Gotham: Pilot Review

Posted on Oct 13, 2014


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Gotham starts with a young Selina Kyle stealing milk and escaping only to witness a young Bruce Wayne‘s parents being killed in front of him by someone who stole a wallet and jewels. She sits by and watches doing nothing.

Jim Gordon is called out to the scene of the crime along with his reluctant partner who does not want to be there.

Alfred Pennyworth then comes to pick up the young Bruce who takes him into his care.

Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock round up muggers trying to find the killer realising it is something more than just a random mugging, the forensic expert Edward Nigma confirming this in a riddle much to the annoyance of Bullock.

They then go to a crime queen Fish, whose underling is a young man by the name of Oswald Cobblepot, nicknamed the Penguin where he is beating up someone in an alleyway with a baseball bat with some heavies.

They then get a lead to go around a house where a small girl answers called Ivy Pepper. Her Dad panics after one question and runs, having a shoot-out in the process and a fight with Gordon when Bullock shoots him. They then find the jewellery at Mario Pepper’s house and assumed the case solved until Cobblepot tells other cops he was framed by someone much higher up the food chain.

The Major Crime Unit accuse Gordon and Bullock of a cover up and murder. Gordon goes to see Fish Mooney to fund out if she is behind it and ends up getting beaten to a pulp. His girlfriend, Barbara asks his partner at the station of his whereabouts but Bullock lies to her, saying he is on a case.

Bullock tries to save him but Fish decides to finish them both off but are saved by her boss Falcone at the last minute.

In the meantime, Fish knows Cobblepot betrayed her and beats him up as well.

Falcone and Gordon talk and there is a link between his father and Falcone. He is asked to kill Cobblepot by his partner on the orders if Falcone and Mooney on the end of the pier. He pretends to kill him much to the relief of his partner and Cobblepot who falls into the river.

Gordon then makes a pact with Bruce Wayne to find the real killers of his parents.

Meanwhile Cobblepot crawls out of the river barely alive where a fisherman sees him and calls him a penguin. Cobblepot flips and slashes his throat, killing him on the spot. His path to the Penguin has begun as have all the characters so far except for Nigma as yet.

This is a good start for those that do not know the story well and looks set to be huge. It is going to do origin stories for many characters in the Batman world which should please fans greatly. I loved it for its darkness and storyline. All the characters are strong and well acted and the writing has been well thought out as have the back stories of each character involved in a complex storyline. I am already looking forwards to next weeks episode which is about Selena Kyle.

If you have not seen it yet, please do. You will not be disappointed.

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Ben McKenzie as James Gordon.
Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara as Sarah Esse
Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot
Erin Richards as Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova as Selina “Cat” Kyle
Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma
Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney
Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, detective in the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department
Andrew Stewart-Jones as Crispus Allen, detective in the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department
John Doman as Carmine Falcone

Richard Kind as Aubrey James, the Mayor of Gotham City
Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Fish Mooney’s second-in-command
Clare Foley as Ivy Pepper, loosely based on the character Poison Ivy
Kyle Massey as Macky, a kid living on the streets of Gotham
Carol Kane as Gertrud Kapelput, the over-possessive, mother of Oswald Cobblepot.
David Zayas as Salvatore Maroni, a Mafia Don who heads a crime family rival to Don Falcone’s
Michaelangelo Milano as Lazlo, a waiter who works for Fish Mooney and is also her lover
Nicholas D’Agosto as Harvey Dent, Assistant District Attorney
Makenzie Leigh as Liza, a wild child


Writer – Bruno Heller
Director – Danny Cannon