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Gotham Pilot (2014–2019) online
Original Title :
Pilot
Genre :
TV Episode / Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Year :
2014–2019
Directror :
Danny Cannon
Cast :
Ben McKenzie,Donal Logue,David Mazouz
Writer :
Bruno Heller,Bruno Heller
Type :
TV Episode
Time :
50min
Rating :
8.1/10

James Gordon and Harvey Bullock are assigned to track down the killer of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Gotham Pilot (2014–2019) online

One of three TV series based on DC Comics characters released in 2014, along with The Flash (2014) and Constantine (2014).

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Gotham Pilot Episode Synopsis, Featurettes, TV Spots. Fox's official Gotham (2014) Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot plot synopsis, TV show featurettes, and TV commercials have been released for the Batman, DC Comics inspired TV series. One of the Gotham featurettes is entitled 'Fish Mooney' while the others are nameless. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22.

Episode 2. Selina Kyle. Episode 3. The Balloonman. Episode 6. Spirit of the Goat. Episode 7. Penguin's Umbrella. Episode 10. Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham.

Watch Gotham S1E1 season 1 episode 1 - Pilot 2014 with English subtitles online for FREE. Watch free series Gotham season 1 episode 1 S1E1 - Pilot 2014 with English subtitles James Gordon and Harvey Bullock are assigned to track down the killer of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Adolescent Bruce Wayne sees his doting parents shot by a mugger. Sleezy murder squad lieutenant Harvey Bullock fails to dump the case on organized crime because of eager 'rookie' James Gordon but changes his mind when they offer to take it on anyhow. The stole pearl string is found is petty robber Mario Pepper's home, but they soon suspect the mugging to be staged and the trail leads to local mob head Fish Mooney, from Carmine Falcone's 'family'. The whole affair is clouded by the devious power struggle within the mob, which proves dangerous for the detectives too.
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben McKenzie Ben McKenzie - James Gordon
Donal Logue Donal Logue - Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz David Mazouz - Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara Zabryna Guevara - Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee Sean Pertwee - Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor Robin Lord Taylor - Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin
Erin Richards Erin Richards - Barbara Kean
Camren Bicondova Camren Bicondova - Selina Kyle
Cory Michael Smith Cory Michael Smith - Edward Nygma
Jada Pinkett Smith Jada Pinkett Smith - Fish Mooney
John Doman John Doman - Carmine Falcone
Richard Kind Richard Kind - Aubrey James
Victoria Cartagena Victoria Cartagena - Renee Montoya
Andrew Stewart-Jones Andrew Stewart-Jones - Crispus Allen
Drew Powell Drew Powell - Butch Gilzean

Donal Logue was initially rumored to play the role of Detective James Gordon before being officially cast as Detective Harvey Bullock.

Features the very first live-action portrayal of Det. Harvey Bullock.

Ben McKenzie is the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman: Year One (2011)

Ben McKenzie suffered an accident on set while shooting a fight scene, in which he slammed his head on a concrete pillar.

Toward the end of the episode Don Falcone says to Gordon: "In bocca al lupo". This is an Italian idiom ( it literally translate in "In to the mouth of a wolf" ) meaning you are wishing good luck to the person you are speaking to.

One of three TV series based on DC Comics characters released in 2014, along with Flash (2014) and Constantine (2014).

Toward the end, Harvey drives Gordon to an abandoned wharf. The building in the background is the same one shown at the beginning of the Seaduse nimel: Seksuaalkuritegude uurimisüksus: Post-Mortem Blues (2014). Donal Logue, who plays Harvey Bullock, also played Lieutenant Declan Murphy in that same L&O episode, at that same building. Almost identical shots of the building were shown as well.

In one scene, Harvey calls Jim Gordon and tells him to meet him at 4th and Grundy. This is likely a reference to Solomon Grundy as portrayed in DC Comics.

In his previous series, Spin City (1996), Richard Kind played the Mayor's spokesman. In this series he plays the Mayor.

Advice given by Jim Gordon to Bruce Wayne:

  • I know how you feel right now. And I promise you, however dark and scary the world might be right now there will be light. There will be light, Bruce.
  • There was nothing you could have done to stop what happened. But there is something you can do now. You can be strong. Be strong. I promise you, I will find the man who did this. ( In response to Bruce's statement "... then he shot them for no reason. I should have done something. But I was too scared.)

Grayson McCouch (Thomas Wayne) appeared in Armageddon (1998), which had future batman/Bruce Wayne, Ben Affleck.

The character of Pamela Isley appears in the pilot but her name was changed to "Ivy Pepper." This character will eventually become the villain Poison Ivy.


