Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Some Quick Thoughts on 'Gotham'

Fox's Batman show without Batman debuted this past Monday and, surprisingly, Gotham isn't the worst thing to ever happen to The Dark Knight. In fact, it's really not that all that bad.

The pilot centered around the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne as Detectives James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) delve into Gotham's underbelly to uncover who's behind the plot. Thus far, we've seen a suitably dichotomous relationship between the virtuous Gordon and the jaded Bullock, a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) grappling with fear and the introduction of such iconic Batman nemeses as The Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, who's inexplicably named "Ivy Pepper" and not Pamela Isley here. We've also met a mob boss named Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), who's an original character created for the series, so we shouldn't get too attached to her.

Gotham is going to have a serious problem keeping things interesting, since it's essentially just a run-of-the-mill cop show set in the DC Universe, but it doesn't deserve any geek rage just yet. Hell, Gotham's better than pretty much every DC comic book that hit shelves this week — hollow praise, I know.

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