cher’s father to make sure he didn’t tell anyone about the penny.

Oh, look, it’s Bruce and Alfred. Alfred suggests that Bruce leave town, since he is the first born of a wealthy family. Bruce declines. “Why would the Goat take me? There’s no one to take me from.” Lingering look on Alfred.

Nygma has rearranged the record room. It’s so cute that he has a crush on the record room gal. Then he leaves her with the mess he made after she scolds him.

Dicks (Cher’s father) is in a wheelchair from his injuries. They want to know if Dicks told anyone. They all agree that they told no one. Randall was not working alone. “What you have is a conspiracy.” Dicks also tells Jim that Harvey is a white knight.

Harvey has guilt over Dicks’ injuries and is taking care of him behind the scenes.

Mansion. Goat dude gets the maid, then the rich girl. Amber.

Barbara and Renee have a chat on the courthouse steps. Barbara tells Renee that she will tell her what’s going on.

Even Montoya is tired of Barbara.

Even Montoya is tired of Barbara.

Renee warns Barbara to get out of Gotham “until this is over”.

Back to Nygma, who is getting more interesting. He drinks from a coffee cup with a question mark on it. Ha! He helps Jim and Harvey narrow down the suspect.

Wow. Harvey and Jim pull up to the same house from the opening. Harvey’s got the deja vu. They bust in while the woman is still alive. Same scene plays out as before. Jim saves the girl while Harvey looks for The Goat.

Jim beats up The Goat and they manage to arrest him.

Ah, look, it’s Selina at the Wayne Mansion. Bruce is asleep on the couch, as usual (doesn’t this kid have a bed?). Selina looks at all the research that Bruce has been doing, steals something, then watches him sleep for a bit. We hear Alfred’s footsteps approaching.

A boy's best friend...

A boy’s best friend…

Oswald in the bathtub. His mother comes in with his suit and washes him. She tells him “You can trust no one, no one but your mother.” He tells her that he trusts Jim Gordon.

Bullock doesn’t think this is the end of the Goat. Jim is like “let’s go now”, but Bullock tells him to go home and get some rest. What’s with the flickering lights?? Anyway, the man they caught seems to suddenly “wake up” and say “no, no, no.”

Jim at home. Barbara tells Jim that Montoya has a warrant for his arrest. Again with the “what’s going on”. Barbara implores him to come leave with her. What? A knock at the door. Jim tells her “I can’t run.” It’s the police there to arrest him.

Bullock goes and speaks to the Hastings family therapist. Guess what, she’s a HYPNOTIST, but she calls it hypnotherapy. Oh, yeah, and she does pro bono work for ….twelve years now. Don’t sleep on Bullock, he asks her about all the “bad guys”. She turns evil and her plot comes out. Bullock, stop monologuing and arrest this woman! She claims it’s an act of therapy for Gotham. The rich are a pox on the city, she says. Gotham needed this, no matter how painful it was. The hypnotist sics the butler on Bullock but Bullock prevails.

Just right now, here comes Jim under arrest. They arrest Bullock also. Hey, look who’s here! It’s Oswald Cobblepot. He knows how to make an entrance!

Harvey: “You son of a bitch!”


Oct 24

5 Fandom Friday – Five of My Favorite Halloween Movies




Magic (not the Mike kind)

This is a movie that scared the mess out of me when I was a teenager.  First of all, I am no fan of ventriloquist dummies.  I can’t stand them, they scare the heck out of me.  Give me a movie with a dummy and you’ve got me scared.

A looooooong time ago, back in 1978, there was this movie trailer that ran on television.  Mind you, this was back in the fun 70s where the cars waiting in line for gas would queue in front of my parents’ house.   This trailer wasn’t anything NEAR Silent Hill 3d (which by the way also frightens me with its grotesqueness) but was creepy just in the fact that it featured a dummy.

The movie was directed by Richard Attenborough, the kindly old John Hammond in Jurassic Park. You’ll also find Burgess Meredith, Ann-Margaret, and

Here’s the creepy trailer.



According to Wikipedia (that bastion of totally true facts) : “The trailer for this film was pulled from TV due to calls from parents who claimed that it gave their children nightmares.”  Oh, most certainly.

Seriously, it may not scare you now, but imagine a 10 year old watching this on the late night movie or Chiller Theatre (remember channel 9 Chiller with the six-fingered hand?)

This was Anthony Hopkins before he was Hannibal Lector, a failed magician who is basically going off the deep end.  Yikes!

The movie is on YouTube if you want to watch it.  Warning, it’s 70s cheesy, but the story itself is disturbing.

The Shining

I’ll be honest, I saw the movie “The Shining” before I read the book.  Saw it on channel seven, ABC’s channel here in the New York area.  I’m not sure how old I was, but I must have been in high school because the movie was in the theatre in 1980.

That movie frightens me to this day, even when they show it on the Arts and Entertainment channel.  I’m not sure if

The Overlook Hotel (Timberline Lodge).

The Overlook Hotel (Timberline Lodge).

I’ve never seen the theatrical version and I’m not sure I want to.

The whole idea of being snowbound and trapped while the “strongest” of your party goes slowly mad and there’s nothing you can do about it is frightening enough.  The fact that the HOTEL itself is making it impossible for you to escape from him is even scarier.

