GOTHAM RECAP: PILOT EPISODE
The much-anticipated Gotham TV series made its debut on FOX last night and for the most part, it hit the ground running. It didn’t take long for this latest interpretation of the Batman mythology to showcase the who’s who of that world. Warning, spoilers ahead…
|Selena Kyle aka Catwoman|
|Gordon and Bullock arrive at the scene.|
As we cut to the Gotham Police Department, will get our first look at Detective Jim Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) and his seasoned partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) as they are dispatched to the crime scene involving the Wayne’s. Gordon meets Bruce and assures him (much to Bullock’s objection because of its high profile victims) that he will find out who was responsible for his parents murder. Arriving at the scene to bring Bruce home was Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee). Now cue the opening credits. Whew… that was a lot in a very short time frame.
|A partnership born out of tragedy!|
As the rest of the episode moves along, one introduction after another follows. I think perhaps a little too many introductions. DC characters like Renee Montoya, Crispus Allen, Edward Nigma aka The Riddler, who happens to work at the police department and Ivy Pepper (my biggest pet peeve about Gotham because Poison Ivy’s name is Pamela Isley. But I’ll endure.), are all worked into the storyline. While some of these represent what is “good” about Gotham, the others, which include a new face and a familiar one, represent the “bad” of Gotham.
|Gordon and Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin|
Like any comic book story, the origin aspect is what springboards its readers or in this case, its viewers into this vast world of good versus evil. Gotham’s first episode was a good starting point and it has the potential to add to the Batman mythology in a very good and exciting way.
The Dork Knight