Gotham: Pax Penguina Review

GOTHAM: L-R: Sean Pertwee, David Mazouz and Robin Lord Taylor in the "Pax Penguina" season premiere episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Sept. 21 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.
  • Episode: (S4E1)
  • Review★★★★☆

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Gotham returns after a long summer with a new subtitle called ‘A Dark Knight’. It sounds so ominous and, well, actually familiar. The show begins in a dark alley, surprise surprise.  It’s Batman’s backstory, who would have thought there was a dark alley?  The scene is Bruce getting his justice on and training in the process. There are several images of Bruce in a black mask and uniform of sorts.

I know it’s season 4, but it seems a little too forced, except Bruce is dealing with grief of being brainwashed. I just find Bruce going out to stop crime a little to convenient. I would imagine he would need far more training to get up to the “Batman” level, not to mention the physical status. He does pull nice moves on Gordon which we have seen Batman do to Gordon during their entire history.  The whole sequence leads us up to our show’s title.

GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor in the "Pax Penguina" season premiere episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Sept. 21 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX.

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Gotham has become a strange social experiment in the last three months since the city descended into hell. Criminals have to have a license to do a crime. Of course this whole concept doesn’t sit well with normal evil doers not to mention James Gordon. The situation puts Gordon at odds with his buddy Bullock since the GCPD is going allow with the license concept. Harvey’s character has been in question since the character’s introduction. It’s pretty obvious who came up with the licenses, but it’s up to Gordon to detect why the licenses are being used. Poor Gordon gets his butt kicked through most of the episode. The whole thing is done out of fear.

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Fear is the possible theme of this season. The Scarecrow makes a somewhat forced re-entry into Gotham’s underworld. Fear can be useful in the story in more ways than some. If you know the story of Batman then you know he created the “Batman” persona due to his fear of bats. I want to think that they will bring all that to a head. They simply use the character as a beginnings of Scarecrow’s mania.

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The remaining cast all come together in one way or another. Penguin is opening his new club, The Iceberg Lounge. We also get to see the results of Nygma’s brain disease.  Selena begins her training to become a much more intense Catwoman. One of her “training” sessions is a fantastic fight scene. Ivy is just a tag along in the story but it’ll add to her insecurities. Overall its excellent introduction to the new season and I can’t wait for the next.

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