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GOTHAM Debriefing: “You’re not a bad guy. Just a bad cop.”

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The Gotham premiere worked hard to create a distinctly decaying universe in which corruption is an accepted way of life for the city’s residents. With its visually stunning sets and well-known characters, it wasn’t any surprise that it would attract an audience, for curiosty’s sake, but does it manage to live up to the hype when the series really gets underway?

The answer for me, at least, is a resounding yes. Picking up where the pilot left off, the second episode manages to peel back the layers of what may be the most debauched city on television these days. Everyone in town is touched by the seedy underbelly, one way or the other, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that everyone survives by navigating layers of corruption to their own devices.

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Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

GOTHAM Debriefing: Not your father’s comic book.

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Look at that: another season, another kick at the superhero can in the search for the next great television hit! Following in the steps of Arrow on the CW and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, FOX enters the race with its own spin on the genre with Gotham. In a prequel to the Batman universe we all know and love, we get to follow the origin story, of sorts, of everyone’s favorite Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), here a rookie detective in the wildly corrupt city we’ve all grown up loving and fearing. Filled with familiar characters and stories, Gotham still manages to be a fresh take on one of the most enduring comic series in he world.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.
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