Once again it’s television premiere season in television land. This year we’re seeing a bunch of comic inspired shows, including two notable DC properties coming to the small screen in the forms of The Flash (which I am quite excited about) and Gotham of which I’ve been able to catch both the Pilot and the second episode that was titled Selina Kyle through the joy of an iTunes Season Pass.
Originally I kind of shrugged off the idea of this television show. I figured that it was going down a road that is well travelled over the years in the comics. I should note that I felt very much the same way about Gotham as I did when I heard that Captain America: The First Avenger was going to be a period piece.
While Gotham remains set in the modern time, I did find myself enjoying the show. Minus the fact that they crammed in every major and minor character into the pilot, I thought that it was a relatively well thought out storyline that stayed true to the comic cannon in the most vital aspects. I did like the addition of Fish Mooney, but not really a fan of the father of future Poison Ivy being the patsy for the Wayne murders. That whole arc seemed out of place
What I really enjoyed was the corrupt personality the city permeates. There has always been an overtly theme of governmental and organizational evils being a major source of conflict in the entire Batman storyline, and Gotham is no different. For that matter, the pinnacle moment highlights Jim Gordon‘s acute awareness of perception when he fraudulently executes Oswald Cobblepot on the pier. Creating this reputation of corruptness while unknowingly releasing into the wild one of the most dangerous men in the city, was a moment of utter darkness for both the man and the city in the light of day. Yet it was absolutely true to the character on multiple levels and foreshadowing the events of The Dark Knight.
The second episode titled “Selina Kyle” and featuring the future incarnation of Cat Woman continues the corruption of the city with a pair of human traffickers targeting the homeless children of Gotham. This episode, although not as violent, definitely treads into darker territory while highlighting the urban failings of every city in America to protect and care for it’s youngest citizens who find themselves lacking proper support. The entire scene where they are herded into clearly yellow school buses marked “Corrections” spoke volumes as to the true nature of Gotham, it’s establishments, and the motives of it’s empowered.
What don’t I like about the show? I think that it’s throwing a lot out there early on. Having already seen the Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Cat Woman in the Pilot alone was a bit unnerving. I get it that they want to establish it clearly in the Batmanverse, but I was a much bigger fan of Arrow‘s slow pacing than the gluttony of future super villainy. I also don’t care for the Australian version of Alfred Pennyworth they seem to be slamming down our gullets. His outburst with the young Bruce Wayne in the second episode is very uncharacteristic of the traditional character. Trying to intertwine Jim Gordon with young Bruce Wayne seems to be forced at the very best. I think it would almost be wiser to make a young Wayne appearance scarcer, and therefore more important.
Overall, it’s a good show. Although seemingly not quite as well thought out and paced as Arrow or Agents Of Shield, but there is still time for it to catch it’s groove and make it’s mark.