Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zoe ('The 100')

All we have for Z is Zoe Monroe (Katie Stuart), on The 100, who was simply one of many other red-shirts. In other words, she existed for the purpose of dying. In her case, it was by suffocation after escaping a fire.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is for Actors Ybarra ( 'Gotham') and Yamamoto ('The 100')

There were absolutely no names that began with Y in any of my favorite shows, and way too many that contained Ys, or even ended in Y. So, I'm going with actor names this one time.

On Gotham, we've got Dustin Ybarra, who portrays Robert Greenwood. Greenwood is a crazy cannibal of women. Thankfully, he is recently deceased (Greenwood the character, not the actor).

Over on The 100, we've got Donna Yamamoto, who portrays Hannah Green, Monty's mom, aka "Momty." she's one of the most hated characters on the show, besides Pike. That's because she's a horrible person (the character). No wonder her own son is forced to go up against her to protect others!

X is for X-Names

OWe've got two Fox(es) and a Lexa. I know that's a bit of a cheat, but there are no Xaviers in any of my favorite shows, so that's all I've got. I already talked about Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) from The 100 on L-day, so I'll just focus on Fox.

On Gotham, there's Lucious Fox (Chris Chalk), who is the only guy over at Wayne Enterprises who tells poor Bruce that his parents weren't horrible, and did what he could to help Bruce find the person who murdered them.

On The 100, we've got another Fox (Genevieve Buechner). Bellamy saved her from torture at Mount Weather, where they were brutally stealing bone marrow from people. But because it's The 100, she died anyway.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for Wells ('The 100')

Once again, as we come to the end of the alphabet, we have only one name that starts with W out of all of my top five shows. Today it's Wells Jaha (Eli Goree) on The 100. Wells is a great character, and what happens to him in the first season is a total surprise. The 100 is all about those twists and turns, and bad luck, and nobody ever catching a break, and what we call on the podcast, "red shirts" (this is why it's called "Red Shirted: The 100 Podcast"). But hey, it's somehow still an awesome show!

V is for Victor ('Gotham')

The only V in my favorite shows is on Gotham (or as I like to call it, "Got Ham?"): Victor Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan). This guy is sadistic and worked for mobster Falcone, then Penguin. He actually cuts a mark into his own skin for each person he kills!

Monday, April 25, 2016

U is for Uncle Jack ('Second Chance')

OK, I'm stretching here, but the only "U" name I could find in my favorite shows was a guest character named Uncle Jack (Alvin Sanders) on Second Chance. He's such a minor character that he's actually a hologram used to trick a suspect into talking. Duval "wears" the hologram, and uses Arthur (the computer) to give him Uncle Jack's voice as well, on a web chat.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

R is for Rebecca & Rachel ('Limitless'), and Roan ('The 100')

R is pretty common as the first letter of many names, but apparently not for my favorite shows. There are only three on this list! Two of them come from my current favorite show, Limitless.

Rebecca (Jennifer Carpenter) is Brian's handler at the FBI. She likes Brian as a person in the beginning, until they start having trust issues. She's also very straight-laced, and doesn't like it when Brian tries to break the rules.

Rachel (Megan Guinan) is Brian's sister, and tries to cover for him when he lies. Until she doesn't. She inadvertently screws things up for Brian in a way, but she doesn't really have enough information to go off of to know whether anything Brian does is going to get him killed. So she errs in the side of protecting her brother

On The 100, Roan (Zach McGowan) was simply a prince, as the son of yesterday's Queen Nia, until Lexa killed her. Now he's King Roan. He's not as ruthless as his mom, and definitely not as evil as Ontari, the woman Nia set up to be the successor to Commander Lexa.
Before she knew Roan wasn't as bad as the other bad guys, Clarke tried to kill him

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q is for Queen Nia ('The 100')

The only Q in all of my favorite shows is on The 100: Queen Nia (Brenda Strong). Nia was part of the Ice Nation, and a horrible person because she simply wants to murder everyone who won't submit to her. And so she is murdered horribly in front of a large crowd of people. Good job, Lexa!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

P is for Pritchard ('Second Chance'), Penguin & Peabody ('Gotham'), and Pike ('The 100')

On Second Chance, Pritchard can either refer to the son, Duval Pritchard (Tim DeKay) or the father, Jimmy Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky). The father looks more like the brother, but that's only because he died as an old man and was brought back to life as the younger, best version of himself.