The scene that scared me the most was not the famous and too-often-quoted “Here’s Johnny!” scene, but it’s the scene where Jack is menacing Wendy on the stairs and says:

Wendy Torrance: Please! Don’t hurt me!
Jack Torrance: I’m not gonna hurt you.
Wendy Torrance: Stay away from me!
Jack Torrance: Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said, I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.
[Wendy gasps]
Jack Torrance: Gonna bash ‘em right the fuck in! ha ha ha

The miniseries remake with Steven Weber (from the show WINGS of all places) didn’t half faze me.  I mean, this is the dude from Wings against Jack Nicholson for heaven’s sake.  It’s a no brainer.

The movie was made in 1980, but I’ll say SPOILER ALERT anyway.

The Shining is an example of chillingly great horror movie.  The final shot of Jack Nicholson frozen in the hedge maze…that haunted me for quite a few nights after that!



Laugh if you want at the 70s clothes and kinda bad acting, but this was one of my first scary movies.  Again, I ask, how were they showing this stuff on network TV in the 1970s?  Viewing it now, it’s not as scary as it was (of course).  However, I loved the relationship between the police officer and his wife, especially the conversations they had about “moving out of the city”.  I’ve posted the trailer, and I realize that it ruins one of the scariest moments in the movie, but since the movie is over thirty years old…oh well.






28 Days Later


I had to watch this one at noon.  I simply cannot watch scary movies at night (when you’re supposed to, I know).  It’s just TOO scary for me! Gah, even the trailer scares me now, LOL.



Jeepers Creepers

Before the sequel ruined the Creeper, this….just wow.  I actually watched this at night, like a fool, and was up half the night staring at the closet door that I forgot to close.  I just KNEW the Creeper was in there waiting for me and I was too creeped out to get up and open the door.  Mind you, my husband slept peacefully next to me, oblivious to the fact there was dangers right under his suit jackets.



So what’s YOUR favorite scary movie????



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Oct 21

Gotham Recap – Viper

Drug Sign

Truth in Advertising

Hello!  Back again for the next episode of Gotham:  Viper.

The episode opens with Alfred asking young Bruce to go for a walk.  As always, Bruce is concentrating on solving the murders of his parents and cares not for fresh air and sunshine.  (I’m wondering, when does this little dude do his lessons?  He seems to have an awful lot of free time.) Alfred then asks him what if he never solves the murder of his parents and thus never gets to seek revenge? Bruce has the answer right there and tells him that he doesn’t want revenge, but wants to understand how Gotham works.  He wants to know why the mobsters are getting big shares of Arkham and why Wayne enterprises didn’t stop the corruption.  Alfred doesn’t think it’s particularly healthy, but Bruce blows him off.

Maroni is teed off at the news that he can’t mess with Falcone by robbing his casino.  He wants to take over.  Frankie, the dude he’s talking to,  is reluctant to do so.  And Oswald is right there taking it all in.

Fade in on a man strumming a guitar on a stoop.  His sign says, “Why lie, I need money for drugs.”  Gotta love that.  AcrossPenguin2 the street, a thin, unshaven man focuses on the musician and crossed the street, getting beeped at in the process. One of his ears looks damaged – I don’t know if that’s the actor or the character, but I take note anyway.  He drops a vial with some green liquid and a strange symbol  into the guitarist’s case and walks away.  It says “Breathe me.”   Ah, must be a gas.  We all know what he’s gonna do, right?

Guitarist breathes in the stuff and his veins start darkening.  Next scene we see him entering a store and grabbing a bottle of milk and gulping it down.  Storekeep doesn’t like that, grabs his bat and confronts him.  Guitarist says “Don’t vex me mortal.”  What?  The baseball bat doesn’t have an effect on this guy and he starts turning into …something.

Cut to Jim and Harvey getting burgers from a lunch truck.  Hey!  Cat-Tween is back.  She snatched someone’s wallet and Jim gives half hearted chase.  Harvey is like, it’s lunchtime.  Luckily, they are right by that store where the milk-stealing guy stole the storekeep’s ATM machine.

We see guitar guy running down the street with the ATM on his back, looking nuts.

AND…opening credits.

I must say, I kinda like this criminal of the week thing they’ve got going.

After credits, Fish is back, humming and gesticulating along with “O Mio Babbino Caro” from “Gianni Schicchi”  by Puccini.  (How do I know this?  Because I LOVED the movie Room with a View.)   But I digress.  New recruit Liza is bored and wants to go out.  Fish smacks her face and gives her a talking-to.  Man, I love Jada as Fish Mooney, I can’t say enough about it.  She makes me smile while I watch her be so bad-ass.  She schools Liza on what she’s there for and that Liza better “learn the damn song.”.  Liza backs down, saying “I’m sorry Mama,” to which Fish replies.  “I’m not your Mama.  Now you are my baby girl, but I’m not your mama….not yet.”   Fierce and fab. Back to Puccini.

We see film of the Guitar Guy pulling out the ATM.  They’ve found the little vial of green gas and are waiting on Nygma to give them the low down. You know he has all the…answers.

Falcone and Mooney meet.  Nicoli, one of the associates (who looks like a cut- rate Antonio Banderas, which isn’t a bad thing.).   Fish tells Nico to pipe down, and makes a derisive comment about his country not having indoor plumbing and the like.  Nico bites back, saying the only difference between the two countries are that the women are in the kitchen or in bed, depending on their talents.  And what does my girl Fish say?  “I bet your mother was a lousy cook.”

