Gotham: The Complete Third Season

| August 28, 2017

[Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the Blu-ray collection I reviewed in this post. That said, the opinions I share below are my own.]

I’d originally held off watching Gotham until the second season because the bulk of my friends’ initial reactions to the series proved overwhelmingly negative when it debuted in 2014. Even now, I totally understand where they were coming from in their complaints about that first season’s incessant winking and nodding in its Batman foreshadowing. Those first few episodes in particular are exhausting as the writers name drop character after character after character ad nauseum.

Even before Gotham rolled into its second season though, the writers had clearly embraced the uniqueness of their fictional world and the show has consistently improved episode-by-episode since. The writers now strive to tell their own stories without paying too much lip-service to the source material, and in doing so let their versions of these characters develop more naturally.

You need look no further for evidence of the writers’ unique approach than Jim Gordon’s second season murdering and his turn toward bounty-hunting in the third season. Sure, I’m not crazy about what they’ve done with Gordon, but at least he’s his own Gordon! The same can be said for their Rogues’ Gallery, the highlights of which this season are Penguin and the Riddler, whose relationship develops in some at first quite unexpected ways when Penguin realizes he wants to be more than friends with his long-time pal Ed. It’s probably the greatest storyline in the series to-date and emphasizes the series’ refreshingly soap-operatic storytelling.

They aren’t the only Rogues causing mayhem in the series’ third season either. We get to see the rise of  the Mad Hatter, the Court of Owls, Poison Ivy, and Hugo Strange’s monsters from the season two finale, including what sure looks to me to be Man-Bat! Of course, David Mazouz’s Bruce Wayne continues to grow steadily into the master detective we know he’ll become and the incredible Sean Pertwee continues to play what has become my favorite Alfred Pennyworth of any adaptation with the same butt-kicking fervor and fatherly devotion to Bruce that he did in season two. As if that weren’t enough, there are also narrative threads involving the Falcone family and the Cult of Jerome that, when combined with those elements highlighted above, make this the most complex, engaging and rewarding season of Gotham thus far.

With its continued emphasis on multiple concurrent storylines and the development of its own unique take on these characters, Gotham has become the definition of must-watch television around my household, and it just keeps getting better and better all the time! So if you gave up on it or have yet to dip in at all, now is the perfect time to get into Gotham as Gotham: The Complete Third Season makes its way to Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on August 29, 2017. Special features on the Blu-ray/DVD releases include:

Gotham: 2016 Comic-Con Panel

– “Madness Rising: the New Villains of Gotham” featurette

– “The Dark Within the Dark: The Court of Owls” featurette

– a featurette about Ben McKenzie’s (Jim Gordon) Directorial Debut on the series

– Deleted Scenes

About the Author:

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).
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