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I don’t watch much TV. My netflix account is barely used. But the other day I was really bored so I checked out Gotham, which I immediately began to enjoy. For those who know the series it needs no explaining but for those who don’t, basically it’s Batman the early years.

Anyhow, I just watched a magic moment. Edward Nigma, the CIS tech from Gotham PD shadows Oswald Cobblepot, a member of an organised crime family who has visited the Gotham police station.

But E. Nigma will become, in some future time, The Riddler, and Oswald Cobblepot is already better known to Gotham as The Penguin.

It was a brief scene, but it was magic.

The Penguin is a creepy, wheedling murderer, but he’s someone you root for, without quite knowing why. Pre-Riddler Ed Nigma is a social misfit, with just the faintest twinges of something darker beneath the surface.

Anyhow, I’m hooked.

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