While watching, out loud I say “Oh, shit.”

They get face to face  and Fish doesn’t back down.  Then Falcone steps in to stop it and Fish apologizes. “We’re all family here.”

Jim is hitting the bricks, looking for guitar guy.  With a tip from a lady of the…afternoon, (I mean the sun is high in the sky and these gals are out on the stroll.)  they follow the trail of milk gallon jugs  and the guy says he needs “more”.  More of the green stuff. He says he needs the “Man with the mangled ear”. Score for me for noticing the mangled ear!!

Guitar guy picks up ATM, but his strength suddenly leaves him and he is crushed under its’ weight.  Cool Wile E. Coyote shot of him under the ATM.

Jim:  “God help us if this drug gets out.”

Next Scene:  Mangled ear guy is passing the stuff out!

Cut to back from commercial we cut to a sleeping Bruce Wayne stretched out on a leather couch with piles of papers and folders around him.  He has apparently fallen asleep studying the files of Wayne Enterprises in an effort to get to the bottom of his parents’ murder and the corruption surrounding Arkham Asylum.  Alfred comes along and whips open the shades.  Alfred tells Bruce that there will be a luncheon about Wayne Enterprises that day and that he has taken the liberty of accepting. Bruce says good because he has questions to ask Wayne Enterprises Board of Directors . Apparently some mobsters in the city were given shares in Wayne Enterprises.  Alfred seems skeptical at this theory, but leaves to make Bruce an egg.  One egg?? :)  At that very moment,  a breaking news report about the drug Viper comes on the television set to provide some for the exposition. The drug provides the users hours of strength and euphoria before they die a horrible death .

Cut to the police station where we see Viper users tearing ish up. Hey!  It’s Edward Nygma!  Love his glasses.  Ed Nygma observes the mayhem with interest, then tells Jim and the cops what it’s all about.  The users take the drug which accesses untapped DNA resulting in super strength.  On the other hand, the drug leaches calcium from the bones, which is why Guitar Guy was drinking all that milk. Eventually, the bones’ calcium is depleted and the users’ bones crumble on them.  Nygma thinks this is pretty remarkable.

Fish Mooney 4

The outfits alone….

Turns out the lab who can make this is a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises. Must investigate!

Moroni still is discussing the takeover of Falcone’s casino.  Oswald offers his expertise.  I love how obsequious he is, but his mind is still ticking with evil plans.  Frankie is skeptical of Oswald, but Moroni tells him to stand down.  Oswald tells Maroni this isn’t his “first rodeo”.  He reveals his real name and says he used to work for Fish Mooney.  “Funny story…”  Maroni grabs Oswald’s head and bangs it on the table.  Maroni doesn’t think his story is funny.

Ooo!  Is that Stockard Channing as an attorney for Wellzun Labs? Anyway,  seems that mangled ear guy, Stan, is a disgruntled biochemist.  Stan was frustrated and tried to cut off his own ear during a disagreement with his supervisor.  He was fired….“disappeared off the grid.”

I wish Jim would keep his hands off his narrow hips.

Frankie grabs Jim from the police station.  He threatens Jim with sending Oswald’s head to Falcone, which would result in a huge mess.

Lights come up and Jim and Oswald are at Maroni’s table. Jim is offered a drink.  Maroni wants him to tell him the same story that Oswald told him or they both are killed.  Oswald breaks in by say “Yes, just tell the truth.”  Oswald is taken away to be put “on the slicer” until Jim tells the story. Turns out the truth saves Oswald.

“We just got a brand new weapon against the Falcones.”

Back to Fish and Liza.  Fish is making Liza practice how to talk to Falcone, grooming her for the seduction.

At the station, Jim looks a little shell shocked from his meeting with Maroni but they go through Stan’s stuff from WellZun and get a clue about Stan’s old professor.  Turns out WellZun was lying.  Stan designed combat chemical weapons for the lab, not shampoo and beauty care products.  Stan wanted his bosses to end the program, goes to Thomas and Barbara Wayne. The Waynes shut down the program, but then when they died, the board reinstated it.

The professor and Stan got together to expose the program.  But then professor sniffs the stuff and starts to fight Jim and Bullock.  Jim shoots super strength professor and as he is dying, they shout questions about what happens next.  The funniest thing is that Jim is asking questions about who will be attacked and when while Bullock shouts “What’s altruism!!” Ha!  Jim says “Charity’ which gives him the clue that Stan is headed to the Wayne Enterprises CHARITY luncheon where Bruce is going to be.

Dressed as a waiter, Stan is going to unleash a barrel of the gas at the luncheon. Maybe he should take that marker off the side??

At the luncheon, Bruce has a conversation with a woman with awesome looking natural hair.  He tells her about the irregularities in the Wayne Enterprises papers/books.  The woman tries to reassure Bruce that that would never happen, and tells him she’s going to try to get him a meeting with the board.

Stan comes on the display at the luncheon and gives his manifesto.  Then he flips the switch to send the gas into the ball room.

“Bad things only truly happen when they happen to important people.  Like you! “ And the gas comes through the vents.

Jim’s get to him on the roof and shoots the canister open.  Stan gets a noseful of the stuff. And tells them to look in Warehouse 39 just before he jumps off the roof.

“You really can have too much of a good thing.”  Thanks, Harvey.

