Gotham – Pilot – Season 1 Episode 1 – Review

Gotham (2014) is an American television series and is an origins story to the DC comics character Batman as well as some other characters in that universe. The series was created by Bruno Heller, and focuses on Commissioner Jim Gordon as the main protagonist.

Starring: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, David Mazouz and Jada Pinkett Smith.

This episode was directed by Danny Cannon and written by Bruno Heller.

Episode Synopsis: The story begins with Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents being shot and killed in cold blood by a masked gunman. Sparing Bruce, he flees leaving him with his parent’s bodies.

We are then introduced to rookie cop Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his partner Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). Gordon promises Bruce that he will find the man who killed his parents.

As the story progresses, Gordon becomes immersed in the corruption governing Gotham, and the many villains who inhabit it.

This is a very good opening episode, and captures the characteristics of Gotham very well. Fans of the Batman universe will not be disappointed, as this latest outing looks at it with a fresh pair of eyes.

The death of Bruce Wayne’s parents has been done endlessly, but this series harnesses these events from the perspective of Jim Gordon; thus allowing something fresh.

bruce wayne parents dead

Characteristically, there is a lot of potential. Jim Gordon is likeable and morally good despite the corruption surrounding him. Ben McKenzie is perfect for this role, and plays Gordon very well.

The supporting cast are also impressive. The young Bruce Wayne is exactly as I imagined as well as his loyal butler Alfred (Sean Pertwee).

The main antagonists such as Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) effectively embody the collective corruption in Gotham. This is the first role I have seen her portray a villain, and she does it very well. She is sexy as she is scheming – very much a femme fatale.

There are various seeds planted in this episode which will undoubtedly grow as the series progresses. Fans of Batman are in for a treat as well-known characters begin to reveal themselves.

By Robert Spence

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