Gotham relies on its fast pace and embrace of the insane to work as the diverse and bizarre show it wants to be, but occasionally the show is too surreal for its own good.
Gotham steeps itself in Batman lore without ever becoming too faithful, its piety only extending far enough to communicate its loose ties to the source material.
Despite a few delightful moments of sinister silliness, Gotham's uneven mid-season finale is mostly disappointingly bland and melodramatic, fizzling out much anticipation for the show's return in the spring.
A disappointingly uneventful letdown after last week’s exciting and bold developments, "The Strike Force" uses bland exposition to introduce new but clichéd characters.
Turning focus to the off-kilter, almost wacky band of villains announcing themselves as the "Maniax", this episode pushes silliness into the realm of the macabre with more violence, more madness, and more theatricality.
This season premiere opens the door for Gotham to shake things up in the Caped Crusader's city, leaving viewers with exciting questions about the fates (which may not be set in stone) of these beloved characters.
Gotham gives a sense of realism and depth to a city on the edge of anarchy, a cesspool of corruption and madness that spawns the kind of villainy only a superhero born of that place could combat.