Gotham: S1E1 “Pilot”

7.5 Overall Score
Storyline: 8/10
Characters: 7/10
Arch: 7/10

DC Comics has been ramping it up on television to try to gain ground on Marvel’s movie empire. I get it – you target viewers that you can make an impression through on a weekly basis. (Don’t necessarily agree, but that’s for another column). When I first heard about Gotham, I thought it was a cool concept that may had tried to shed a different light on the origin story of one Bruce Wayne. I mean, we’ve seen it MANY times now, but not as in depth as this show would portray. As we all know what the end game will be (I mean, come one), but there’s flexibility on how to get there.

Enter Fox’s new show which with be viewed through the eyes of Jim Gordon (Ben Mckenzie) as we see the destruction of Gotham itself. Mckenzie goes a good job in portraying the do-gooder Gordon (not yet commissioner) as he sees the threads of the Gotham police department start to splice due to corruption. His partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) is the perfect bookend to Mckenzie’s character. Here you have cops who are polar opposites at the spectrum as their relationship hints at the overall direction of the series.

The dynamic between young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Gordon is interesting because you can see the inklings of their future relationship already. Gordon is already informing a kid of a conspiracy and corruption with the policy. I mean, he doesn’t really have a mask on yet man. For a show that is supposed to have Bruce Wayne be a backdrop – that’s a pretty subtle hint.

This is going to be a different “Batman” that we used to see. No gadgets, no bat-mobile. The aesthetics of the show are great as they personify the dark times with the lack of light. I don’t want to say CSI:Batman but, you know. It’s going to be an all out war with villains trying to take their collective cuts. Before every rise, there has to be a breaking point and with Gotham especially after the murders of Bruce’s parents is notability on the cusp. While we see the villains that ultimately are going to lead the charge in Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Carmine Falcone (John Doman), the real star was Robin Lord Taylor‘s portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot. You start to see the insane and visceral nature of his character. (minus the monocle and penguin shape).

One can argue that “Penguin”s character is on a similar arch as Bruce Wayne in coming into who they are. Not to say that he will be the lead villain, there are so many players. I was also fan of the easter eggs that happened throughout the show. I don’t want to give too many away (pssstt…the dancers, comedian?). You’ll just have to re-watch the episode. They are good as long as they don’t go all Spiderman on us and try to cram TOO many characters in. It will take away from the show and I’m pretty sure it will get renewed for a 2nd season.

I think there is a good groundwork here for a story to utilize a lot of characters especially with DC shows that has previously gone into the tool shed (Smallville, Arrow). Is it perfect? no. Am I intrigued to still watch? Yup.


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Author: Murjani Rawls View all posts by
Journalist, Self-published author of five books, podcast host, and photographer since 2014, Murjani Rawls has been stretching the capabilities of his creativity and passions, Rawls has as a portfolio spanning through many mediums including music, television, movies, and more. Operating out of the New York area, Rawls has photographed over 200+ artists spanning many genres, written over 700 articles ranging displaying his passionate aspirations to keep evolving as his years in media continue.

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