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Roram

Roram

I'm going to just throw out there that there will be a fan boy rant during this review. I'm an unabashed DC fan boy even though if I chose one right now Marvel would be my pick. I'm not sure how I heard about Gotham as a show. It was probably something on Facebook my friends tagged me in or an article I read that was posted numerous times on a dozen different websites. I wasn't really on board with another show that was a superhero show without the main superhero. I sat through Smallville already. I love Superman but I stopped watching that show for the main reason 'no flight, no tights' rule. I would love to revisit that show but it just turned me off.

Gotham gets announced and I had my qualms. It was going to be a prequel to the whole Batman legacy. That was an interesting idea. There have been flashbacks in the comics and the films. But the show was going to focus on the villains mostly and a few of the heroes of Gotham outside of Batman. That concept intrigued me more. DC is focused on keeping their film and TV franchises separate. That means that the producers and writers had free range to the whole Gotham candy store. That made me want to watch the show more. I would like to see the origins of the rogues gallery. It would be cool to see what turned these people into the villainous beings that we all know.

Last night's pilot expressed many different emotions for me. The show starts off with the murder of Bruce's parents. It's was more violent than I had expected. That scream that Bruce (David Mazouz) emits still gives me chills. Then we are introduce to what could be the main characters of the show detectives Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) fresh from war and his experienced partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). They will be our main highlights through these trips inside the vivid world of Gotham. What follows is the two detectives meeting seedy beings and challenges while trying to solve this high profile murder.

I'll start off with the positives I took out from the show. It looks incredible. The muted tones clash with vivid colors making each shot look like it was lifted from the comic books. The whole tone of the show felt more gritty and noir more than shows like Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I think this show will benefit from no superheroes. McKenzie and Logue have excellent chemistry. They feed off each other very well. With McKenzie playing the straight laced headstrong cop and Logue enjoying being the guy you don't really know what side he's on. Jada Pinkett Smith shined as Fish Mooney, a villain created specifically for the show. She exudes charisma and terror. She seems to be having a lot of fun with her role. Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot was a nice start. He underplays what could be the craziness of his character until he's let unleashed. And when he does it's quite disturbing.

*Warning fan boy rant coming* I know that the creators have been given the keys to the candy store. Even more so because this show is on a prime time spot on a one of the big network channels. But there is no need to dive in headfirst and show your hand. There is so much going on anyone who knows anything about this universe will have their head spin. I'm not sure if there are that many people who don't know many of the characters introduced in this pilot. I guess they felt the need to make sure they set up for what is coming but ease people in. In this episode we are introduced to at six different high profile characters and one who could be lead to believed to be another.

That's just too much for a opening episode. I don't know if they get that sprinkling each character in maybe their own episode down the line would have gone better to hook me in. That's not even counting a few characters who eventually become big get a few lines here and there. It's a lot to take in. I am glad that they kept the concept of a "Batman show without Batman". Bruce gets three scenes and that was more than enough. It should make for good episodes down the line to see where the show goes. Many of us fans know that the city of Gotham has to get much worse in order for Bruce to think about donning the cowl and try to save the city as the dark knight.

So in the light of that we know that Gordon wants to save this city. In his plights he has to fail in order for the Batman to rise. For me, that seems like an great end game to play with. The show could do some things most normal things won't do. It can also go to place most cop dramas don't like to go to. But so far it seems this show is more about the characters and the city of Gotham than the procedural cop drama. I'm perfectly fine with that.
Perius

Perius

I'm seriously conflicted. It was a great pilot with a good pace and shifting the focus to Gordon was executed very well. The tone and the acting of the show is also very fitting and I would definitely watch it if it wouldn't be the mothership of flawed prequels. The name dropping aside the show's premise will have a hard time to convince people that there are any stakes. Because they either have to change the Batman mythos or they have no story. Gordon can't be successful in cleaning up the PD and the streets, because then there's no need for Batman to rise. Which leaves him with solving the Wayne murder as an overall series arc and some random crime investigations for episode stories. But even then there is the component of the perp being a random punk that also motivates Batman. He never got real closure and he used the randomness and unfairness of the crime that defined him as a view on crime itself. So basically you have to accept that they don't stay close to the Batman mythos or that Gordon will ultimately fail. And right now I'm lacking imagination to see an alternative, but I'll stick around for a while to see if they can surprise me.

Overall, if you aren't bothered by people tinkering with Batman's background but you still like the Gotham City angle on crime then this show is definitely worth watching.
Azago

Azago

Gotham is a city awash in corruption and crime. In this city built on human suffering enters Detective James Gordon, a war hero who finds himself wrapped up in the recent murder of the city's most prominent couple: the Waynes. Along with his corrupt and reluctant partner Bullock, he begins to peel back the layers of crime in the city in an attempt to be the righteous man in an unjust place and time.

I'll start by saying that if DC properties are going to be massively exploited on both TV and film at the same time, this I feel is the best way to do it: with the TV version being a completely and distinctly different take on the material. So I like the way this project was approached. However the pilot episode was a rushed mash up of elements and characters, some of which might have worked if they hadn't crammed everything into the opening.

