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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent series!

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    kenn
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    Even the secondary characters are engaging in this series of stories penned by the writer of The Mentalist. This is Gotham before the Batman begins to bring order to that city. A number of the characters from the comic are introduced in their early years with personalities, strengths and flaws that foreshadow what they will become in DC comics canon. The delivery is subtle, believable and the plots and characters are very nicely done. Little Poison Ivy has an abusive father and raises her few pathetic plants in a small apartment in a concrete jungle. The casting is flawless, as are the direction and acting. The characters (even the stranger villains) are entirely believable (Oswald Cobblepot particularly so). The writing makes even the "toss-away" characters three dimensional. A street urchin asks a favor of a burnt out cop in an office full of crooked cops - he denies the request (out of habit) and she quite casually threatens to "Scream and tell everyone that you 'touched me'". He lurches back from her and gives her a pained expression (despairing that even the children of Gotham have lost all respect for the cops, or that one so young would prove so adept at blackmail) before getting the detective that she demanded to see. That 30 second exchange by Selena and "cop number 6" has an impact (technically, it should have been just filler between scenes). And again, Selena Kyle as a thief and street urchin looking for her mother is especially well done (and it really is hard to pick a "favorite" in this group - there are excellent scenes for all the primary and secondary characters). Harvey Bullock, always a nuisance character that I found annoying as a two-dimensional "corrupt cop" - is actually quite a believable, sympathetic character here... even while he's being a completely arrogant, lazy jerk! I really can't bring myself to hate This version of Harvey... and he clearly sold out years ago. The writer/director and actor actually conjured up a Harvey that ..... dare I say it..... I actually Like! The future Commissioner Gordon is the main character of this ensemble - Very intelligently done. Determined enough to take on a corrupt city government, intelligent enough to stay Just under the radar by "playing ball" without actually playing ball. He brings an insightful air of menace to the criminals that he encounters without actually stepping over the lines... a precarious balancing act. Even his girlfriend, Barbara, is notable in the few minutes that she is on screen. Ideally a sounding board for him to recount the events of his day and plan strategy - she engages and does a lot more than just listen and kick in an idea or two. She helps bring the issue to a head by pushing him into the deep water (with a mischievous grin) all the while providing him with plausible deniability. Bruce Wayne's presentation as a 12-13 year old was, however, most potentially concerning for me as his was the easiest precursor character to get terribly wrong. They nailed it! Bruce the adolescent shows a forceful personality with out showing any sign of youthful petulance. He comes across as Very intelligent and Very perceptive, but most of all ..... Driven in a way the borders on the disturbing. Alfred (another strong role) explains to Lt Gordon why he Hasn't called in a psychologist to look into why Bruce seems..... more than a bit ..... different. A bit too detached, A bit too perceptive - it seems as if he already has an agenda and he doesn't care to explain what it is. When you ask yourself - could This kid grow up into a man that will make hardened sociopaths wet themselves, the answer for me was - oh yeah. The transformation has already begun.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dark, dark, dark, Part 2

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    elfmanfan
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    I titled the review this way as I had reviewed Season 1 earlier. This is the season where we meet many of the villains and heroes of the Batman genre. We meet a young Jim Gordon of the GCPD, Harvey Bullock, and several of the villains at the beginning of their crime careers. This set is the DVD; not the Blu-ray. This may not be as bad as one might think as the lower resolution of DVD may give the program more of a "film noir" look that Bruno Heller and the other producers want to achieve(that doesn't mean that I won't buy the Blu-ray versions)(and, you shouldn't hesitate to buy them either). Episode 1 starts with the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne. We meet Bruce Wayne as a 10-12 year old boy; and Alfred as the butler who becomes his guardian. The break out star of this season, though, is easily Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin. His rise becomes the major subplot of the season. The episodes all help tell the story and lead to Season 2's furthering of the Batman and his villains origins and motivations. The special features are the same on both the DVD and Blu-ray sets. Both have the short bits on how the actors see their character(s). I can highly recommend this to everyone!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to know the characters other than Batman

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    Trekkieguy007
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    The storyline is dark and fun within this prequel series. It is refreshing to see the characters within the Batman universe other than just focusing on Batman or Bruce Wayne. You get to see how villains and heroes came to be and how they were shaped into the versions we classically know them. With surprises and excitement in each episode, the world within the series is open to many good stories for the seasons to come. Even though I can't compare to the other Batman-themed show in the past, I think this a well crafted show even when some characters and plotlines don't directly match with the comics.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Show

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    DP15
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    Gotham is quickly growing as one of my favorite shoes on TV. I love that they show the "backstory" of Batman's greatest villians on all time. It is truly a unique show and will be on for a long time, as long as Fox supports it. The only thing I didn't like about season one was that I thought Fish was a very annoying and forced character, other than that a great season! And season two has been even better!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great adaptation of characters from the DC comics.

