American Horror Story: Freak Show

American Horror Story: Freak Show Opening Sequence — If You Hate Clowns, Look Away!

I hate clowns. Hate them. Seriously, burn them with fire! I clearly watched Poltergeist way too young. I cannot — CANNOT watch the opening title sequence for American Horror Story: Freak Show, but I’m posting it for those braver than I. Our Anastasia Washington will be recapping it for you.

Here is the official synopsis: “American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.”

AHS: Freak Show premieres on Wednesday, October 8 on FX.

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Comic Book Artist Cat Staggs and Wife, Writer Amanda Deibert’s Target Ad Will Give You All the Feels

Comic book artist Cat Staggs and her wife, writer Amanda Deibert (both friends of the Legion and absolutely amazing women) are having a baby. Instead of announcements, they did a Target ad! What? I have terrible allergies. Or I just cut onions. Dust in my eyes? Seriously, this is the sweetest thing ever. Congratulations, ladies!

Interstellar

Holy Tidal Wave! New Trailer for Interstellar

Today we have a new trailer for Interstellar and it’s mind-blowing. It gave me the same chills I had when I saw the trailer for Gravity, though this time around I don’t feel the need to glue myself to the ground. Instead, I want to move inland. Far inland.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. Interstellar hits theaters on November 7.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Season 2 Episode 2 – ‘Heavy Is the Head’

Check out this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap from Legion contributor Christina Janke!

The agents are scrambling for a solid victory. Will they get one this time? Find out in this week’s episode recap of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You know the drill: spoilers to come.

Picking up right where last week’s premiere left off, we see the fates of Hartley (Lucy Lawless), Idaho, and Hunter after Creel flips their van. Yup, Hartley is definitely dead, and so is Idaho. Hunter is the only merc left alive. Agent May, rolling up on a stolen motorcycle, tries to get him out of the SUV. Hunter refuses her help, however. Catching up to Creel is more important. Reluctant to leave, May hops back onto her motorcycle and starts her pursuit of Creel. Just as Hunter is able to cut himself out of the SUV, the military charges in; they’re still a little peeved S.H.I.E.L.D. infiltrated their base and stole a couple valuables.

Meanwhile, May finds Creel in a stolen truck casually driving down the highway. Coulson demands she stand down and follow him covertly. C’mon, this is Agent Melinda May we’re talking about. No one pisses her off and leaves the scene without something to remember her by, at least. But she relents to Coulson’s orders and switches to surveillance mode.

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Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Tripp and Skye make it back with the Quinjet. Skye notes that when Hartley grabbed the Obelisk, it showed the same symbols Garrett drew when he went crazy. A clue! As big as this news could have been, Coulson is a little preoccupied with the fact that their little hidey hole has been compromised no thanks to Hunter’s capture. If that’s the case, they’d have to clear out immediately and burn the place down. And they just changed the bathroom tiles…

Elsewhere, Mac, a new recruit in the engineering department, starts working on the Quinjet’s cloaking device. If you remember from last week, Fitz has been unable to make their own cloaking device. Since the Quinjet had one of its own, they needed to steal it from the military to reverse engineer the device and outfit it to the S.H.I.E.L.D. bus. Mac immediately starts tugging at our heartstrings in this episode: while everyone throws Fitz pitying looks, Mac feels genuine sympathy and even tries to work with him. Fitz-Mac… MacFitz…! Oh, that works!

We jump back to Hunter who is not taken to military jail, but is instead thrown out in the middle of an open field. There, Major Glenn Talbot makes a grand entrance via helicopter. Yes, this is becoming one of those “let’s make a deal” scenarios. Talbot wants Hunter to go back to S.H.I.E.L.D. and sell Coulson out. In return, he gets $2 Million and a proper burial for Huntley. You see, Hunter had the love feels for Hartley. Since Hartley used to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, she’d be branded as a traitor and get stuck in a pine box in some “popper’s grave.” If Hunter held up his end of the deal, Hartley’s record would be cleaned, and she’d get a proper send off. The merc’s got morals after all.

Fitz, feeling utterly useless, stumbles upon Creel’s DNA results. Hallucination Simmons, whom we shall now identify her as Head-Simmons, is immediately intrigued. Fitz takes the packet and scurries off all sneaky like to see what he can come up with to stop Creel.