Before I launch into where this thing fell apart, I want to be fair and address what works. The show certainly looks terrific. The production values and visual quality is almost above reproach, though there are a few very stylized shots that feel a bit out of place. On the acting front the runaway highlight is Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin. Despite not matching the accepted body type, he's still able to bring a strong physical characterization to the part. He also is an interesting mix of the stock character of the sniveling backstabbing lackey and something much more vicious just below the surface of that. Jada Pinkett Smith also does good work as the original criminal middle management character of Fish Mooney. She brings a charisma and a sense of fun while also having some moments of real menace.

Unfortunately most of the other elements either don't add much or just don't work. Ben McKenzie as Gordon loses much of the subtlety that the character has when done properly. The most fascinating aspect of Gordon's early days, whether it be represented in "Batman Begins" or in the comics like "Batman: Year One," is that he was a good man and a good cop but that he had no illusions about the situation he was in. He knew the system was corrupt and that he couldn't change it, but he soldiered on and did the best he could under the circumstances. Now they've opted instead to load him with righteous indignation and make him fit the much more generic mold of "honest cop takes on the system head on," which just isn't nearly as nuanced or interesting.

There's another problem with taking this approach to Gordon. If he's going to take the corruption and crime head on like this then he either is doomed to fail or he undermines the mythos of this world. Because Gordon CAN'T win on his own, that's why the city needs Batman. So either audiences are going to watch him fail season after season until Batman shows up (who is barely a young teenager right now) or he wins and then the city doesn't need Batman in the first place.

Even scene to scene there are things that simply make no sense (spoilers follow.) When Gordon tells Bullock that he thinks the guy they killed and the Wayne murder was pinned on might have been innocent, Bullock freaks and says they could lose their jobs. This completely ignores the fact that Bullock shot the guy as he was about to stab Gordon with a knife, which makes it a 100% justified shooting regardless of whether or not he'd killed the Waynes. Then towards the end Gordon tells a young Bruce Wayne (who, to reiterate, is an angry teenager that Gordon really doesn't know at all) that he thinks the killer of the boy's parents is still alive, and then immediately says "But don't tell anybody." There is no logical reason for this conversation to take place. It's ham-fisted exposition at its worst, and it makes Gordon look like a naïve idiot.

The episode is also overstuffed and rushed. A number of characters are introduced in crow-barred fashion, Carmine Falcone is a good example, where it just would have made more sense to bring them in later at a point that made more logical sense for the story. Really the whole thing needs more breathing room: the episode should have only been the first half of this episode and ended with Gordon's realization of the frame-job. That would have allowed for the procedural aspects to be paid more than lip service, and for the overall pace to feel more measured and thoughtful. Part of that might be the general issue of pilot episodes, which have to work like hell to hook the audience to come back. So I'll grant that aspect might get better.

Right now though, catching subsequent episodes has become a very low priority. Really the only reason I'm thinking of coming back is to see the continued development of the Penguin. Based on the teaser for the next episode, the show seems to realize that right now he's the most interesting character. So from that starting place maybe it can be better down the line. It was a rough start out of the gate though.
Lemana

Lemana

Pilot episodes are akin to test flights, and thus must be held to a different standard. It takes a period of trial and error before a series can work out all the bugs. What you're looking for in the pilot is to see if it has the makings of a good or even great show. I'm happy to say that despite its flaws, Fox's 'Gotham' does have what it takes to be something special.

The production values are first rate, and appropriately enough, Gotham City itself is a character. As for the human characters, a very solid cast all fall comfortably into place and gel rather impressively. It's a good sign. Particularly strong are Donal Logue as the world weary Det. Harvey Bullock and Jada Pinckett-Smith as the crime boss Fish Mooney. I had an issue with a few characterizations. In particular Alfred, Bruce Wayne's trusted butler, who has gone from being the wise and avuncular mentor we know from the films to being a rude, tough love jerk.

Unlike the Smallville of the series with the same name, Gotham City is a much larger dramatic sandbox in which to play and it won't require the same types of contrivances. Keeping all of he various elements in balance and keeping us guessing even as its building toward what we know is an inevitable conclusion will be the true test.
Mozel

Mozel

I didn't expect much from this pilot. I was looking forward to seeing Donal Logue in a major role again. He's always good to watch. Unfortunately the writing of the pilot was awful. Aside from the dialogue, my biggest issue was that they put too many Batman villains in the first episode. We got to see the younger versions of Catwoman, Pinguin, Riddler and Poison Ivy. All in the very first episode. It's like the writers are trying too hard to connect the show to the Batman universe. Lets hope the next episodes will be better.

