If last week’s fall debuts of both Gotham and the second season of Marvel’s Agents of Shield is any indication of what is to come for the rest of my anticipated shows for the fall in Arrow and Flash, I am in for an exciting season of television. I feel that both shows are locks for must see T.V. this fall especially after seeing Grant Gustin debut as Barry Allen in the Arrow ‘s episode “The Scientist” as well as its impressive trailer. I was extremely impressed with the last 10 episodes of Agents of Shield. After the release of Captain America the Winter Solider the shows seem to really take off with the inclusion of Hydra surprising infiltration of Shield. What do I think about last week’s debut of both Gotham and Shield? Check out below, feel free to express your thoughts on last week’s debuts, what do you feel is to come as each season progresses?
If you do not know by now, despite how ridiculous the DC cinematic universe looks, I am still a huge fan of its characters and Batman still stands as my all time favorite character. When I heard of this show I was a bit intrigued. Gotham is a series of origin stories for characters within the mythology of the Batman universe. The show follows a young James Gordon as he works to bring justice to Gotham; however he finds being Gotham shining example of a purist individual is not easy when corruption surrounds him at every angle. I was impressed with Ben McKenzie portrayal as Detective James Gordon. McKenzie captures the essence of Gordon’s personality and values of walking that line of the straight and narrow in the midst of a city so full of crime, corruption and the unknown. You see all the elements that will ultimately make him the guy who sides with Batman to fight back against all of the darkness that plagues Gotham in the future. Early in the show you witness the defining moments that ultimately changes Bruce Wayne forever involving the death of his parents.
David Mazouz gave justice to the his portrayal as young Bruce Wayne, even as the pilot ends you can began to see the emotion and attitude of Wayne changing from a frantic scared kid to this one set to seek vengeance on those like the gunman who murdered his parents. The chemistry between both James Gordon and Bruce Wayne was present as the two connected when James expressed to him how he himself was there when his parents were killed in an auto accident. Gotham also debut a different type of Alfred portrayed by Sean Pertwee, the show approached Alfred as being this no nonsense, tough love character which is a bit different than that of Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Trilogy) yet works well within the dynamic of the show.
The inclusion of Gordon partner in Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), Bullock serves as the exact opposite of Gordon he unlike Gordon has placed himself within all the corruption that has consumed Gotham, his connection with the Gotham underworld with the likes of Gotham mob boss Fish Mooney portrayed by Jada Pinkett-Smith, reveals how the two are on different paths morally. Bullock works to school Gordon on the unwritten rules of the city and how he has to accept working with Gotham’s underbelly such as Fish Mooney and Carmine Falcone portrayed by John Doman who has seemingly paid off much of Gotham City.
From the show’s opening scene you view a world that seems as if it was taken right out of the comics. One of the most interesting, yet fun elements of the show is to see all the characters within the Batman story line in their early stages such as Cat Woman-to-be Selina Kyle portrayed by Camren Bicondova who witnesses the murder of Wayne’s parents and who has grown to have a watchful eye on him. We see Oswald Cobblepot(Robin Lord Taylor) ,who works for Fish Mooney, but is also an informant for Gotham Police Department. Cobblepot will ultimately become the Penguin. We also witness Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) who works with GPD. Nygma will become the Riddler. We also see Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) who will become the future James Gordon’s wife. Lastly we witness a young Poison Ivey as well in Ivey Pepper portrayed by Clare Foley. I have to say I was absolutely entertained and impressed at what they did with a show; with Batman not being the headliner, the show plays out just as like a solid yet suspenseful police drama but yet at the same time has the inclusion of DC character source material, I look forward to episodes 2 as we follow James and his efforts to clean up Gotham while keeping his sanity in the midst of such peril times. Gotham is a must see for me this fall for sure.
I absolutely agree with many critics who did not like the show when it was originally aired as I felt that the first half of the season was not what I hoped it would have been, outside of Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) who along with Clark Gregg (Director Coulson). They both represent all that has been great about the show from its opening episode to now. I had a problem with the rest of the cast surrounding Coulson although toward its season finale I had warmed up to them as I felt they did not form a good team for Coulson. The show finished very strong with the Hydra infiltration as well as betrayal of Ward being a Hydra agent. This season seems as if it was set to right the wrongs of season two; the cast seems a bit older and seem to fit the action agent role along with Coulson and company, the inclusion of Lucy Lawless (Zena: Warrior Princes) as agent Isabelle Hartley was a great step in the right direction, along with new additions Mac (Henry Simmons) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), team with Coulson and company to help flush out Hydra. Grant Ward, due to his involvement with Hydra is a prisoner of Shield who is used for intelligence on Hydra’s plans, however I feel there will be more to come involving Ward as the season progresses.
The show did a wonderful job debuting yet another Marvel character from its universe in the form of the Absorbing Man, who in the comics is a foe of the Hulk, the inclusion of his character played out very well. There is also the mystery still revolving around Sky and her origin, her parents, as it has been hinted that they are not of earth; we will see how this plays out as season 2 continues. The other mystery involves Coulson and if there will be a change in him, as it was revealed that he now has alien blood streaming through his body. It is reported to be that of the Kree, which we saw a lot of in Guardians of the Galaxy. Stay tuned folks; Shield seems to be on the right path!