Speaking of Creel, he’s waiting for his contact at a diner — May is outside. Stalking. Waiting. Briefly we see that Creel somehow absorbed the Obelisk into his body, and he’s having a really hard time controlling it. A waitress accidentally bumps into his infect arm, and minutes later, turns into a petrified corpse. Seems like his rubberized hand, which he used to grab the Obelisk, didn’t work out so well.

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Hunter comes back to S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ. Coulson already knows about the deal he’s made with Talbot and they start making their own negotiations. Hunter’s terms are generally the same: give Hartley a proper burial, plus he wants Hartley’s and Idaho’s pay given to their respective families. All Hunter really wants is a chance to take Creel out. This guy…he’s going to be our lovable rogue, isn’t he?

Fitz is already close to figuring out how to hit Creel wear it hurts when Mac walks in seeking advice on where to install the cloaking system. Unwilling to talk any more about the damn cloaking system, Fitz blows him off. Concerned, Mac gently pokes and prods at what Fitz is working on now. Head-Simmons likes Mac for his straightforwardness, and convinces Fitz to let him in on how to stop Creel. “I didn’t solve this today” is all Fitz can say on the matter.

Hey, remember Raina? She’s back! She wants the Obelisk. In return, she’ll give him a piece of ultra rare material called carbine, which is made from stardust and is much stronger than diamond. Creel doesn’t take the deal, but he does take the carbine and runs off. Disappointed, Raina contacts Coulson to tell him about Creel and the Obelisk…and the tracker she placed inside the carbine. Our team — May, Triplett, Skye, and Hunter — immediately leaves to track down Creel, who’s on his way to another drop point with Hydra.

Meanwhile, Mac and a small team of scientists are trying to speak Fitz who’s desperately trying to explain that he’s thought of a device to destabilize Creel’s powers. “I didn’t solve this today!” Fitz repeats. Mac, finally getting with the program, realizes that they need to look through old plans in their database. Boom, got it. Team MacFitz for the win.

The team finds Creel and his Hydra handler. As soon as they check in with Coulson, Hunter takes out May, Skye, and Triplett with his Night Night Gun. They’re called Icers now, but that’s just lame. Then, in the dumbest of dumb moves, Hunter stomps through the courtyard with Triplett’s sniper rifle, attracting huge amounts of attention. This includes Creel’s, of course. Why he didn’t just try to take him out from Triplett’s position is beyond me. Hunter takes the shot, but Creel transforms just in time. Creel gives chase, and Hunter immediately regrets his actions (Run! Must go faster… Faster would be better!).

Amidst the chaos, Raina slips in and steals the case holding the Obelisk before the Hydra agent realized what was happening. Sneaky, sneaky.

Creel and Hunter fight it out a bit; or rather, Creel throws Hunter around, and the merc stupidly keeps getting up. Just before Creel deals the final blow, Coulson pops up from nowhere and stabs a device in Creel’s back. This immediately destabilizes his powers and he’s turned to stone. For now… Maybe. We’re not entirely sure at the moment.

Afterward, Coulson tells Hunter to “sell him out” to Talbot.

Talbot and a legion of soldiers pull up to meet Coulson in the middle of a field. Thinking they have the upper hand, Talbot is not at all interested in making a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. With a wink and a smile, Coulson shows just how big his proverbial balls are, taking both the Quinjet and the bus out of cloaking. The bus, by the way, as some new heavy artillery. You’re move, Talbot. Yeah, that’s what we thought.

The epilogue of the show gives us yet another “Oh snap!” moment, like last week’s reveal of an un-aged Kraken. This time we see that Raina is taking orders from a new threat. Who is he, you ask? Oh you know, just SKYE’S DAD.

Follow Christina Janke on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

Frankenstein M.D.

Watch This: Meet Victoria On Shelley’s Horror Classic Reimagined on Youtube as Frankenstein M.D.

Check out this piece on a new female-fronted web series from Legion contributor Sabina-Lissette Ibarra!

Youtube Channel Pemberley Digital, has teamed up with PBS Digital Studios to bring audiences a new take on Mary Shelley’s gothic horror classic in a new and unexpected way.

Frankenstein M.D. follows an ambitious medical student Victoria Frankenstein as she documents her quest toward scientific breakthroughs through the creation of an educational science show on Youtube. This is unlike most other Frankenstein adaptations that have underwhelmed, (looking at you I,Frankenstein) in that the arc of the story has been broken down to incredibly charming vlog-esque entries in the world of a talented young woman who is determined to make it in a male dominated field.