Jim is at Warehouse 39.  Looks like it’s the setup of Stan’s lab.  They find nothing.

Bruce and Alfred are going through the papers.  Alfred is a new convert to Bruce’s quest to find the conspiracy.

The robbery of Falcone’s casino goes off smoothly,

Fish and Nico in bed.  She’s got him tied up.  They are working together, but pretending to be at odds in front of Falcone.

Cut to old man Falcone feeding the pigeons.  Liza walks by with a new look, and attracts the attention of Falcone.  Fish has really made her over and Falcone is shaking in his shoes.  They sit and listen to the aria together.


Before I end this week’s post, let me just say that I do enjoy this show.  Now, let me qualify by also saying that being a woman of a certain age, I’ve seen it all and then some.  Yes, Gotham has its cliches.  Yes, the storylines aren’t all that original.  But you know what I like about the show?  It’s not pretending to be anything other than a comic book/graphic novel/soap opera come to life.  Simple.


And sometimes, it’s the simple things that work.


Until next week!!


Oct 17

Five Characters I’d Love to be for Halloween

Here we are again for the Five Fandom Friday link up!  I must say I am enjoying these little trips every week.

Let’s get right to the chase, shall we?  Here they are in no particular order.

Captain Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean movies


Jack Sparrow 1

How much fun would it be to be a pirate (in the movie world, of course, forget the killing and the shooting and the scurvy and terrible food).  I loved the Pirate movies and remember the ride as a child at Disney World.  The long coat, the beads and shoot, there’s even a purse!  What’s not to like about this? Jack Sparrow 2



Akasha, Queen of the Damned

Queen of the Damned


Just because… Aaliyah.  What an awesome costume.  Nuff said.


Queen of the Damned 2


Steampunk-ish Victorian


Black Victorian 2

Image from http://www.vintag.es/2013/03/victorian-era-portraits-of-african.html


Fannie Hendricks, Wisconsin Historical Society

Fannie Hendricks, Wisconsin Historical Society

All I would need is to add a pair of goggles and an umbrella!

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy



Yeah, so maybe she’s a little too gung-ho about plants and the environment, but a grrl’s gotta have a hobby right?  And you can never have too many plants or loads of gorgeous red hair.

Poison-ivy movie




GoGo Yubari

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She was the best thing about the Kill Bill movies….all of them.

gogoJubari 1

You can beg better than that!


Thanks for reading!  I had a great time picking out my virtual costumes.


Oct 15

Gotham Recap – Arkham


Fish_Mooney_3I’m not going to recap blow by blow as I did in my first recap. That took an awful long time to do, and I wasn’t able to give you the benefit of my opinion.

First of all, some good news. Apparenlty the series got an extension of six more episodes over its original 22. Good that Fox has faith in this series, on the other hand….that’s a lot of pressure on the writers. Hopefully, they have the guts to see it through.

On to the recapping.

I must say, this was a slow episode. Gone is the excitement of Selina dancing rings around the police and a villain who ties his victims (deserving or not) to a weather balloon.

The episode opens with Barbara Kean (who is awfully friendly to a dude she doesn’t know) swinging the door open wide to Cobblepot, who is there, he says to warn Gordon of the impending war in the city and also to offer his help. Denied the civility of a drink offered by Barbara, Cobblepot and Gordon have their conversation on a dark, rain-soaked alley, where Cobblepot again tries to secure an alliance because of the war coming to Gotham. “If you want to save Gotham, I can help you. I can be your secret agent.”

In a deserted parking lot, an unassuming gent in a trench coat, carrying a briefcase. He idenfies himself as one of constituents. Unassuming gent bids the councilman to put his eye to a metal flute, which stabs him in the eye. (I am so sorry but I laughed a little at this…and isn’t this a little bloody for 8:05 at night?) Down goes the councilman and his aide.
Bullock and Gordon pick up the case and Harvey Bullock gives his comment about corruption, etc. They leave to go work the streets. Harvey, of course, knows just where to start.
Cut to Fish Mooney (yay!) at her club, auditioning a singer. Nice, but kinda boring. Then Fish kicks it up a notch and asks the singer if she likes boys or girls. “Come to me so I can take you in.” (Gotta love Fish, I swear.) “Pretend I’m a boy. Seduce me.” Apparently, she doesn’t do such a great job. We realize Fish’s goal. She’s not looking for a girl, she’s looking for a weapon.
Bullock is using his strong arm bad cop techniques on someone who we all know didn’t do it and Jim tells him so. After looking through some evidence, Jim understand the connection between the Waynes, the councilman and Arkham.
What’s this? The Mayor giving a speech about their vision for the Arkham area and land. But there are opposing views! Whaaaa? The Mayor, however is going with the Wayne plan. Of course.

Cobblepot, world’s nosiest dishswasher, observeres as a meeting about Arkham takes place at the restaurant.
Gordon chats with Alfred about the Arkham site. Falcone is backing the plan now. Turns out the dead councilman was backing Falcone’s plan. Maroni has the opposing plan. Up pops Bruce, talking about what his parents wanted to make a place for the mentally ill. He doesn’t want his parents’ dream to die.

What’s next? Councilmen Zeller as been abducted. One of Maroni’s guys. Uh oh, something’s up.

