When Fox announced the Gotham, naturally I was curious. I've never been a DC fan, but I've always enjoyed watching Batman in media. I grew up watching the 1960s Batman on reruns, I adored both of Tim Burton's Batman movies and finally Christopher Nolan's brilliant Dark Night trilogy. I'm skipping over every Batman movie in between because I either didn't see it or hated it. Anyway, I would not call myself a Batman expert, I've never read a comic, I don't obsess over it at random times (like I would with Doctor Who or something) but I enjoy the character and his villains. So I knew I would watch. I am now 5 episodes and and I am struggling to keep watching, but I have a rule to give everything one season. Initially, I wasn't a fan of Sleepy Hollow, I was going to cut it loose and then got slammed with a brilliant season finale. I would now count myself a fan of the show. So, I decided to boil down my unease with Gotham into what I would consider three glaring issues. If some of them are resolved end of season, I would be happy to come back as a season 2 viewer.
I think the biggest issue here may be the Gotham's time slot. You can't get away with things at 8pm that you can at 10 pm. Actually, Gotham may have been better suited on something like HBO that would allow the optimal amount of sex and violence the show feels like it needs to be taken seriously. I was actually shocked when Fox announced the 8pm slot. Kids watch TV at 8 pm. Maybe that's the reason for the camp-factor on the show, but it doesn't appeal to me as a viewer. I want all or nothing, if you want to be campy, that's fine just immerse the show in it. Otherwise, cut the camp and give me gritty drama, but this weird mixture leaves me feeling torn on how I felt each episode.
If your a writer on a show, you should write knowing that you could have many seasons ahead of you! Heck, if you do well on network, you can expect early renewals and hopefully the promising life of hitting at least the 100 episode mark. Yet in the pilot alone, the show has introduced and teased SO many of the villains in the Batman universe it almost got frustrating. Especially since we have seen so little of anybody but the Penguin (which is fine with me he is brilliant but I will get back to that). In the pilot alone we met:
- The Wayne's murderer
- The Pengiun
- Poison Ivy (who got a name change)
- Fish Mooney
- The Riddler
- Carmine Falcone