Gotham Season 1 Episode 1
Pilot – September 22nd, 2014
Not gonna lie, I was pretty excited about the Gotham season premiere. Having read the Gotham Central comics, I know the potential this show has even if Batman doesn’t exists yet. However, I wasn’t entirely convince by the show’s first episode and here are the reasons why.
I really like how Alfred was portrayed in the episode. He’s kinda hard on young Bruce, but you still know he cares. It looks like they are going with the Earth One characterization (former soldier and skilled martial artist) of him and I really like it.
Another character that I really liked during the pilot was Harvey Bullock. Donal Logue does an amazing job bringing the character to life. I can’t wait to see how his ties to the Falcone family will impact future storylines.
Considering how packed this episode was with all the Batman comics characters, it was refreshing to see an original character. I have no idea how long Fish is going to last in this show, but I like her so far.
Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen
You guys have no idea how excited I was when these two characters were announced to be in the show. I absolutely loved them in the Gotham Central comics, so it’s great that they were included in this as other characters to fill up the GCPD. It does somehow screw up the timeline that both of these characters are now much older than Bruce Wayne but I don’t think it will be so bad.
Too Many Characters
This episode was way too crowed. I understand that the writers want to show the origins of the villains, but this was too much. Selina Kyle was adorable, but she didn’t even talk and all her scenes were really useless. The same can be said about Ivy. The whole thing felt like the writers went all “let’s see how many DC characters we can fit into this episode!!”. It also didn’t help that some of the dialogue to introduce these characters was sometimes really tacky.
As I mentioned above, I really like Renee Montoya. She’s actually probably one of my favorite characters in the DCU. Which is why I was really disappointed that it looks like the writers are going to do a love triangle between Renee, Barbara(James Gordon’s fiancé) and James. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really glad they didn’t change Renee’s sexuality, but this storyline already feels really cheap and it looks like it’s just there to cause even more tension between Montoya and Gordon.
Overall, while there are some stuff that I didn’t like about the pilot episode, I’m still interested enough to at least check out the next couple of episodes of this show. I think most of the things that I listed as being “bad” can be fix during the course of the season. I also really doubt that they will continue to cram that many DC characters in every episode. Hopefully if they can space out the storyline better and have less tacky dialogue, then this could turn out to be a great series.