On February 14, Netflix released its latest original series, The Umbrella Academy, based on the Eisner Award-winning comic book series. The 10-episode streaming series follows the Hargreeves, a dysfunctional family of superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death.
If you haven’t enrolled at The Umbrella Academy yet, now is the perfect time to attend. Here are all the reasons why you should drop what you’re doing and start watching this weird, wonderful piece of goth-pop culture.
Gotham Season 1 Episode 19: “Beasts Of Prey”
Directed by Eagle Egillson
Written by Ken Woodruff
Created by Bruno Heller
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Cory Michael Smith, Morena Baccharin, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Andrew Stewart-Jones, Victoria Cartegena FOX
Air Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 8pm
It’s finally back! Before we get to this week’s review, let’s recap how we got here on Gotham.
It has been a banner first season for Bruno Heller‘s hit Gotham. This Batman prequel series has brought us a myriad of characters from the DC universe as well as a major one invented just for the show. Focusing on how everyman Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) shakes up the GCPD and tries to clean up the city, we have seen how everyone and everything is not black and white, but many shades of gray, including the setting. He and his reluctant partner, Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) use regular and unorthodox methods to try to bring down the bad guys, including the ones with badges. From Penguin to Riddler to Catwoman to The Joker (Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, Cameron Monoghan), from Poison Ivy to The Ogre to The Dollmaker To Two-Face (Clare Foley, Milo Ventimiglia, Colm Feore, Nicholas D’Agosto), we have been delightfully inundated with future Batman villains. We even got a brand new villain this season in Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), a powerfully vicious, yet loyal woman who will pluck out her own eye and stomp on it, rather than be controlled. And of course we have young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), whose parents were murdered to kick off the season, leaving him in the care of his more-than-meets-the-eye butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee).
Gotham teased us with The Dollmaker back in September in Episode 2 “Selina Kyle” when street children were being kidnapped for the character. He remained a faceless evil that episode, but now we can put a face to the name.
Colm Feore (The Borgias, Revolution, 24) has been cast as the demented Dr. Francis Dulmacher aka The Dollmaker, according to Deadline.