We get a GREAT shot of the gates of Arkham Asylum. Then the unassuming gent rolls a 50 gallon barrel that is full of Councilman Zeller. What the hey? The gent lights the dude…on fire. Zellers’s last words “Tell Falcone I’ll change my vote.”

Arkham in the daytime. Cops discuss the idea of a war between Falcone and Maroni. Bullock wants to know how Gordon knows so much. Edward Nygma pops up to give his rundown on the evidence. “Is it the same killer, working for Maroni and Falcone??”

Cobblepot is peeking around, snooping and gets caught. Lou, the manager reprimands him. He is totally up to something.
Bullock and Gordon visit the jail, talk to a prisoner with a lovely, luxurious beard. Of course, he knows everything and is able to give a name Richard Gladwell and location. Off they go!

Bullock keeps insisting that Gordon has something to hide. Richard Gladwell works in human resources, ha ha. Gladwell is in some kind of supply place in the office, hiding and putting together his flute. There is a tense moment where we think Gladwell is going to attack Gordon, but it passes. Bullock calls Gordon to Gladwell’s desk, saying that “they got him.” Bullock and Gordon go back to try to get Gladwell, and end up scaring the pants of a secretary instead.

Bruce is having a nightmare about the murder of his parents. Bad dream, he tells Alfred. Was I in it, Alfred asks. “Not this time” Bruce says. Bruce is looking for a connection between the councilman’s murder and the murder of his parents.

Back to the Maroni restaurant where there is a robbery in progress. The manager is shot and the thugs make off with a whole bunch of money before the mobster protection get there. But wait! There’s Cobblepot, hiding in the freezer, protecting one bag of money. All out of the goodness of his heart. Ooops! Lou, the manager, was shot in the stomach. Poor Lou.

Barbara and Gordon. I hate to say this, but I hope they do better with Barbara’s character. She is married to a cop, a detective. She complains about “long hours and late nights”. But….isn’t that the life of a police detective? Again, she’s worried. Not about his life, but that ‘he has secrets from her” . Well, duh, the last secret he told you, you called the media about it. Now, she breaks up with Gordon because he won’t tell her who Cobblepot is. As I said, I’m going to give her character a little leeway but she’s all over the place. Gordon makes the connection between Barbara and Montoya and Barbara admits their relationship. Now Gordon is angry that Barbara lied to him and she apologizes. “I should have told you.”

Maroni assumes that Falcone did the hit in the restaurant. Cobblepot is promoted to Lou’s job in the meantime. “Frankie, get the kid a suit.”

Gordon and Bullock find out that Richard Gladwell is actually dead. The hitman stole his identity. And worked in Human Resources, killed folks on the side with a knife flute. What a life. Bullock leaves to work the case.

Another singer. At first I thought it was the same singer with a different look, but her name’s Liza. Fish likes her. Offers her a job. “You want a job with money, power and respect…like me?” There’s a bit more to the interview – “Seduce me.” Liza kisses Fish, finishes her drink and walks out of the club. Up comes Bullock to ask for help. Thank goodness, because Fish gets to show us a little more. She always has a plan B.

Cobblepot calls Gordon and tells him there’s going to be a murder attempt on the mayor.

At the mayor’s mansion. Why Gordon doesn’t have a raincoat or umbrella is beyond me. And how is the mayor answering his own door? And if someone says “someone is coming here to kill you”, how is your response “I gotta get some things from my safe.”

I kid, I kid. I know it’s a comic book come to life and for that I can forgive a lot. They have to delay until the assassin gets there or else there would be no story. Honestly, between Fish Mooney and Oswald Cobblepot, I’ll put up with it.

A fight ensues between dapper assassin and less well dressed Gordon with the mayor looking on, cringing, not helping. Bullock appears. Action stops. But assassin wont be stopped and lunges for the mayor. Gordon and Bullock shoot him dead
Barbara and Gordon. Yawn. Barbara doesn’t want any secrets and she wants to know who Oswald Cobblepot is. Gordon tells her it’s work. So Barbara gets mad and breaks up with him. “Make a choice…let me in or let me go.” For goodness sake. Can’t she ask Montoya who Cobblepot is? Anyway, they break up.

Girl fight, fastest on record. Fish wants to see which singer is the best for the job she has for them. They fight it out and of course Liza wins. Too bad they didn’t have pool cues.

Cobblepot visits the apartment – say what? He hired the goons to shoot up Maroni’s restaurant. Oswald shows his gratitude and gives them canolli. Silly fools. :)

A news broadcast shows that the Mayor is comprising. Low cost housing AND waste disposal. That…is quite strange. However, Maroni is pleased and bites into a hunk of meat that would make Fred Flinstone proud. Fish is pleased that Falcone took a “hit to the body”. Bruce Wayne and Gordon have a conversation about what just happened. Gordon feels this compromise has prevented a war. Bruce is not pleased. He wanted the asylum because that’s what his parents wanted
“Do you believe Gotham can be saved?” Bruce asks.

“I believe it’s worth trying.” Gordon answers.

Cobblepot leaves the apartment with a huge bag of money, leaving the corpses of the thugs behind.

Oct 10

5 Fandom Friday-Geek Clothes…Get in my Closet Now!

It’s that time of the week again, although I think I missed it by 24 hours or so.  No matter.  With a wrinkle in time (and backdating the publishing date), I can pop right back in time and pretend I’m posting this on a Friday when I was supposed to do it.

fandom.5.fridayAgain a big thank you to The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick for organizing this!