Overall it had a great look. Gotham looks like I was expecting it to be. There are good actors and some not so good actors in the show, but with bad writing, there isn't a lot a good actor can do...
Bele

Bele

Good twist on an popular story line. Characters are strong and acting is well done with the exception of Jada Smith. Hopefully her role will get reduced in the future or she will only be used to introduce stronger characters. It gives a nice back story to the time between the Wayne murders and the arrival of a super hero to save the day. In the mean time Gordon walks a fine line desperately trying to keep the city afloat. One of the best new shows to take place this year. Don't expect your typical comic book story line. In light of how all other 'hero saves the day' shows use of light humor, this one is unique in that omission. A true drama.
Jogrnd

Jogrnd

I was not sure about this show but now I've seen the first episode I will make a point not to miss any future episodes. This is really for the teens and adults because of it's violent content. I must say I was not disappointed, it gets off to a great start and ends with great promise for the next installment. Not strictly for Batman fans but for anyone who appreciates classy and gritty entertainment. Yes, this could be one of the great ones. The kid playing young Bruce Wayne I remember in another great series called Touch and I thought he was really good in this also. I would expect he and young Selina Kyle to meet at some point and realize that their destinies are intertwined. It's not flawless of course but it has so much going for it I will be amazed if it never reaches a second season. I predict it will be a huge hit.
SARAND

SARAND

This review will analyze all the aspects about the first episode of Gotham, and it will also give us an insight into the show.

The concept of this series is very good, that is the beginning of terrorism in the messed up city of Gotham. Detective James 'Jim' Gordon, is new in the GCPD and he has promised young Bruce Wayne that he would find the person who murdered his parents. On the pursuit of the killer, he finds out the corruption that takes place in the city and how the police, government and the mafia are linked. The show also shows how certain super-villains will rise into power. Can Detective Gordon clean this mess? We'll find out

CAST: Ben McKenzie is perfect as Detective Gordon, as his portrayal as an honest man who is out to stop the corruption of the city has been portrayed effectively. Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock also makes a good support cast. Special mention goes to Robin Lord Taylor who portrays Oswald Cobblepot (aka Penguin) who has just started his career as an amateur criminal. David Mazouz also plays a brilliant role as the young, horror struck Bruce Wayne who is trying to conquer his fear after the brutal murder of his parents.10/10

STORY: The story of this pilot episode was really good as I really liked the concept of this portrayal of the dark city of Gotham and some of the super-villains, which you can see in the episode itself. 8/10

DIRECTION: Could have been better in executing the brilliant storyline this has. I felt that this department was a bit weak in putting all the pieces of the puzzle properly. 7/10

MUSIC AND BGM: I did not find any catchy music or BGM in the pilot episode. 6/10

EDITING: The editing of this episode was pretty decent. The scenes have a build up in them, though some scenes were just too quick. 8/10

FINAL VERDICT: Gotham Pilot Episode lets the viewer think about whats going to happen next and makes us wait to know more, which is a good sign. For all the Batman fans, I guess it will not disappoint and we are expecting lots of fun in the remaining episodes. Overall 7.8/10
Yananoc

Yananoc

To be honest I want to give 7.5 Pilot was good enough to make audience to look forward to this new series. It doesn't try too much to impress audience which is nice. Good to see that this show is not cheesy or kiddish. Its somewhere between being serious and entertainment which is best for the Batman's story. Acting is done well by all the actors. Dialogues are good too. The show borrows some element from Nolan's Batman Begins to a certain level, which is a good thing. Hope DC continues their good work on Television and create more shows. By the way, All characters are introduced well to begin a good show. Can't wait for some new episodes.
Moralsa

Moralsa

I welcome and love the new story line. I was completely immersed about 7 minutes in. It could use a better script and dialogue's. Although there were some cheesy lines from Bullock and there should have been better lines from Alfred, the story line was good enough. I love the fact that some of Batman's enemies are also in it(I don't want to give away any spoilers). But I felt that the dialogue's were a little plain and lacked depth. The acting was a 'meh'. I don't think all the actors were perfect and amazing, but they were good. The creators could have made a full season from the first episode itself, but now I cant wait for the rest. There's really a lot going on in the first episode already. The visuals are amazing. The cinematography and set up for the show is perfect and spot on. It gives the series a subtle dark tone and pure Gotham feeling. This show isn't like any other cop drama, that's for sure. But, I would watch Law and Order over Gotham. I'm definitely going to come back for more for 2 reasons- 1.To see how Jim Gordon will get about his goals (still, no spoilers)(but it is obvious that he is going to fail and Batman is going to come and do it for him) 2.Because of that awesome teaser at the end.

And doesn't Jim Gordon wear glasses and have a mustache?