Newcomer Anna Lore, who plays Victoria, has proved that this traditionally male character can be played with as much gravitas and depth by a woman. The mythology of Victoria is by no means that of a hero but in this genre webshow, audiences get to see episode by episode a bright and curious PhD/MD student begin to steadily go off the deep end.

Lore establishes her take on the character as an incredibly endearing research student who seeks to teach her audience and friends about complex scientific ideas. The actress has the charisma of that really smart friend you have that can talk you into anything because well she is the smart one. And that’s what makes this Victoria scary, Lore plays her true intentions quite subtly as she wrangles her friends to help on experiments that could put them in danger. In the first episode she momentarily kills her assistant and friend Iggy (I see what they did there). She also puts her good friend Eli (Now a male instead of Elizabeth) and his girlfriend through trials that try much more than their relationship. But when Victoria gets told by her superiors to not risk her friends and degree for the sake of science, she only becomes that much more bent on showing them that she could find a cure for the biggest disease humans suffer from–DEATH.

The diverse show also stars Steve Zaragoza as Iggy and Brendan Bradley as Eli and streams new episodes every tuesday and friday on PBS Digital Studios. Fans have multiplatform access to more of Victoria’s story through her blog and video messages from her friends over at Pemberely Digital. Pemberely Digital is also known for creating serialized vlog adaptations of Jane Austen novels: The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and Emma Approved. Frankenstein MD is their first collaboration with PBS.

Watch episode one:

To talk more Frankenstein M.D. tweet Legion of Leia contributor Sabina @wicked_phoenix to talk all things female led horror and sci-fi.

Lavabear

Friend of the Legion Nathan Hamill’s LAVABEAR Launch!

Hey Legion! Jenna here. Are you in Southern California? Legion friend and supporter Nathan Hamill (who posted a pic of himself dressed up as Leia with a full beard for us on Star Wars Day) is launching his new vinyl figure Lavabear at 3DRetro in Glendale this weekend! Check out the details below and come say hi!

Lavabear

Hi there!

This Sat., October 4th, Nathan Hamill and 3DRetro are proud to present his latest limited ed. vinyl figure…

LAVABEAR!

Standing 8 inches tall this figure was first introduced at SDCC and now locals can get their hands on the original version of this figure!

Nathan will be on hand to sign the figure, prints and guests are welcome to the food trucks, special “lava” floats (drinks) and other goodies!

Come on out to 3DRetro’s new retail shop in lovely, Glendale, CA!

See ya there!

Saturday, Oct. 4that 7:00pm – 10:00pm

3DRetro
1851 Victory Blvd, Glendale, California 91201

(818) 630-7063

www.nathanhamill.com
www.3dretro.com

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Geek Girl Authority: Captain Smoosh vs. Lava Blobs

Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I write terrible sci-fi stories and submit them to real publishers under a fake name. Today’s victim is the venerated British science fiction/fantasy magazine ‘Interzone’. 

~Josh Flaum

Dear Interzone—

First, let me tell you that I am a huge fan of your website, which I have visited multiple times daily since before I can remember. Your dedication to publishing quality sci-fi and fantasy stories is second to none. Kudos!

My name is Walter Bock, and I am a HUGE sci-fi buff; I have read over twenty books, and seen every movie from ‘Star Man’ to ‘Flubber’. I even have a Star Wars T-shirt with a Yoda on the front that says “Me Want Force”. Scientific Fiction is definitely my thing.

That is why, after 48 years of life, I have finally decided to realize my dream of becoming a sci-fi author, in the vein of Archer C. Clarke and Frank Hubert (my personal heroes). My boss at Baby Gap says I’d be better off learning to work the new POS system, but I’m like “Whatever, Christine! Not everyone wants spend the rest of their lives folding footed pajamas! Some people have ambition!”

And so I submit to you the first story I have ever written by myself: a thrilling tale of a dashing space pilot and his loyal companions. I hope you love it.

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CAPTAIN SMOOSH VERSUS THE LAVA BLOBS

By Walter Bock

 Captain Smoosh was battling a nest of Lava Blobs on the distant planet Tomato 8. The smoldering corpses of thousands of dead Blobs were strewn about the mouth of the Space Volcano, but the creatures kept coming, their jagged molten fangs glistening under the light of Tomato’s forty-nine suns.

