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TV Review: Gotham S1Ep01

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Gotham

Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

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 Of all of the fall TV shows based on comics, Gotham stands out as the most high profile. For one, it’s aiming to mimic the look of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, and the pop culture sites are heavily hyping it. Plus, it’s based around the world of friggin’ Batman, one of the most popular fictional characters of all time.

For those of you who don’t know, Gotham focuses around James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) arrival in Gotham City, and will serve as a new take on the origins of the Dark Knight and his numerous enemies. Now, as someone who has been enthralled with the Dark Knight for 22 years, I was cautiously optimistic about this series when it was first announced. I’ve always been of the mindset that many of Batman’s enemies emerged because of Bruce Wayne’s decision to put on a costume and fight crime. Sure, not all of them have to appear after Batman arrives in Gotham, but some (especially The Joker), simply can’t exist without the Batman being there before them. However, I like to think that I’m pretty open minded when it comes to comic book adaptations, especially when it comes to Batman, a character who thrives on reinterpretation. But I was also worried that this would become Bruce Wayne’s Smallville, a show that started off very strong but ended up doing a lot of Superman stuff without having Superman in it. So, how does the pilot stack up? Read the rest of this entry

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Welcome to Gotham

gotham001So Fox revealed the first trailer for Gotham  this week, and it looks pretty cool! Not “ohmygodneedtowatchimmediately” cool, but “I’ll definitely check this out” cool. For those of you who have either forgotten about the New Batman-less Batman show or weren’t aware of it before now, Gotham is the new WB produced show that follows rookie cop Jim Gordon as he navigates his way through Gotham City’s dark alleys, crime families, and other aspects that will  make the city your top spot to visit through Travelocity.  It’s also serving as a quasi-Smallville take on the Batman, if early reports are to be believed.

The trailer has plenty of images that should make Batman fans feel right at home. There’s the dark moody imagery from the Nolan films, the ominous music, and the classic shot of young Bruce Wayne kneeling over his parent’s bodies (an image that gave me chills when I first saw it in the trailer). There’s a lot to like here, or at least enough to make me tune in for the first few episodes to see if I like it. Read the rest of this entry