Gotham Pilot Episode
Like a lot of people, I grew up with stories of superheros. Comics, cartoons, TV Shows, and movies would bring me into those worlds. Worlds where I always found the villains far more interesting than the heroes. I was a weird kid.
When I first heard about Gotham, one of the main things everyone was talking about was how the show was going to give us the early stories of the villains. You would think, seeing as I’ve always been intrigued by villains, that this concept would appeal to me. Yet, it didn’t, and I wasn’t holding out much hope for Gotham. Now that I have watched the pilot episode, have I changed my mind?
Revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told, in the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, GOTHAM follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
I’m on the fence with Gotham, it’s only the pilot, so that means it’s still trying to find its footing. They are definitely trying to do the dark & gritty feel, with some humor thrown in. Sometimes it balanced well, sometimes it didn’t. There were moments some of the acting could be over the top, and that would pull me out of the show, but I think overall the acting was pretty solid from the main cast.
I tried to go into this open minded, but often felt bored and restless as I watched it, especially during the first half. It picked up a bit in the second half of the show, so that gave it a redeeming quality for me. I will watch future episodes to see if will hold my attention for good, or completely lose it.
Notes of Interest:
In the opening of the episode we see Selina Kyle steal a half gallon of milk, which was obviously full. Then after performing another misdeed, she runs away. Goes into an alley, and gives a cat some milk…This was a small thing, but it irritated me so much… Why was the milk almost gone?!?! She JUST stole it!
At the station, a bad guy who got the upper hand on a cop, has been easily taken down by Gordon, with no injuries to anyone. Bad guy is now being beaten by cops, Detective Bullock is angry at Gordon for not shooting the guy, and tells him, “Someone takes a cops gun, you shoot him. That’s basic.” All I could think was, maybe the cop should not have been so stupid as to allow their gun to be taken. I mean… Seriously? Ugh. I get it. I know this scene was set up to show that Jim Gordon is this a hopeful cop who wants to do good, buy he’s in a corrupt police department. But still, it irritated me so much when that dialog took place.
Gotham airs Mondays on FOX at 8/7c