Gotham: The Complete Second Season Blu Ray Review

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Gotham: The Complete Second Season Blu Ray Review

ON BLU-RAYTM INCLUDING DIGITAL HD AND DVD AUGUST 16, 2016

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Includes Tons of In-Depth Featurettes, including Comic-Con Panel and character featurettes!

Building on the momentum of its wildly successful first season,Gotham turned up the heat with a villain-centric second season that has elevated the series to No. 2 among Fox shows*. Fans have the chance to prepare for this fall’s suspenseful third season with the August 16, 2016 release of Gotham: The Complete Second Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE).

*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Men 12-17 US AA%; excluding repeats, specials, sports, and <2 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-2/7/16

The WBHE release of the Gotham: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray including Digital HD ($54.97 SRP) and DVD ($49.99 SRP) includes all 22 episodes of the series’ thrilling second, as well as fascinating featurettes, Gotham’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes and a gag reel. Gotham: The Complete Second Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

Darkness saturates Gotham in its triumphant second season as the city’s villains continue to rise from the shadows, each more ambitious and depraved than the last. As Penguin continues to solidify his control over Gotham’s underworld, the battle for power in the city has become a game of interesting alliances on both sides of the law – with detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock at the forefront of the fight against crime in the dangerously corrupt city. Season Two witnesses Gordon’s moral compass wavering as he confronts Gotham City’s most notorious criminals while simultaneously attempting to gain the trust of young Bruce Wayne, a boy now clearly on the path toward the man he is destined to be. And all the while, Gotham follows the intriguing origin stories and evolution of some of the city’s most infamous personalities, including Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Hugo Strange and Mr. Freeze.

“We are thrilled to release Gotham: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray and DVD so fans can catch up and relive the exciting and unexpected twists ahead of the highly-anticipated third season,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “The Blu-ray release offers Gotham fans the ultimate viewing experience with superior picture, optimal sound quality and an array of special bonus content, making this release a must-own DC title.”

Gotham: The Complete Second Season features a star-studded cast including Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.) as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue (Vikings, Sons of Anarchy) as Detective Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz (Touch) as the young Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Firefly) as Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee (Elementary, Event Horizon) as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead, Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, Erin Richards (Open Grave, Breaking In) as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Cory Michael Smith (Carol) as Edward Nygma, James Frain (True Blood, Orphan Black) as Theo Galavan, Jessica Lucas (Gracepoint, Pompeii) as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk (The Newsroom, Homeland) as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell (The Mentalist, Ray Donovan) as Butch Gilzean, Nicholas D’Agosto (Election, Heroes) as ADA Harvey Dent, and Michael Chiklis (The Shield, The Commish) as Captain Nathaniel Barnes.  The series also features guest stars Jada Pinkett Smith (HawthoRNe, The Matrixfilms) as Fish Mooney, Nathan Darrow (House of Cards) as Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze, BD Wong (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Oz) as Professor Hugo Strange, Cameron Monaghan (Shameless, The Giver) as Jerome Valeska, Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs) as Silver St. Cloud, Richard Kind (Inside Out, Mad About You) as Mayor Aubrey James, Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman films,Batman Returns) as Elijah Van Dahl, Melinda Clarke (The O.C.) as Grace Van Dahl, Michelle Veintimlla (The Good Wife) as Bridgit Pike/aka Firefly, and Carol Kane (Young Frankenstein) as Gertrud Kapelput.  Based on the characters from DC Comics, Gotham is executive produced by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), Danny Cannon (Nikita, CSI series) and John Stephens (Gossip Girl) and produced by Warner Bros. Television.

MARKETING SUPPORT 

The release of Gotham: The Complete Second Season will be supported by a national media and publicity campaign.

BLU-RAY & DVD SPECIAL FEATURES 

  • Gotham: 2015 Comic-Con Panel: Warner Bros. Television Presents a Night of DC Entertainment at Comic-Con 2015: Gotham
  • Gotham by Noir Light: Gotham is deeply cast into the film noir technique and edgy attitude. The camera’s lens is able to pick up on the subtlety for the fans to enjoy a modern update to an age old tradition, of how to paint with shadow and light.
  • Alfred: Batman’s Greatest Ally: This story is about Gotham’s take on the father/son bond between Bruce Wayne and his butler Alfred. The depth of the mythology from the comic books comes to life on the series. Poignant and powerful.
  • Cold Hearted – The Tale of Victor Fries: The mix of cold blood and a warm heart. We examine the humanistic melt-down of Victor Fries in pursuit of a cure for his love, Nora.
  • Character featurettes

22 One-Hour Episodes 

  1. Damned If  You Do
  2. Knock Knock
  3. The Last Laugh
  4. Strike Force
  5. Scarification
  6. By Fire
  7. Mommy’s Little Monster
  8. Tonight’s The Night
  9. A Bitter Pill to Swallow
  10. The Son of Gotham
  11. Worse Than A Crime…
  12. Mr. Freeze
  13. A Dead Man Feels No Cold
  14. This Ball of Mud and Meanness
  15. Mad Grey Dawn
  16. Prisoners
  17. Into the Woods
  18. Pinewood
  19. Azrael
  20. Unleashed
  21. A Legion of Horribles
  22. Transference 

DIGITAL HD

The second season of Gotham is also currently available to own on Digital HD. Digital HD allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital HD is available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital HD copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage through participating UltraViolet retail services including CinemaNow, Vudu and Flixster Video.

