Tuesday, September 23, 2014

‘Gotham’ is Dark and Intriguing

Review of the TV show "Gotham."
(L-R) Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards,
Zabryna Guevara, Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Cory Michael Smith,
 Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee. (FOX)
Will viewers tune in for a TV show that focuses on everything that is Batman, except the caped crusader himself? Apparently yes. FOX’s new DC Comics TV show, Gotham premiered last night, September 22, with eight million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 according to Entertainment Weekly. Will they keep coming back? That remains to be seen.

Gotham isn’t for the casual Joe; it is created with the comic book fan in mind. It continues the dark tone that is so prevalent with the more recent DC Comics movies and is a sharp contrast to the less serious, Agents of SHIELD TV show on ABC. It doesn’t have an origin story – the show is the origin story. If that isn’t your thing, you might want to skip it. However, the pilot gave a very intriguing performance that will probably hook those who saw it.
The pilot episode of Gotham is cram-packed with disturbed individuals who will become super-villains in the future and other characters. You might need a journal to take notes. Right out the gate, we see the Wayne family leaving a movie theater and get robbed in the middle of an alley. As is the traditional, both parents are shot, but young Bruce (David Mazouz) is sparred. This is when he meets Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) who vows to find the one who killed Bruce’s parents.