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'Gotham: The Complete Second Season' [Blu-ray]
(Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, et al / 4-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: The darkness grows on 'Gotham', as super villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City. With Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock at the forefront of the fight against crime in this dangerously corrupt city, Season Two witnesses Gordon's moral compass wavering, as he confronts Gotham's most notorious criminals.

Blu ray Verdict: The first season of 'Gotham,' a foreshadowing of Bruce Wayne's early years and Detective James Gordon's rise in the corrupt Gotham City Police Department, was an intense telling which succeeded, for the most part, from beginning to end. The telling of James Gordon's rise to the rank of Commissioner was very well done and the character was portrayed quite absolute, as well as Bruce Wayne's story on the rise to being Batman. The series succeeded with character chemistry and action sequences, while also making good run time per episode.

As we progress into the highly anticipated second season, and as noted above, both Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock are at the forefront of the fight against crime. The main back bone to the heartbeat of this sophomore series is baring witness to Gordon's moral compass wavering, as he confronts (more of) Gotham's most notorious criminals. At the same time, he continues his quest to gain the trust of the young Bruce Wayne, who is now on a clear path towards the man he is destined to become, after discovering his father's deepest secrets.

In the epic turf war that occurred at the conclusion of Season One, The Penguin battled his way into power over Gotham's underworld. However, in Season Two, 'Gotham' follows the evolving stories of Edward Nygma/The Riddler, and Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman as well as the origins of new villains, including The Joker and Mr. Freeze.

As a show, 'Gotham: The Complete Second Season' is just simply a perfect blend of dark comedy and action which shows that 'Gotham' has truly found it's feet in a much more stylized world than was established in Season One. The hauntingly exciting second season is some of the best TV I've ever had the pleasure of watching, always keeping me on the edge of my seat and extremely excited to see where the season's daring arc will head next. The acting is excellent across the board with the standout being Cameron Monaghan as Jerome Valeska who is the best live action adaptation of the Joker we've seen yet!

I mean, the whole "Joker" arc, where Cameron Monaghan gives the performance of a lifetime as the mysterious smiling Jerome is masterful. Also, the episodes featuring Theo Galavan (James Frain), whose mysterious nature is intriguing, and Tabitha (Jessica Lucas), because lets face it ... she is stunningly gorgeous, are some of the best episodes of the entire season. When those two interact with the young Silver St. Cloud (Natalie Alyn Lind) in order to try and seduce Bruce (David Mazouz), well, it's just got to be seen to be enjoyed fully. Also, Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow) is just plain ol' school boy humor fun - well, until about halfway into the first episode when he is quickly turned into just another "one of the bad guys", sadly.

Plus, I've always thought (and still do) that Ben McKenzie is an excellent lead in James Gordon. The characterization may be slightly shoddy from episode to episode (like everything else in the show), but his portrayal of the detective is impressive. Other than that, this second season of 'Gotham' also relies heavily on those from its freshman year: Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) have a few good scenes, Alfred (Sean Pertwee) chews the scenery, Selina (Camren Bicondova) just kind of hangs around, and Harvey (Donal Logue) gets in a zinger from time to time. All in all, well played and I can't wait for Season Three to begin soon! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

ALFRED: Batman's Great Ally
Gotham by Noir Light
Cold-Hearted: The Tale of Victor Fries
Character Profiles
Gotham: 2015 Comic-Con Panel and More!

Own it on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD August 16th 2016!