Heroes and villains rattle Gotham’s core

Gotham airs Thursday nights at 7 p.m. on Fox.

TV show review

By Caleb StephensGotham



The television series Gotham is filled with compelling characters, an interesting plot, an intriguing concept and of course the origins of everyone’s favorite heroes and villains. From the  mischievous performance of Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a the Penguin to the insanely gripping performance of Cameron Monaghan as Jerome Valeska, Gotham is a must watch for not just comic book fans but for regular lovers of compelling TV as well.

Ben McKenzie plays rookie cop Jim Gordon whose first case at the Gotham City Police Department is the investigation of the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Witnessing their murder is their son Bruce Wayne played by David Mazouz who is looked after by his butler and mentor Alfred Pennyworth played by Sean Pertwee. While this is occurring, the most famous and despicable villains of the Batman universe rise and wreak havoc in the chaos that is Gotham City.

Due to the murder of the Waynes, the criminal underworld is sent to a rocky situation as competitors compete to become the king or queen of Gotham. John Doman plays Carmine Falcone, the ruler of Gotham’s criminal underworld. Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, and Sal Maroni, played by David Zayas try to take the throne of ruler from Falcone.

Some other excellent portrayals of supporting characters in Gotham are Cory Michael Smith as the awkward brainiac Edward Nygma, Camren Bicondova as the slippery sneak thief Selina Kyle, Donal Logue as the worn out detective Harvey Bullock, and there are so many more. All these characters are intertwined in a fascinating and compelling way. As these characters interact with each other, they slowly form into the characters Batman fans know and love today.

That was just the first season of Gotham. From its start on September 22, 2014 to today Jim Gordon has come face to face with some very evil people who threaten the safety and little of security Gotham has. From the mysterious figure of Theo Galavan played by James Frain who suddenly appears to run for mayor in the second season all the way to the crazed Mad Hatter played by Benedict Samuel, who has an insane obsession with his sister Alice in season three.

As riveting as the characters are they would be nothing without the large variety of talented writers and directors who have made the series great. Such talents as Bruno Heller who wrote the first two episodes, and Tim Hunter who directed a personal favorite episode titled “Viper”. The series is incredibly blessed and shows with these amazing talents.

Gotham is available basically wherever there is a screen. It is available to be viewed on Netflix, on Google play for $2.99 per episode, free online episodes. It’s first two seasons are also available on DVD for roughly $40, Gotham is available at so many more places. Wherever you find it my recommendation is to watch whatever is available.

Gotham is rated TV-14. It is rated TV-14 due to violence, language, and some sexual content. Gotham is more of an adult oriented series that’s not really aiming for the interest of children.

In conclusion, Gotham is an amazingly watchable series that I would recommend to anyone who is in possession of a television. With intriguing writing, compelling acting, and fascinating directing, Gotham will not fail to disappoint. I’d recommend anyone to watch Gotham without hesitation.