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Gotham debuted on FOX last week, and to be honest...I could give a shit about the premise. While I don't mind the actor playing Detective Gordon (good casting job there...someone went and found themselves a younger Jeremy Renner), I personally don't care enough about this 'verse. However, the brown girls seem to be in an abundance on this one, so naturally...my eyebrow is raised.
Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen
Head Brown Girl in charge - I'm always down for that. Meet Gordon's boss and the unlucky gal who's stuck with the unenviable task of running Gotham PD (can you imagine the sheer hell of that job?)
We don't have a lot of info on this character at this point because, you know...pilot, but already I'm checking for the warning signs. How much screen time will she have? Two minutes for every forty-five or something more substantial? Will she be in every episode or will we see her once every blue moon?
What kind of authority will she have? Will she actually be obeyed and respected or is she just there to look pretty and attract brown viewers? After what happened with Tamara Taylor on Bones and Gina Torres on Suits, I need to know that if Guevara going to have the title of Captain, then all other characters need to bow down and Make It So.
Victoria Cartagena as Detective Renee Montoya
By all means...bring on the lesbian! I'm always down for a lesbian character, however...in addition to the screen time question posed above, I have some other concerns which were raised during the pilot (translation: red flag).
Detective Montoya and her partner, Detective Crispus Allen (portrayed by Mr. Tall, Dark, and Chocolate) seem have this rivalry thing going with Gordon and his partner, leaving them to look kinda like snitches and apple polishers. Strike One.
Strike Two comes from the fact that Montoya used to "know" Gordon's fiancee, and by the puppy eyes she gives the future Mrs. Gordon, I'm getting the tragic-lesbian-dumped-for-a-guy vibe which I'm seriously not digging. This is one of those issues we're gonna need rectified by Episode 2, in which Montoya gets to move on with her life, preferably with a much hotter chick.
Hate the name, digging the character. From the moment I heard "Where's my money?" I was like, "Aw, hell yes. Where's Amaya Radjani to see this shit????"
As we know, this character was specially invented for Gotham, which is cool, I guess. At first I was cynical, because to be honest, I haven't like Jada in anything since Set It Off.
But I can totally get behind this vicious, blood-thirsty, no-nonsense crime boss who has victims strung up and carved like cattle. It's great because Gordon's partner thinks that he can talk his way out of anything with her, as though Fish were his "girl", and she orders his death without battling an eyelash.
*nods* My boo-boo.
Like I said, I don't care a whole lot about this 'verse, but I'm interested enough to watch this three every week...provided that they're featured every week.
What did y'all think?