There's an old theater adage that says drama should be life without the boring parts. For webisodic soap operas, that saying holds true more than ever before. With just a few short minutes to tell a dramatic story, every second counts if you are hoping to hook Internet viewers with the attention span of breeding rabbits on crack. Unfortunately, Martha Byrne's new series Gotham is falling a bit short in this endeavor.
Now before anyone races to the comments section to join in for a good, old-fashioned, patented Jamey Giddens rip apart session, that isn't what this is. I want Gotham to succeed. I want to like this show, not just because I admire Byrne greatly, and truly believe she is trying to give disenchanted soap opera viewers what we want, but also because the sky is literally falling in terms of our beloved daytime soap operas. Just look at the depressing Nielsens report this week. READ MORE
Gotham the Series aired its third installment last night and there were improvements right from the start. The music in the opening sequence was moody, and there were snippets of the two previous episodes. After a little nudge from Anne Sayre's Tina at the beginning, it was all Martha Byrne and Michael Park.
The short episodes make for slow moving action. It was 45 seconds before anything happened and it was all over in little more than three minutes. It's enough to keep me engaged in the conversation, but certainly not long enough to feel as connected as Catherine and Richard do. I need more! Byrne and Park do have great chemistry however, and it is clear that they have a great off-screen friendship as it comes across in their scenes. As always, I have problems adjusting to the shaky camera. What do you think of the web series? Catch the latest episode after the jump. READ MORE
The mystery behind Catherine (Martha Byrne) and Richard's (Michael Park) past hasn't come to light, but there was sure a lot of tap dancing on the second episode of Gotham! As Catherine took the short term spotlight to promote her cause, Richard listened, while Sheila (Margaret Reed) used her feminine wiles to distract him. Guiding Light favorite Maeve Kinkead (Dinah) made her debut and looked fantastic doing so. Catch the episode after the jump. READ MORE