Gotham 1.07 or The One Where I Stopped Watching

gotham7Last night’s episode of Gotham was brought to you by the letter A. A stands for alliances. An episode where a few alliances emerged, were dismantled, and revealed.  And yet it was still terrible. Terrible, terrible, terrible.

I must announce that this will be my last Gotham post probably ever. I’ve reached the seven episode threshold and can find no great reason to continue following this show along. Gotham‘s vision is simply too unclear, and its character’s are non-essential to the story being told, and worse, to each other. Watching this series week to week since it’s premier earlier this fall, I have often felt that each character is a stick-figure protagonist of its own far-too-confused version of Gotham, especially on a series named “Gotham” based on a city that its audience already knows a whole lot about. Were this a character-driven show about the inner worlds of each, and their individual experiences in that environment (a la Mad Men or, at least an often mediocre The Walking Dead) this wouldn’t be a problem, but there is nothing character-driven what so ever here. In fact the characters have done nothing to drive themselves anywhere but where they are: stuck. They are what I like to call “Pawns with Personality” moved around by the story, shuffling from here to there, trying to make sense of it all, feeling feelings and doing not much about them. And even then, I have no idea who or what this force moving them around is. Worse: I don’t believe the writers do either.

Last night’s episode of Gotham saw Gordon finally taking a little bit of agency, standing up against the mobsters, shooting them straight in the gut if need be, etc. Sadly, it did not go much further than that as Gordon was ultimately stopped by his silly girlfriend, Barbara, who came back the same day she was told never to return to Gotham, so she could beg a mob boss for her boyfriend’s life. SERIOUSLY?!? So the weepy-eyed woman ruined everything because she thought her tears would solve all of Gotham’s problems? Is that still something we think anyone would ever do? It’s the 21st century and we are expected to root for a hero in love with a woman who does nothing all day except sit up in her million dollar loft and cry, complain, and stick her nose in matters she knows nothing about? Someone who makes ridiculous decisions that require her to be saved over and over? These damsels in distress are for 1950s comic books and have no place on contemporary television.  And if you think Fish Mooney, essentially a male character played by a woman and dressed like a woman, somehow makes up for all the unbelievable female characters on the show, think again.

One more ridiculous moment that I have to point out here is when Gordon decides to go home despite every mobster in Gotham City out for his blood.  In fact it was so obvious that when Bullock finds him he has to mention it and then make an excuse on Gordon’s behalf about how hiding in the most obvious place is smart because no one would look for you there. Right… or because if he was hiding in a warehouse or a hotel room Bullock wouldn’t have been able to find him either.

Gotham is just another cardboard backdrop full of flat characters, stories, and villains and the more I think about it, the happier I am to say: GOOD RIDDANCE.

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