Gotham the Series: A Review
Finally, the acting is uniformly good, too. It is too early to tell exactly who these people are in the grand scheme of things, but it is easy to see that all of the actors are fully inhabiting their characters out of the gate, which is no small feat. If there is one weakness, the relationship between Catherine, Tina and Jayqui (was that lip gloss?) seems borderline cliche but that too is a quibble for now until we see things shake out. Otherwise, it is a kick seeing Park out of Jack Synder/Bauer mode and Byrne literally radiates off the screen.
Given it's short running time, Gotham's debut felt more like a teaser or a preview than a fully fleshed episode but perhaps that is all which is necessary to get the the party started, so to speak. Creator and star Byrne is an unabashed fan of the soap genre, having not only spent the better part of twenty years as Lily Walsh on ATWT but also recently as a script writer for The Bold and the Beautiful and a short acting stint of General Hospital as political viper Andrea Floyd. She knows a thing or two about how soaps work and it shows in the little taste of things to come that Gotham promises in the opener. Despite some nods to what is au courant (unconventional friendships, an out gay character, etc.), Gotham has an old school feel to it, influenced no doubt by Byrne's years with a Proctor & Gamble franchise. This influence is underscored by co-writer and director Lisa Brown (ex-Iva, ATWT; ex-Nola, GL), whose tight & confident direction bodes well for the series.
Three and a half minutes might not seem to be much to go on, but Gotham shows a lot of promise. Now it's time to see if it delivers.