Spoiler alert. If you haven’t watched the first episode of the new Gotham TV series yet (why not? Aren’t you allowed to stay up that late?), I’m probably going to mention things which might detract from your enjoyment. But hey, if you haven’t seen it yet, you probably don’t care anyway.
Cutting to the bottom line rather quickly: It was worth a watch. I can’t say I’m on tenderhooks waiting for the next episode to drop, but I will be watching for the foreseeable future.
I was hoping the series would be more Jim Gordon’s police department and less cash-in on Christopher Nolan’s movies. On that count I was disappointed. Hey this is Gotham, there is plenty of crazy shit happening. Why so dependent on the characters that everyone already knows about? How about adding to the stories rather than depending on them?
It did seem that the entire episode depended on your understanding of everything Batman and if you didn’t know the characters and stories you probably weren’t going to watching anyway. It doesn’t look like the program is attempting to attract a new audience just trying to keep the audience that will tune if you just repeat clips of the Nolan movies.
Unlike some of the other superhero TV shows (I’m looking at you Arrow and Agents of Shield) this one depends on your knowledge of the stories rather than introducing you to a new world of characters (sorry Green Arrow, I mean Arrow you were a third string superhero—pun intended). This seemed like a bit of shame. Gordon is a great character who could carry the show on his own and Benjamin McKenzie did a good job of being a young Gordon. I wonder when he is going to start growing the mustache? (not very O.C.)
There was a good deal of liberal management of the Batman mythology. A young catwoman sees the murder of Thomas and Martha? The Riddler is working for the Police? The Penguin is a sniveling mob underling? Bullock is a crooked cop? I hated this one. Bullock is great. And then was Alfred. Sean Pertwee is great. The accent, not so much. Can Alfred be a bad ass and still maintain a gentility. You bet he can.
If there is one thing I’d change it would be Alfred’s accent. I’m thinking the first episode of Burn Notice where Gabrielle Anwar tried to play Fiona as Irish and it did not work. So she stopped. Who said we can’t change?