Critic Consensus: Gotham aims for introspection, but settles for bombast in a dark entry that nevertheless deepens Benjamin McKenzie's Jim Gordon.
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 Poison Ivy/Ivy Pepper
as Capt. Nathaniel Barnes
as Alice Tetch
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Truth be told, I'm far more interested in the obvious love triangle forming between Oswald, Eddie Nygma and Butch Gilzean.
It was all somewhat disposable save for the focus on Jim Gordon's underlying self-loathing and how it caused Hatter's suicide trigger to stick with him. That was a really cool way to draw Jim's brokenness out into the open for discussion.
The show has settled into its new year with the same predictable plots. But a funny thing happens on the way to the doldrums: the series' veteran cast finally starts to feel comfortable in its cartoonish skin.
Gotham might not have Superman flying in anytime soon, but it's soaring in its own right at this point.
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