SPOILERS *********************************** I really don't care about what Gordon is going to do, I just want to watch Cat woman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy rise. ***********************************
Jieylau

Jieylau

Usually with new TV shows, they spend much of the first episode setting up their main characters and plugging as many easter eggs as they can to ensure viewer-ship. Gotham is much of the same. I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot and hope that it continues down the dark path that it promises.

The show is a completely new rendition of Gotham's history, and is a prequel to everything Batman. Except of course, his classic rogues gallery. He has the quintessential rogues gallery of all comic book heroes. Hence this episode hinting at at least 5 possible antagonists for the show. With that said i was hoping it wouldn't veer too much into name dropping (Agents of Shield) and keep the cameos to a minimum. I thought a few of the characters weren't necessary for the first episode but none of them seemed completely out of place.

The episode begins with the Wayne murders and introduces us to the duo of Gordon and Bullock. It is a different take on Jim Gordon than we are used to. He's younger, cockier, and much less experienced than the Gary Oldman Gordon from the trilogy. But i liked both Mckenzie and Logue's performances and overall i thought the cast was great. From the trailers it seemed like everyone looked the part but it's nice to see they can also walk the talk. Penguin to me was the big stand out. Robin Taylor gave us a fresh take but it also felt true to the comic book character as well. You can begin to see the menacing and troubled man he will become. Selina Kyle, played by Camren Bicondova was also solid in a non-speaking role so far. She didn't have much to do but just her costume and overall look was enough to sell me for now.

I wasn't a huge fan of Fish Mooney at first. I almost think you could have just begun with the Falcone or Maroney family as the lead villains. Or perhaps it was just Smith's over-the-top performance that turned me off. She did grow on me as the episode passed but i'm very intrigued to see how they change up the Wayne murder, as it is already much different than the comics. So in all i thought it was a great start to one of the falls most anticipated shows. It's also worth mentioning David Mazouz brilliant new take on Bruce Wayne. He showed true emotion in his few scenes with Gordon. The young actor has definite promise. Let's see where this show goes.

+Dark and rainy Gotham

+Fresh take on several characters

+Robin Taylor's menacing Penguin

+David Mazouz

+Right amount of easter eggs

-Mooney was over-the-top

-Wayne Murder changes?

8.6/10
Beydar

Beydar

#SPOILERS# (about which characters appear in the show) #SPOILER#

The pilot was so disappointing, and i did not even expect much... The episode was boring, bad scripted, bad directing and Gordon didn't fit the profile. I know it was not Christopher Nolan directing this episode, that was quite clearly.... Even the side story about "the penguin" was disappointing, and again he didn't fit the profile... will the penguin do have a umbrella, that was the only thing they got right. There were also scene and scripts that dose not make sense.. Bullock says to Gordon; "We are getting fired if you say that i shot the wrong man"... WAIT WHY??! Bullock was defending Gordon from getting killed... There were these continuously wrong facts about the characters and illogical facts. And that's why i'm writing this review, to hopefully save other people from wasting their time, with his amateur show...
Zugar

Zugar

Spoiler alert, (maybe).

I gave it a 6. If that seems low, it really isn't. Some have cited the "bad acting" or "overacting", but that's not it. I think the acting was melodrama, likely completely intentional, and used to dramatize the story as would have been done in the comics.

That aside, I'd say my problem with the story was that there just wasn't much of one. The writers decided to "create" an origin story that's already been known, from the inception of the Batman character, while the show supposedly isn't about Batman, but more about the city and it's denizens that helped to create the Bat.

Personally, I think the death of the Wayne's was introduced FAR too early. I would have thought that scene was more appropriate for either the season finale, the episode right before the season finale, or possibly as a mid season stunner. Putting the death of the Wayne's at the start of the show completely destroyed any suspense that could have been created in anticipation of that known event, and also violated the production's claim of the show not being about Batman, when I now see that it certainly is so.

Also, the pilot was full of ham-handed references to the source material, that in some cases really backfired. Referring to "Grundy Street" really only served to tell me that Solomon Grundy is not a character that we can ever hope to see featured on the show.

Featuring a lame comic on a stage, and forcing the viewer to ponder if he's meant to be The Joker was pretty stupid, partly for no other reason than the simple fact that The Joker is a singular figure, with no need for an "introduction". I see NO point in attempting to tell the origin story of The Joker as there really can be no appreciable description of the horrific circumstances that would have to exist in order for something as twisted and demented as The Joker to come to life. The Joker simply IS, and no dipshit comic telling OLD ASS JOKES is going to even BEGIN to foreshadow the inception of that character.

I really liked the cityscapes, they were beautifully shot, be they stock footage, or not, but there wasn't much else exciting to see. Overall, it just wasn't that good. In defense of the show, though, it was only the pilot, the rest of the season could be much better.
Saimath

Saimath

Wow! When I first heard that Fox was creating a series about the origins of James Gordon and a little bit of Batman, I was a little skeptical, because I thought that they would not be able to be on the same level as Smallville. I was wrong.

