Blu-ray Review: GOTHAM: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

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

GOTHAM was developed by Bruno Heller, who executive produces with Danny Cannon, John Stephens and Ken Woodruff and is based on the DC Comics characters. The series stars Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as the young Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Maggie Geha as Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy and Michael Chiklis as Captain Nathaniel Barnes.

The impressive list of guest stars for the third season include Jada Pinkett Smith who makes her return as Fish Mooney, Jamie Chuung as Valerie Vale, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Benedict Samuel as Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter, Nathan Darrow as Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze, BD Wong as Professor Hugo Strange, Cameron Monaghan as Jerome Valeska, Richard Kind as Mayor Aubrey James, Brian McManamon as Basil Karlo/Clayface, Michelle Veintimilla as Bridgit Pike/aka Firefly, Alexander Siddig as Ra’s al Ghul and Paul Reubens as Elijah Van Dahl.

In the latest season of FOX’s hit show, the power struggle in Gotham is more contentious than ever, as DC Super-Villains even more ambitious and depraved are introduced and a realignment of alliances could change the future of Gotham forever. Join Jim Gordon and his Gotham constituents as they navigate the chaos that ensues when the world’s most infamous DC Super-Villains wreak havoc on Gotham. The fight for order and control in Gotham is deadlier than ever with the introduction of cunning, new DC Super-Villains who might alter the future of our heroes and their beloved city. With the Indian Hill fugitives on the loose, Jim Gordon takes matters into his own hands as a bounty hunter in order to save the city that he loves, but will he accomplish his mission to find deranged mastermind Hugo Strange and Fish Mooney, one of Strange’s villainous subjects?

While Gordon plays bounty hunter, Gotham City Police Department’s Bullock and Barnes remain on the frontline in Gotham, fighting against crime and destruction in the monster-ridden city. The city seems to be descending further and further into chaos and darkness as burgeoning DC Super-Villains Penguin, Edward Nygma/The Riddler and more are joined by the future Poison Ivy, now transformed into a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms, and Jervis Tetch aka Mad Hatter, a. talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness. All the while, a young Bruce Wayne discovers that there are still more secrets behind his parents’ murder as he peels back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of Owls.

The two main focuses this season were the Mad Hatter’s virus going around and the arrival of the Court of Owls that has a special interest in Bruce Wayne. James ends up rejoining the police force and is once again going up against the villains of Gotham with one of the biggest threats being Captain Barnes who ends up becoming the Executioner. There are some familiar faces he has to go up against as well as a few new ones that are introduced throughout the third season. He’s also trying to have some kind of uncomfortable relationship with Leslie but this matchup was doomed from the get go. Oswald ends up getting a creepy crush on Ed but he doesn’t swing that way and it drives Os even more over the edge. Oswald does’t take rejection well and gets even crazier this season plus he can get pretty annoying at times. He’s also haunted by his past that ends up paying him a visit sometimes. Edward on the other hand deals with more heartache as he finally reveals his alter ego and it’s a lot of fun to watch as he ultimately emerges as the Riddler.

Jerome makes his triumphant return from the dead and this character is one of my favorites from the series so I hope he keeps on coming back to stir up even more chaos in Gotham. We also get to see a few more appearances from Mr. Freeze, Clayface and Firefly. So, how do some of these villains keep coming back after we think they’re dead? All of this is courtesy of Hugo Strange who we see just a little this season but his handy work definitely lives on in just about every episode. Moving on to Bruce who really begins his heroic transformation this season and he even gets to meet up with Ra’s al Ghul for the first time. Bruce also gets his first kiss from Selina, has some fun with Jerome and his clone is now on the loose. One of my favorite characters in Gotham is Butch and the poor guy is always getting blamed for things he doesn’t do and getting the raw end of the deal time and time again. I love the relationship between Butch and Tabitha. The likable henchman has been able to elude death several times but it finally catches up with him this season. The thing is, it’s been teased that his birth name is actually Cyrus Gold who ultimately becomes Solomon Grundy. Will Butch become Solomon Grundy or is this just a rumor? Hopefully we’ll find out next season!

The packaging comes with a nice slipcase like the previous two Gotham home video releases have. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes season three details, an image of the cast and list of special features. There’s also a booklet inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, more images and series credits. All four Blu-ray discs also include artwork that features the Gotham backdrop on them. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Gotham: The Complete Third Season ended up being another fantastic entry into this dark and gritty television franchise that keeps getting better with each season. The writing continues to be smart and thought-provoking plus the third season introduced even more fan favorite characters from the DCU. I really like how these characters are slowly transforming into the iconic heroes and villains we all know from the comic books. There’s also more action, costumes and gadgets to go along with all of this good stuff but at the heart of it all are these wonderful characters and their interesting relationships with one another. The talented cast does a fantastic job with their characters. There’s still a heavy focus on Jim Gordon (with a side of Bruce Wayne) who has to deal with with arrival of the Court of Owls this season as well as the virus that’s making everyone who gets infected with it go a little mad. At the end of the day James, Bruce and the heroes of Gotham save the day but there’s always another sinister threat waiting in the shadows. Gotham: The Complete Third Season arrives on a four-disc Blu-ray set on August 29th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 22 Episodes / 957 Minutes

  1. Better to Reign in Hell…
  2. Burn the Witch
  3. Look Into My Eyes
  4. New Day Rising
  5. Anything for You
  6. Follow the White Rabbit
  7. The Red Queen
  8. Blood Rush
  9. The Executioner
  10. Time Bomb
  11. Beware the Green-Eyed Monster
  12. Ghosts
  13. Smile Like You Mean It
  14. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
  15. How the Riddler Got His Name
  16. These Delicate and Dark Obsessions
  17. The Primal Riddle
  18. Light the Wick
  19. All Will Be Judged
  20. Pretty Hate Machine
  21. Destiny Calling
  22. Heavydirtysoul

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The Extras include three featurettes, Gotham’s 2016 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes and a digital copy of the third season.

  • Gotham: 2016 Comic-Con Panel (28:22)
  • Madness Rising: the New Villains of Gotham (10:00)
  • The Dark Within the Dark: The Court of Owls (12:02)
  • Ben McKenzie Directorial Debut (02:20)
  • Deleted Scenes – Located on each disc with the episodes.
  • Digital HD Copy
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