“Gotham” season two holds a promising midseason premiere
By Chris Skarnulis, Arts & Entertainment Editor
The Fox TV series “Gotham” is unique in that it follows a separate format from the typical storyline of the adult Bruce Wayne as Batman. Its storylines are interconnected in that they explain the evolution of both the heroes and villains in Gotham City. With an ensemble cast portraying multiple characters from the Batman universe, it’s a series that portrays a dark and gritty Gotham City, fueled by corruption and anarchy.
Gotham’s main storyline follows rookie detective James “Jim” Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his role in the early days of the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD.) One sub-plot follows young billionaire heiress Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) in the midst of his parents being murdered, and his quest to find the identity of the man who killed them. The other sub-plots are origin stories of notable Batman villains including the Penguin/Oswald Cobblebo (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler/Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), Catwoman/Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), Poison Ivy/Ivy Pepper (Clare Foley), the Scarecrow/Jonathan Crane (Charlie Tahan) and the yet to be announced Joker.
Gotham’s season one followed newly instated detective James Gordon and his assigned detective partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) as they investigate the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents. Troubles arise when Gordon’s then-fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) suspects that Gordon spends too much time worrying about “cleaning” up Gotham. Gordon calls off his engagement to Kean, and begins a romantic relationship with GCPD psychologist Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin). Separate plotlines involve lowly gangster Oswald Cobblebot and his war with former employer and mobster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). After Cobblepot betrays Mooney, he is nearly left for dead. He slowly nourishes himself back to health and builds up his own rival criminal empire. All while this is happening Bruce Wayne does his own extensive research on his father’s company, Wayne Enterprises, with the help of Selina Kyle and his butler/mentor Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) to find the man who murdered his parents. Along the way they uncover dark secrets that change Wayne’s perception of his family forever. Season one was full of twists and turns that progressed the storyline at a great pace. Season two proves to be just as good. Season two picks up right where season one left off. New threats emerge, including a band of psychotic criminals known as the Maniax led by the sinister brother-sister duo Theo and Tabitha Galavan, James Frain and Jessica Lucas. Following a massacre carried out by the Maniax at the GCPD, Gordon has no other alternative than to work with Cobblepot to stop the reign of terror that’s destroying Gotham. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne continues uncovering secrets about his parents with the help of Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk), Pennyworth, and Kyle alike. Another situation comes about when Wayne becomes acquainted with the Galavan’s niece, Silver St. Cloud at a Wayne Enterprises meeting. Cloud (Natalie Alyn Lind) begins attending school with Wayne. After a series of encounters, Wayne suspects that she is a dangerous threat to the security of Gotham and takes the necessary steps to stop her. The first half of season two didn’t disappoint. It introduced plenty of new characters, plotlines and drama.
The second half of season two is set to premiere on Feb. 29. It’s reported that the story of cryogenic mastermind Mr. Freeze, Nathan Darrow, will be introduced. It’s also been reported that actor Paul Reubens will reprise his role as Oswald Cobblepot’s father, Tucker Cobblepot, following his cameo in the second feature film of the Batman franchise, Batman Returns.
Gotham is a series that is sure to keep audiences captivated. Its interconnected storylines, drama, and action all make for a worthwhile addition to the Batman franchise. Make sure to tune in to Gotham on Feb. 29 on Fox at 8 p.m.