We’re two episodes into Gotham, the new Batman prequel series, and we may be on the verge of the greatest iteration of the famed (and occasionally overdone) franchise yet.
Some brief observations.
1: Robin Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot is fucking awesome. If this keeps up, he’s going to rival Heath Ledger’s Joker as the ultimate series villain.
2: Camren Bicondova can maybe evolve into the best Cat Woman ever. She’s got a look and she’s got, if you’ll forgive me, a certain catitude.
3: Fuck, this portrait of Gotham is dark by network standards. Yeah, you’re limited on the network – how much fun would this be if it were on HBO instead? – but the producers are finding ways of conveying dark and grit and cynical and corrupt within the boundaries. Clever, and compelling.
4: Is it just me, or does Erin Richards look like a younger Missy Pyle?
Last year’s clear (and maybe only) breakout dramatic network hit was Blacklist. Gotham looks like it’s going to be that good, or better.