Critic Consensus: "Better to Reign in Hell..." is a gratifying premiere whose messiness is part of its intriguing charm.
as James Gordon
as Harvey Bullock
as Bruce Wayne
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
as Alfred Pennyworth
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
as Barbara Kean
as Selina Kyle
as Edward Nigma
as Tabitha Galavan
as Lucius Fox
as Butch Gilzean
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
as Fish Mooney
as Valerie Vale
as Ethel Peabody
as Mayor Aubrey James
as Ivy Pepper
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Critic reviews for Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell...
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.
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.
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