Gotham's pilot was great. It opened up with an integral scene in Bruce Wayne/Batman's life. I don't know much about Batman mythology other than seeing the Tim Burton films and Christopher Nolan trilogy. This series is all about the rise of James Gordon. James Gordon is not the Gary Oldman seasoned Gotham commissioner we see in the Christopher Nolan trilogy. He is a rookie rising through the ranks of the GCPD. He interacts with a vast array of characters including Penquin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Carmine Falcone, Fish Mooney, and Harvey Bullock before they became Batman's supervillans. Fish Mooney is a completely new character in the DC universe I read, and it would be interesting to see where they go with her.

I loved the acting in the pilot. The casting was spot on with all of the actors portraying their characters brilliantly. Erin Richards as James wife was good in her role, but I hope to see her character develop more. She only had a couple scenes. It was amazing to see how James interacts firsthand with the characters mentioned above and how he could shape Batman's enemies in the way his actions are. Compared to the Smallville pilot, Smallville had more of a slower pace and better development of the characters than Gotham. Gotham's pilot was great in introducing the characters at a little faster pace than Smallville, but still maintaining the good amount of development needed for the pilot.

I can't wait to see what happens next week. If you're a fan of Batman even if you're not well versed in the mythology, this is a pilot and possibly a series worth checking out.

Hopefully it will last for many years and be as popular as Smallville was.

Enjoy.
Tiv

Tiv

I was fairly disappointed with the pilot episode of Gotham. I felt it beat us down with showing villain after villain. We know these character and love them but do we have to see them all in the first 30 minutes. Jada Pinkett-Smith was hamming it up way too much. A little bit of subtlety would be nice. Though admittedly she wasn't getting much help from the script. Some of the dialogue was just downright awful. I also felt that the lead actors weren't all that interesting.

I will say that the look of the show is great. Some beautiful cinematography and sets. The best part of the show was when Gordon was with Bruce and Alfred. I found myself caring about what was going on in those scenes more than any other.

In the end, the show itself has potential. It just needs some better dialogue, and to concentrate less on Gordon and his partner and more on Gordon and all the characters that people actually care about.

The show contains a lot of violence, some implied sexuality, and minor language.
Abandoned Electrical

Abandoned Electrical

Sorry the return of Jada Smith and her poor acting has lost me for good. A horrible character. A nice show otherwise with just enough tongue in cheek and cheese to make it enjoyable. Robin Taylor (Cobblepot) is easily the best character on the show. A good show that should be an 8 but with the Fish character and Smith's over acting a 4 when she is on screen. A great concept that show how the villains emerge. Also the story the of the Wayne years between the murder of his parents and his return as Batman is a novel concept. The interplay of Selena and Bruce is especially good which should evolve into the torn love affair later in life. Nygma is another well played character. Was looking forward to see the Fox character come alive. But I will pass on the show while Smith is still on.
Onetarieva

Onetarieva

Gotham promotes villains and torture more than entertainment. I used to be a big DC universe fan in 1990's. Batman the Animated Series, Superman the Animated Series, and Batman Beyond were some of my favorite shows of all time. The cast in this episode gives a good acting performance. The story line, however destroys the Gotham city I grew up on. Spoiler: portraying a device that cuts open peoples' eyeballs as entertainment is wrong. I agree that Gotham is a dark city but this is supposed to be for entertainment and the villainous acts here get too much attention and focus. Gotham is even darker than the most recent Batman movie trilogy. DC Comics used to be one of the best publishers in the industry. I wish they would go back to creating stories like they were in the Silver and Golden ages of comics.
LONUDOG

LONUDOG

There was no novelty in the opening episode. The pilot has laid the foundation but will it truly be a strong foundation and will this show break the shackles and become a masterpiece or will it languish and fade out after one season. I had great expectations from the pilot. I'm quite disappointed though. First of all cobblepot .. didn't seem to be menacing at all. Not at all like the penguin we've come to love and hate from the batman universe. Alfred.. too overbearing.. Alfred was never this overbearing and condescending.. plus that accent, too crass. There were a few holes as well. For eg, when Bullock and James go to Pepper's place to interview him, Pepper suspects they are there to arrest him for something else.. so he runs and then they chase him. Then another of those clichéd chase scenes through restaurants and staircases.. Meanwhile Pepper starts shooting at him. This means that he had something to hide. Finally James catches up to him and a fight ensues. Just as Pepper is about to kill him, Bullock appears out of nowhere and shoots him. James ran for quite a bit to catch up to Pepper. Bullock hasn't even broken a sweat nor does he look breathless. Then later when James confronts Bullock saying that Pepper was framed and they should do something about it, Bullock asks him to do nothing since he shot him. Of course he shot him, they had very good reason to shoot him, Pepper was shooting at them and was about to kill James. That's reason enough to shoot somebody when you are a cop. Later James goes alone to confront Mooney. Alone. Why would he go there alone without any backup. That's just silly. Then when he's strung up to be executed, Bullock conveniently turns up to save the day. A few minutes later he is strung up as well to be executed. Then just as they are about to be executed, Falcone turns up in the nick of time to save their skins. The saved just in time cliché. Well there was nothing original in the pilot. Lets hope the show picks up from here. Otherwise its just another cop drama with every known cliché.
Connorise

