Gotham

Starring: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Cory Michael Smith, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicondova

So there’s a Batman show now. It’s all the rage to have a superhero drama on your network, after Arrow was a hit, and Agents of Shield was a moderate hit. Now FOX has Gotham, whose hero is really Detective Jim Gordon, last played by Gary Oldman in the movie, and now played by Ben McKenzie in this latest version.

On a weird note, it’s funny seeing the stars of Grounded For Life and The OC in a serious cop drama. Young David Mazouz has the tasking job of playing a young Bruce Wayne. McKenzie gets to play good cop in a sea of bad cops. Harvey Bullock (Logue) may or may not be crooked. There’s also a mob boss, Fish Mooney (Smith), who has the city under her thumb. Oswald (aka The Penguin) works for her. Oswald is also a snitch. Edward Nygma works for the cops. Selina Kyle is a young pickpocket. This is definitely an origin story.

I was a little bored. It wasn’t quite as fast paced as I thought it would be. Of course, I saw this after I watched Scorpion’s pilot, which is a pilot on crack compared to this. Gotham needs to pick up the pace to keep me interested. Also, refrain from using that weird close up shot on Ben McKenzie when he’s running. That was ugly.

I wanted to just heap praise onto Gotham, but honestly, I have my doubts. It’s a pretty decent setup, but I just think it could have been better. It was plotted slowly, and barely felt like a pilot. Obviously, we were being introduced to the characters, but something about the plot made me think we were already in the middle of the story.

I’m definitely in for a few more episodes at least, as I’m already invested in these characters… but long before they were in Gotham. I’m intrigued mostly by Bullock, even though Gordon is supposed to be the main character. Donal Logue is just a better actor than Ben McKenzie.

FINAL GRADE: B

weird camera angles on ben

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