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Gotham


Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them-–the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, and The Joker?

Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super-villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), Gotham follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.

As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” franchise, “HawthoRNe”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead”).

While the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.

Gotham is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” franchise, “Nikita”). John Stephens will serve as an executive producer on the series (Source: Fox)
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Episode Info

Next: 1x06 -- Spirit of the Goat (Nov/03/2014)


When a killer begins targeting the first born of Gotham's elite, Bullock is forced to confront traumatic memories from a nearly identical case he worked in the past. Later, Gordon is confronted by past decisions.


Prev: 1x05 -- Viper (Oct/20/2014)


A new fatal drug that endows superhuman strength sweeps through Gotham. While Jim and Harvey investigate, Oswald tells Maroni that he used to work for Fish, and the mob boss brings Jim in to confirm Oswald's story... or die. Meanwhile, Bruce discovers that Wayne Enterprises may have been involved with the manufacture of the drug and sets out to learn the truth.

  • Currently 7/10
7/10 (4 Votes cast)

Cast
Benjamin McKenzieBenjamin McKenzie
As Lt. James Gordon (as Ben McKenzie)
Donal LogueDonal Logue
As Detective Harvey Bullock
David MazouzDavid Mazouz
As Bruce Wayne
Zabryna GuevaraZabryna Guevara
As Captain Sarah Essen
Sean PertweeSean Pertwee
As Alfred Pennyworth
Robin L. TaylorRobin L. Taylor
As Oswald "Penguin" Cobblepot (as Robin Lord Taylor)
Erin RichardsErin Richards
As Barbara Kean
Camren BicondovaCamren Bicondova
As Selina Kyle
Corey Michael SmithCorey Michael Smith
As Edward Nygma
Victoria CartagenaVictoria Cartagena
As Renee Montoya (episode 2+)

Reviews

Endless_Red

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Rating: 2 likes, 1 dislikes

not batman-y enough for most avid fans
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Review posted on Monday, September 22nd 2014 at 11:05 pm

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Recaps
1x5: Viper recap: At the manor, Bruce is putting up newspaper clippings when Alfred comes in and suggests that they give a walk. Bruce turns down the offer and Alfred suggests that he may never discover who killed his parents. When he says that Bruce may never get revenge, Bruce says that he wants understanding of how Gotham works. He wonders why Wayne Enterprises didn't do anything to stop Falcone and Maroni from getting such a large share of the Arkham project. Clearly distracted, he says that he'll take a walk later... read more.

1x4: Arkham recap: Barbara tells Jim that he has a visitor, and escorts Oswald in. Oswald claims that his name is Peter Humboldt and compliments Barbara, and says that it's lovely to meet him. Jim says that Oswald is a work friend and walks him out. Once they're down in the street, Jim slams Oswald into the wall and says that he told him never to come back to Gotham because Falcone will kill them both if he learns that Oswald is alive. Oswald insists that he has nowhere else to go and admits that Jim would have every right to kill him. However, he says that Jim is probably the only good man in Gotham and he needs Oswald's help. Oswald assures Jim that he'll never hide the truth from him because he saved his life, hands Jim a broken bottle, and tells him to kill him or trust him. Jim knocks it out of his hand and starts to walk away, but Oswald says that there is war coming and he can help Jim save lives. Intrigued, the detective demands an explanation, and Oswald says that it all revolves around Arkham. Several teenagers come down the street and Oswald disappears into the shadows while Jim is distracted... read more.

1x3: The Balloonman recap: Oswald gets off the bus and notices the crooked cops, the pursesnatchers, and the prostitutes, and figures that he's home. On the news, a reporter is outside of Arnold Danzer's penthouse. Danzer is out on bail after bilking investors out of millions... read more.

1x2: Selina Kyle recap: Bruce sits in his room and lowers the palm of his hand closer and closer to a lit candle. It starts to burn his skin but he resists the pain as long as he can. Alfred storms into the room, sees what Bruce is doing, and demands an explanation. When he sees the burn, he calls Bruce a stupid little boy, but then reconsiders and hugs him, and says that it will be all right... read more.

1x1: Pilot recap: A young thief makes her way across Gotham's rooftops, then drops down to theater district street and steals a bottle of milk from a shopper. She continues on her way, bumps into a man, and lifts his wallet. However, he realizes that the girl has pickpocketed and chases after her. She climbs up a fire escape and escapes, then drops down into an alleyway and stops to pour the milk for a cat... read more.
Crew

Developer: Bruno Heller
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon, James Stephens (2), John Stephens
Co-Executive Producer: Ben Edlund, Ken Woodruff
Supervising Producer: Rebecca Dameron
Producer: Scott White
Co-Producer: Rebecca Cutter
Associate Producer: Annabelle K. Frost

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Recurring Guests

Richard Kind as Mayor Aubrey James (4 eps)
David Zayas as Sal Maroni (4 eps)
Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean (4 eps)
Mackenzie Leigh as Liza (4 eps)
Danny Mastrogiorgio as Frankie Carbone (3 eps)
Krista Braun as Journalist (3 eps)
Carol Kane as Gertrud Kapelput (2 eps)
Jeremy Davidson as Nikolai (2 eps)
James Georgiades as Manager (2 eps)
Michelangelo Milano as Lazlo (2 eps)

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Warning: Gotham guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Crime
Status: New Series
Network: FOX ( USA)
Airs: Mondays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 22, 2014
Episode Order: 22
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