The first season of Gotham caught me off guard as it was easily one of the best new shows I saw last year. So it goes without saying that me and all of the fans were eagerly awaiting the second season and hoping it would be even more amazing. I’m happy to report that’s exactly the case with another twenty-two episodes on Blu-ray in Gotham: The Complete Second Season. It takes the smart route by bringing in more of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery of villains and bringing their origins and deeds to life in the show’s best season yet.
Picking up not long after the events in the previous season, Gotham is slowly becoming more vile and corrupt thanks to the power struggle left behind by some of the criminal masterminds who left or met their demise. Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is doing his best to fight evil as best he can, but without spoiling anything, has to do bad things in order to continue doing so. Once he and his partner Harvey (Donal Logue) recover from the events from the first season and the start of this one, they get a new captain named Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis) who like Gordon is ex-military and inspires the police force to be better. He also assembles an elite task force and places Gordon in charge of it, which they will desperately need as the rise of villains (both super and not) threatens to destroy Gotham and its people. From Theo Galavan (James Frain) and his sister Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) who want to kill Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and take over the city, to Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) finally succumbing to his dark side and becoming the Riddler, to Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong) secretly making super villains in an underground lab, they will need all the help they can get.
I really enjoyed the second season to Gotham, as it exceeded my expectations and more. It takes what was built in the first season and expands on it in so many ways. We get to see more of Gordon and his relationship with Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) develop, as well as future key characters stepping up to help such as Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) who makes a deal with Alfred (Sean Pertwee) to aid him and Bruce however he can. Robin Lord Taylor continues to do an amazing job with his Penguin character who goes on a self-discovery journey this season and is even reunited with his father (played by Paul Reubens). There’s also some dark and touching moments featured, like shades of the Joker being channeled perfectly by Cameron Monaghan of the hit show, Shameless, to Bruce confronting the man who killed his parents, and to the origin of one of my all-time favorite characters, Mr.Freeze and how he goes from being a kind but eccentric man to the villain we know.
Watching the action and drama unfold in high definition is always a plus, as the Blu-ray delivers crisp, clean visuals and audio that pull you into the show and keep you there until the crazy conclusion. When you’re done, there’s also a nice selection of special features to check out, starting with “Gotham: 2015 Comic-Con Panel” that has some of the cast and crew talking with fans about the second season and what they love about the show. “Gotham by Noir Light” takes viewers behind the scenes on how the dark, gloomy look of the city is made, “Alfred: Batman’s Greatest Ally” talks about the infamous butler and how he’s changed and has been portrayed over the years, and “Cold Hearted: The Tale of Victor Fries” goes into the origins and life of the character as we get to see how the show went into bringing out both his humanity and his apathy that comes later.
Fans will undoubtedly purchase Gotham: The Complete Second Season, but anyone in need of watching some dark, fun and interesting will want to check out the first season and follow it immediately with this one. Great actors doing an equally great job with their characters, along with touching, thrilling and action-packed stories make this easily one of the best new shows to add to the video collection in your batcave.