On Gotham, we've got one of the most iconic villains, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor)! He's completely insane, and entirely entertaining. Then there's Peabody (Tonya Pinkins), who's basically the lackey to the weirdo Dr. Strange, helping him to perform experiments on the criminally insane. Penguin is one of their victims!

And then we've got The 100, with one of the most hated characters of the show, Pike (Michael Beach). And why is he so reviled? Because his favorite pastime is killing Grounders and those who sympathize with them!
Kane finally got one over on Pike, temporarily

Monday, April 18, 2016

O is for Otto ('Second Chance'), and Octavia & Ontari ('The 100')

On Second Chance, Otto Goodwin (Adhir Kalyan) is a genius who knows how to bring dead people back to life as a younger, better version of themselves. Unfortunately, he's also insane. He brings them back just for the purpose of giving his sister transfusions so she won't die from her disease. Beyond that, he doesn't care about the people he brings back, or their families. At least he comes around later, but only after it's too late.

Over on The 100, we've got both a favorite and a least favorite. Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos) is definitely the favorite. She rides horses into the sunset and has decided to be mostly a Grounder because her own people have become pretty much horrible. That includes her own brother!

Ontari (Rhiannon Fish) is one of the least favorites of the whole show. She beheaded a child for goodness sake! And all so she could be the next Commander. Even the man tasked with making it official doesn't want this monster to have power. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

L is for 'Lucifer', Leslie ('Gotham'), and Lincoln & Lexa ('The 100')

Our first L is the name of a title character: Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis). He's an evil, terrible person, yet somehow charming in human form. Sure, it doesn't really make any sense for the devil to ever be a "nice guy," but Lucifer is somehow a fantastic show anyway.

On Gotham, the mother of Gordon's (Ben McKenzie) fetus is Leslie (Morena Baccarin). Things are going really well for them. Until they're not. Gordon has been falsely accused of killing a fellow cop. Let's hope he can clear his name sooner than later so he can go back to being awesome and having the love he deserves.

Over on The 100, Lincoln is the first Grounder to teach the sky people that not all Grounders are horrible murderous fiends. Well, except for the part where he gets tortured after trying to kill Finn the first time he sees him. He's a good guy after that, although things haven't worked out so well for him recently.

We also have a big cheese Grounder: Lexa. She's the commander, and a fine one she is at that, even after falling for a sky woman. Except things don't work out well for her either. Oh yeah, and she was implanted with AI tech, so she was sort of a cyborg. Sort of.

Monday, April 11, 2016

I is for Ike ('Limitless'), Ivy ('Gotham') and Indra ('The 100')

There aren't many "I" characters, and the ones we have here are mostly secondary, but they're interesting.

On Limitless, we've got Agent Ike (Tom Degnan), who is one of the FBI agents who is supposed to keep Brian Finch in line. Ike (probably) isn't his real name. We never actually know his name. Brian just likes to call his two babysitters Mike and Ike in order to identify them.

On Gotham, Ivy "Pamela" Pepper (Clare Foley) is a little red-headed delinquent girl who likes to pick pockets and trick people out of their money. She's a little bit nuts, but in a very humorous way.

Finally, on The 100, Indra (Adina Porter) is one of the Grounders. She used to be considered one of the "bad guys," but she just wants to protect her people from the sky people. She's loyal, and later forms a bond with both Octavia and Kane from "skaikru."

Thursday, April 7, 2016

F is for Mama & Papa Finch ('Limitless'), Falcone & Fish ('Gotham'), and Finn ('The 100')

Not many character names start with F this time. Mama and Papa Finch (Blair Brown and Ron Rifkin) are from my favorite show, Limitless. Unfortunately, they aren't very exciting. They are the main character's (see B) parents. It's always nice to see a "Fringie" though (Blair Brown was in Fringe).

