Gotham – Season 3 Episodes 1 – 7 Review

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What’s that American readers (if you exist) ? Why am I reviewing Season 3 now when Season 4 is about to air? Well, sadly here in the UK the TV channel that had the rights, Channel 5, decided not to show Season 3, meaning it appearing on the UK Netflix is the first chance I’ve had to watch it. Now, that means I can binge watch several episodes, which I will, but it is more than a little annoying to be so far behind. With that said, let’s take a look at the first seven episodes of Season 3!

Synopsis:

After seeing that Lee has been moving on with another man, Gordon leaves her. 6 months later, he has been working as a bounty hunter dedicated to catch Indian Hills’ monsters. After an offer of a million dollars from Cobblepot for Fish Mooney, Gordon sets out to find her. Meanwhile, Bruce and Alfred return after laying low and prepare to confront Wayne Enterprises about their role in Indian Hills…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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King Kong Bundy Jr. laying down the law…

James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) – After a harrowing experience six months ago, then losing his love Lee (lovely?) Gordon has slipped into a stereo-typical white vest wearing, scotch-in-his-morning-coffee “bounty hunter”. Still hasn’t made him all that interesting…

Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) – Bruce has spend six months weighing his options and trying to gain evidence of the shadowy cabal that has its hands in Wayne Enterprises, and he thinks he finally has a plan…

Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) – Penguin is still freaked out about his showdown with Fish Mooney, whom he had killed a year or so earlier, and is getting more and more frustrated with the police’s lack of tracking her down…

Lee Tompkins (Morena Baccarin) – Lee has moved on with her life, settling down with a handsome doctor… who happens to be the son of a famous mob boss. What could possibly go wrong?!

Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) – Selina has fallen in with Fish Mooney and her freakshow, although she doesn’t really have any loyalty to them. She’s doing her best to keep her friend Ivy from them, thinking she is the one thing left she can protect…

Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) – Edward still finds himself in Arkham Asylum, surrounded by the insane criminal inmates and uncaring doctors. The only small ray of hope is the frequent visits of Oswald Cobblepot…

Jervis Tetch (Benedict Samuel) – Locally famous hypnotist who is searching for his sister Alice…

Captain Barnes (Michael Chiklis) – Captain of the GCPD, Barnes has amazing not been killed yet, despite what has happened to the other people in his position. He’s hard-nosed but good somewhere inside…

Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) – The often drunk or lazy Detective in the GCPD. His friendship with Gordon is starting to gain the wrong sort of attention from the higher ups…

Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) – Bruce’s butler, and sole carer. He just wants Bruce to be happy, but is willing to go along with a plan that could clear the now deceased elder Waynes history…

and many more!

The Good:

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That’s how you make yourself punchable with one look!

As usual the good is ironically the bad, as in the villains of the series. The Penguin is still brilliantly awkward and snivelling, eventually running for Mayor and gaining the position no less. While I’m a bit unsure of his apparent literal love for Edward Nygma and his jealousy towards the girlfriend he soon finds, it does at least play to his awkward nature well. It’s just a bit weird to think of the Penguin wanting a homosexual relationship with the Riddler, is all…

Speaking of the future Riddler, Edward Nygma is once again a great character, unlike a lot of the villains already shown, his slow descent into madness and serial killing has been excellent. Full credit to Mr. Michael Smith, he manages to get that nerdy-yet-chilling aspect down to a tee.

Actually putting the villains aside, Bruce Wayne and his faithful butler Alfred are also a highlight, particularly his relationship with future catwoman Selina Kyle. The Court of Owls being behind his company’s shady doings and a storyline with an apparent clone aren’t the most interesting, but he at least pulls off playing a young Bruce Wayne perfectly, awkward romance included. Sean Pertwee’s Alfred is also perfect, though he needs to stop getting knocked out by home-invaders…

The new villain in Jervis Tetch, future Mad Hatter, has been really good as well. Focusing on his ability to hypnotise rather than his obsession with Alice in Wonderland (though that is definitely apparent) he’s quite the menacing enemy. His sister (Alice, of course!) has a type of blood that can poison anyone who comes in contact with it, and he is tracking her down to use it, and because he is convinced she loves him as much as he loves her and so she must be being held against her will. This of course leads to her accidental death by his hands, leading him to be convinced it was actually Gordon’s fault, who was present at the time.

We then got a great, tense scene where Tetch had kidnapped Gordon’s current lover (Valerie Vale) and his old lover (Lee Thompson) and forces Gordon to pick which one to kill. It was really well played out, and kept you guessing as to whether he would get out of it without picking one (spoiler: he didn’t!) Tetch is eventually captured at the end of Episode 7, but boy did The Mad Hatter ever get a far better and more detailed origin than a lot of the classic rogues gallery. I guess that’s what happens when you barrel through a bunch in Season 1 before slowing down…

Harvey Bullock was once again a very fun character to follow, caught between his loyalty to Gordon and his actual (hidden most of the time) want to be a member of the GCPD. Sadly he doesn’t get a lot of moments in these early episodes, but hopefully that changes.

The Bad:

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Yes, they even cast Tweedledum and Tweedledee!

It’s a shame to say, but once again Jim Gordon is not very interesting. His one-dimensional pity-party was dull as hell, especially given it hit literally every cliché in the book, and yet he still got a super-attractive woman during it! Despite all this, by the end of this first “arc” he is back on the GCPD, so hopefully he can at least return to a stereotypical “by the books, most of the time” cop…

Likewise, Captain Barnes has no real character beyond “tough but fair police chief” … or, well, Captain, I guess. Still, during this story he gets infected by Alice Tetch’s blood, sending him into occasional rage attacks, so him battling back his rage with his by-the-books police work should make for a far more interesting character in the next chunk of episodes…

The story of child Ivy being aged-up isn’t very interesting at the moment, though I’ll grant you it’s only just started. It seemed like a way to get another attractive woman on the show to act all teasing and sexual, but I may be surprised. Who knows?

Overall Thoughts:

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Yeah, sure… why wouldn’t you want him as mayor?

So Gotham Season 3 is off to a good start. The regulars I actually like are being well served with new storylines, a new member of the future Batman rogues gallery was given a great introduction and several interesting plot threads are to be carried onto the next chunk of story. A fine beginning, although not being very interested in the lead character does knock the score down a bit, for obvious reasons…

4 Star Watch

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