This post contains SPOILERS.
Being a long time fan of Gotham I decided recently to re-watch the episodes so far. Originally this was going to be done in bulk, but considering how long this particular review is I figured it would be best to do them one by one. Even though that’s the case, these will be posted multiple times a day. You can find the reviews listed here.
If you haven’t seen Gotham at all I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you, so instead I’ll redirect you to this post and hope you come back to these reviews at a later date. You can also find out more information about the show here and here.
- The episode opens with Selina Kyle running across rooftops and stealing some guy’s wallet, and the fact that the episode starts with her is fitting considering she is one of the best characters in the whole entire show.
- Perched up on a fire escape Selina sees Martha and Thomas Wayne being shot in the alleyway, and although we’ve seen this many times before across many types of media, the way it’s filmed in Gotham is particularly well done. Bruce’s scream at the end is by far one of the most memorable, and one of my most favourite, moments in the whole show.
- Good ol’ Jim Gordon. The good guy from the start. The first time we meet him he’s trying to defuse a situation and it goes… alright. He manages to stop the man from blowing a cops head off, even going as far as to catch the bullet mid air as he releases it from the chamber, but after all of that the cops go ahead and beat the man up anyway, despite Jim’s protests.
- Cue Harvey Bullock, one of those characters who changes a lot over the course of the show, but still manages to feel somewhat like the same character and not a totally new one. Harvey in episode 1 is very much willing to play dirty if it means he gets the job done and also gets to live his life in peace. With Jim disrupting that balance we them coming to head to head, but re-watching it is even between when you know what’s to come for these two.
- If you watch/read any kind of Batman media then you know that James (Jim) Gordon and Bruce Wayne know each other pretty well. Even though Bruce is very much a
babyyoung teen at this point in the show his relationship with Jim starts off as soon as possible. Important things to note from their interaction:
- 1) Jim’s look of almost panic when Bruce starts crying.
- 2) Bruce speaking to Jim despite supposedly having not spoken to anyone else since it happened.
- 3) Jim opening up about himself and trying to make Bruce feel better.
The first season isn’t the most subtle, the quote Jim says is clearly one of those indicators to start Bruce on that journey to, at some point in the future, become Batman.
“I promise you, however dark and scary the world
might be right now, there will be light.”
- Edward Nygma, a character I will say gets much more screen time as the show progresses (and is deserving of such). In this episode we only see him for one scene but already we can establish that he works in the crime lab, Harvey finds him irritating, and that riddles are already a thing for him, which makes sense considering he’s the future Riddler. Although looking at Ed he seems like the last person you would expect to become a villain.
- The same can be said for Oswald Cobblepot, the future Penguin. Although he’s already been given the nickname (which he despises at this stage) and seemingly enjoys beating up a man with a baseball bat, you look at him and you question whether or not he could become a villain.
- The complete opposite is said for Fish Mooney. Queen is the first word that comes to mind when I think about her, badass is the second.
- Some things to note about that whole sequence of events at Fish’s club:
- 1) the Butch and Oswald dynamic, which is more amusing if you know what’s to come in future seasons/episodes.
- 2) Fish’s relationship with Oswald, Butch, and Harvey because they all change and/or should be appreciated.
- 3) Fish’s whole attitude towards Jim.
- 4) Jim trying to investigate what’s happening outside only to have no one want to press charges and of course, it’s the start of some beautiful Jim and Oswald interactions to come.
- Barbara Kean. Things I feel: sad, intrigued, and in love.
- Baby Ivy being adorable. Always love, never forget.
- Oswald in sunglasses. Appreciate. Also that sass is off the charts.
- Earlier in the episode we met MCU investigators Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen who keep showing up here and there, and we also find out that Montoya had a relationship with Barbara way back when. I will say now that these characters and that relationship aren’t explored half as well as they should have been, but they’re definitely all interesting and this stage.
- The fact that Harvey stepping up and trying to save Jim didn’t work is beautiful and very fitting if you ask me.
- Fish beating Oswald was just wow. I don’t know whether to cry on behalf of Oswald or scream “YES” at the top of my lungs for Fish.
- Carmine Falcone likes to make an entrance. And it was a fitting one for a show as dramatic as Gotham.
- That whole scene with Jim having to shoot Oswald was so great, honestly, bless Oswald for still trying to save his own ass and being willing to do anything including being Jim’s slave for life.
- Also that final shot of Oswald coming out of the water and killing a man before stealing his sandwich. How to go from small boy carrying an umbrella to killing a man for some food by Oswald Cobblepot. Now here’s a glimpse at a beautiful villain yet to come.
Gotham has always been a little cheesy, dramatic, and over the top and this first episode is a shining example of that, but it’s also one of the best and interesting episodes of a TV series. The first time I saw this episode I couldn’t wait to see more, and this time around it got me hyped for my re-watch.
As stated above you can find the reviews listed here. If you have anything you want to add or discuss feel free to leave them in the comment section down below!