Connorise

Gotham has had it's pilot episode, and was better than I had expected it to be. That said there's plenty of episodes to come, so only time will tell how well the show carries on. The pilot however does seem to show some promise, and the initial groundwork has been laid out pretty well.

The visual look of Gotham is very well captured, and sells the idea that Gotham city is a dark, and dangerous place. The acting overall is pretty good, with an occasional cheesy line here, and there. Ben Mackenzie does a good job as James Gordon which I would have never expected. He has the strength, charm, and moral center needed to make the character of Gordon work. Donal Logue plays Harvey Bullock, and also brings enough to the character to be more than just a corrupt cop, he's likable enough as to where as a viewer, you kinda get where's he's coming from, and Logue and Mackenzie play well off each other. David Mazouz play the young Bruce Wayne aka Batman, and does fine with the little screen time he has.

The supporting cast works well enough for what their given to do in the pilot episode. Jada Pinkett Smith does a pretty decent playing her character Fish Mooney (a new character), and I actually liked her take on the character. She's the up, and comer who eventually want's to take Falcone's place, another known criminal from the Batman mythos. Mooney also has competition as her loyal thug Oswald aka Penguin want's to take her place. Robin Taylor who portrays Oswald may have gotten cast because of his penguin-like nose, but he is the shows most over the top character, and is the most compelling to watch. Other future Batman rouges are mentioned like Cat women (or in this case girl), as well as Edward Nigma (Riddler), and an young Ivy.

Perhaps the best thing about this Gotham pilot is that it showed some promise, and left me as viewer wanting to see more. I don't know how long the show can last, given this is about Gotham before Batman, but if the pilot is any indication of whats to come, perhaps the show will work without it's titular character Batman. The only way this show can move forward, and develop is if viewers are willing to watch a Batman less show, and I hope people will give it a chance, because first impressions make seem like this could be one to watch.
Mustard Forgotten

Mustard Forgotten

After viewing that 10 people took the time to vote down my review and checking that other reviews that were positive were also mostly voted down, i would gather people are disappointed by the pilot and I understand why. I was myself disappointed by the script, as it lacked originality and felt like statements from a telegraph message. My other problem was with pacing and particularly Barbara's relationships being rushed and crammed into one episode. Very enthusiastic and hungry performances from Cory Michael Smith and Robin Lord Taylor. A cultured Falcone will be a bit getting used to but a nice addition. Mrs Smith was delicious as Fish Mooney, who wouldn't wanna rub her feet. Not enough of Sean Pertwee. Loved his character being more opinionated and influential in Bruce's life. Who really was the man in the shiny shoes? Hope they come with more good writing for the rest of the series. I'd watch this show even though the pilot was a bit disappointing because I'm hoping enthusiasm from the shows creative/arts team and the actors will make up for it. I donot understand the mental process of some people giving the show poor ratings based on its depiction of some prominent Batman rogues gallery members as children. The child like depiction was already revealed in the trailer for the show. I've decreased my rating from 9 to 7.
Iesha

Iesha

The shows pilot is a good episode it introduces a bunch of Batman characters but the beginning was kinda slow
Moogugore

Moogugore

The episode was pretty decent. Nothing too special. Just felt like they tried to do too much in an hour and not all of it worked.
Vutaur

Vutaur

The casting is superb especially Robin Lord Taylor. Erin Richards is hot, indeed! Selina is a stunning character and full of surprises. The only issue was for Bruce Wayne's trusted butler who is a rude guardian, It has the various ingredients in balance and I hope I will love this TV series as I have started from scratch.
Kikora

Kikora

I had huge expectations but also had doubts whether a series set in Gotham City could work without Batman in it. Well the good news it does if only it took a few episodes to keep me gripped as it seemed to start off a bit campy and the acting was a bit wooden but its nowhere near as bad as it could of been and Batman is in it in a way as Bruce Wayne is a major character.

Young Bruce Wayne's parents are gunned down by a mugger to which Selina Kyle is a witness.New police rookie James Gordon(superb Ben McKenzie) along with lieutenant Harvey Bullock are assigned the case and when the necklace worn by Mrs Wayne is found at crook Mario Pepper's place(his daughter is named Ivy Pepper,who do you think she will become)the cops get in a scuffle with Pepper and the case seems closed. Gordon soon learns the necklace was planted on Pepper by Fish Mooney(a sleazy Jada Pinkett Smith with a career best role)who is a member of mob boss Carmine Falcone's 'family' but can Gordon get to her or will this case be closed before Gordon can find the killer.

