Gotham - Season 4 (TV Review)

 
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Gotham, the prequel story to the city before Batman. Gangsters & mad men run the streets and the GCPD is full of crooked cops. The story follows a young detective James 'Jim' Gordon as he tries to rise up the ranks of the Gotham City Police Department.  The series stars Ben McKenzie as Detective Gordon, David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin, Cory Michael Smith as The Riddler, Camren Bicondova as a young Selina Kyle, and Erin Richards as Barbara Kean with Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock. 


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Gotham has been a show that has divided fans of DC since the first season. This 4th season however is when fans started to see what the show was all about and creating it's own cannon like a new comic would. For starters, We see Bruce Wayne embrace his darker side and play more with his playboy alter ego to go unnoticed. Bruce and Selina's relationship and bond deepens. The choices Bruce makes in this film lead him closer to becoming the Dark Knight. Not much character development with Selina this season unless she is with Bruce in a scene or two every other episode. The continuing evolution of Jim Gordon goes to a whole other level in season 4. Jim really faces a lot of his demons in this season and comes to realize who he needs to become to be a hero for Gotham. This season may very well be know as the "Origin of the Joker" as we see Jerome introduce a character that will catapult the Joker lore and create a new type of Joker for this Batman universe. 

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Overall, season 4 is a must watch for DC fans, we get closer to the characters we know and love/hate. We are introduced to new stories with characters we didn't think would work in this world. Acting from the cast is pitch perfect and it can be campy and it can be serious when it needs to be. It feels Tim Burton like with an aesthetic of Nolan and Snyder. 

The Grade

B+

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