TV Club: Gotham: “All Happy Families Are Alike”

In some ways, it’s absolutely fitting that the first season finale of Gotham begins with Fish Mooney gliding through the fog on a boat, returning to Gotham in order to make her presence felt in the ongoing war between Maroni, Falcone, Penguin, and all the henchmen and government workers they have at their disposal. Fish’s return, and her first season storyline, represents everything that’s good and bad about this show. Firstly, she’s one of the show’s strongest characters, with Jada Pinkett Smith being one of the few actors who seems to understand the show she’s on, her performance at once campy while also being grounded in character motivation. Secondly, her absence from the narrative for some time, as she toiled away on an island in an inconsequential feud with the Dollmaker, is perfectly representative of Gotham‘s lack of narrative cohesion. The first season …

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