ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Entertainment and Media»
  • Television & TV Shows»
  • TV Shows

My Initial Thoughts on Gotham

Updated on September 29, 2014
Gotham City in all its dark glory
Gotham City in all its dark glory | Source

With the series premiering last week and the next episode slated to come out tonight, I thought that I’d share my honest thoughts on this promising series so far. I am barely going to touch on the plot, but there are some minor spoilers. So SPOILER WARNING!

The pilot was very serious in nature and had a fair share of action sequences and drama. Characters are well written and you can already tell that careful attention will be paid in further developing them, as the series progresses. If you are an enthusiast of the Dark Knight, then there certainly will be many familiar faces, along with some new. With the plot centering around a young Jim Gordan (later one of Batman's closest allies), I was worried of how this series would operate. However, I no longer hold any of these particular hesitations, as the show does not feel like a mere cop drama set within the Batman mythos. The utilization of nearly every other perspective, other than the young Bruce Wayne, brings a fresh outlook on the events surrounding the pre-Batman Gotham.


Let’s talk about the setting itself. After all, the series title is named after the city itself. Thus far, the show does a commendable job of depicting Gotham. While only flashing a few brief shots, it does boast some of the surreal and gothic architecture we're all accustomed to, with an infusion of a modern cityscape. This grounds the city in reality, while still containing some elements of the comic source material. Although I would have preferred to see a little more of the familiar in this regard, this was only the first episode.

The Waynes gunned down in Crime Alley
The Waynes gunned down in Crime Alley | Source

I don't think that anyone would agree that choosing to have the murder of the Waynes occurred only minutes into the pilot was essential, as we have seen it far too many times already. However, it is portrayed in far more gruesome realism than ever before, similar to show's other action sequences. I'll give it to them. Never before have I been like "holy shit," when watching the Waynes get gunned down, as you always know what is coming when they start down that alley. But the graphic depiction really invokes a response from everyone I have talked to, who also watched the pilot.

The show purveys extremely serious and dark tones that we’ve all grown accustomed to expect within Gotham’s corrupt soul. As loyal to the source material, the series is already showing how rampant the corruption has spread through the dark metropolitan. Cops and criminals alike are at home within its unhallowed limits. Gordan’s partner, Harvey Bullock, is a prime example of how lenient the police force is when it comes to allying with Gotham’s underbelly and just how far each is willing to go, for personal gain.

The cast of "Gotham"
The cast of "Gotham" | Source
Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordan
Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordan | Source

The cast looks promising, even the dweeb, Eddy, who we all know will inevitably become the Riddler. I was not initially sure about Oswald, but he started to grow on me as the future Penguin took a turn at interrogating a prisoner with glee and his brutal act at the episode's conclusion. Although seen only momentarily, Bruce and Alfred were believable, although the latter is a little too brash, when compared with what we have seen in the past.

But let’s discuss Gordan next, as he’s the central focus. The character is likeable and is convincing as one of Gotham’s only incorruptible cops. The scene where he shakes hands with a broken juvenile Bruce Wayne demonstrated the epic potential that the show possibly holds. One of the most promising and intriguing characters is the teenage Selina Kyle, who introduces us to the streets of Gotham and seems to have acquired an interest in the troubled adolescent Bruce.

Camren Bicondova as a teenage Catwoman. She mysteriously perches on the outer wall of Wayne Manner at the pilot's conclusion.
Camren Bicondova as a teenage Catwoman. She mysteriously perches on the outer wall of Wayne Manner at the pilot's conclusion. | Source

Similar to other adaptations of the Batman mythology, a select number of individuals shine through the perpetual darkness and cast a ray of hope amongst the unrelenting crime. I was initially worried at rehashing the origins of Batman once more, but the pilot has given me hope that this series could explore a period of Gotham history that we know very little about. It has officially sparked my interested and has me excited to see where they take it.

What do you think of Gotham so far?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)