I love the character and world of Batman. He's by far my favorite superhero of all time. There's just something about the world he exists in and the characters he's surrounded by, that transform what could be a plain ordinary city into a dark, gloomy, hopeless and troubled environment.
When you take characters that must somehow endure such a place, it must come across that there's only one of two ways to live in Gotham: thrive or survive.
This is what Gotham does best. Taking weak characters and building them up in order for them to survive. Even the mightiest in Gotham City learn that whatever goes up must eventually come down.
Overall, Gotham feels like a bizarre twist on the Batman mythos, with an out of place touch of Saw mixed with the cliche detective/mystery genre.
The stories range from interesting to simplistic. I felt most involved in the growth of the plot when the disputes between crime lords carried on for more than a few episodes. It forces you to pay attention and you become somewhat invested. Once the crime lord spin on the show dissipated, it returns to the average "catch a meta human criminal" plots, which a show like The Flash pulls off far better.
The action is decent, albeit limited to car chases, pitch black gun battles and often hard to follow fist fights and tackles.
The show's writing is okay. Some dialogue feels forced, such as Edward Nygma's endless riddles and a few lines felt a bit off and hard for the actors to deliver such out of place lines.
The story is interesting, but the inconsistent nature of interesting and boring hurts Gotham very much. It felt as though the writers changed a few times in between episodes.
In the end, if you were looking for a Batman TV show, you will be nothing short of disappointed, as the Dark Knight is nowhere to be found and mere 14 year old Bruce Wayne is not providing any hope that we will see Batman anytime soon.
However, this show is entirely about what happened before Batman rather than what happened during Batman. If you enjoy detective dramas, you may enjoy Gotham, but for many Batman fans, you will probably feel insulted at some point throughout the show's continuity.
If the writers would take their time developing the characters and stories, instead of trying to shove in major villains as soon as possible, everything would feel a lot smoother. For these reasons, Gotham will receive an 7 from yours truly. It peaked my interest, but struggled to hold it for more than a few episodes.