As I’m writing this, Gotham is about half way through its first season and so far I’m really enjoying it. The sub storylines are on point, so far there has been; a drug called Viper hits the streets that makes you Hulk-powerful and thirsty for lactose rich products, serial killer ‘Spirit of the Goat’ who targets the socialites of Gotham, Fight Club: Investment Bankers Gone Wild, and a vigilante who uses weather balloons to enact his punishment.
Here I give you a quick rundown on the main players in Gotham andgive their characters a rating based on how much I like their characters development and storylines thus far.
James Gordon (Ben McKenzie): rookie detective at Gotham City Police Department (GCPD)
He’s the good hearted and level headed do-gooder who actually wants to do his job with some sort of pride and honour. Once you’ve gotten over the fact that the actor playing him spent most of his early 20’s playing moody teen Ryan Atwood in the television series The O.C, you can start to like his character. He’s off to work at newly re-opened Arkham Asylum which I’m very excited about.
4/5 –Plays the moral compass without being annoying.
Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue): detective and Gordon’s partner at Gotham City Police Department
While he may be bitter, a tad corrupt and pig headed, he does always seem to be there in the knick of time with a bullet or a fist to save his partner from being killed. Like, a lot. While he takes a while to warm up to, his no nonsense approach and his connection with the mob world (Fish Mooney) gives some balance to Jim Gordon’s righteous approach to detective work.
4/5 –He’s solid, and provides a bit of comic relief
Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz): Rich orphaned child and future Batman
After his parents are mugged and subsequently murdered by a man in the alley way, Bruce Wayne becomes a whiney little cry baby obsessed with finding the killer and being a brat to the only person left who cares about him (Alfred). The writers and the casting director really haven’t made Bruce Wayne likeable or interesting. You kind of just want to punch him in the face and tell him to shut up. Making an orphan unlikable is a pretty good feat though. As comedian Andy Kindler put it “… what was Bruce Wayne like as a child when he wasn’t interesting?”.
0/5 – would be slightly less precocious as Batman
Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee): Butler and caretaker of Bruce Wayne
I’m pretty sure this is a character from a Guy Ritchie movie. If you have an English person in a TV show or film they either have to be Hugh Grant posh or Jason Statham Cockney? At the beginning of the show he may come across as a bit cold and heartless towards Bruce, but then again, it’s not like he’s a nanny that knows how to deal with children (especially one dealing with trauma). As the season progresses, he becomes more likable, and you’ve pushed out your longing for Michael Caine’s voice and accepted the new Alfred into your Gotham world.
3.5/5 – His fighting skills in later episodes have won me over.
Oswald ‘Penguin’ Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor): Criminal trying to work his way up the ranks
Whoever did the casting for Penguin, good work! Lord Taylor perfectly portrays snivelling, conniving and creepy mob boss wannabe Oswald Cobblepot. He is by far the most unsettling character; his mother issues mixed with his lust for power and smarts is the perfect combination for a villain. I’m hoping he reaches the top of the mob boss ladder.
6/5 – Never die Penguin, just become more sick and twisted please.
Barbara Kean (Erin Richards): Gordon’s fiancé
Owner of a giant apartment, which she can apparently afford with her job running an art gallery, although maybe the real estate prices have been affected adversely by the amount of crime in the city. Barbara also has a thing for police women and men, with some weak back story with Renee Montoya about how they were in a relationship and hooked on drugs. Although they couldn’t have been that hooked because they are both successful women today, and the “addiction” wasn’t too long ago. Barbara also loves to get in Gordon’s police business and insert herself into his investigations, ultimately ending up like the distressed damsel tied to the train tracks.
1/5 – Do something besides drink wine while you swan around your apartment and meddle.
Selina ‘Cat’ Kyle (Camren Bicondova): homeless teen thief who witnesses the Wayne parents murders
Future cat-lady and Cat Woman is the best looking homeless teen thief you’ll ever come across. How is she so clean? Why are her eyebrows so perfectly manicured and filled in? What’s the deal with her ‘alive’ mother that she’s lost track of? An ominous presence around Bruce Wayne, she’s always lurking around the Wayne mansion.
3.5/5 – While she may have the emotional range of sociopath, she’s a solid character and another tough female presence in Gotham
Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith): Coroner and forensic scientist at Gotham City Police Department
Another perfectly cast role, Edward Nygma is always there with a riddle for the detectives. Well obviously, he will eventually turn into the Riddler. Nygma looks like a combination of all the serial killers in the documentaries I like to watch crossed with Norman Bates from Psycho. He’s affable and creepy, which may seem like an oxymoron, but underneath his supposed harmlessness, you know there’s something sinister brewing. I can’t wait to see the transformation.
4/5 – Only because he doesn’t get enough screen time yet.
Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith): Night club owner and mobster working with Falcone
Manipulative, cruel, power hungry, and sadistic, Fish Mooney is one of the best characters in the show. Mooney runs the red light district and one of the higher ups in Falcone’s mob, she has aspirations to overthrow Falcone and become don. This is a really strong female role, while she does have sexuality it doesn’t play a role in how much power she has or her plans to overthrow Falcone. Pinkett Smith is so good in this role it almost makes you forget that she’s raised two of the most obnoxious children in the world.
5/5 – More Fish!
Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) and Crispus Allen (Andrew Stewart-Jones)
The Major Crimes Unit is to Gotham City Police Department as FBI is to every other police show on TV. Damn those feds! Let us do our job! You’re not taking our case!
2.5/5 – I’m indifferent, they’re neither good nor bad. I’m sure they’ll become more important as the story progresses.
Verdict: I’ve got to say I’m pretty hooked. While I have no idea how they’re going to bring in all the back stories of the villains/anti-heroes, I like the ones they’re explaining so far. The only one I’m iffy on is the one I’m supposed to be interested in, Bruce Wayne/Batman. Someone turning evil is just so much more interesting.