6/10 “Gotham” season two is a slight improvement over its debut season, but is still hampered by the constraints of network television. Many of the pros and cons from season one remain, but there are a few new pros that made this a slightly more enjoyable experience than when the show first began. Before I get to those improvements, I will cover what is wrong with this season. Like season one, several performances are over the top or cheesy. B.D. Wong plays Hugo Strange and his performance is all over the map and even his accent/voice changes once in a while. Although I couldn’t help but get some “Jurassic Park” nostalgia hearing him talk about cuttlefish DNA. Every cop who isn’t Jim Gordon, Harvey Bullock or the new Captain are complete wastes of space who are either terrible at their job, act as another dead body for one of Gotham’s newest villains or just look around wide eyed waiting for a motivational speech from a superior. A lot of cheesiness comes from all the nameless cops that we could care less about. I’m also still not sold on the Penguin as one of the main villains to be in nearly every episode. He is too weird to believably be a crime boss and too awkward to want to spend as much time with as we do. At least his story line this season feels more realistic than last season. The score remains completely forgettable and there are still so many coincidences of characters randomly running into each other in this huge city. There are countless ex machinas to come save the day at the last second, so you never feel like your main characters are really in any kind of palpable danger since you know it’s only a matter of time before they get rescued. As for what worked, the plot is better this season now that all of the characters have been established and some of the new characters are pretty interesting. Bruce Wayne’s subplot makes some substantial movement forward and I love how Alfred (despite being annoying in trying to stop Bruce’s plans) is a formidable badass who knows how to fight, instead of just being an old butler like every other iteration of the character that we’ve seen before. One of my biggest complaints was that some main Batman villains only had one to two episode arcs in the first season before they were dispatched of (Scarecrow, for example). Luckily, season two has villains who stick around much longer, even when you initially think they might be gone. Whereas the first season felt more like a procedural like “CSI” or “Law & Order” with a villain of the week, season two has a stronger plot thread that stretches out over a much longer period of time, ensuring villains stick around longer, as they should. There still may be a little too many villains for my liking but with 22 episodes of the season, at least there is plenty of time to showcase them all. While there is still room for improvement with the writing, score and special effects, “Gotham” season two is a step up and despite some of the cheesiness, I’m cautiously excited for a fun season three.

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