When Fox finally premiered Gotham after months of hype and anticipation , comic book nerds tuned in with excitement. But as the show went on, some of that excitement faded away. While the show has retained a large amount of its original audience, there has been a lot of criticism of the show from both current viewers and viewers whom have given up on the show entirely. There are worse shows out there. And the series has become a show some fans enjoy watching because of how bad it is at times. But Gotham does have a devoted following of sorts that either love it for what it is, or is holding on to the hope that it will get better with time. So while the show isn’t awful, here are the five top reasons why the show is hard to watch at times.
- Inconstant tone
Gotham is definitely a comic book series. There is no doubt about that. However, it doesn’t know if it wants to embrace its comic book roots, or shoot for a more realistic and adult feel. One episode might have a killer who ties his victims to balloons, another might contain a head shot that consist of a lot of blood splatter. Gotham tries its best to be dark and gritty while still containing a lot of campy material. The problem is the show has yet to figure out a way to balance the two sides well. With a lot of other comic book shows on the air acknowledging their roots and targeted audience, Gotham struggles with an identity crisis that may only be resolved with time.
- Bad Writing
While not the worse I’ve ever seen, the writing in Gotham is very spotty at times. The characters are sometimes written as if they are not human. The storyline with Gordon and Barbra has been a complete mess so far. Their actions seem to only push their storylines forward. Barbra is dedicated to Gordon and willing to stay by his side, and then she leaves him for her ex. And for some reason, she’s now pissed at him for moving on. The end of their relationship seemed like they were moving through a script instead of falling apart.
Another example is when Fish became the leader of the prisoners she was being held with. She threaten two guys who planned on attacking her and scared them off with verbal threats. Why would two guys that huge be afraid of a woman that small? Because the script needs the story to move along. How was she able to unite the entire group of prisoners and make them work for her? Because the script needs the story to move along. A lot of things just happen without any hesitation throughout the show simply because the story needs to move on. If you’re willing to sit back and not question anything, then you will enjoy the show. However, the writing can leave a little to be desired if you analyze it.
- Continuity Issues
If you’re a huge comic book fan, then the continuity of the show may bother you a little. Both The Riddler, Victor Zsasz, and Harvey Dent are entirely too old to become Batman villains if the show considers themselves following the cannon at least a little. Batman doesn’t fully become the hero we know until close to his thirties. So I guess a young Batman in his prime will have to beat the crap out of a couple of older men. Also, Batman might not have an issue figuring out who Catwoman is in the future. And vice versa considering the fact that they’ve hung out as kids. I know they haven’t spent enough time together to make that assumption yet, but I’m pretty sure the show plans on milking their relationship. We’re going to see a lot of them together in the future.
- Forced Batman Villains
Although I really enjoyed the way Scarecrow was introduced, there was no reason to introduce him at all. The show seems bent on introducing Batman villains regardless of how they fit the narrative of the show. I understand Catwoman and The Penguin, but It seems like the show runners are trying their best to maintain momentum by throwing everything on the table within the first season in order to ensure a second one. Do we need an adult Harvey Dent for one episode? Nope. His appearance had very little effect on the show. Is it really necessary for Edward Nigma to be a part of their forensics team? Nope. All of the moments with the character and his crush seemed forced because the show feels the need to give his character something to do to keep him relevant. Every time he’s on screen it makes me wonder how long it will take the cops to catch him once he finally does turn in to a villain. It doesn’t take the worlds greatest detective to figure out that the intelligent and awkward guy named E Nigma whom is known for telling riddles at the office all of the time just might be The Riddler.
The show seems like it was pitched simply as James Gordon’s experience with the GCPD before Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, because there is very little direction other than that. The first half of the season seemed more focused than the second half, which makes me wonder if the show would have worked better as a twelve to thirteen episode season rather than a full season. All of the corruption within the system and organized crime is interesting, but there isn’t a feeling of urgency in the show. None of it feels like it is headed anywhere in the end. The show suffers from being a prequel filled with characters that must live in order to keep continuity. Even the city itself is a victim to being a prequel since it will never improve and become less corrupt. Because if so, then Gotham will never have a need for a Batman. All of these things factor in to making the story lines within the show feel like there is no direction to take the show in. This can be resolved with creative writing, but I’ve already stated the problems with the how the show has been written so far.