Gotham

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Year: 2014 – Present

Synopsis: The series follows a young James Gordon of the GCPD, along with the evolution of Bruce Wayne and a variety of adversaries.

Pros:
Perhaps the most expansive origin story made for the TV. The whole cast gives it their all. The writing has become quite self-aware by the fourth season. Even though we all are at least somewhat familiar with the destiny of many of the characters, there are still engaging twists and turns.

Cons:
Many of the villain origin stories follow very similar paths, causing some further predictably. Can be a bit uneven on tone. Some fans of the comic might be upset by the twists in origin stories.

Discussion:
Like with Supernatural (2005-Present), I did not engage in the show right away. It was hearing the actors talk about their enjoyment of the show at a panel in Rhode Island that made me interested, particularly Robin Lord Taylor (Penguin/Cobblepot). It will be coming to an end in a year or so after a healthy five seasons (this review should receive an update then). Though technically a cancelation, it makes sense narratively anyway, because the show would soon just become “Batman.” I am sure many would still watch that sudo “spin-off,” and I would not be surprised if that was produced in the long run, perhaps as a recurring mini-series.


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Rotten Tomatoes
S1 — 76%
S2 — 74%
S3 — 74%
S4 — 81%
S5 — 94%

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