In this prequel of sorts we follow Gotham’s other hero, Jim Gordon, at the beginning of his journey to become Commissioner Gordon with our beloved winged hero Batman. We run into some old faces from their beginning such as Catwoman and of course Bruce Wayne. The show has a lot of small name actors which will help the show as they can focus more on the story then giving face time to the big name actors.
In the series opener, Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock start their investigation on the Wayne murders.
The beginning scene opens up with Selena Kyle (Camren Bicondova) as she is roaming the streets of Gotham. She witnesses none of then the scene that started this whole thing, the shooting of Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents. It’s no surprise that this is where Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie, Southland) would get his start. Gordon of course promises that he will find the man who killed his parents.
Fans of the comic book and the movies know the importance of Bruce and Gordon’s relationship and this show is the beginning of that relationship. If the show is able to find success, we will get to see that relationship mature and possibly get to the point where Bruce becomes Batman (fingers crossed with that).
It looks like the relationship between Bullock (Donal Logue, Law and Order: SVU) and Gordon is going to be a tough one down the stretch. Bullock doesn’t want Jim because he cares about covering his own butt but Gordon is the type to try and clean up Gotham.
We get first glimpses of Penguin aka Oswold Cobble pot (Robin Lord Taylor) and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, Hawthorne). Bullock seems to have an agreement with Mooney (one that Gordon doesn’t believe in) and she gives them a lead in a man named Pepper.
And irony of Ironies, guess who is Pepper’s daughter, Ivy (if you still don’t get it think Uma Thruman in the Batman movies). Pepper of course doesn’t like being questioned so he runs which ends with Bullock shooting him dead. Turns out that Pepper had the pearls and money from the Waynes (not a set up at all right).
And of course that doesn’t take long for Cobblepot to talk with the Major Crime detectives stating that Mooney framed Pepper. Obviously he’s seeking the power that Mooney has. Bullock tells Gordon to let it go but Gordon is not one to just let things go.
Another aspect of the show that we don’t see in the movies is the side characters in a greater detail, including Gordon’s fiancée Barbara (Erin Richards, The Quiet Ones). It appears that there are secrets in her past that she is keeping from Gordon.
Gordon and Bullock find themselves in deep trouble with Mooney as she figures out that they are trying to betray her. She tries to get them killed but Falcone shows up and stops that from happening. Gordon quickly sees it’s not going to be as easily as he thinks to help clean up the streets of Gotham.
We see the true side of Bullock as he’s working with Mooney. He tells Gordon that he needs to shoot Cobblepot to prove his loyalty to Mooney as well. Of course, Gordon does the right thing and pretends to kill Cobblepot and tells him to leave Gotham.
It looks like the season is just getting started. There ar e lot of villains in the world of Batman and don’t be surprised if they all find their way here onto the show. Mooney has got her hands full as Cobblepot is going to be wanting revenge. When he does come back, Gordon is going to have to deal with the consequences of letting Cobblepot live. Maybe Bullock was right in killing him.
In next week’s episode, Bruce begins to test his boundaries as Gordon continues to struggle with doing the right thing in a world that is filled with gray lines.
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