Synopsis: Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne face the chaos Gotham City has become. Their mission to keep the city safe becomes more complicated as the villains who survived the attack on the city begin to resurface and claim various territories.
Review: Gotham returns and it is in a far worse state than it was when we left it.
This first episode does a lot to lay out the new foundations and give us an idea of where everyone is at. But as yet there is no sign of Jeremiah.
Captain James Gordon is struggling to keep the people that didn’t escape during the attack safe and to make matters worse. He has absolutely no help coming from the US Government who have made Gotham a nowhere land.
With food running out. Jim is struggling to keep the moral of the people up.
Meanwhile, the Penguin has managed to take over city hall and has converted an old factory into an arms manufacturer. Elsewhere Barbara and the Sirens have taken over their little corner of the city and are trying to broker a deal with Penguin for arms, which is something that Tabitha isn’t too pleased about given that she holds feelings of revenge toward Penguin over his killing of Butch.
At Wayne Manor, an injured Selena is suffering from a crippling back injury, which needs medicine, which motivates Bruce Wayne into formulating a plan to help her out as well as help Jim out with the people that he is protecting.
It goes without saying that one of the strongest elements of this series is its regular cast of actors and we see a lot of great work on display this week as the power struggle between the various criminal elements begins.
Sadly we say goodbye to at least one regular this week in the form of Jessica Lucas who has both seduced viewers and shocked them with her performance as they deadly Tabitha. To say that things escalate in this episode would be an understatement.
We also get a strong performance from Robin Lord Taylor as a Penguin who strongly believes that he is in control again.
This is a solid start to the season with a few hints thrown in about what is to come.
I love how Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne are beginning to work together in much the same way as they do in the regular Batman comics. There is a great moment where Jim says to Bruce, “The next time you want to help. Just ask. You’ve earned your place here.”
Overall. I’m really glad to see Gotham back for this final season and early indications are showing that it is going to get really interesting.
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