Wednesday, May 24, 2017


We can't all like the same things. Different strokes, no accounting for taste, and all that. I get it; I really do and I'm fine with it. But still, once in a while something comes along that is so awesome I just can't fully grasp the fact that not everyone loves it as much as I do. My brain has always known that there must be people out there who do not love Gotham but my heart and soul do not believe it's possible. So it was a bit of a shock to learn that there are at least two people who do not like Gotham.

In case anyone reading this has missed out, Gotham (Fox) is a Batman prequel. Bruce Wayne is a teenager - quiet, serious, and often surprisingly innocent. All the familiar characters are there, though some of the villains have not yet acquired their villain persona. Edward Nygma, for example, in the early seasons is just a shy young guy with issues that probably wouldn't seem all that bad if you didn't know what was coming and it is great fun watching him become The Riddler.

Gotham is incredibly fun to watch. The casting is outstanding. The actors all play their characters brilliantly. My favorite is Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin. I can hardly keep from giggling every time he appears on screen. I could list each actor and gush about how brilliant each of them is but you really just have to see for yourself.

Could it be though, that I am having so much fun watching the characters that I never noticed that there's no plot? Typically, shows that have a long season to season story arc tend to eventually lose focus and go off on weird tangents. I have to admit I'm starting to get a little bored with the Court of Owls, and if Penguin is "killed" and brought back to life one more time it might make me roll my eyes a little, but overall I don't think that's happening with Gotham. It does seem like they skip around a lot. Often the story will refer back to events of a season or two ago. I started watching during season two and I caught on fairly quickly but I don't think it would be possible to pick it up much later than that. This skipping around really doesn't bother me though. To me, it just makes it seem more real. In real life events do not always happen in a smooth, logical progression.

So anyway... I suppose I'm just defending one of my favorite shows and if it's not your cup of tea, it's not your cup of tea but if you haven't watched it yet try it. Start at the beginning and give it some time. And don't worry about the plot or lack thereof. Just sit back and enjoy it moment to moment.


  1. I've never watched it (never was that big of a Batman fan), so I don't have a dog here, but I've noticed that off the friends of mine at work who watch this sort of thing, only one really likes Gotham! The rest really dislike it. The fan brought it up the other day to someone else only to get told that they don't like it either, and I said to him, "Well, looks like your endless quest for another Gotham fan continues!" It's just this weird thing I've noticed in my own circle. The show obviously has to have fans, right? Shows don't get into their, what, third season without them!

    1. I was never much of a Batman fan either. I've seen a couple of the movies and liked them well enough but among superheros Batman was not my favorite. I hadn't thought of this before but maybe not being a big fan is what it takes to like a prequel or a reboot. You don't have so many ideas about how things are supposed to be fixed in your mind.

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    3. Also, Bruce Wayne is probably the least interesting character on Gotham and sometimes it goes several weeks without him appearing at all. It's mainly all about the villains and the Gotham police department.