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Gotham: Season One - TV Series Review

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Published March 22nd 2015
Who's who in Batman?
The city of Gotham. The city that is home to Batman. Origin story - where it all began.

Gotham poster
Gotham poster

What sets this series apart from other superhero themed TV shows is that there are no superpowers. Batman uses gadgets and his wit to fight crime. The appeal of the most recent movie trilogy by Christopher Nolan is how dialed back it was. The emphasis is on what is believable.

Similarly, Gotham uses this method. It begins with Bruce Wayne (the future Batman) witnessing his parent's murders. Jim Gordon, Batman's future ally, is a new detective who is committed to solving the case. Yet Gotham is an even more corrupt place in the past. Leading crime boss Don Falcone has the police in his back pocket.

Gotham, Alfred consoles Bruce at his parent's funeral
Alfred consoles Bruce at his parent's funeral

The story is really about Jim cleaning up Gotham and Bruce growing up to become Batman under the care of his butler, Alfred. Crime is uncontrollable and the police are corrupt. Even Jim's partner, Harvey Bullock, solves crimes using intel from Fish Mooney, an associate of Don Falcone. Jim is in for more than a rude awakening. His initiation involves killing Oswald Cobblepot, a snitch in Fish's crew.

Gotham, Jim and Oswald
Jim is faced with an impossible choice

Forced with an impossible choice, Jim soon learns that every cop in the city has a 'Cobblepot'. As a police drama, Gotham works. The cases are at times fanatical but not completely unbelievable. Science and reasoning are the tools needed to solve the cases; with a healthy dose of science fiction.

For fans of Batman the best thing isn't the overarching story. The origins of notorious Batman villains are explored. Some back-stories are taken from the comics while others have been adapted with a more realistic spin. We get to see how the villains started, how they developed and what happened to make them this way.

When you sit down to watch Gotham, there's one game you can't stop playing. Provided you've viewed any movies, cartoons or read the comics, it's time to test your knowledge. Who's who in Batman? Spot the characters. Some are very easy to spot whilst others are not harder. At the time of writing, I've been able to spot these villains: Penguin, Don Falcone, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Joker, Victor Zsasz, Dollmaker, Two-Face, Black Mask, Poison Ivy and Catwoman (although I don't really think of her as one).

Gotham does for Batman what Sherlock does for Sherlock Holmes. In a wave of TV adaptations of superheroes, a series sans superpowers stands out. Welcome to Gotham, can you spot the who's who of Batman?
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Why? A Batman origin story with a difference - no superpowers involved.
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