Review: Gotham

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9 Stars!

Introduction

Four episodes might be to few to tell if this show is going to be any good or not in the long run, but if even if it keeps only a fraction of the quality it has shown so far it will still be a show worth watching. Its not an origin story of Batman the same way Smallville was of Superman. It might show some of the reasons why Bruce Wayne later becomes Batman, but he is not the main character in Gotham. It`s more a story about the city itself, its criminals, corruption and how Commissioner Gordon’s earlier days as a homicide investigator was. I really love superhero stuff, so I might be a bit biased in my views, and I`m not into the comic books so I cant say anything about how it compares to the.

Likes

I really like the setting and mood of the show. Dark, gritty, crime fighting and full of corruption. It is also interesting that it is when Bruce Wayne is a child and long before he become Batman. The actors playing Gordon and Bullock is also a very good fit and they play good together. This show is full of interesting an strange characters that all batman fans know from before.

Dislikes

Hmm… Nothing at this point.

Plot

Detective James Gordon is a new recruit to Gotham City Police Department. He is partnered up with Harvey Bullock by Captain Sarah Essen. Gordons first case as a new Homocide detective is the high profile case of the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Harvey Bullock takes Gordon with him to the mobster Fish Mooney for intel on the murder. This is Gordons first real first-hand experience with Gotham`s corruption and the polices blind eye to its organized criminal elements. During Gordon`s work in Gotham City Police Department he gets to know the cities main criminals like Carmine Falcone and his underling Fish Mooney, and some of the future big wigs like Oswald Cobblepot and others not jet revealed.

Setting

Gotham is a dark gothic city full of criminals and corrupted politicians. Its a mix of modern and old technology and architecture that creates a unique noire like feeling. Their desks are old fashion dark hard wood with black old phones on them, but they still uses newish celphones of the flip kind and old computers instead of typewriters. Most of the cars looks like they are from the 70s or 80s but most of their cloths looks like they are a modernized version of the 50s fashion. All this is actually melded together so seamlessly that it you don’t really think any of this is strange.

Themes

The main themes in Gotham is crime fighting, corruption and organized crimes. In this cesspool of corruption called Gotham City Police Department we have one lone honourable guy trying to do his best to fight corruption and organized criminals.

Characters

Gotham is full of characters that Batman fans have heard about. Popular crime fighters and notorious criminals.

James Gordon

James Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) is a detective at Gotham City Police Department. He is trying get rid of the corruption at the Gotham City Police Department and the city as whole, but will he instead be corrupted himself?

Last I saw Ben McKenzie was in The O.C. He did a great job there and he is still doing a great job in Gotham.

Harvey Bullock

Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) Gordon’s partner, a corrupt and brutish detective that is not above giving out beating to get confessions. He is secretly allied with Carmine Falcone and his underling Fish Mooney. He is frequently using Fish Money as a source to get intel on criminals not affiliated with Falcone, a little tit for tat in favours.

Bruce Wayne

Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is just a child in this series, he has jet to become Batman. He was with his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, when they where murdered. The hitman chose not to kill him. Bruce is a recuring character in this show, but he is not a main character.

Alfred Pennyworth

Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) is the Wayne`s butler and when Thomas and Martha Wayne is murdered he become guardian over Bruce.

Sarah Essen

Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara) is the Captain of the Gotham City Police Department homicide squad and the boss of James Gordon and Harvey Bullock. She is also in Falcone`s pocket, like most of the other cops.

Barbara Kean

Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) is James Gordon`s fiancée, and “friend” with Renee Montoya.

Edward Nygma

Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) is a coroner and forensics operative who works for the Gotham City Police Department and he like to presents his information in riddles. He is not a big part of the show, yet…

Oswald Cobblepot

Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is a mobster and like a son to Fish Mooney. His strange way of walking have given him the nickname Penguin by the other thugs, which is a name he really hates. He later get in some trouble with Fish Mooney where he barley survives, but he is a crafty fucker who is tenacious in his goal of reaching to the top.

Selina Kyle

Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) is a young thief with cat like reflexes and the fitting nickname cat who witnessed the murder Waynes. She has a talent for both getting her self inn and out of trouble.

Fish Mooney

Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is a female mob leader, under Carmine Falcone. She intends on making a power grab and move up to the top. She controls Gotham’s theatre district and she has a good relationship with Detective Bullock who often uses her for information in exchange for him looking the other way n her dealings.

Carmine Falcone

Carmine Falcone (John Doman) is a Mafia Boss and businessman who is Fish Mooney’s superior. He is the most powerful person in Gotham and has many members of both the Gotham City government and the Gotham City Police Department on his payroll.

Renee Montoya

Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) is a detective in the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department. She and her partner Crispus Allen is also trying to shut-down the corruption in Gotham City Police Department, and tshe have it out for Gordon believing him to be a corrupt cop to.

Crispus Allen

Crispus Allen (Andrew Stewart-Jones) is a detective in the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department and he is Renee Montoya`s partner.

Conclusion

I know some people dislikes the story. Many of them argue that it is to different from the Batman storeys they know or that there are no Batman, Joker, Riddler and so on in the story. First of, there already exist a concept of Multiverse where different versions of the characters and storeys exist in different universe. It really is no big deal if this story changes from the old ones as long as most of the core concepts still are there. This show is not suposed to be purely about Batman, it`s a story about Gotham and its criminal elements and it centres around Gordon. Still, there are signs of Batman, Catwoman and some of the crazy criminals, but it is still early in their life. Maybe we get to see some of them in full action later, who knows. It might happen because of the multiverse concept.

I love Gotham, it is so far really good. I might not have found any thing I really disliked about the show, but it has not enough positive things that I like to give it full pot, yet. I really hope they are able to keep this show going just as strong as it has so far and that it will last for many seasons to come.


Item Reviewed

Gotham
Actors:
  • Ben McKenzie as James Gordon
  • Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock
  • David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne
  • Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth
  • Zabryna Guevara as Sarah Essen
  • Erin Richards as Barbara Kean
  • Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma
  • Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot
  • Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle
  • Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney
  • Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya
  • Andrew Stewart-Jones as Crispus Allen
  • John Doman as Carmine Falcone
Published:
Publisher: FOX
Status: Ongoing
Episodes: 4
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller,
Language: English
  • The city in this show is so cool! Catwoman’s a good character already too. It’s fun spotting characters that will later be someone. Sometimes it’s a bit over the top, like with the weather balloons, but that’s forgivable for me as long as I’m still entertained, and I am.

    • I also love spotting characters than later will become big wigs. Penguin have a big part in the show already, but it looks like the Riddler also might get a bigger part. And the creators has promised more to come.