TV Tuesdays highlights TV shows that started in or after the 1980’s, with occasional exceptions.
This week’s TV show is….
I like Batman, though I was well into my teens before I warmed up to him. For Batman lovers… well, sorry. Gotham is set (probably) two decades before the Dark Knight began his career – the first episode starts off with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. But on the scene is James Gordon – a new, uncorrupted recruit to the (corrupt) police force of Gotham, and also the main character of the show. By the end of the episode, Gordon makes friends with the now orphaned Bruce, promising to find the guy who murdered Bruce’s parents, while cleaning up Gotham and the police force. Honestly though, young Bruce is a bit creepy. “I’m sorry we didn’t catch him.” Gordon apologizes at the end of the episode. “That’s okay. I want to see him again.” Bruce replies. I know the guy killed his parents, and he’s mourning that, but still… creepy kid.
“But if this is set in the past, where are our favorite villains?” you might ask. Don’t worry – just in the first episode, we’re introduced to two younger villains – Poison Ivy, who already loves her plants, and Selina Kyle, who’s currently employed as a teenage pickpocket, and seems to be everywhere at once. She witnesses the murder of Bruce’s parents, goes the funeral (unofficially), and shows up just about everywhere else. We also meet Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin), who’s currently employed by Fish Mooney (a character created just for the show), a small-time mob leader, and underling of Falcone. There’s a few other people we meet, like Edward Nygma, currently a coroner and forensics operative for the Gotham City Police Department (and already loves his riddles), and Harvey Bullock, Gordon’s partner on the police force. (He’s also on the payroll of Falcone). Gordon may have his hands full with up-and-coming villains soon – and some may be closer to him than he realizes.
So far, I’ve enjoyed Gotham. It’s a bit dark, a bit creepy, and a bit gory. Not saying the gory part is good, but it is a crime show, in the end.
I’ve only seen the first episode, but so far, I’d recommend Gotham for 13 and up – it’s violent, it’s got some profanity, and I’m not sure what else. I’m looking forward to future episodes. I’ll update occasionally to include new plot developments and characters.
Thankfully, for those of us without TV, Fox keeps episodes up on their website for almost a month and a half after they air, so watching it is pretty easy, if you don’t mind ads. Netflix already has exclusive streaming rights to Gotham, so around this time next year, you’ll be able to stream it on Netflix. Gotham is rated TV-14.
I’m just hoping the Joker shows up at some point – because what’s Gotham without him?