The Gotham characters are quite interesting this time. Falcone (John Doman) is basically the big cheese of the city of Gotham. He can get you anything. Just make sure you stay on his good side. 

Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is probably the toughest female on the show. Even when she dies, she lives. She's a badass evil biotch. 

Finally, we have Finn (Thomas McDonell) from The 100. He's a great character initially, then they decided to make his character a whole different person so that viewers would hate him and suddenly be OK with just having him die.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

B is for Brian & Boyle ('Limitless'), Bruce & Barbara & Butch ('Gotham'), and Bellamy ('The 100')

First off, my current favorite show has two major characters who have names beginning with B! If you haven't seen Limitless, I think of it as a cross between Psych and the Limitless movie (Bradley Cooper even shows up in a few episodes as Eddie Morra). The reason I also compare it with Psych is because it has a similar level of 80s-style humor, which is my favorite.

Anyway, the best character of the best show on TV right now is Brian Finch (portrayed by Jake McDorman). His character was a loser much like the Eddie Morra character in the movie, then becomes awesomely intelligent when he takes the drug AZT. In this case, Brian is not quite as amazing as Eddie, and winds up under his thumb. He's also forced to work for the FBI.

Speaking of the FBI, Agent Spellman Boyle (portrayed by Hill Harper) is the next B character. He's just you're average run-of-the-mill TV FBI agent, but he clashes with Brian in sometimes hilarious ways.

Now for a few Gotham characters:

Bruce Wayne (portrayed by David Mazouz) is Batman. Well, not yet. But this is who it's all about, right? On this show, he's just a kid, but probably the most fascinating and well-acted young character you'll ever see on TV. 
Barbara Kean (portrayed by Erin Richards) used to be Gordon's annoying fiancee, but now she's hilariously batty.
Butch Gilzean (portrayed by Drew Powell) is a mob enforcer, but Penguin managed to turn him into his slave for a while, which was quite amusing.
Finally, we've got The 100. Bellamy Blake (portrayed by Bob Morley) was a bad guy, then became a good guy, and now he's one of the worst characters on the show. Get a clue, Bellamy!
Bellamy gets tased 'cause he deserves it!

Friday, April 1, 2016

A is for Alfred ('Gotham') and Alexa ('Second Chance')... Plus Abby, Anya and A.L.I.E.

There are two major characters from my top four favorite shows who have names that begin with A: Alfred Pennyworth (portrayed by Sean Pertwee) from the hit Fox show Gotham, and Alexa (portrayed by Vanessa Lengies) from another Fox show called Second Chance. Alfred is my favorite character of these two, because he's an awesome character portrayed by a fabulous actor.

Alexa, not so much. She's a horrible person who betrays her friends so she can stay young forever. At least she comes around eventually, but only because her circumstances change. I don't want to give away spoilers, but she's not so great.

So, although Second Chance is my favorite of these two shows, the Gotham character wins out this time. And since this blog mostly covers The 100 recaps these days, here are a few notable characters from The 100:

Abby is one of my favorite characters on the show, although I have to admit that she has become a bit annoying of late.
Here, Abby takes the "chip" (explained next) from Jasper

A.L.I.E. is an AI hologram that only appears to people who have swallowed an AI chip, which makes them want to do what she says. Oh, and she was responsible for launching a nuclear holocaust that nearly ended the world.
This was how the world almost ended

Anya was one of the Grounder commanders. She was awesome and scary, but she also didn't last very long (sorry, I never created a gif of her because she died before I started gif-capping The 100).

My theme is at least one character from one of my current four favorite TV shows. Now, I like The 100, but it's no longer a favorite. But since they have so many characters, and most of my blog is devoted to it, I'll use it to fill in. So, the five shows from which I'll be pulling characters are Limitless, Second Chance, Lucifer, Gotham, and The 100 (those are in order, by the way).