BASICS 

Street Date: August 16, 2016

Running Time: Feature: 968 min

Enhanced Content: Approx. 93 min.

Price: $49.99 SRP

DVD Standard Features

6 DVD-9s

Language: English (5.1)

Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, French

Presented in 16×9 Widescreen Format

Blu-ray Features

Price: $54.97

4-Disc Elite (4 BD-50s)

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English, Castilian Spanish 2.0

Subtitles: ESDH, Latin Spanish, French

Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

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Season One Review (Courtesy of Gabriel Alcantara): 

Another quick disclaimer from me, like I said in my Supergirl Season One review, I’m not exactly an expert on writing reviews for entire seasons for TV shows. This is actually my second attempt at trying to put together some thoughts for a TV series. And since this is the second season of Gotham we’re talking about, where many developments have taken place and more characters have been introduced, there’s a good chance some details may be left out. I haven’t seen the show since its second season ended in May, so my memory on it is really fuzzy.

Anywho, let’s get down to it, and yes, beware, SPOILERS are within these words.

Oh, man, where do I even begin with this monster of a television show? You have to know, I am a fan of this show because of it chaotic and violent nature. I know this show is not perfect or even technically good, but it’s a beautiful mess I look forward to and enjoy watching every week. It gives me that one hour of insanity and sinister excitement I need in my life. Let me also be clear, while I am a major fan of all things Batman, and I take the character seriously, I don’t get butthurt over the changes in the lore this show presents. In fact, it’s pretty clear by now this TV show is more of an alternate reality for all of the characters in the Batman universe. Considering there have been many different interpretations on these DC characters, I think this show is allowed to take whatever creative choices it wants to, even if some of those choices aren’t always the best ones.

Season One was mostly a police procedural as it focused on Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) solving crimes in their “fair” city, as well as try to prevent an all out war against two of the most powerful crime families. All the while, little Bruce Wayne becomes obsessed with trying to find the murder of his parents. I had no major issue with this format, but many did. Many felt like season one felt nothing like a Batman show… even though Batman isn’t even the focus of the show. Either way, I guess the producers listened, and dedicated the second season to villainy, as they dubbed it “The Rise of the Villains”. This would add a lot more sinister fun and way more violence to the show, as well as give it a more serialized feel. It would also fix the problems season one had… while creating some new ones.

The villain aspect was a lot of fun, but like everything else in the series, it has its flaws and messy spots. The main villain of the first half of the season was Theodore Galavan (James Frain), a billionaire businessman who eventually runs for mayor of Gotham. His secret plan is to insight violence throughout Gotham as part of an age old vendetta his family has against the city and the Wayne family. Galavan was interesting in the way his mind worked. He added some sophistication to the villainy of the show. I feel he had a stronger evil plot compared to other villains of the show. I enjoyed the cat-and-mouse games between him and Jim Gordon, right up until Jim makes the drastic decision to murder him. Bad Jim, bad. Later, as Dr. Hugo Strange would become the main bad guy in the second half of the season, conducting experiments in Arkham Asylum under the Indian Hill program, Galavan would be resurrected with no memory of his past self. Strange would go on to convince Galavan that he was a legendary knight named Azrael with a mission to kill Gordon. It was an exciting but rather cartoonish turn for the Galavan character. At least his arc had an explosive end. B.D. Wong as Hugo Strange was perfect casting. Watching him perform as the sadistic but calculated scientist was a joy. Unfortunately, as Gordon got closer to taking him down and shutting down the Indian Hill program, Strange became kind of cowardly. Still, I do hope to see him return in the future of the show.

Of course we have our returning villains, Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith). Oswald had a very busy arc as we saw him try to maintain his kingpin status in Gotham while going head to head with Galavan. Once Galavan kills Gertrude, Oswald’s mother, things got very interesting. I enjoyed Oswald’s camp filled time in Gotham as Hugo brainwashed him to be a model citizen. It was really great seeing Paul Reubens portray the wealthy Elijah von Dahl, the biological father of Oswald. Then to see Penguin slip back into madness as he see’s his father die, only to discover his father’s wife and her kids poisoned him to get his money. It was satisfying to see Penguin sadistically take his revenge. As for Nygma, boy did he take a plunge into insanity. After he hooks up with his crush, Ms. Kringle, and then accidentally kills her, he goes full on cray cray, but he still has his sinister intellect. Props to Smith for his portrayal of the man who will become The Riddler. Watching him work was fun.

Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monagham) returns to serve as a protégé to Theo Galavan, and damn, he is a sick, little character. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thrilled by his presence. He stole the show every time he was wreaking havoc. It did come as a shock when Galavan killed the Joker-ish character in front of news cameras to look like a hero who stopped a hostage situation. However, the finale teased that Jerome might be back… because not everyone can just simply die in Gotham. Just ask Fish Mooney. Her return, by the way, was nothing anyone asked for. Galavan’s sister, Tabitha played by the drop dead gorgeous Jessica Lucas is a welcomed addition. She’s quite the dangerously bad ass chick with a whip. Plenty of other famous villains of Batman lore found their way in this season, including Firefly and Mr. Freeze, along with too many to mention in this review. Sadly, not too many of them are worth mentioning because many came and went without making too much of an impact. I know I mentioned before that I understood this was an alternate universe in the world of Batman, but I have to admit, many of these famous villains were created after Batman’s existence, not before. So many of these classic characters are being shoehorned in the series as fan service. I feel that by the time Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, he’ll be way too overwhelmed with supervillains. They’re kind of putting all the eggs in one season, ya know? Oh, yeah, and Barbara is still crazy. More so, in fact.

All of our good guys are still bad ass and over the top. Their arcs have been all over the place, mostly with Jim Gordon who went from taking down Galavan, to being framed for murder and thrown in prison, to escaping prison and vowing to find who put him there, then lastly, to go look for his beautiful girlfriend, Leslie Thompson because she had to escape Gotham because she became pregnant with his child. Harvey is still a smart ass, and that’s how we like him. Too bad he didn’t really seem to have much to do than to back up Jim. He does kind of become the acting caption of the G.C.P.D. by the season’s end. Bruce Wayne’s story gets more compelling as he and Alfred – who gets more bad ass with each episode – continue to look for the killer of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Once Bruce finds the killer (in a really good episode), he spares his life, only for the killer to commit suicide shortly afterwards. Bruce now vows to take down the Court of Owls because they are causing all the corruption in Gotham. Selina Kyle continues to be a standout, helping Bruce and getting into crazy shenanigans. Michael Chiklis joined the show as the new captain of the G.C.P.D. He was great at first but once Jim was being framed for a murder by Nygma, he showed a lot of incompetence as a detective. One things for sure though, the G.C.P.D. sucks at security. It seemed like that place got attacked every few weeks. Cops are so expendable in this series. They drop like flies.

I hate to admit it, but the writing and directing of this show has never been constantly solid. This season has some really good standout episodes, more so than season one, but it had some messy ones too. A lot of potential went into some subplots but most of them has some forgettable outcomes. I can say this season had a better structure than season one. The suspense was far more exciting for the most part. There was plenty of violent action in each episode that kept me entertained. The look of the show is still incredible. I often say Gotham has the best cinematography on Network TV. Plus, a lot of CGI goes into the show and you can barely tell.

As I write this review, I think to myself: “Jesus, with all these complaints, why do I like this show?”. The truth is, I just do. I like the sinister and wicked nature of the show. I like the villainy of the bad guys mixed in with the bravery of the good guys. Gotham is a show that I wish could be better as a whole, but when I watch it week after week, I am so highly entertained. It has standout moments that make me grin and give me chills. I like the over-the-top approach to it because I need that silly thrill once a week. Season two was better than season one in some ways, but it still had a lot of faults. I can only hope season three strives for better quality, but I guess at this point, I can’t ask for too much from this insanely weird show.

I give season two a B

The Blu-Ray Review: 

The Blu-Ray set has four discs.

Disc One has episodes 1-6 as well as a bunch of special features. I really like when they put the special features spread out among the discs as opposed to just on one. The first disc contains the special features:

  • Cast Members Discuss Their Characters Dilemmas in Aftermath- this includes Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richards and Ben McKenzie.
  • Father’s Office- when Bruce and Alfred discover the hidden door.
  • Cast Members Reveal Their Characters Origins in A Look Back- this includes Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor and Sean Pertwee.
  • Maniax Jerome-
  • Strike Force-
  • He Who Laughs Last-

Disc Two has episodes 7- 12. The special features on this disc are:

  • New Day, Dark Nights-
  • See What’s In Store for Your Favorite Characters in A Look Ahead-

Disc Three has episodes 13-18. The Special features of this disc include:

  • The King
  • Gotham: 2015 Comic-Con Panel

Disc Four has episodes 19-22. The special features on this disc are:

  • Gotham by Noir Light
  • Alfred: Batman’s Greatest Ally
  • Cold-Hearted: The Tale of Victor Fries

What really makes this blu- ray shine is that it is full to the brim with great special features and clips that really give more depth to the show. The special features are really interesting and are a special treat for the fans getting them ready for Season 3!

 



Editor Rating
 
Total Score
B