Smoosh wheeled around to his trusted protector, Hairy Douglas, who bore all the finery of an elite warrior of the Kingdom of Snuggles: the sacred chest plate; the crystal helmet; the spiky shoulder pads; and a sword crafted out of the oozing flesh of a deadly Blunch monster.

“We have to get back to the ship, Hairy Douglas!” screamed Captain Smoosh. “My Blaster Gun is almost out of laser bullets!”

“Meow!” yelled Hairy Douglas, and flapped his floppy ears.

“Good idea!” said Captain Smoosh, as he laserblasted another Blob. He spun around to his ornery Calculto-Bot, Beep-Beep, whose angular copper form was covered in an array of colorful lights and switches.

“How much time before these Blobs overtake us, Beep-Beep?” asked Smoosh.

“Beep beep!” said Beep-Beep.

“That’s just enough time for me to build a teleporter,” said Smoosh. “Hairy Douglas, I’ll need you to cover me while I gather some supplies.”

“Meow meow,” said Hairy Douglas, and wiggled his nubby tail.

“Bleep bloop bleep,” said Beep-Beep.

“I’m moving as fast as I can”, yelled Captain Smoosh, frantically scanning the barren terrain for the items he needed.

“Meow,” said Hairy Douglas, waggling his moist nose as he covered his Blunch Blade in Blob blood. “Meow meow purr.”

“Beep,” said Beep-Beep.

“Meow mew meow,” said Hairy Douglas

Beep-Beep.fired off a spray of finger missiles. Two million Lava Blobs exploded in flames, but still more advanced. “Bleep bloop!” said Beep-Beep.

“I’m almost ready,” yelled Smoosh.

Finally, Captain Smoosh surveyed the materials he’d been able to forage from the space volcano: fifteen burnt twigs, five medium-sized rocks, some dried roots, a handful of red dirt, and a nuclear generator he’d found underneath a heap of rubble.

“This will have to do,” Smoosh mumbled to himself, and immediately got to work.

Meanwhile, Beep-Beep and Hairy Douglas were forced to retreat behind a hillock.

The Lava Blobs were closing in, leaving fiery footprints in the turf with every forward step.

“Meow meow!” said Hairy Douglas, nursing a wound on his elbow horn.

“Boop boop!” said Beep-Beep. Captain Smoosh thought he’d never heard Beep-Beep sound so sad.

The situation was looking grim.

Suddenly, the Lava Blobs stopped in their tracks. The crowd parted, and the Queen of the Blobs slithered forward, her immense form seething like a balloon full of crickets.

“RRRraaarrrgggh!” shrieked the Blob Queen.

“Bleep!” said Beep-Beep.

“Meowy meow!” said Hairy Douglas.

“RRRrrrrarrrrrrrggh!” the Blob Queen shrieked again.

“Mew mew meow!” said Hairy Douglas.

“Beep bloop!” said Beep-Beep.

“RRrrrrooooaaaaarrrr!” said Queen Blob, and raised her massive fists for a crunching blow. Beep-Beep and Hairy Douglas winced, certain that this was their time to go to Space Heaven.

Lucky for them, Captain Smoosh had lodged the final medium-sized rock into place. His makeshift teleporter was as ready as it was ever going to be. He pulled a twig, and the nuclear generator whirred to life.

KAPOW! Smoosh, Beep-Beep, and Hairy Douglas disappeared in a glorious burst of hot turquoise light, just as Queen Blob pounded the earth with her titanic forearms, destabilizing Tomato 8’s fragile magma core. Within seconds, the entire planet had split apart like a wet sandwich.

And that was the end of the Lava Blobs.

Forever.

Safely back on his ship, the Forty Winks, Captain Smoosh poured himself a glass of orange juice, as was his custom after every adventure.

“That was too close,” said Smoosh. “I guess we’ll have to look for Space Gasoline on a different planet.”

“Beep bop bleep,” said Beep-Beep.

“Meow!” said Hairy Douglas, and Captain Smoosh laughed and laughed.

Who can fathom the mind of a Snuggaloid? Smoosh wondered as he drank his juice. Their ways never cease to amaze me.

THE END?*

 

*NOTE TO INTERZONE: You’ll notice I punctuated my conclusion with a question mark. That’s because I’m thinking about turning this into a franchise. Future titles include: ‘Captain Smoosh and the Laser Apes’, ‘Captain Smoosh and the Moon Lobsters’, and ‘Diabetes in Space’ (which will detail one of the worst side-effects of Space Obesity). Let me know if you want in on the ground floor!