Without further chit-chat, let’s give you what you came here for, the five geeky items of clothes that I want in my closet now!  Take my money! Or better yet…send it free!!

1.  Soft Kitty Blanket from ThinkGeek.com

Soft Kitty Blanket

Click to buy at ThinkGeek

Oh, so warm, so comfortable.  It’s a soft kitty snugglie.  Who wouldn’t want that?


2.  Wonder Woman T-Shirt  from superherostuff.com



I feel like a Wonder Woman whirlwind with three children and a dog, especially on the weekends.  I need this shirt to continually remind myself that yes, I am an Amazon warrior princess!


3. Where’s Waldo? Find him.  from  www.thatawesomeshirt.comFind Waldo Knife

This is classic stuff.  I found this gem on www.thatawesomeshirt.com


4. Avenger leggings.  from thinkgeek.com

I love skirts, but…Winter Is Coming and I need something to keep my legs warm.  These will do the trick!


5.  Marvel Retro Messenger Bag. pinupgirlclothing.com  (They have a lot of nice stuff)

This bag is life.  I love it.  LOVE IT.



Those are my geeky wants, so you know what to put on your Christmas list.  I’m not that difficult to shop are…now am I?




Oct 07

Gotham Recap – The Balloonman

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This is my first recap EVER! Please, be kind.


