May 14 2015

Gotham Season 1 Review!!

READ ONLY IF YOU WATCHED THE EPISODE!!

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It has all come down to this! Gotham has wrapped up its fledgling season and going out with a bang! Literally! The second half of the season played out like the “Godfather” films crossed with the “Sopranos”. Carmine Falcone is the old mob boss looking to retire but not without leaving the care of his empire in the hands of someone he can trust. He is a mobster with a conscience. He loves his city and doesn’t want to see it go to waste. Maroney is one of several people looking to unseat Falcone. He seeks to rule Gotham, not run it. Fish Mooney is night club owner who has stake on an area in downtown and wants to prove that she can run Gotham better than both Falcone and Maroney. This power struggle played in the background of James Gordon’s and Penguin’s rise in the GCPD and criminal underworld respectively. Jim Gordon is as no nonsense as they come. He has grown tired of the corruption within the GCPD and Gotham itself. He starts out straight laced but soon realizes that being the nice cop is not going to cut it. At times, he has shown that he can be nearly as ruthless as the criminals he deals with. He will stand up to and take any one who operates above the law, even if that someone is his boss, Commissioner Loeb. He may get the chance now that Carmine Falcone has retired and entrusts Gotham to Jim. Penguin started out as a lackey but secretly worked his way up through deception and manipulation. His schemes worked with all those who belittled him dead, Don Maroney killed by Fish Mooney who is then killed by Penguin. Now there is no one to stand in the way of Oswald Cobblepot.

Main cast (L to R): Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Oswald "Penguin" Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz)

Main cast (L to R): Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), Edward Nigma (Cory Michael Smith), Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz)

Growth and development go to Bruce Wayne as well who started out as panty waist before slowly molding himself into the great detective he is destined to become. He has shown to have great insight for his young age. At times, it’s easy to forget that he is just a kid coming of age. Bruce will have unsure feelings towards the opposite sex as with his friendship with Selina Kyle which pretty much plays out the same as their familiar adult counterparts. She helps Bruce toughen up in her own way since she is depicted as an orphan living on the harsh streets. Selina is a key player in Bruce’s life since she is the only witness to his parents’ murder, though she has refused to divulge this information. Ever the father figure, Alfred Pennyworth will ensure that the young master will become the man his father wanted him to be but he will support Bruce in his endeavors even if he disagrees at times. With Selina, Alfred and Jim Gordon in his life, Bruce will continue to grow and mature into the thing that criminals will fear.

Speaking the criminals, the early beginnings of some recognizable faces have been given an update that is well scripted and told out that same in Gotham. Edward Nigma as a forensics scientist who speaks in riddles is funny in itself. He tends to butt heads with Bullock who finds him annoying, bringing light humor to the show’s gritty atmosphere. Other baddies have been referenced as well such as Bane’s Venom formula, Johnathan Crane who was shown the meaning of fear by his father portrayed by “Warlock” actor Julian Sands and the Red Hood. The Joker was teased in an episode that was supposed to be the finale before more episodes were ordered. Would have been the talk of the town all summer long had that happened. Overall, Gotham has impressed with each episode being better than the last with shocking moments that left you speechless. Remember when Fish Mooney gouged out her eye with a spoon? Still haven’t picked my jaw up. Gotham was renewed on January 16 for a second season, giving us more insight into the characters influencing Bruce Wayne’s life, and which villains will get the Gotham treatment. Hugo Strange, anyone.

Also, I’m still waiting on Carol Kane to hit someone with a toaster!