I’ve had my qualms about Gotham since I started watching it a couple of years ago.
On the one hand, I do like the idea of basing a story on Commissioner Gordon’s multi-layered struggle with himself, his loved ones, the GCPD and Gotham’s world of crime.
Ben McKenzie just about pulls off the disillusioned, hot-headed Gordon that constantly goes against the system and in almost every single episode has his firearm out, but the main attraction is the villains, particularly Ed Nygma played by Cory Michael Smith and Oswald Cobblepot played by Robin Lord Taylor.
The series has had its ups and downs, but one character I found to be particularly interesting was Azrael. He had the potential to wreak serious havoc and had that mystical element about him that made him even more imposing a character. I’d have loved for him to stay on and strike real terror in the hearts of Gotham’s faithful.
His death was too sudden and unceremonious. They couldn’t kill him with regular firearms, so they bust out the bazooka and blasted him to smithereens. It sort of felt like Deus Ex Machina, and a very unsatisfying Deus Ex Machina at that.
As for the rest of Season 2’s conclusion, I was on the edge of my seat when Nygma was toying with Fox and Bruce Wayne. Even though you know he isn’t going to kill them, he still manages to keep you hooked and that comes down to the brilliance of C M Smith.
And then Season 3 arrived. Bruce has a creepy doppelganger wandering the streets, Gordon’s tracking down a bunch of monsters that have escaped from Indian Hill, Jada Pinkett Smith is back and more annoying than ever before, oh and Barbara and Tabitha open some sort of a nightclub. It felt formulaic and a little underwhelming.
Here’s how I would have gone about starting season 3. 1) no bazooka and Azrael gaining power. Also he’s after Bruce’s blood. 2) Bruce, Fox and Alfred heading out to Paris while Gordon tries to contain the situation in Gotham 3) Bruce has the chance to meet Henri Ducard.
Here’s the intro to get things started.
I do think that David Mazouz makes for a good Bruce Wayne. He just needs better lines to work with, and they need to stop telling him to mope so much. He’s had some great moments and we need more of those.
According to the comics, a young Bruce Wayne left school and headed for Paris, where he met Ducard, who became his mentor.
Here’s how I would have the two meet:
So that’s two things to take away here. Henri Ducard’s introduction to Gotham, adding a whole new twist to the saga and Azrael’s reign of terror in lieu of a group of monsters led by a very annoying Fish Mooney.