“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me. I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be. I won’t kill you, but I don’t I have to save you. A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat on a young boy’s shoulders to let him know the world hadn’t ended.”Bruce Wayne
A far fetch from the comics, but a suitable adaptation for the screens, Gotham fared arguably well in terms of content delivery before it ended in its fifth and final season.
I personally feel Gotham was a very good show, with minor deviation from the canon script. DC fans can attest to the fact that although the were some changes, the show still held true to what is in the comics. Admittedly however, some creative liberties were taken by the screenplay editors which resulted in some major confusion.
The show is centered around Jim Gordon and not Bruce Wayne.
A common misconception, one to which I personally fell privvy to. Gotham, as the name suggests is a reference to all the events that take place in the city. This is all fine and cool, but the truth is we’re all here to see Batman. No two ways about it. Imagine one’s surprise to find out that Detective James Gordon is the main character of the show, and Bruce Wayne is nowhere near ready to become Batman.
Major threats and city wide attacks are always directed toward Bruce Wayne.
From Theo Gallavan to Jerome Valeska, you name it, there always seems to be a villain that is connected to Bruce in a weird way. This is funny, because in a sense Bruce plays a supporting lead role in the series- but yet everything seems to revolve around him or demand his involvement. Every encounter with an enemy for Bruce is a farcical twist really, as all it does is exaggerate his tragic past.
The Final season was totally rushed to make up for time.
The fifth season of Gotham was great but short. There was too much happening at once. From the turmoil at the GCPD, the Haven bombing, The mind control chips, Barbara Kean getting pregnant, The creation of Bane- just to mention a few.
If you have watched it you would know. This was expected though, as the previous seasons had a 22 episode slot with enough time to build a concrete story with linked events. There was even a ten year timeskip in the final season which made completely no sense- in my opinion.
Confusing character development.
Taking Barbara Kean as a classic example, you would realise that in the first season she plays the role of a damsel who could not hurt a fly. Then in season two she goes completely beserk and wallows on the brink of insanity.
Then season three rolls around and all of a sudden she becomes a power mad Queen of the criminal underworld with a feminist agenda. As if this is not enough, we enter into season four to find her power ambitious and seeking for the Demon’s head.
She finds herself making deals with the likes of Ra’as Al Ghoul. Now, after all this, in season five she’s like nah, all I’m concerned about is protecting and giving birth to my child. Wow.
Dr. Hugo Strange is strangely responsible for the creation of most of the villians.
Need a some weird powers or strength enhancers? Don’t worry Dr.Hugo Strange is your go to guy. In the series, he is virtually responsible for the creation of the likes of Man-Bat, The Executioner, Firefly, Mr. Freeze, Azrael, Jane Doe and more recently Bane.
I mean Gotham’s criminal freak division would be virtually non existent without this guy. Someone dies in the show? Dr. Hugo Strange would make sure that the person comes back to life.
So there you have it. Gotham was a really good show and I’m hoping a sequel is in the works. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Until next time, LaserKW signing out!