Thanks again for your consideration! I look forward to working with you five days a week.

High-fives for Sci-Fi!

Sincerely,

Walter Bock

 

Dear

There’s a magazine??? That’s AMAZING!!!!

This is seriously good news. The last time I tried to access your website, I was told very sternly by a theater usher to put my computer away and sit back down in my seat. Like it’s my fault ‘The Cherry Orchard’ is such a boring play (I wasn’t the only one who got restless, I’ll tell you that much). My point is, if I’d had a magazine, I wouldn’t have had to get up to plug in my laptop. I’m glad you guys have branched out.

QUESTION: Does this magazine contain the same scientific fiction stories you’ve posted online? Is it printed daily or weekly? How much is a subscription, and do you accept trade? I have a pretty great mountain bike, a new-ish espresso machine, and several unused gift certificates to Baby Gap which I recently received for being employee of the month ($30 value). Let me know if any of these things appeal to you.

Also, thank you so much for reading my story and getting back with me so quickly. I’m sorry it didn’t fit the bill. If it’s not too troublesome, can I ask you why it was rejected? Was it a formatting issue? Any feedback would be helpful as I am preparing to quit my job so I can start writing full-time.

Once again, thanks so much, and congratulations on your new magazine! I will be a dedicated reader, now and for always. Interzone is the greatest!

Sci-ncerely(-Fi),

Walter Bock

HAVEN’T HEARD BACK YET!

Follow Josh on twitter, here!

The Flash

New Clip From The Flash ‘City of Heroes’

Today we have a new clip from The Flash (which we’ll be recapping for you each week) called ‘City of Heroes.’ Fans will note that this was also the name of the Season 2 premiere of Arrow.

After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.

Check it out below and let us know if you’ll be watching. Anyone recognize that news reporter? The Flash will premiere Tuesday, October 7 on The CW.

Agent Carter

Agent Carter: Dominic Cooper to Reprise the Role of Howard Stark

It’s official. Marvel just announced that Dominic Cooper will reprise the role of Iron Man’s father Howard Stark in the upcoming series Agent Carter starring Hayley Atwell.

Here’s what they said: “Cooper first played Tony Stark’s father in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger before returning for a cameo at the end of Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, and now Cooper will reunite with star Hayley Atwell for Marvel’s Agent Carter.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”

We were kind of expecting this, but now we have the final confirmation. Agent Carter will hit ABC mid-season.

Gotham

Gotham Recap: Season 1 Episode 2 ‘Selina Kyle’

Legion contributor Christina Janke just recapped another episode of Gotham for us! Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

Greetings, Gothamites! It’s time for another run-down of the exciting adventures of our favorite citizens of Gotham. So much stuff is happening! Warning, spoilers ahead.

We start off the night with a few homeless youths who are approached by a seemingly do-good couple who come bearing gifts of sustenance. Among the group is our little kitten, Selina Kyle, who evidently was the only one taught not to take candy from strangers. They also pulled up in a van, so yeah… All the signs of stranger danger.

Quickly we discover that the do-good couple, Doug and Patty (Frank Whaley and Lili Taylor), are not who they seem. Patty takes a poisoned pin and sticks the lured kids with it, knocking them unconscious within seconds. The only two to leave the scene unscathed are Selina and another youth, Macky (Kyle Massey, That’s So Raven). The latter was chased and ended up going though a restaurant window.

The following morning, Gordon and Bullock are the first responders to a murder: a homeless vet who we see previously trying to save the kids, but was killed for his efforts. The most interesting part of this scene is that a pair of Detectives are the first responders, much to Gordon’s dissatisfaction. Normally, that’s a beat cop’s job — they are supposed to arrive first and protect the integrity of the crime scene. However, the one cop who was supposed to respond was busy handling the restaurant down the street where the homeless kid through.

“The restaurant pays me $50 a month to look out for them,” says the cop in protest, “So I’m to babysit a dead wino? I got family!” Interesting.

Bullock, either annoyingly or sarcastically, answers both sides with a “He’s got a point.”

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Tempers flare all the way back to the precinct where Bullock is fighting the urge to beat Mackey into confessing that it was really he who killed the homeless war vet. When Macky tries to tell Bullock and Gordon the truth, that kids all over Gotham are disappearing, they don’t readily believe him; this is the first they’re hearing about this. “Why would you?” says Macky, “No one gives a crap about us!”

