Gotham Pilot Review
Here’s a rundown of the Characters we already know:
James Gordon- Jim Gordon has always been a favorite, and with an actor like Ben Mackenzie playing him, who can’t love him? I like that there is an obvious parallel between Jim, and the future Bruce Wayne (batman). They’re morals and ethics are parallel, in that they both recognize right from wrong, and both are ‘juctice hungry’.
Bruce Wayne- it’s nice to see a young Bruce Wayne learning to ‘conquer’ fear, although seeing him like this makes me wish I could fast forward to when he starts wearing his cowl and cape. Obviously, as a Batman fan, this is what makes the show a bit UNappealing. It’s even harder the more they tease at baby Bruce’s future with the heavy foreshadowing.
But, for the sake of the show –the only way I can manage to give this a fighting chance, is if I set all of that aside and focus on the plot at hand. I have already heard complaints about the show, and this is the reasoning behind it. But considering the story thus far, I believe there is a lot of potential to the show, and I’m going to try super hard to stick with it.
Selina Kyle- Catwoman… regarding her several different types of origin stories, we don’t really see much of how she came to be (at least not yet). She’s already wearing leather, and has already started stealing as a kid. I’m very excited to see how her story would unravel –and I’m so glad she’s got the goggles!
Alfred Pennyworth –This is not your usual version of Alfred. Although he may not be the kind, familiar version, we’ve seen this ‘tough-as-nails/ex-marine” version of him before. (Think: Batman –Earth One). Only thing that might bother me (although I could try to get used to it) is that accent. Is Alfred suddenly Australian? When did that happen?
Edward Nigma- Some might have found the idea of the Riddler helping out Gotham PD as somewhat out of place. However, we did get a short mention of him working as a police consultant in cybercrime for the GCPD in the video game Batman: Arkham Origins.
Ivy Pepper –Ok, so we all know they got the name wrong …right? A lot of us were outraged at the posters of Ivy Pepper, when we know Poison Ivy has always been Pamela Eisley. We still don’t know why they changed the name, of what they could possibly say to justify this. Disregarding the name-change. We did see lots of plants in the ‘Pepper’ household, and a justified reason for ‘Ivy’ to rise up as a future crime lord. Which makes me wonder how they’re going to carry out the character’s future on the show? Will she really be able to control her leafy ‘babies’ –or will this be more realistic, and Ivy will end up being a homicidal gardener?
Oswald Cobblepot- While this is no pre-crisis penguin, it is very clear that Oswald in this series is out for himself. Obviously he’ll be out for revenge against Fish Mooney for wrecking his legs. But it still leaves us open to a world of questions… the main one being, when’s he getting his umbrella gun?
Fish Mooney under Falcone. We know Falcone from the comics (think: The Roman), but of course, Fish Mooney is a brand new character, created specifically for the show –how will this power tug-of-war turn out? what will be the outcome? These things are quite unclear as of now. Although I can see a pretty awesome gang war between the two with Penguin becoming a clear enemy to both, things can escalade fairly quickly.
The Awesome References:
*”Meet me at Fourth and Grundy in an hour,” –literally after these words were spoken, my boyfriend and I shouted out, “BORN ON A MONDAY”. (you know what we’re talking about-wink*wink)
*Gotham Clock Tower- The future Barbara Gordon living in what looks like a clocktower –this could easily be a quick reference to the future of her daughter, Barbara Gordon, working as the Oracle out of the Gotham Cloctower.
* ‘bad comedian’ A Killing Joke Parallel? The horrible comedian roots of the Joker –did we get a glipse of that while Fish Mooney decided to beat down Oswald Cobblepot’s legs? Honestly, I wouldn’t mind that! –except that Fish Mooney made a big deal about how funny this comedian was, while on the Killing Joke, the joker’s roots weren’t so comedic.
*Harleyquinn reference- Fish Mooney’s ‘casino’ location –the girls practicing on the stage were oddly dressed like Harley Quinn with black and red, and pig tailed hair styles.
Coincidence? I think not.
*Arkham Games- Okay, so this is another visual reference, and I’m not quite sure if this was done on purpose or not.. but, did any of you notice how similar the inside of GCPD looks in comparison to the GCPD in the Batman: Arkham games. I think it’s no coincidence, and as a fan I appreciate these subtle fingerprints that help us fans process the same consistency in a new show.
Regarding the look of Gotham city –I love that 20s-40s film noire background of all the scenes. And I like that –just like other batman cartoons/comics, we don’t really have a specific time frame –which I like.
As I mentioned above, the downside to having a batmanverse show like this is …well, when do we get to the Batman part?! And such anxiety leaves us Batman fans frustrated at not seeing our beloved Batman, forcing us to hate the show before we even give it a chance.
Sure this reasoning doesn’t justify anything to those who aren’t really into Batman to begin with. But, this show is targeted at the bat-fans, and that’s the problem.
So, what I’m focusing on is trying to set the batman plotline aside, and focus on the episode at hand; One episode at a time.
The overall plot so far has promised us a possible crime war about to erupt in the already broken city of Gotham. How will the police handle this? And will Bullock’s crooked ways be discovered? This is something that I’m anticipating to see. And frankly, I’ll be tuning in to find out.
My overall score: six out of ten.
So far, so good. But I really need something super exciting to distract me from the fact that my favorite caped crusader is still a little kid.