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CW’s Gotham Knights Season 1 Review and Analysis on Max

Blog and Video Description: In this episode of the Mattacritic, I will be reviewing and analyzing the CW’s Gotham Knights Season 1 that is currently on Max formerly known as HBO Max. I am sure there are those that still want to call Max HBO Max, I get it, I sometimes will do that, but remember it is now called Max. The series will begin with Bruce Wayne being murdered and being shown that he was Bat Man. His adopted son Turner Hayes finds out after Bruce Wayne was murdered that he was Bat Man. Bat Man did not tell Turner Hayes his adopted son because he wanted to give him as normal a life as he can. Turner Hayes along with three criminals are framed for the murder of Bat Man. This series will have a Fugitive feel as well as talk about how easy it is for the rich to infiltrate every faction of society that they can. The main villain will be the Court of Owls who are the rich and powerful who want to keep things as they are as they know that those that stay poor, it is easier to control them, and crime is big business. The series will talk about substance abuse and those who are supposed to love their family members will enable those family members to stay addicted to what they are as those individuals will claim they are helping their family members feel better. That is a lie, but it is a lie that is told more often than those of us would like to see. It will also show how the rich use those like the Mob to help keep the poor in line so they can remain poor. I will give you my rating at the end of this review. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn.



Hello everyone, welcome to the Mattacritic. This is Matthew Hemenway. In this episode of the Mattacritic, I will be reviewing and analyzing the CW’s Gotham Knights Season 1 that is currently on Max formerly known as HBO Max. I am sure there are those that still want to call Max HBO Max, I get it, I sometimes will do that, but remember it is now called Max. The series will begin with Bruce Wayne being murdered and being shown that he was Bat Man. His adopted son Turner Hayes finds out after Bruce Wayne was murdered that he was Bat Man. Bat Man did not tell Turner Hayes his adopted son because he wanted to give him as normal a life as he can. Turner Hayes along with three criminals are framed for the murder of Bat Man. This series will have a Fugitive feel as well as talk about how easy it is for the rich to infiltrate every faction of society that they can. The main villain will be the Court of Owls who are the rich and powerful who want to keep things as they are as they know that those that stay poor, it is easier to control them, and crime is big business. The series will talk about substance abuse and those who are supposed to love their family members will enable those family members to stay addicted to what they are as those individuals will claim they are helping their family members feel better. That is a lie, but it is a lie that is told more often than those of us would like to see. It will also show how the rich use those like the Mob to help keep the poor in line so they can remain poor. I will give you my rating at the end of this review. I hope this episode will inspire you to read, watch, and learn.

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As was mentioned before, Bruce Wayne is murdered by the Court of Owls and was wearing his Bat Man mask at the time of his murder. Turner Hayes along with Duela, Harper Row and her brother Cullen Row get framed for the murder of Bruce Wayne who everyone in Gotham City finds out he was Bat Man. Bruce Wayne had his adopted son Turner Hayes learn Martial Arts, Fencing, and to be able to use line of sight so he can figure out where things are when he needs to. Turner Hayes is great at using a sword, but he is not a bad fighter. Duela because of her connection to the Joker, was going to sell the watch of the Court of Owls to someone but finds out it is a double-cross. Turner Hayes along with Harper Row, and her brother must rescue her. This is when they were stealing Bruce Wayne’s journal out of Wayne Tower, and Bruce Wayne was getting close to finding out who the Court of Owls were, and this is why he was murdered as well as what he was planning to do with his will. They also get help from Carrie Kelly who is 15 years old in this story and is a female Robin who happens to be of African American descent. Carrie Kelly rescued them when crooked police officers (cops) were going to kill Turner Hayes, Duela, Harper Row, and her brother Cullen Row and kept them from being killed. The Court of Owls were looking for Patsies as Eddie Valiant would have said in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This is exactly what they are as they are scapegoats. They are meant to make their time for them. The evidence is pointing to them. A book I read recently called Running Girls can dispute that. In that story, Frank Randall was framed for killing his wife, Annie Randall. That sounds remarkably like The Fugitive, the movie that came out in 1993 that starred Harrison Ford. Frank Randall’s DNA showed up on his wife, and after a new person is killed in that book, he is assumed to be the new suspect. What ends up happening is that another family member who shares his DNA is killing these people. This is exactly what is happening here. Evidence can lie.

Harvey Dent, who is the DA, is searching for the truth in this story. He wants to find the truth, and he is Bruce Wayne’s best friend. He just does not want to follow the evidence, he knows it is lying, and everything is not what it appears to be. Harvey Dent is struggling with who he is. The series will show him losing time and not remembering what happened. It is as he struggles with memory loss that is hard to explain. What will happen is that he struggles with a personality disorder. He is suffering from the same as Marc Specter who is Moon Knight which is a series which I reviewed before. Marc Specter suffers from dissociative identity disorder and this series calls it identity dysmorphia. It is an actual disorder that means that Marc Specter has multiple personalities. This is what is happening to Harvey Dent in this series. Marc Specter has up to three different personalities that are shown in the Moon Knight comics, and he is also Stephen Grant and Jake Lockley. Stephen is the more reasonable of personalities, but Jake Lockley is the more psychotic one. The personality does not have a name. That side of Harvey Dent is more violent, and it came out when he was a child. The series will show Harvey Dent becoming this other person once a particular note is played on a piano. This is what triggered Marc Specter becoming Stephen Grant because of his mother abusing him after she blamed him for leading his brother in a cave and his brother drowned and Marc Specter was lucky to survive, and this also caused the other personality of Jake Lockley to come out as well. Harvey Dent was getting abused by his father and this caused his other personality to come out. Harvey Dent tells the psychologist that he saw that his father would be kind, then all the sudden he would become someone else. She told him, if you had this problem, it would have happened when you were a child. It did and like Marc Specter the other personality was not aware of the others until Harvey Dent saw the video of that personality telling him that it is possible. That personality told him to take 17 pills, so that he could learn the truth about himself. That personality told him he did things that he thought he could never do. This includes murder.

