'Gotham: The Complete First Season' [Blu-ray]
(Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, et al / 4-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: The good. The evil. The beginning. When rookie Gotham City detective James Gordon, dedicated to restoring his crime-ridden metropolis back to its decent and illustrious past, catches the case of a murdered socialite couple, he promises their shattered, surviving son Bruce Wayne he'll find their killer. It is an obligation and an obsession that will cost him dearly – and set the stage for the gritty and exciting world of Gotham.
Blu ray Verdict: The first season of 'Gotham,' a foreshadowing of Bruce Wayne's early years and Detective James Gordon's rise in the corrupt Gotham City Police Department is an intense telling which succeeds for the most part from beginning to end. The telling of James Gordon's rise to the rank of Commissioner was very well done and the character was portrayed quite absolute, as well as Bruce Wayne's story on the rise to being Batman. The series succeeded with character chemistry and action sequences, while also making good run time per episode.
However, there were some flaws to the first season. Firstly, the villains. The origin stories of the Penguin and newcomer Fish Mooney were executed flawlessly (even the tease of a possible Joker thrilled audiences alike), but then there were some others like the one evil-doer who ... kills people by sending them above via balloons? What? Secondly, I wasn't a big fan on the subplot with Barbara Kean, the former love interest of Gordon - & the final bit with her being revealed a villain felt like the directors were making it up as they went along. However, Gordon's secondary love interest who was introduced halfway during the season made up for it.
I enjoy a television series that I don't have to take too seriously, in which the audience can just escape in to a fantasy world that allows the heroes to survive an onslaught of a dozen criminals and come out on top unscathed, week after week. Of course it is not real drama, but it is superb entertainment and cinematography. So sit back and relax, and just watch the heroes and an array of villains trying to take control of Gotham from one another.
Pros: Flawless Execution on retelling of James Gordon, Flawless Execution on retelling of Bruce Wayne, Action-Packed, Penguin & Fish Mooney, Joker Tease, Character Chemistry, Exceptional run time! Cons: Barbara Kean subplot, and Idiotic sub-villains! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Gotham Invented: Building Our Gotham
Gotham Invented: Paving the Way for the Caped Crusader
Gotham Invented: Fractured Villains of Gotham
Designing the Fiction
The Game of Cobblepot
DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow
GOTHAM: The Legend Reborn
-Detective James Gordon
-Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth
-Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Own it on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 8th, 2015!