Gotham: Batman Still Hasn't Begun Just Yet

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The opening montage reveals how the main characters are handling life one month after the bloody events in Gotham’s season 1 finale ushered in the violent departures of Gotham’s three main mob bosses – Maroni, Falcone and Fish Mooney:

Jim and Dr. Pretty

Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Dr. Pretty aka Lee Tompkins are still going strong (Morena Baccarin was promoted to series regular). Nice to see Jim upgraded his love life  but his career took a tumble. He’s been demoted from a detective to a uniformed traffic cop.

Bullock the Sober Bartender

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Bullock (Donal Logue) traded his badge for a bartender’s apron and a low-key civilian life “with a woman who actually likes him.” How many episodes before Bullock is back in action with his buddy, Jim, seeking out snacks?  My guess – one or two episodes, tops.


Penguin Is a Big Bird; So, Why Are People Still Treating Him Like a “Fruitcake Leprechaun”?

With Falcone and Maroni gone, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) is the new boss in town. He’s added Fish’s former allies –  Selena (Camren Bicondova) and Butch (Drew Powell) – to his crew. But, some of his fellow mobsters are not quite ready to kiss the ring, including one who is refusing to pay debts previously owed to Falcone.

Barbara – “I’m not a brilliant outlaw. I just have . .  . issues.”

After killing her parents in season finale, Barbara (Erin Richards) struts into Arkham like Naomi werking a runway. No, that’s not right. Barbara walked into Arkham with the same swagger Peggy Olsen had her most gif-able scene from the final season of Mad Men.

Barbara attracts the attention of fellow Arkham-ite red-haired Jerome (Carmen Monaghan), the carnival mother murder from last season. Jerome, who many believe eventually will be revealed to be the Joker, single-handedly could have created the “gingers are creepy” phenomenon, if South Park and Cartman hadn’t already done so in one of the all-time bestSouth Park episodes, “Ginger Kids.” Barbara and Ginger Jerome potentially forming an alliance in Arkham! Gotham, you have my full attention!

Some Gotham fans are criticizing Barbara’s transformation, reminding everyone that in the Batman comics, Barbara Kean is Jim Gordon’s wife and they have a daughter also named Barbara who becomes Bat Girl. This new crazy, evil Barbara makes no sense to them. Others think it’s possible an evil Barbara Kean in Fox’s Gotham does not necessarily preclude a Barbara Gordon who becomes Bat Girl, eventually.

As for me, I don’t care if the show sticks strictly to principles from the comic book universe, as long as the show I’m watching is entertaining.  Barbara’s character was a bit of a mess last season. Just the two brief scenes with Barbara in this episode tell us that Barbara will be much more entertaining as a villain than when she was introduced this time last year as Jim’s rich, Barbie dream girl.

Lil Bruce Wayne

After blasting their way into it, Bruce (David Mazouz) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) explore Bruce’s dad’s hidden sanctuary, where they find a post-mortem letter addressed to Bruce, advising him that he can’t have truth and happiness. His father encourages Lil Bruce Wayne to choose happiness, “unless you feel a calling, a true calling.”

The Man in the Mirror Bullies Nygma

Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) is having a hard time getting along with the man in the mirror, literally. In Nygma’s defense that dude is a bit of a jerk. Nygma’s slow-moving courtship with insanity will be interesting to watch as the season unfolds.

Good Cop Gone Bad as the Rise of the Villains Begins

Now that we know where things stand with our characters, the plot of the premiere sets the stage for what’s to come more than anything else.


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TV Show: Gotham

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