The series will show people getting exhorted for the profits they made just so they would not have their businesses trashed or destroyed. There is an episode in the 1990’s Spider-Man cartoon show that was called Chapter V of the Sins of the Fathers which was considered season 3 of the 1990’s Spider-Man cartoon show. In that episode, criminals were trashing a store and threatened the store owner if she did not pay, that they would bring her store to the ground. This was a good example of what exhortation is. This is what these criminals do to get the owner of the Bar to pay. This is not the State Bar, this is a Bar that serves alcohol, or some could serve food. They are short and these criminals decide to torch the place. This means they will burn the place down for failing to not have enough money to pay their bills. The Gotham Knights learn about exhortation, and this leads them to the mob that was helping the Court of Owls funnel the cash they need. They will find a book that has a cipher, and you need to know what book they used. Stephanie Brown, who is Turner Hayes’ best friend has been helping Turner Hayes along with Duela, Harper Row, and Cullen Row to clear their names. Stephanie Brown will go to her father that runs the Quiz Bowl. He tells her, you will figure it out my little Sherlock. This told her that she needed to look for a classic book. The cipher is from that book. It will allow them to find out where the money is going to. The book will not be what one thinks it will be. It will be completely different than one thinks it will be.

Stephanie Brown is the daughter of Arthur Brown and Crystal Brown. Stephanie’s mother Crystal is the one that has substance abuse problems. She cannot stop drinking, and she wants to take as many pills as she can as she claims that she is in too much pain. This is remarkably like Dope Sick that reviewed, that series showed how bad addiction is and how one can become a different person once one becomes addicted to a particular substance. Her father Arthur Brown claims that we need to help Crystal to get over her pain by giving her pills. That is a lie. All he is doing is helping to feed her addiction, and she needs to quit cold turkey. Stephanie flushed the pills down the toilet, and no one thought they had been in health class, this is what must happen to get that individual out of this addiction he or she suffers from. Arthur Brown is an enabler and will keep doing this even if it is illegal to do so. This is not right, and Stephanie Brown is the only one here in the Brown family willing to do what is right here, and to help her friend Turner Hayes.

The series will show that the rich and powerful like the Court of Owls do not care who they hurt if they can keep their wealth and power. The individual who oversees the court is not one who thinks it is. It is believed to be one person, but it is not. It will surprise the viewer who is running the Court of Owls. This person wants to do this and does not care who he or she hurts. Who is the leader of the Court of Owls? Please leave your answer in the comment section below. The Court of Owls is after a rock that can allow a person to live forever. The rock will have radioactive properties, and it will show how bad radiation poisoning can be as one of the Gotham Knights will have to help so that the individual does not die.

As not to revealed, nothing more will be revealed here. It does bring the viewer to the climax of this season and set up another season in the Gotham Knights series.

I will give you, my rating. I give Gotham Knights Season 1, a 10 out of 10. It was overly complex, and it talked about a lot of serious issues that needed to be discussed. It dealt with exhortation, corruption, addiction, and multiple personalities. It had a lot of meat to this series, and it helps the viewer to understand these characters better and these issues. There are rich people in the United States looking for absolute control over everything. They believe that the poor do not deserve to have any opportunity to get out of poverty. There are those like Bruce Wayne that want to help people and that is why he became Bat Man in the first place. The Gotham Knights are fighting the battle he started and hope they can live up to the legacy that he left behind. If there are those willing to fight the corrupt, they may be dead physically, but their spirit will remain. This is the best way that people can do to honor as that came before them. The important thing is for those who care about what is happening in the United States is stand up and fight. It does not man, you must pick up a weapon and fight, it may mean protesting, organizing events, or voting. Exercising everything you can within a democracy is always the best thing anyone can do. There are people that would like the United States not to be a democracy and one must be aware even when there feels there is no hope, or you cannot beat them, that is what evil wants you to do. One must resist evil and fight it. This is how one beats evil by doing just that. It is too bad this series was cancelled because the series hit on issues that need to be talked about like how rich people use their money to get what they want, substance abuse, and how even dispute that there are those out there that want to do the right thing.

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Reference: CW’s Gotham Knights on Max. www.max.com

Reference: Dopesick Series on Hulu: www.hulu.com

Reference: Spider-Man Cartoon series (1994 to 1997): https://www.disneyplus.com/series/spider-man/5IOvHdSZO9kv

Reference: The Fugitive (1993)

Reference: Marvel Studios Moon Knight series on Disney+: https://www.disneyplus.com/series/moon-knight/4S3oOF1knocS

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