(Written for Beamly)

Has the mid-season break for Channel 5’s Gotham been so long that you’ve forgotten what happened in the first half of series one? Or did you not watch the series and have now been tempted to catch up with the return of the second half? Whether you’re a fan of the series or not, here’s a re-cap of what’s happened so far, and a reminder of why you should be watching it.

Channel 5’s Gotham tells the origin stories of the DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, before there was a hero. Focusing on the story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City, the series is for fans of the comic book characters and newbies alike.

A fan of Batman? Then you need no encouragement to read on.

Don’t like superheroes? Well, Gotham is an action-filled crime drama centering on a good cop/bad cop duo in the heart of a dark, dystopian city full of baddies.

We’ve already had 10 episodes over here in the UK so far, before the mid-season break, whilst the US are currently on episode 18, with four more to go. So the second part of the series should consist of another 12 episodes, as long as I’ve done my maths correctly and nothing else changes in the next few months…

Here’s what happened in the first half of series, who we met, and what we can look forward to in the second half:

Who did we meet?

  • Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) – The only Detective in Gotham with the aim of getting the city on the straight and narrow.
  • Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) – Gordon’s bad-cop buddy.
  • Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) – Gordon’s fiancée. She may be pretty and rich, but she has her own dark secrets lurking in her past.
  • Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) – The hero we all know, as a young boy with a lot to learn.
  • Alfred (Sean Pertwee) – Bruce’s trusty butler and mentor.
  • Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) a.k.a The Riddler – A coroner and forensics operative who often presents his information in riddles.
  • Don Falcone (John Doman) – A powerful Mafia Don and businessman who has specific members of both the Gotham City government and the Gotham City Police Department on his payroll.
  • Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) – A nightclub owner and mobster who leads a gang under Falcone.
  • Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) a.k.a Penguin – A dark and sinister character who lures himself in to both sides of the mafia war.
  • Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) a.k.a. Catwoman – A young homeless thief who has been lingering around the borders of Wayne Manor.

So that’s Batman, Commissioner Gordon, Penguin, Catwoman, Falcone, and The Riddler that we’ve already met, as well as Ivy Pepper (a.k.a Poison Ivy) and Harvey Dent (a.k.a. Two-Face) in smaller appearances and a ‘candidate’ for The Joker who appeared in Mooney’s bar.

That’s almost all of the best characters introduced already, which is only one of the reasons why this series is worth keeping up with. All we want to know now is, who is The Joker? And is The Scarecrow going to make an appearance?

What’s happened so far?

The series began with the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, as Commissioner Gordon and Harvey Bullock are assigned to the case. Gordon begins to feel protective over Bruce and is determined to keep him safe and solve the mystery. The only witness of the crime is Selina, who Gordon places in Wayne Manor to keep protected. Selina and Bruce eventually become friends.

Gordon is ordered to kill mobstress Mooney’s gang member Oswald after he informs the police about her set-ups, but Gordon only fakes his assassination and tells Oswald to leave Gotham for good. But Oswald eventually returns with the intention to get revenge on Mooney, who wants to kill and take over Falcone’s empire. Oswald gets a job at Mafia Don Sal Maroni’s restaurant and begins to work for Falcone (although it is later revealed that he has for a while), informing Falcone of Mooney’s plans and the fact that she has a spy in his household.

Oh, and Gordon’s fiancée is currently off somewhere sleeping with another woman…

How did the series end?

The series ends with Gordon getting himself into a messy situation with a man named Dick Lovecraft, who hired a number of assassins to kill/capture Selina. At the end of the final episode, Gordon is reassigned to Arkham Asylum.

Now, that sentence alone should get you buzzing for the return of the series, because getting to see inside the Asylum and to meet the deranged folk inside is going to make for some really brilliant television.

And there’s more. You can also look forward to seeing Bruce and Cat’s relationship develop, the conclusion of Fish versus Falcone, and whatever it is that Oswald has planned.

It’s certainly going to be an explosive 12 episodes.

Gotham will return on Monday 16th March with Episode 11 – ‘Rogues’ Gallery’ – which sees someone in Arkham Asylum experimenting on the inmates. For all the chat and gossip around the new series, make sure you head here!