I REALLY liked it.
Was it subtle? No. But then again.... that's never been what comics books have been about, has it?
Ben McKenzie's quiet charisma is enormous. The moral dilemmas, while a bit conveniently stark, are real and sophisticated. Once I find myself understanding--agreeing with--Carmine Falcome, I"m impressed.
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Sure, they took too many liberties in tying together closely all manner of terribly disparate and unrelated pieces of the Gothamverse. Selina Kyle witnesses the murder of the Waynes, for which Poison Ivy's dad is framed (contrary to evidence found by forensic expert Edward Nigma) by the boss of the Penguin who is crippled for betrayal possibly in front of the Joker? Really, was Harvey Dent sick that day?
But that kind of need to "tie everything altogether" is very typical of the small screen where they don't have the luxury of 70 years of monthly issues to spin our thousands of various yarns. They need it all wrapped up in tidy tee-vee-sized ball. And, as myth-making goes, the pilot does a good job, particularly with an actual, interesting origin for the Penguin.
It will probably become too crowded too fast, and, like Smallville, will become too penned in by the 'real myth. But for now, I am definitely on board.