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Gotham: Episode One

By on October 14, 2014


Gotham. Where to begin? It was exhilarating, it was violent, it was twists galore, it was beautifully acted and it was pretty much perfect for a pilot episode, which are usually lacking in the quality department, let’s face it.

But Bruno Heller has clearly thought about this properly. Unlike Marvel’s Agents of Shield, it didn’t rely on actors already known from the movies. It took these much-loved DC characters, cast some brilliant NEW actors and made the TV show an entire unique and exciting beast. And the story had been clearly thought about. It was delicately woven together, linking villain to villain and hero to hero in the kind of depth you get from shows like Game of Thrones and, more historically, Heroes. It was clear the foundations were being set up for some very unsettling and twisted future episodes, and that in itself was exceedingly exciting.

The show begins by focusing in on a young Jim Gordon portrayed by Ben Mckenzie. Although I found his character quite wooden at first, it wasn’t long before Mckenzie warmed up and settled into his role. Backed by the wonderful Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, who still has me shivering from his portrayal of Lee Torric in Sons of Anarchy, the stage was set for epic proportions of drama to be born and the episode did not fail to deliver.

Starting with the murder of Bruce  Wayne’s parents, which acted as a nice little introduction to the twisted place that is Gotham city, the episode led the viewer on a wild goose chase into a good old classic ‘Who done it’ plot, and perhaps into the not so classic, ‘Are the police actually in on this too?’  scenario, which made for an intriguing beginning to the show.

As the show continued and we progressed  further into the depths of Gotham, I enjoyed the introduction of what I am going to call ‘Villains Before Their Time.’ It was fun sitting and pointing them out whilst feeling like some kind of genius. ‘Ooh! There’s the Riddler! And the Penguin! And that one’s Cat Woman! Oh, and could that little girl be Poison Ivy?’ And it’s safe to say I can’t wait to see how these characters develop to become the villains we all know and love today.

But for me, it was Robin Lord Taylor’s portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin), that excited me the most. He was constructed out of a delicious mix of insanity and anger, and played the part so convincingly that when I saw a look-alike of him the following day, I momentarily feared for my safety.

There were few downsides to this show, and in my opinion any plot holes (I’ll leave you to notice, or not notice, these yourselves) could be forgiven. Gotham is, after all, a fictional city. I think people would do well to remember that when going into this series. If Heller was trying to put Batman in the real world, he would have done that. There’s a reason Gotham is a fictional place, and that is to allow room for the fictional to flourish.

Heller left the episode wide open when it eventually drew to a delicious close. The avenues in which the show can branch into if it so desires are innumerable. And with such a wealth of villains stashed away for a rainy day, it seems unlikely that Gotham will be slowing down any time soon.


8 out of 10.

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