This a safe start to the new series with the origin of Bruce Wayne/Batman included as well as first appearances of classic names like trusty butler Alfred,cops Gordon and Bullock as well as villains Mooney,Falcone,Ivy,Selina(Catwoman)Kyle and Edward Nigma(who works for the cops,for now)and standout bad guy Oswald Cobblepot who is amazingly played by actor Robin Lord Taylor who makes a character who I don't really like The Penguin(as he becomes soon after)into a very strong character who oozes cunning and power and we see early potential of a gangland boss and love his scenes with Moony. Finally we get to Bruce Wayne and Alfred along with Gordon and this is the dynamic that is key to this show's success and as young as Bruce is you can already see the relationship brewing with Gordon for when he becomes Batman,the relationship with Bruce and Alfred is simply magnificent with young actor David Mazouz electrifying as Bruce and acts much older than his years and wonderful and very funny Brit veteran Sean Pertwee has a career best as Alfred and Brit actors are superb as Alfred for some reason.

Not much happens compared to later episodes but there is some great action along with wonderful scenes involving Bruce with Gordon who swears to catch his parents murderer and is just amazing to see which villain will appear where and also love the working partnership between Gordon and Bullock,i also love the look of the show with a dark and brooding Gotham similar to previous versions but more grim and nasty.

Its not the best first episode to a show I've seen but with some wonderful actors playing legendary characters and despite early campness this is a top successor to The Dark Knight trilogy.

This show has picked up since and is heading for greatness.
Sharpbinder

Sharpbinder

What a neat idea to construct a show around the early days of Gotham when Bruce Wayne was a child and his parents' murder was on the tongues of the public of the city. The police force is wrought with corruption, the mayor and cops in the back pocket of the lead crime lord of Gotham, Carmine Falcone (John Doman), and seemingly only one man could be responsible for cleaning up all the corruption, a young Jim Gordon (a steely, pillar of strength portrayal by a damn good Ben McKenzie of The OC), newly assigned as a rookie detective, partnering with cynical, boozing, unethical veteran cop, Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, wearing grit and weary like a tired cop should). Harvey doesn't even want to take the Wayne case and would have passed in on the Major Case if the team of detectives hadn't insulted him while in the diner. Gordon is all noble and honorable, a direct opposite of many of his peers and the criminal underbelly he must encounter as a partner of Harvey who seems buddy-buddy with the scummiest of them. Jada Pinkett-Smith has her best part in years as one of many criminal kingpins hoping to "replace" Falcone as A-#1 in Gotham. Smith's Fish Mooney has Penguin (as a young psychopathic looking Robin Lord Taylor) on her payroll and wants him taken out due to his informant activities to Major Case. Everyone that is something criminal big wants to be the head honcho of the city, and since Falcone is considered a "weakening Mafioso on his way out" even Penguin himself wants a shot at that title (someday). Gordon's "christening" as a cop "on the payroll" is to kill Penguin or Harvey will take him out at the orders of Falcone. Gordon pretends to shoot Penguin, telling him to leave the city, but we know that's not happening. Gordon talked with Bruce who witnessed his parents shooting first hand: for no good reason, a robbery of them doesn't end without their lives taken by some hood perhaps paid by Falcone (or maybe somebody else?). A motivated Bruce Wayne takes this and of course we know what he becomes.

There's a clever development of having a young girl who will be Catwoman in the future also witnessing the Wayne murders, a canny pickpocket who sleekly moves up and down ladders and across the rooftops of apartments and buildings in the city of Gotham. There's also the introduction to a young Poison Ivy whose crook father was set up as the Waynes' killer, with Gordon wanting to clear his name even if the hoodlum was not a really nice guy. John Pertwee (Yay!) is butler Alfred, an adult influence Bruce desperately needs since his parents are no longer there for him. The production values for this show are as good as any superhero movie you would see in theaters, and the stunning direction fluidly captures Gotham as a bustling city of substantial mass and girth, dark and brooding, foreboding and dangerous. Good-looking show that has a lot of potential, Gotham is blessed with a budget thanks to dedication from Fox. Seeing all the characters we know so well in the DC Universe as kids or young adults is a treat, and while the show might be a bit handcuffed by the fact that the major villains/heroes will "grow up", the threat of their lives is not in question, seeing them at the beginning will allow us to better appreciate the journey to their futures in Gotham. Erin Richards portrays the love interest of Gordon, an art gallery manager with ties to a former friend on Major Case. An early question of Gordon's integrity is met with a determination to see that justice is righted and that the right killer of the Waynes is captured.