In its first season, Gotham had a lot of bullet points to check off in re-introducing viewers to the Batman mythos that we’ve all been familiar with for years. It really worked in some ways, such as Donal Logue’s Harvey Bullock and the playfully sadistic tone, but it failed in others. (See: Barbara Keane.) Even star Ben McKenzie understands that there were some missteps, and he thinks it was a combination of the initial procedural approach and the erratic airing schedule. He isn’t wrong, either.
Season 2 of Gotham, which will feature a still-growing list of roughly 3 billion villains, will bring more focus to Gotham City’s underworld, but in a way that explores the characters in more depth. Though that’s how things went towards the end of last season, McKenzie knows that approach should have been there from the beginning.
I mean, you can’t blame anyone for thinking that focusing the second episode of a new series on The Balloon Man was a bad idea. Oh, wait, you definitely can, since that did not make a lot of viewers feel comfortable with where the show was going to go in the future. And though Milo Ventimiglia’s late-season villain Ogre wasn’t perfect, he at least got a few episodes to make his purpose known.
Of course, you might not have realized that those Ogre episodes were airing when they did, since Season 1 was the victim of a stop-and-start schedule stunted by several brief hiatuses. Here’s what else McKenzie had to say to EW.
Not only is it somewhat difficult to follow, but it’s also aggravating if you’re getting more engaged with the series. Having to wait weeks between new episodes is always a bummer, and it gives people a chance to find something else to watch (or do, if you’re not stuck to your couch for work like I am). Luckily, Season 2 already has a set amount of episodes in production, and the creative team is shedding all procedural elements in exchange for several multi-episode arcs throughout the year. When you’ve got big villains like The Joker, The Riddler and Dr. Freeze coming, it’s best to keep them around as long as possible.
Gotham Season 2 will hopefully win fans over with its plethora of baddies and adjusted focus when it premieres on Monday, September 21.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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