Elsewhere, Cobblepot is hobbling down a lonely road where he’s picked up by a pair of twenty-something bros. Mistake. Cobblepot seizes the SUV they’re riding in, killing the passenger and taking the other hostage. Later we see him rent out a trailer, where we can assume that all of his diabolical aspirations to take Gotham will begin to fester. First, he going to need a little practice with his hostage negotiation skills. He’s got the crazy killer down okay, it’s the business side of things he needs to work on.

Back at GCPD, Bullock has had about enough of Gordon’s piety and is complaining to Captain Sarah Essen.

“Look, Jim, it’s not like I can order you to break the law…but this is Gotham. You don’t bend, you’ll get broke. I thought you were with the program.”

“With the program”? Exactly what does she mean by that? Is she just as corrupt as some of the other cops, or does she condone some of the extreme and sometimes illegal tactics her people make to get the job done? Either way, Gordon’s finding himself in a deeper hole he needs to dig out from if he wants to clean up all the corruption happening among just his comrades.

When they do get down to business about the missing kids, Edward Nigma slithers his way onto the scene with a Creeper grin on his face. He’s fast becoming one of those guys who you tolerate because he’s smart and useful, but you can’t ever shake off the chills when he enters the room. He reveals that Macky was dosed with a powerful sedative called ATP, a drug formerly used at Arkham Asylum before getting shut down 15 years ago. It’s hard to get so that leaves only a couple places where it could still be distributed.

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In the land of reading into things a lot, we get another indication that Essen has some connection with the mob as well. Particularly when Bullock asks if Fish Moodey is still mad at them for last week. “We’ll see,” is all she says, but the fact that he would even ask is suspect.

Ah, Moodey. I can’t decide if I like her or not. She chews up nearly every scene she’s in, but I can’t help but appreciate the Eartha Kitt vibe I’m getting off of her character. In any case, Moodey turns up her mixture of insidious camp and charm when she is visited by Falcone. In all of the intimidating politeness he can muster, Falcone reminds Moodey who’s in charge. He caught whiff of a rumor that she wanted to push him out and take over. As a response, Falcone takes one of her boy toys and beats the living crap out of him in front of all her patrons. This either puts the fear of God back into Moodey, or enrages her. We’re going with a little of both, but mostly the latter.

Gordon and Bullock come in to ask Moodey a few questions, see if she’s heard any rumors about who’s been abducting kids under 16. All she can offer them is a little bit of info about some guy purchasing them from overseas. “Nobody knows,” Moodey says, to which she follows up with an aggressively “subtle” warning, “And nobody cares to know.”

Elsewhere, Doug and Patti appear again, talking with a guy who not only sells them the ATP but also keeps the kids they capture in storage. Everyone is feeling the pressure to get the job done ASAP since Gordon’s significant other leaked the missing kids case to the press. It is here that we learn the buyer Moodey mentioned earlier is called The Dollmaker. Whether or not you know Batman lore, anyone calling himself The Dollmaker is never good news.

Bullock and Gordon interrupt the meeting and they get in a fire fight. Doug and Patti escape, but at least they left the ATP supplier and a few kids as well.

In an attempt to save face, Mayor Aubrey James (Richard Kind) starts a campaign to get the kids off the streets into the “loving arms of Juvenile Services.” That’s just flowery way of saying the kids will either end up in foster homes or go upstate to a prison for kids. Upon this announcement, we see Selina Kyle fated to go upstate with a bunch of other troubled youths. Little does anyone know, the bus she gets on is already hijacked by The Dollmaker’s minions, Doug and Patti.

They’re taken to an abandoned warehouse where dozens of other kids are already being held in shipping containers. Selina slips away and scratches a few eyes out (literally) before Gordon swiftly comes to save the day. By the end, Selina tries to make a deal with Gordon: keep her from having to go upstate, and in return, she’ll tell him who really killed Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Overall, it was a pleasant episode, chalk full of villains we know and love from the comics. It’s a shame to see the awesome Lili Taylor playing a bit role, especially after seeing her play a woman in charge on Almost Human, which was cancelled last year. The most entertaining surprise in casting is when Carol Kane shows up as Penguin’s mother. She looked delightfully on the verge of insanity, playing up the image of Ms. Havisham very well.