Published on October 14th, 2014 | by SgtKaiju0
Gotham – ‘Pilot’ – Review
Holy Reboot Batman!
Gotham is a show that comes to the small screen with a large set of assumptions and expectations. Most of us have seen the rise and fall and rise and fall of the Batman movie franchise, the nostalgic 1960’s show. Some of us have read the comics, played the games, seen the animations. We come to this show with prejudged expectations, it is impossible to judge outside of that.
It opens, as expected, with the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents. From there we are quickly introduced to the main players, Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. Harvey is the gruff, experienced cop, Jim is naive rookie. Both Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie seem well cast for this, Donal’s world-weariness tinged with a streak of a good man, Ben’s resolute faith slowed coming to odds with the reality of policing Gotham. It is there relationship that the pilot (and we can assume the series as a whole) hangs and it certainly seems a strong base.
From there we move onto the wider rogues gallery that makes up Gotham . We get Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen of the Major Crimes Unit, Edward Nigma as a CSI Officer and Oswald Cobblepot as a mafia henchman, as well as glimpses of a your Catwoman and a young Poison Ivy. All these seem well cast and tread that line between serious and comic that a show about a billionaire playboy in a bat suit must. The only two mis-casting seem to be Cory Micheal Smith as Nigma, who is far to reminiscent of Batman Begin’s Scarecrow and Sean Pertwee as Alfred, seemingly from a different show entirely.
The plot is strong if a little patchwork. The mystery of the Wayne’s murder dominates and will most likely run through the seaon but the pilot seemed to concerned with showing us its whole hand than running a tight ship. We get all the main players, all the comicbook characters. At best this a over-enthusiastic ‘look at all the cool shit we have’ script, but at worst it is a cynical approach offering up all the ‘names’ to draw in crowds, to give us so many options that something will stick with the audience.
All in all, a good start to a show that could have easily cracked under the pressure. I’m intrigued to see how it’s going to develop across the series but it’s focus away from Batman and on Jim Gordon is certainly good sign.