Binge watching, the 21st century way of enjoying tv, may well be one of the mankind’s greatest innovations, it enhances perusing your favorite shows without the distractions of time and commercials in between episodes.
Yes, I have fallen victim to the recent fad of binge watching television shows, a season at a time, sometimes watching an entire season in as few as only two or three days. What I like about the experience is, it seems to enhance the flow of a given series narrative, without having to wait a week in between episodes, and without those bothersome commercials interrupting your enjoyment.
My recommendation this time around is based on my recent experience of doing this with the excellent series Gotham season 2. This show, has all of the qualities that lend it to being nearly perfect for enjoying it in this fashion.
I have chosen now to suggest this because season 3 starts soon, Monday, September 19th, 2016, on Fox, 8-9 pm, so now’s the time to make space in your schedule to remind yourself of last season’s events and get psyched for season 3.
There’s so much to recommend this series, and season 2 in particular, its hard to know where to begin, but here goes. First of all i think its pertinent to mention the excellent writing that separates this great series from what has become the somewhat crowded sub-genre of comics based shows on television. The myriad story arcs that were portrayed during season 2 were nothing less than epic in scope and quality.
Part of what makes this show so great is it never gets boring, there’s such a wealth of material to write about, it never gets static in nature. As soon as one story arc wraps up it segues into another, like a spider web that when you pull on one thread its movement sets up movement across the whole thing.
All roads lead to Arkham in season 2, and the series begins its memorable journey with wrapping up threads started in season one with Penguin, Fish, Butch, Gerome, and Barbara, all leading up to Theo Galavant, and the creation of the Maniax.
Ultimately, this show is about insanity and evolution, evolution that takes many forms and goes off in sometimes surprising directions.This season is just plain fun, and never runs out of ammunition for the delightful genre stories it tells.
This brings us to the characters, the second reason this show stands out from the rest. It has an excellent cast, and the characters they portray, how they portray them, and how they are depicted on screen makes for a delightful symphony of insanity, crime, violence, betrayal, and sudden death that makes a perfect combination just meant to dance together.
There’s other characters on this series that are great too, in their own right, characters like Alfred, Harvey Bullock, Lee Thompkins Captain Barnes, Ed Nygma, Miss Peabody, are all reasons this show is as great as it is, and it wouldn’t be nearly as good without them
Gotham, the city itself is another character in this show that should not be overlooked, the shadows and darkness it provides, makes a worthy context for the events that take place inside its domain.
I am not going to dwell on the show’s production quality, art direction or the other standards that shows are judged by, except to say they are all excellent, props, sets, costumes. lighting, etc are all so well done they never intrude in any way to be distracting.
This show is stated to be about Jim Gordon and his life in Gotham and his evolution as a character before the arrival of the Batman, but it could be argued that the show is just as much about Penguin, Robin Lord Taylor is excellent in the show, and often steals the scenes he is in, making Oswald Cobblepot one of the show’s most memorable and enjoyable characters.
Nearly every story thread in season two is as much about his evolution as it is about Gordon’s. the two seem inextricably linked in the show’s account of what goes on in this insane asylum of a city.
Another aspect of this show I love is how the kids playing Bruce and Selena are growing up right in front of our eyes they grow up so fast (sigh), and I can’t help but wonder in what ways season 3 will reveal they have changed since we saw them last. Also, I read that the actress playing Ivy, is going to be replaced by an older actress, who will take over the role, which sounds like it is being slightly revised.
Will this be the year Bruce takes up an early attempt at vigilantism? Selena is already well on the way to becoming a career thief, and I wonder how she will up her game next season.
The history of what occurs in Gotham is filled with a cavalcade of iconic moments that never seem to end, from the season’s creation of Gerome as the proto-Joker, to the advent and evolution of Firefly, and Mr Freeze, up to and including the bizarre experiments of Hugo Strange and his menagerie of not-quite-human creatures. the rise and fall of Azrael and his very amusing end. This show is full of priceless moments that hopefully will continue for years to come. Binge worthy material for sure.