So, who has yet to see Gotham? If you’ve been holding out because you’re not into superheros and fantasy, that’s okay. We all have our interests. However, while Gotham takes place in the DC universe, the same universe as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Green Arrow, The Flash and the rest, it isn’t a superhero show. It’s a cop show. It’s about the Gotham City police and their fight against the organized crime organizations who run things as well as the corrupt officers and politicians in their pockets. In this timeline, Bruce Wayne’s parents had just been shot and he’s dealing with the tragedy by trying to find out why it happened and how the city has become so corrupt with the help of Alfred, who is now his legal guardian, and James Gordon who has just been transferred to Gotham City after serving with the military. Gordon arrives to find that the mafia run everything and that the majority of the police and politicians are corrupt. Some are paid to look the other way and some are afraid to act. Only a few hard-ass officers are willing to ask the hard questions and risk getting eliminated not only by the criminals, but their own people. While Gordon is one of them, the good cops don’t yet trust him as his partner, Harvey Bullock is well known for walking the line between law and mafia goon. In this timeline, characters like Oswald Cobblecot (The Penguin), and Pamela Isley/Ivy Pepper (Poison Ivy) are young and not yet villains. In fact, some of them are still good guys. For example, Edward Nigma (The Riddler) is a forensics scientist with the Gotham PD and Selena Kyle (Catwoman) is a preteen homeless girl and Gordon’s streetwise snitch. In return for her knowledge of what goes on, on the streets, he keeps her out of the damaged foster-system. It’s really a great show. So far, I think Oswald is the best character. He’s not really a bad guy, but he really wants to be. He knows that the city is going bad and wants to make sure he’s strong enough to survive when the shit truly hits the fan. He’s very sharp and knows how to talk his way into and out of things with little trouble. He’s a true survivor.