Blu-ray Review: Gotham: The Fifth and Final 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 and John Stephens 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 Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie “Lee” 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/Riddler.

The list of guest stars for the fifth season includeJessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan/Tigress, Peyton List as Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy, Anthony Carrigan as Victor Zsasz, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Benedict Samuel as Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter, Cameron Monaghan as Jeremiah Valeska/Joker, David W. Thompson as Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow, BD Wong as Professor Hugo Strange, Jaime Murray as Nyssa al Ghul and
Shane West as Eduardo Dorrance/Bane.

The fifth and final season of Gotham wraps up the iconic series in an unforgettable event that focuses on Bruce Wayne’s ultimate transformation into the Caped Crusader, while Jim Gordon struggles to hold together a city on the edge of chaos. Following the epic events of season four, the Legend of the Dark Knight resumes as Gotham City is divided between Gordon’s GCPD jurisdiction and some of the city’s most notorious villains such as Penguin, The Riddler and more. As the city’s heroes try to gain control and salvage what’s left of the deteriorating city, it teeters between good and evil, even as new DC Super-Villains, including Bane are introduced.

Gotham has been turned into a complete warzone and it’s up to Captain Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and what’s left of the GCPD to try and salvage what’s left of their city. They also have a little help from time to time by a few of their frenemies. The main threat in the first half of the season is Oswald Cobblepot who’s battling for complete control of Gotham. His old pal Edward Nygma continues to have an idenity crisis with his alter-ego the Riddler that ends up causing some major destruction in Haven – a safe place that welcomes all refuges.

This season also introduces Eduardo Dorrance, a super soldier who enters Gotham under the orders of Amanda Weller. Eduardo and Jim are old friends but when he suffers a fatal injury this is when Hugo Strange steps in and turns him into Bane, who’s targeted Jim Gordon for termination. This is a new version of the big, bad super villain and has more of a steam punk look to him. Unfortunately, Bane doesn’t last long and then he’s out. Things are really crazy this season because Jim and Barbara call a friendly truce and even have a one-nighter, and guess what, Barbara gets pregnant and then Lee makes her return.

Another major threat that enters the picture this season is Nyssa al Ghul who wants revenge for the death of her father, Ra’s al Ghul. She’s also been calling the shots behind-the-scenes where some of the other super villains in Gotham have been stirring up trouble. Even Jeremiah Valeska makes a surprising return, and as the season comes to an end, we finally get to see his terrifying transformation into the Joker. Bruce Wayne feels like he’s always going to put Gotham and the people he cares about in danger so he decides to leave the city and everyone behind. The final episode of Gotham fastforwards ten years ahead where Jim Gordon has been promoted to Commissioner and Bruce Wayne finally makes his epic return to the city as The Dark Knight.

The packaging comes with a slipcase like the previous four Gotham home video releases have. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes season five 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. Each Blu-ray disc also includes artwork that features the Gotham skyline and logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was 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, this fifth and final season of Gotham was entertaining but unfortunately it wasn’t as good as the previous seasons. I guess the writer’s room got rushed a little? This last season was trimmed down to a lean twelve episodes so they crammed in as much plot and familiar faces as they could and I kind of understand that. I guess the biggest flaw was the final episode because it felt rushed (with that whole ten year jump) even though we finally got to see Batman on the small screen. I was hoping we’d get to see Batman and Joker square off but all we got was a short teaser of what’ll come later on between these two iconic characters. By the way, I really liked the final look of these two characters! The way they introduced The Dark Knight was awesome! Still, I’ve enjoyed Gotham‘s run because this was an action-packed crime drama that got better with each season as it introduced all of these wonderful characters that slowy came into their own – heroes and villains alike. Even though this was probably the weakest season, I’m glad this series was able to finish its run and go out on its own terms. Gotham: The Fifth and Final Season will be available on a 2-disc Blu-ray set on July 9th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 2 Discs / 12 Episodes / 528 Minutes

  1. Year Zero
  2. Trespassers
  3. Penguin, Our Hero
  4. Ruin
  5. Pena Dura
  6. 13 Stitches
  7. Ace Chemicals
  8. Nothing’s Shocking
  9. The Trial of Jim Gordon
  10. I Am Bane
  11. They Did What?
  12. The Beginning…

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 a New York Comic-Con highlight, a featurette with cast and crew interviews, Gotham promo, a villain spotlight, six deleted scenes and a digital copy of the fifth season.

  • Gotham Season 5: Best Moments at NY Comic Con, 2018: Join the cast and executive producers of Gotham at New York’s 2018 Comic Con as they discuss the exciting final season of the series. (20:37)
  • Modern Mythology: Through the eyes of the producers and cast, this piece explores the final chapter of the series as the show pushes Bruce Wayne to finally accept his destiny, the mantle of The Dark Knight. (16:12)
  • Gotham’s Last Stand (01:18)
  • Villains: Modes of Persuasion (28:05)
  • Deleted Scenes (07:17)
  • Digital Copy
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