Noob Reviews: Gotham (Season 04)
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 had a chance to do so already, swing by and check out our reviews of the first three seasons. You can find the season one review here. Season two review here. And our season three review here.
What is the fourth season about?
At the end of season three, we had a fantastic reveal of the true masters… Or should I say, master… Of the Court of Owls. The Demons Head himself Raʼs al Ghul. Bruce had been brainwashed into releasing Strange’s weaponised Tetch virus in the middle of Gotham. And Barbara has executed Butch as Gotham’s underworld begins to turn against her.
Season four picks up directly after the end of season three and has more thrilling storylines that will come at you fast and furious, whether it be the rise of new villains or the return of old. A serial killer targeting GCPD officers. Or rise of a new queen of the narrows and its assorted factions. There is something for everyone.
Some of the more well-explored storylines through season four are…
Barbara’s rise as the new Demon’s Head and assassin queen of Gotham.
Bruce’s research into the Demons Head. And possible ways to thwart his plans. Of all the storylines, this is the one that keeps on giving with Bruce forced to ‘kill’ Ra’s. And his subsequent descent into guilt and self-hatred at what he has done. But will Ra’s rest in peace?
The arrival of Professor Pyg and his one Pyg war against the corruption plaguing the GCPD. But are his motives as clean-cut as they first appear?
The fall of the old Falcone dynasty and rise of the new as Falcone’s daughter Sofia brings a staggering level of fear and brutality to Gotham as she seeks to reclaim her birthright (Gotham) she believes her father to have denied her.
The rise and continued story arc evolution of fan favourites Ivy (who ascends to become Poison Ivy), Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, Joker and The Doc - who is destined to become the queen of the narrows.
Needless to say, as more villains rise and others continue to hone their craft and personalities, there will be blood on the streets. As well as grand schemes that could have very explosive consequences for Gotham and her citizens.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The Comic-Con trailer linked from the TV Promos YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Netflix here.
When was the fourth season released?
The fourth season of Gotham was initially released between September 2017 and May 2018.
How many episodes are there in the fourth season?
There are a total of twenty-two episodes with each having a run time of around forty minutes.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of the fourth season?
As with the first three seasons, the fourth continues to come at you hard with storylines that are well scripted, perfectly executed and keeps you on the edge of your seat second-guessing who really played what part in the events. Did Ed Nygma try and kill Oswald Cobblepot? Or was he acting as a double agent? And pretending to serve Barbara only to turn around and stab her in the back? Is Ra’s really dead or are his followers seeking a way to reanimate their fallen lord? And will Bruce altogether abandon his quest to save Gotham or will more profound respect and a newfound passion for his quest, come to light?
Some of my personal favourite episodes were:
Episode six (known as Hog Day Afternoon) that sees the introduction of the cop-killing maniac Professor Pyg. And every episode relating to this story arc as it was fantastically choreographed.
Episode thirteen (known as A Beautiful Darkness) that sees Ivy on the warpath as she begins to assault Wayne Enterprise's scientists. And sees Jerome (the Joker) hazing Penguin in Arkham Asylum.
Episode eighteen (known as That’s Entertainment) where Joker and his assorted miscreants of mischief - begin to reign terror down upon Gotham. After an escape from Arkham.
Episode twenty-two (known as No Man’s Land). Where Gotham is turned into a literal warzone. And cut off from the mainland.
Although these are just a handful of stories from the twenty-two episodes available, they have some genuine thrilling revelations and critical points in story arcs that will rock the very foundations of the city.
As with the previous seasons, the casting continues to be on point with all of the villains been introduced to us, been introduced meticulously with substantial character development, exciting backstories and fantastic reveals in which they unleash their criminal personas upon the unexpected. I would just like to make an honorary mention for Alexander Siddig whose portrayal of Ra’s al Ghul gave me literal chills, he really put the Ra’s in al Ghul. To Crystal Reed who played Sofia Falcone with such a calm, relaxed, demeanour - she made the perfect unexpected villain. And to Michael Cerveris as Professor Pyg. Professor Pyg came across as genuinely horrifying, focused and extremely driven. To bring all of that passion and attention to even the smallest detail for their characters, I salute you.
I would also like to do a HUGE shoutout to Anthony Carrigan as Victor Zsasz, but as I have mentioned before he is my favourite villain from the Gotham adaptation. His personality, his screen presence and his alternative ways of dealing with conflict are fantastic. However, I won’t mention any of that, oh, wait...
Overall, a fantastic continuation that continues to build upon a solid core from the seasons preceding it. Whether you be a DC fan, crime show fan or into interesting webs of deceit, blackmail and revenge - there will be something for all to keep you hooked. And coming back episode after episode.
What rating would you give Gotham (Season 04)?
I would rate Gotham’s fourth season as a solid 5 out of 5 bananas.
Advancing the Gotham-verse to both new story highs and underworld development lows, the series continues to endure for another year. Bringing in hundreds of thousands of views, and it is remarkably easy to see why. Where some story arcs end, new rise. Where characters die, others are born. With many a curveball to keep you guessing. And the multi-episode story to keep you hooked. I can highly recommend season four as worth a watch.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Gotham (Season 04) 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.