After a few brief scenes of what has come before in Episodes 1 and 2, the show gets down to the real meat. Oswald Cobblepot disembarks a bus in the heart of Gotham. Dressed in a dirty sweater and old pants, he stands on the corner for a brief moment, taking in the ruckus around him. Two children pickpocket a victim, police are taking shakedown money, a woman’s purse is stolen and streetwalkers solicit customers. He observes all this with a smile on his face and says “Home.”
The next scene cuts to a news report that indicates a “financier”(Ronald Danzer) who has bilked people out of millions of dollars via a Ponzi scene has been released on bail. The financier himself appears on the phone, telling (we assume) his lawyer to pay everyone involved in the case “whatever it takes”. He refers to his victims as “dumb bus drivers and stupid old ladies”.
On the street, a man with a pig mask comes up to Danzer and asks him his name. Then, Pig-Face cuffs Ronald Danzer to a weather balloon (plus several other balloons), which pulls him up. The female reporter and her TV crew report on this.
Cut to Gordon and Bullock are at the scene discussing the case over the credits. Bullock could care less, saying that Danzer got what he deserved.
Cut to Gordon at the police station where another officer shouts for ice. The loud officer introduces himself as Cranston and makes a remark about Gordon being a “Boy Scout” and says he hopes he can handle Gotham. Cranston also indicates that an award he received for being a good cop is used in police interrogation.
Bullock and Gordon have another conversation about Danzer’s murder. Bullock doesn’t want to investigate, Gordon does. Bullock thinks justice was served and Gordon references the Pepper “murder”.
Enter Selina, who supposedly has information about the Bruce Wayne murder. Bullock makes another comment about “what is it about a closed case don’t you understand”.
Gordon takes Selina to the alley where the Wayne were murdered. She gives her version of the events, and Gordon doesn’t believe her. Basically, Selina saw the murderers face. “I can see in the dark.” She challenges Gordon to go down in the sewer where she threw a wallet she pick-pocketed from a random guy on the street. To make sure she doesn’t go anywhere, he handcuffs her to a railing while he goes down in the sewer. He finds the wallet, showing that Selina was telling the truth. Just then, Selina drops the handcuffs she escaped from down the sewer and disappears.
Finally, Fish Mooney’s club. Poor Lazlo looks a mess from last week’s beating and Fish tells him to take a rest. Montoya and Allen enter the club, asking about Cobblepot’s whereabouts. Fish confirms he’s dead and drops the bomb that Jim Gordon killed Oswald. “Who can make a cop commit cold-blooded Fish Mooneymurder?” Allen suggests that maybe Fish is looking for a little revenge because Lazlo got beaten up. Fish denies this, saying “I just want justice.”
Cut to Oswald on the street, counting his coins. He’s hungry. A man on the street recognizes Oswald and threatens to take him into Fish Mooney. “Fish is going to pay some serious cash for your skinny ass.” After pleading and begging saying that he’s Gotham’s future Oswald ends up stabbing the man to death and taking his money.
Now, at Wayne Manor, where Alfred is forcing Bruce to fence with sticks, even as Bruce protests that he doesn’t want to do this. Bruce becomes angry and fights back, showing real skill, where upon Alfred surrenders. All is well. Alfred reprimands Bruce for having the crime scene photos and files of his parents’ murders. Bruce says “he’s looking for a clue.” But he hasn’t found one yet.
Montoya and Allen come to visit Jim Gordon about Oswald. Gordon denies killing Oswald. He tells them to come back to them when they have actual proof. Allen tells Gordon, as Allen leaves, that Gordon stinks like a sewer.
Back to Oswald, who’s trying to get a job in a kitchen as a restaurant. The manager/owner tells him “we’re all staffed up” but Oswald makes his own opportunity by killing the dishwasher and taking his job. Turns out the restaurant is a meeting place for the mob, which Oswald sees as a huge opportunity.
Bullock and Gordon discuss again about who deserves what. Gordon is stuck on the Waynes’ murder. Bullock is losing patience with him, tells him to let it go. Someone who owns/knows about weather balloons is in the interview suite.
Oswald ambushed the dishwashers, asks what size his shoes are. We know what’s next.
Back to the man and the balloons. The man who owns the balloon shop gives a lead on who might have stolen the weather balloons. We find out the man stole four weather balloons.
The crooked cop, Cranston is shaking down a drug dealer. The Balloon-man hooks him up to a balloon and sends him sailing, but not before he beats up the balloon man and takes a slip of paper from him.
Bruce Wayne is reading the paper about the Balloon-man and hasn’t eaten breakfast or dinner the night before.
Gordon at Barbara’s apartment. She brings him coffee as he gets ready for work and is worried that he may become a victim of a Balloon-man. He feels its not right that crooks are killed and nobody cares. “Either we all matter or no one matters.” Barbara calls a hero before he leaves.
A news report shows citizens supporting the Balloon-man. Gordon and Bullock are asked for an update on the Balloon-man case and are told to find him.
Bullock is all up in arms because a cop was killed. The viewer is then treated to a montage of Bullock strong arming his contacts on the street while Gordon looks on.
Oswald gets the deal about what’s going on in the restaurant. Dom Maroni comes in. “A great opportunity indeed.”
Gordon and Bullock come to a apartment where they apprehend the suspect, Carl.
Lazlo expresses his worry for Fish. She wants to get rid of him because he’s bringing the place down and makes an arrangement for her strong arm men to arrange an accident for Falcone’s girlfriend.
At Barbara’s apartment, Montoya lets herself in “I still have the key, remember” , and surprises Barbara, who’s in the middle of getting high. Turns out the two have had a relationship before. Montoya wants to talk about Gordon, tells Barbara that Gordon killed Oswald. The two have a tender, reminiscing moment. Montoya still cares about Barbara, thinks she deserved better than Gordon. Barbara tells her to leave.
Bullock is interrogating the man who stole the balloons. He sold the balloons to someone else. The suspect tells them the bodies are going to come back to earth because the balloon will pop.
Cut to a woman walking her dog and a body falls on her. Poor woman, poor dog. The yellow paper that Cranston took from the Balloon-man has Gordon’s name on it. Gordon says he knows who the Ballonman is.
At the Italian restaurant, there is some discussion about the opening of Arkham. Oswald (who gives his name as Paulo) has a brief moment with the mob boss, who gives him money. The mob boss sees himself in Oswald/Paulo. On the news, a Cardinal is killed via weather balloon.
Back to Gordon and the DA. They have a picture of the Balloon-man. Gordon and Bullock go to the old juvenile building to look for the Balloon-man. They see the cart and go to apprehend the man. The Balloon-man holds Bullock at gunpoint. Balloon-man makes a speech about the corruption of Gotham and how the law protects them. He asks Gordon who he’s fighting for. Bullock connects Balloon-man to the balloon. Gordon grabs Balloon-man as he’s going up and yells for Bullock to shoot the balloon. Bullock argues for him to “just let go” but ends up shooting the balloon and both men fall back to Earth.
Falcone stops by Fish’s club and checks to see if there are no hard feelings. Turns out Falcone’s girlfriend had “an accident”. Fish tsks tsks this and puts on a great show of apology. Falcone asks if Fish had heard anything from Maroni’s camp and there is some more talk about Arkham.
The BalloPenguinon-man tells Gordon that there will be more vigilantes. Gordon says he’s going to try to do his job, but Balloon-man tsks tsks him.
Bruce Wayne, watching the broadcast with Alfred, says since the Balloon-man killed people, that made him a criminal too. The news cast ends with “Now that the Balloon-man is gone, who will defend the innocents of Gotham.” Bruce has a pensive look on his face and after a day of not eating, he picks up his fork and begins to eat.
Barbara and Gordon at her house. Gordon says the city is sick. The Balloon-man felt everyone in power is corrupt. Gordon says if everyone takes the law into their own hands, then there is no law. Gordon asks Barbara if she believes he could do something like that. She says “no and that’s why I love you.”
There’s knock at the door. Hello, Oswald!!!
“Hello, James…old friend.”

Oct 03

5 Fandom Friday – My Five Gateway Fandoms

  • fandom.5.fridayColor me super excited!  I am so pleased to throw my blog in the link-up with The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick for this Friday’s topic – Five Gateway Fandoms.

Now, if you’ve read my blog, you know that I like a looooot of stuff.  But, even little Dahlia had her  predilections (I love that word) and exquisite tastes.  Which of course, were the gateway to even more predilections and super exquisite tastes.  So sit back, dear reader, and find out what made me what I am today!

1.  Girl Rockers – Joan Jett and Pat Benatar

Back when I was a wee impressionable one, they didn’t have a lot of ladies to identify with.  Sure there was Babs and a folk singer or two, but the roof was really raised when Joan Jett and the Blackhearts hit the scene with “I Love Rock and Roll”  and “I Hate Myself for Loving  You.”. The heavy, recognizable guitar riff (wielded by a girl!) along with the tough look of black jeans, eyeliner and cool-ass hair…well, you can’t get any better than Joan Jett!

While Pat had a sweeter, smoother voice and her husband and band did most of the heavy musical lifting, “Hell is for Children”, “Promises in the Dark”, and her “breakout hit”, “Love is a Battlefield” had me singing in front of my mirror with a hairbrush and cutting my hair short!



