Gotham: The Death of Fox’s Batman Saga

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Angus T. Jones

 

It is a crapshoot when you cast a child as a principal actor in anything. In a movie you aren’t overly committed. The longer the term you are relying on a young actor the more you are opening yourself up for a variety of trouble. These can include puberty, messy incidents with law enforcement, even having them turn into bible thumping lunatics refusing to act in shows they think offend their God or whomever.

The worst outcome with a child actor is probably the most obvious, they just can’t act. When dealing with youthful actors most tend to give them the benefit of a doubt. This is not just something done as viewers but also by execs who cast them. If they can float for the first season and get by they assume that their acting chops will only get better. Well, it doesn’t always happen like that.

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David Mazouz

David Mazouz does not act well in this TV show. This is a serious problem. Awkward teenager apologists aside, a simple viewing of any episode with him involved for more than a minute of screen time will reveal this to be a fact. I am not dumping on the kid. I am sure he is a great kid with a great future, but maybe not acting. I do not have vast experience with his acting repertoire, with the exception of his portrayal of young Bruce Wayne in Gotham. I do not see that changing any time soon.

There is a very reasonable excuse, maybe. If you look at the clunky directing and the disintegration of the storyline since early season two, it makes you wonder. Is there a chance that network execs are making broad calls to change the tone and feel of the show?

Let’s explore what I see as being a few Gotham trends:
– It is not as dark as it was in the first season.
– The dialog feels as though it was dumbed down.
– Defining traits of major character’s have been forgotten or greatly diminished
( Bruce living for revenge, Fish being ruthless, Gordon being all cop all the time, etc)

What do these examples tend to do? Right, broaden the appeal, water down the defining qualities of characters, and muddle the plot. I am not a comic book fanatic, a superhero enthusiast, or any type of related Batman purist. I am one who detests the idea that shows have their successful elements depleted in order for network executives to feel better about their grandkids watching something they allow on their air.

That all being said, I am out. Done with Gotham, thanks for the memories however few there were. Someone let me know if they pull this out of the dumpster it is burning up in.

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