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20 “Under the Knife” (Gotham season 1) [SPOILERS]


I seem to have gotten behind on my reviewing. I blame the election.

Yes, this is indeed last week’s Gotham review, so if you’re hoping for my usual navel-gazing lead-in, then I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed (Nobody is going to be disappionted at that, trust me -Ed).

I’m just going to jump straight in.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)

13 “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon” (Gotham season 1 review) [SPOILERS]


So with Gotham‘s return — to being a good show, not its disappointing post-Christmas return to broadcast — and the ending of American Horror Story: Freak Show, Gotham is probably my favoruite TV series of the moment. It’s a close thing though — the field is very strong, and Gotham has shown a remarkable tendency for troughs as well as peaks.

But we’re being positive. Gotham has already been renewed for a second season, which is more than Constantine can say, so it’s clearly doing something right.

The last episode ended in a classic Gotham cliffhanger, so let’s see what it’s got for us next.


03 “The Balloonman” (Gotham season 1) [SPOILERS]


The one most remarkable thing about Gotham so far (What, all two episodes? -Ed) is that it feels like its own show, and not simply a Batman prequel.

Which is a pretty stupid thing to say, because it is, of course, a Batman prequel. But it is a decidedly different sort of beast to Batman in a number of ways. Most notably, as a pointed out in last week’s review, it has much more of a “crime/mystery” feel to it than certainly the Batman films have done.

In that way it harks back to the character’s origins as a 1930s detective, who wasn’t shy about killing people. There’s a joke in there somewhere about the Batman Gotham deserves…

Read on…(and mind the spoilers)