2.  The Police

I don’t even know where to start when these fellas.  Suffice to say that I’ve seen nearly every movie Sting was in, even if he was simply there like…Dune (all I can say is….whaaaa? about that movie.)  I even tracked down a 1983 Playgirl magazine to read his interview and I’m sure there’s a stack of magazine cut outs, Tiger Beats and Rolling Stones with them on the cover.  That’s not counting the magazines my friends and I would BEG to order from England because just had to have the latest Police news.  Also, purchased Carl Jung’s Synchronicity.


3.  Star Wars

1977 in a movie theater that has since long closed.  Feet sticking to the floor (of course) I watched the spectacle unfold.  I had a remote control R2D2 robot.  I was Darth Vader for Halloween.  I was a Han Solo girl to the max and even have an autographed picture of Harrison Ford somewhere at my mom’s house.  Before les Internets, we sat down and wrote our fave stars letters….and sometimes got and answer.  I remember standing in the RAIN to line up to see Return of the Jedi.  Wow.  When they came along with those….other films…I kinda ignored the whole thing.  However, I will sit down and watch Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and to a lesser degree The Return of the Jedi when they are on.

4.  Mystery Science Theater 3000

This was what Saturday mornings were all about! Terrible movies with people actually cracking jokes about how terrible they really were.  My favorite of ALL TIME?  The Pod People.  Awfulness at its finest.  You can’t beat MST3K.



5.  The Chronicles of Narnia

Who hasn’t, after reading these books, gone and knocked on the back of a closet or two?  I firmly believe in the “you never know” and that magic can always around the corner.  I’ve gone through so many sets of these books…I order a new set every two years, so they’re always a complete set around.  My son had picked up an appreciate for Narnia also, and I certainly hope it brings magic into his life.


Some Honorable Mentions

Frank Sinatra – That’s cool music, baby!
Duran Duran
The Sims
The Little House Books


Most of these in this post, I still read and listen to today.




Sep 26

Banned Books Week – My Favorites

banned-books1_0001“It was a dark and stormy night.”
Ah, Banned Books Week always makes me rub my hands together in delight and dust off my old, decrepit paperback books. Taped covers, “bookworm” holes and dog eared pages – nothing beats a great book…..

Unless it’s been banned. Just like bad boys, if a book is deemed “bad”, well, hell’s bells, I can’t wait to read it, or at least see what all the fuss is about. Many of the books I’ve read, I didn’t even realize were banned.

Let me share the list of my top five banned books that I read over and over again.  You knew there was going to be a list!!

1.  1984 by George Orwell –  “Do it to Julia!” I can’t say that I “enjoyed” this book as a matter of entertainment, but it sure did make one think.  As a romance writer, I notice many authors are accused of creating insta-love between the two protagonists.  Well, 1984 has one of the quickest cases of “insta-love” that I’ve ever read, with note passing to boot!

Reasons for challenge:  “pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter.”

2.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

Gosh another “downer ending” book.  Atticus lost the case, Tom Robinson got shot.  Poor Mayella Ewell.  But at least Bob Ewell got his just desserts….and Boo Radley….we’ll never know.  You laughed, you cried and yes, it has become a part of me.

Reasons for challenge:  Using the word “damn” and “hell devil”.  Does  “psychological damage to the positive integration process “.  Uses the word “nigger”.  “Conflicted with the values of the community.”  The book has also been charged with being unfit for junior high use.  “Contains profanity and racial slurs”.  “Is degrading to African Americans.”

The last reason make me laugh.  Anyone remember how tough Calpurnia was on Jem and Scout?

3.  A Wrinkle in Time: “Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.”

I can’t say enough how much I adore this book.  Science fiction, themes of love and forgiveness, and a little love story to boot.  Plus a female lead who was smart and wore glasses AND braces? Sign me up!  The discussion of a tesseract (which is now termed a wormhole), space travel and life on other planets.

Reason for challenge:  Challenging religious beliefs, contains offensive language.

4.  In Cold Blood – First of all, let me say that Philip Seymour Hoffman was capitivating in his portrayal of Truman Capote in Truman.  It is also said that the characater of Dill in To Kill a Mockinbird was based on him.  Regardless of the personal history between he and Harper Lee, this book is one of the first “true-ish crime” books that I’ve ever read.  It’s not a “fun, light” read, not by any means, but a truly excellent and absorbing read just the same.  Capote knows how to write a book that captures the reader and pulls him in.

Reason for challenge:  “sex, violence and profanity.”

5.  A Separate Peace –  “Sarcasm… the protest of those who are weak.”

I saw this book the other day under my dresser.  Gosh, I read it so long ago, but it sure sticks with me. Gene’s jealously of Finney and what it ultimately led to.

Reason for challenge:  “filthy, trashy sex novel.”  “Offensive language”.


Honorable Mentions:

Lord of the Flies

Native Son

The Autobiography of Malcolm X



It’s funny now that I look over this list.  I read a lot of these books in high school and/or college, and to be honest, the real meaning and themes within the book didin’t hit home until I actually got out of school and began to “live”.  It’s interesting now, looking back, how many of these books were truly ahead of their time.

So hey! What are some of your favorite books that have been challenged or banned?



Sep 24

Erin McKean: The joy of lexicography

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Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today’s print dictionary is poised for transformation.


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