Crime-Ridden Cleanup

Name: Gotham
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Year: 2014 – 2019
Seasons: 1 – 5

Back in 2014, the most highly talked about, most promising new tv show was Gotham hit our screens with high production value and a expertly assembled cast. Anyone who loves DC superheroes and the Batman comics or movies, will have watched Gotham. The more you know about the Batman universe the more fun the show is, with connections, storylines and easter eggs planted throughout the script. But it’s not only for the hardcore nerds, it’s also a good action-packed cop drama keeping you engaged from the start.

We all know the story of Gotham. The true beginning on the Dark Knight, Batman. Gotham follows detective Jim Gordon, trying to clean up the crime-ridden Gotham. Pretty much a perfect layout for a cop drama. The series opens up with the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents in an alley. MARTHAAA! Anyways… the first episode follows the search for the killer. We start to meet iconic characters that become series familiars: Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin, Edward Nygma aka The Riddler, Ivy Pepper aka Poison Ivy and Selina Kyle aka Catwoman to name a few. We also meet new characters created for the show such as Fish Mooney, the strong tough gangster trying to take control of the city.

At the beginning the cast and crew are still getting their footing, folding to the scripting that needs to cram in a lot of information to direct the audience into the new universe of darkness. But what works well with Gotham is that most iconic characters don’t need too much of an introduction, allowing the series to jump straight into the action.

From the beginning of season one the show is well-paced giving the audience a glimpse behind the masks of the long-familiar characters showing us their human sides. Season two starts the rise of the villains with Gotham falling into more their hands than the GCPD. Season three turns Jim Gordon into a bounty hunter, collecting the experimented escapees of Indian Hill. Heading into season four I found it hard to keep watching. The narrative overload made the storylines too confusing and pointless, with predicable cliffhangers throughout. But the fourth season ends perfectly, delivering strongly the transition of Bruce to his superhero vigilante alter ego. Gotham’s fifth and final season takes full advantage of the colourful characters in one big free-for-all. With so many iconic characters on one screen, that we’ve grown to love and hate throughout the show, give this show the perfect climatic ending.

Here are some of the iconic characters we meet throughout the seasons:

  • Oswald Cobblepot aka Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor)
  • Edward Nygma aka Riddler (Cory Michael Smith)
  • Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee)
  • James Gordon (Ben McKenzie)
  • Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue)
  • Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz)
  • Selina Kyle aka Catwoman (Camren Bicondova)
  • Ra’s al Ghul (Alexander Siddig)
  • Barbara Kean (Erin Richards)
  • Jervis Tetch aka Mad Hatter (Benedict Samuel)
  • Leslie Thompkins aka Lee (Morena Baccarin)
  • Tabitha Galavan aka The Tigress (Jessica Lucas)
  • Ivy Pepper aka Poison Ivy (Clare Foley, Maggie Geha, Peyton List)
  • Butch Gilzean aka Solomon Grundy (Drew Powell)

The visuals of the series look beautiful delivering a timeless mixture of gothic noir and urban decay that somehow displays the city of darkness without being physically too dark as to obscure the picture. The acting itself is great all around. The cast is very diverse giving the show the ability to please all members of the audience. We have Jim Gordon that comes across as a decent man without making him seem simple or naive. Then we have characters like Fish Mooney the tough and sexy gangster leader, who doesn’t come across as cheesy. The character Alfred has had a revamp, showing us a more mercenary and sophisticated side to what we’re used to. Young Bruce Wayne and young Selina Kyle’s characters are the two that develop the most throughout the seasons, showing maturity that most child actors cannot achieve.

Gotham is dark and mysterious, it’s done well, and would recommend any Batman fan to stick with the series when it gets slow, because the final season is totally worth the bumpy ride.

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