“Gotham” Season 1 wasn’t perfect, and its star is the first to admit it. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Ben McKenzie said, “I think we made a mistake relatively early on in trying to introduce a villain and take care of that villain in one episode: catch them, send them to Arkham, do whatever. […] That was just a mistake. We should’ve never done it.”
In other words, McKenzie and the “Gotham” team regretted the episodic elements of the series. Regrets may be for horseshoes and handbags when it comes to everyday life, but correcting them is what Season 2s are for, and “Gotham” is taking full advantage. Gone are the “villains of the week” and in their place are, well, a whole lot of long-lasting villains.
“The audience really wants to understand who these people are and live with them, sit with them and enjoy them,” McKenzie said in the same interview. “Whether they’re evil or good, they are entertaining. So that’s what we’re doing in Season 2. [It’s] really kick ass. I think it’s exactly what the fans want to see.”
Among the returning faces of evil are Season 1 breakout Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot and future Clown Prince of Crime Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless”). Cory Michael Smith also returns as Edward Nygma, and he’ll be joined by newbies Mr. Freeze, Clayface and the Mad Hatter sometime in Season 2.
For its part, the Fox marketing machine is making it as easy as possible for prospective or former fans to reenter “Gotham.” The series was recently made available to binge watch on Netflix, and the above video offers everything you need to know from Season 1 in a mere seven minutes. So if you admired aspects of “Gotham” Season 1 — like that hot-damn production design — than you might want to stick around for a few episodes of Season 2.
Watch the video above and maybe check out the Season 2 premiere Monday, September 21 (tonight!) at 8pm.
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