A bunch of us comic book geeks watched episode dos of Gotham last night. Man, they’re ratcheting things up. Oswald Cobblepot’s (the future Penguin) already full-tilt psychopathic and getting more so. Edward Nygma’s (the Riddler) on the fringes (in every sense of the word – I like that he works in the police lab at GCPD. Nice touch, folks). Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock are working together, but with an industrial garbage load of tension. Really love that. And Bruce Wayne is beginning his voyage down that dark path by testing his ability to withstand pain.
One of the surprises last night was the appearance of Carol Kane as Oswald’s mom. I’d recognize her voice anywhere. I still remember her roles in Scrooged (she was the Ghost of Christmas Present, wearing her “… pretty party dress…”) with Bill Murray and as Miracle Max’s (Billy Crystal) wife, Valerie, in The Princess Bride. That’s one of my favorite scenes with Max trying to duck her, shouting, “Witch! Get away, witch!” and Carol shouting back, “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!” I’m laughing just thinking back to that scene. Anyway, sorry, I got sidetracked. Last night’s brief performance as Oswald’s seemingly sweet but whacked-out mom just was icing to the cake. Glad to see her onboard. I hope they keep her on. One interesting note. I saw that her character’s name in Gotham is Gertrude Kapelput. Did Oswald make the Cobblepot change?
I love the intensity that Donal Logue brings to his Harvey Bullock character. The man can chew through some scenery. Plus, they’re rounding him out with some shades of gray. Is there some good beating in that corrupt heart of his?
Finally got to hear Selina Kyle, aka Cat, speak? I like this kid, she’s got spunk. Street-survivor smarts and attitude. And we’re already seeing the magnetic field that reaches from Bruce to her. Good. Excellent planning, folks.
But the one among our bad guys who intrigues me is Penguin. I couldn’t turn up much bio on Robin Lord Taylor, the actor who plays him, but he’s doing a helluva job. I’m liking this new take on Penguin.
All in all, the biggest, boldest, and so far, my favorite surprise, is this Aussie/Cockney version of Alfred. He loves Bruce and will do anything to protect him, and there’s also an edge to the man. Played with a quiet, raw power by Sean Pertwee, this Alfred looks as though he has a past, and I don’t mean just butlering. Here’s a mystery, folks. And also, perhaps, a solution. He’s now father/mentor to Bruce. What skills can this Alfred bring to the table? I mean, he looks as though he could clear a bar. And what Mr. Pertwee brings is a potent acting background, with 118 acting credits under his belt already. The man’s classically trained, has played in a bazillion British TV shows, playing detectives, and all manner of warriors. The man has class and style. I like this Alfred a lot.
This is the most excited I’ve been about a superhero show (or pretty much any show) in quite some time. The last show I got hooked on like this was Young Justice, which the powers-that-are decided to axe. Let’s keep this one running, folks.
‘til next time… Adios.