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    Aluna
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    I truly enjoyed watching this season. I hadn't read any reviews. I just went into the store looking for something new and different for me. I don't regret it one bit. It has a little bit of everything drama, action, suspense, and romance. Detective Gordon is potrayed with all his glory and it's a great way to develop and present all the different villains. You won't be disappointed with the Penguin.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very entertaining DVD set for the Gotham Fan

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    I really enjoy the Gotham series. I bought this DVD to add to my Gotham collection . This set of DVDs includes the first season of Gotham with all too familiar bad guys such as the Joker, Penguin , the Ridler, just to name a few. This complete first season is a must have for the devoted fan.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    gotham before batman

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    raderwayne
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    so the 1st season (before batman is batman) starts out pretty great. u learn where gothams criminals (the penguin, the riddler and even catwoman) start and how gotham became in need of batman. not only is there the full season there is also the extras with the " Game of cobblepot" and gotham invented.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beginning of a new Batman saga

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    simone
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    Series is the start of the Batman saga before he became Batman. It's the beginning of his journey on becoming the Batman and showcases the rise of the Penguin in the criminal underworld as well as the rise of Detective Gordon in becoming the Police Commissioner of Gotham City.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Refreshingly Original

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    Rajg1990
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    Gotham goes where others have dared not to, into the gritty world of life BEFORE Batman. Touching on some of the foundational events that make the arrival of Batman even possible, Gotham sets a rich storyline of the man behind the mask and the people who formed his alter ego.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gotham Season One

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    R156
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    Gotham is by far one of the best well written shows of this genre in quite some time. The struggle for power in this city gives rise to all the villains we now know and love. Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mahoney and Robin Lord Taylor is brilliant as Oswald Cobblepot.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great show from the first episode

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    Vikinggal20
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    I was skeptical when I heard about a show revolving around Gotham City minus batman but rather a younger Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne before he dons the cape. But it's very good, you get hooked in from the beginning and there are some great characters! Season two is also great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gotham and Gordon - new vision

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    hubertp2
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    Ok, it's not the comics. But it is a gripping vision of Gotham CIty after the death of Bruce Wayne's parents. Poor Detective Gordon discovers just how deeply crime has taken over the inner works of this place. And how many shows have you rooting for the big crime boss?

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Roots of Batman, well done!!

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    JeffB
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    The first season of the "pre-Batman" life of Bruce Wayne and all of the other characters is well done and does a great job maintain the "dark" overtones established in the Batman movie trilogy. Great character development and story line. Highly recommended

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Good Series

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    Robin
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    Gotham took me by surprise. I purchased it on a whim due to the good price. I was impressed with the way they introduced many of the villains and how well they cast them. I think the Penguin is great and I enjoyed watching the evolution of the Riddler.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have for your Batman collection

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    SuperChuck
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    A perfect DVD set for any true Batman fan out there. Gotham is a brilliant show that has received a lot of ratings and a lot of good reviews. Season 1 was awesome and I will definitely be getting season 2 when it is released in a DVD set like this one.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gotham Season One

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    DAggy15
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    I was really surprised how much I loved this show. I enjoyed all the backstories. I'm not sure it follows the comics but since I haven't read them I just enjoy Gotham for what it is. Great characters and a really good story so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Interesting Season

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    The first season introduces you to most of the main players in the Batman Universe. The cast does a superb job of introducing each characters. I have purchased all three seasons because it's a great show.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the Gotham series

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    DistortedFuture
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    First picked this up at Target for $10, but when I saw it for $7 at Best Buy on Black Friday, had to purchase again & return other copy to Target. Love everything about this series, must own for any Batman or DC fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gotham is fun.

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    Chas
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    I got into Gotham and did not want to pay the price on demand. With my $5 discount I paid about $10 for Season 1..less than $0.50 episode. Xfinity wants $2.99 per. If you like Gotham and want to catch up I recommend this DVD

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Missed it on TV, now hope it comes back!

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    I didn't get a chance to catch this when it was broadcast, but SO GLAD I've caught up now! This is a dark, interesting take on the legend. Really worth a viewing - and it gets better as the episodes go on. A Must for fans!

    I would recommend this to a friend