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"Better to Reign in Hell..." is a gratifying premiere whose messiness is part of its intriguing charm.
I applaud the fact that Gotham, never one to shy away from a cheap comics nod, seems to have simply made up their own gang of weirdos for the Arkham Asylum escapees.
Oswald Cobblepot continues to be Gotham's strongest character, and I like him best when he and Gordon are working towards some version of the same goal.
This is what Gotham looks like when the burden of being the primary protagonist is alleviated from Gordon's character and, instead, he gets to be one part of a larger ensemble. Gotham has never felt this well-balanced, and I hope it continues...
"Gotham" can stop playing the origins game and let its characters take full advantage of their weird world. But one episode in, it's unclear whether something original is in the offing for this cast.
There's still plenty of intrigue for the show going forward, especially with the concluding scene. The question is whether or not the payoff will be worth it, depending on the speed with which it is acquired.
Gotham has returned to our TVs at last, bringing with it the usual messy trail of WTF and AWESOME because this series can't decide if it wants to be a serious show on serious Earth or some kind of uncomfortable Batman '66 mashup.
In other words, while I enjoyed the Season 3 premiere and am curious to see where all this is going, right now there's a lot of moving pieces in the air and not a lot of direction.
Gotham's still a mess, just as we left it at the end of Season 2.
There's still plenty of Easter eggs for eagle-eyed Batman fans to spot in this season's first hour, including what looks to be the debuts of some as-yet-unintroduced baddies.
Gotham's Season 3 opener was fairly typical of the series at this point. A ton of villains, old and new, and a driven, daring Bruce hell bent on getting himself killed (maybe Wayne Manor should have actual security at this point).
Overall, Gotham's season premiere was a solid start to what's going to be an exciting season. Despite some head-scratching moments, we were given some interesting threads that will be fun to follow as the season progresses.
Better to Reign in Hell signaled the arrival of a more confident, assured show that suggests this could be the best season yet.