Noob Reviews: Gotham (Season 02)
Updated: Sep 13, 2020
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Gotham about?
If you have not done so, make sure to check out our review of the first season here, for some backstory and first impressions.
What is the second season about?
Continuing on from the explosive finale of season one, the second season is one that is again action-packed and full of intense crime, thrills and an oddly twisted darker sense of humour.
With several of Arkham’s most dangerous now out and about on the streets of Gotham. James Gordon and the GCPD are tasked with tracking down and bringing the escapees to justice whilst at the same time dealing with a new captain, political instability when Gotham seeks out a new mayor and discovery of a top-secret medical facility - known only as Indian Hill. Which may or may not be taking the already mentally unstable and criminally insane, and imbuing them with various performance-enhancing drugs… And did I happen to mention raising the dead?
Some of the key storylines to season two are:
Barbara Kean’s descent into madness and criminality after her captivity at the hands of The Ogre.
Bruce, Alfred and James uncover a conspiracy surrounding the Wayne’s deaths that leads them to discover a secret organisation that pulls the puppet strings all over Gotham.
The arrival of Theo Galavan and his sister Tabitha, who have their own designs for Gotham.
The downfall of Edward Nygma and rise of The Riddler.
The introduction to many a fan favourite, Victor Fries. Also known as Mr Freeze. And Jerome Valeska. Also known as the Joker.
As with the first season, these are but a drip from the ocean of available storylines. With many plots, subplots and continuing stories from the first season there will be enough to pique the interest of many a viewer.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Gotham’s official YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Netflix here.
When did the second season come out?
The second season of Gotham was initially released in September 2015 and ran through until May 2016, when the last episodes for that season aired.
How many episodes are there in the second season?
There are twenty-two episodes in total for the second season with each having a run time of around forty-two minutes - identical to seasons one, three and four. Season five is the only season to have fewer episodes (a total of twelve instead of twenty-two).
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle)
Drew Powell (Butch Gilzean)
James Frain (Theo Galavan)
Morena Baccarin (Leslie “Lee” Thompkins)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Gotham (Season 02)?
A lot of my thoughts from the review of the first season continue onto the second, the storytelling, character development and visuals are fantastic. The way the villains are handled pre-fame is terrific and does a tremendous job of humanising them. Even making their real-life issues relatable and perhaps even making you slightly sympathetic towards their cause and eventual change.
As the second season continues on and we find out more about Edward Nygma and The Penguin. I continue to thoroughly enjoy both characters, but admittedly at this stage, my favourite ‘villain‘; or some may say anti-hero of Gotham so far - has to be Victor Zsasz. His sense of humour, sadistic approach to situations and cold-blooded professionalism really embodies what I would say is the Victor Zsasz we love to hate. I am also a massive fan of Gotham’s Joker, as again he represents a lot of what makes others Jokers such a loveable character. And admittedly, Joker is my all-time favourite villain from the Batman universes.
When it comes to my favourite episodes from season two it is so hard to choose, but after much thought and deliberation, I would have to say I enjoyed:
Episode five (called Scarification) as we explore the character of Captain Nathaniel Barnes as he works alongside James Gordon in the field. Barnes who is played by Michael Chiklis is a fantastic addition to the hero category of Gotham and is presented fantastically by mister Chiklis who I have absolutely loved since he played Vic Mackey in The Shield (which ran between March 2002 and November 2008).
Episode nine (called A Bitter Pill to Swallow) in which Edward Nygma and Oswald Cobblepot cross paths for the first time (outside of their villain personas) and Ed nurses Oswald back to health after he is badly injured.
Episode twelve (called Mr Freeze) which is kind of self-explanatory. It introduces us to Victor Fries.
Episode seventeen (called Into the Woods) where James Gordon outsmarts Edward Nygma as he fights to clear his name after been framed by Ed for a crime he did not commit.
I loved the entire second season but these four episodes, if push came to shove, would have to be my favourite.
At this point, I would just like to do an honorary head nod to the discovery of Indian Hill and especially episode eighteen onwards, where James Gordon and the GCPD take a very active interest in the sites goings-on. These episodes really ramp up the pace of the second season and see it ended brilliantly.
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable season that just sees Gotham continue growing from strength to strength.
What rating would you give Gotham (Season 02)?
I would rate Gotham’s second season another solid 5 out of 5 bananas.
As the Gotham universe continues to expand, so does the array of characters, schemes and ambitions. As with the first season, the second carries on strong with a fantastic collection of storytelling, visuals and an exciting sense of humour brought to us by the Joker. A must watch for DC fans!
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Gotham (Season 02) or any of its other seasons - and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out here if you have a Netflix subscription. Alternatively, it will no doubt still be available on many other streaming platforms or available to purchase as a boxset.