Fox – Gotham, (Season One) After Holiday Episodes!

I am a fan of Batman. I can’t say a big fan because in my childhood at Indian town, Basirhat, Batman was not very well known comics character in the early 90’s. It was my good fortune I got a free copy of Batman and Robin inside the Kellogg’s corn flakes pack in 1997. My first introduction with the detective had stolen my teenage heart. Since then I was lucky to order few copies of Batman comics in my nearest book shop. It was quite nostalgic, and full of hyperbole and emotion.

The recent Fox – popular TV series Gotham attracted my attention. I was very curious in Batman comics to know the backgrounds of all the criminals and masterminds. What made those psychopaths to becoming the eternal hellish villains?  This TV program fires the curiosity of the creation of Gotham, the city of crime that never sleeps.

Gotham TV Series, Seaon One by FOX

Gotham TV Series, Season One by FOX

I don’t dig a deeper hole, or any major criticism on the characters and the story. I am seeing lots of blogs already reviewing this program. It is a very good work done by the program creator, Bruno Heller. Till Season one, Episode 10 the story and creativity was speechless. May be different creative team could have been different ideas but I found maturity in developing all the characters with small facts and the dots.

But seems like the last two episodes were quite amateur in terms of storytelling. The character’s development were quite funny. Fish Mooney’s role got quite ridiculous as a gangster specially after her plans caught by Carmine Falcone. Even her overall plans to take the city under her control were like a beggar’s dream! Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin’s multiple noses got noticed by Sal Maroni on his unconsciousness made it less interesting. Dr. Leslie Thompkins was introduced in Arkham Asylum was expected on her maturity as a crime insider. Here I think the director and creative team were trying to make up their wrong selection of Barbara Kean’s character by selecting Erin Richards. Dr. Leslie Thompkins character to develop a substitute to becoming the side to James Gordon was not interesting. At the end of the Episode 12 it seemed like they enforced by the director and creative team to kiss each-other which was damn spoiler and so quick affection. Hope the Gotham team will come back with interesting stories about those criminals. Their past life might be critical and psychopathic which would make us believe the born of Batman was quite necessary.

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Sydney Opera House, Photo from Wikipedia

Sydney Opera House, Photo from Wikipedia

Click here to see the complete report.

Always Love,

Vikram Roy

The Epic Mythology v The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (A Review)

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies was Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the popular fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien. Yesterday I was lucky to count on the final act of the Hobbit trilogy on 3D at INOX theater, Jayanagar, Bangalore. The experience was awesome and not comparable to any such high end production. It was an experience, the inner feeling, at a point of time I was thinking, if such story continues for the lifetime may be I would love to keep watching and watching. Yeah! 144 minutes of the video was passed like an eye blink.

Some important facts from the movie I wanted to highlight in this review. The epic mythological standard of the Hobbit story is undoubted. In the Indian epic mythology, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, or The Greek epic mythology, the Iliad, or all the literatures of the mythical standards have one thing in common, either a tragic end or the downfall of the heroes.

In the epic, The Ramayana, Ravana who was a good king, built the first democratic republic in the human history for his people. He had wealth, gold, and luxury in his kingdom. He was the conqueror of the heaven by defeating the demigods. But at the end he had lost the battle with Rama, an ordinary human prince from Ayodhya, India. Because the one mistake of Ravana by stealing Sita, the wife of Rama. Ravana did not listen to his ministers, brothers and wife to send back Sita, and protect the kingdom. In-stead of the sick king declared his own followers as the traitors and banished them from his kingdom. Here in the Hobbit, the exiled dwarf king of Erebor, Thorin Oakenshield, became blind of all his promises to the people and his followers once he got back the gold treasury. The life of people seemed no value to him in compare to the gold. He lost his conscience and became sick by not trusting his own people for the gems stone, called the heart of the mountain.

In the epic, The Mahabharata, Duryodhana, the elder prince of Hastinapura, India. He had claimed to be the king of Hastinapura. He had conspiracies and several false promises made to his cousin brothers for the share of the wealth of his kingdom. In spite of fulfilling his promises he chosen the war which took place at Kurukshetra and ended up after 18 days of devastating destruction and the complete ruin of his life and the kingdom. Duryodhana told, “Without the war, I will not give even a needle worth of land”. Here in the Hobbit, Thorin, forgot of his promises made to Bard, the dragon slayer and the descendant of Girion, the Lord of Dale and to his people. Bard saved the life of Thorin and his followers. He and his people helped them, by giving food, comfort, and nourishment. Without their contribution it was impossible to Thorin to get back to the mountain. But when the time came to reclaim the promises made by Thorin to Brad and his people; Thorin chosen the war. He was not ready to pay a single gold penny to them.

In the epic, The Iliad, Priam, the king of Troy and his elder son, Hector, both of them were aware of the mistake done by Paris. Helen, queen of Sparta, who eloped with Paris, the younger son of Priam, was the cause of the Trojan War. Perhaps Priam act at the right moment to send back Helen and protect Troy. But he did not, which caused the downfall of Troy. In Hobbit, Thorin, it was look like, though he had a small strength of army which was not sufficient to go for a war, declared his own downfall.

May be, he could allied with Bard, and Thranduil, the Elven king, have had been helped by the alliance a smooth win against Azog, the Orc chieftain and his Goblin army. At the end, Thorin could have a happy life by ruling, Erebor, until the end of his career. Which he did not act at the right moment, and bring his own downfall at the hand of Azog.

Albeit, Peter Jackson had no hand on that part of the story, as, I hope, it was all written by J. R. R. Tolkien in his novel. Albeit the commonness of the Hobbit version of the mythology, here I found beautiful and unforgettable supporting characters like, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Legolas, Saruman, Radagast, and Galadriel. These characters were acted and protected the role of wise, honest, courageous, who were changed the permutations and combinations of the Hobbit, the epic mythology.


Always love,



HD Movie Poster form The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

A Passage to Kanyakumari a.k.a. Cape Comorin!


Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a rock island and the major attraction at Kanyakumari, Vikram Roy © Copyright 2014


The Bay of Bengal, Vikram Roy © Copyright 2014


The Indian Ocean at Cape Comorin Vikram Roy © Copyright 2014


The Sunset Point at Kanyakumari, Vikram Roy © Copyright 2014


At morning it was cloudy, can’t see the sunrise Vikram Roy © Copyright 2014


The popular, Our Lady of Ransom Church is decorated for celebrating the upcoming Christmas in 2014. Vikram Roy © Copyright 2014

Every year, at the very end of the year I try to visit some place around. This year I visited Cape Comorin, known as Kanyakumari in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It lies at the southernmost tip of the mainland Indian subcontinent. Cape Comorin is also the final point to the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats range along the west coast of India. Cape Comorin is connecting the water of The Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and The Arabian Sea.

It was a lovely weekend trip from Bangalore to Kanyakumari. Me and my brother in law, Mr. Shekhar Roy, who is a software engineer at Infosys started our journey on 12th Dec (Friday evening) and came back to Bangalore in 15th Dec (Monday morning). December is the nicest season to travel the South India, as it was an unforgettable experience for us.

Always Love,