Ben McKenzie: Gotham Will Scrap the Case-of-the-Week Format for Season 2
Gotham is riddled (no pun intended) with problems, but the case-of-the-week format nears the top of the list. The show is never able to make a one-off feel at all consequential or even interesting; the closest were arguably Scarecrow, who has canon on his side, and Ogre, who appeared in three episodes and so barely counts as a case-of-the-week. The most compelling aspects of Gotham are, by far, its mythology and serialized elements, such as Robin Lord Taylor's portrayal of Penguin. So it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the producers are ditching the case-of-week format for the next season. Or if it does, it's only because we have so little faith in them.
Speaking to Collider, star Ben McKenzie said, "The plan that Bruno [Heller] and Danny [Cannon] have is to fundamentally change the mechanics behind the show. There will be no more case-of-the-week. There will also be a large mechanical shift behind how Jim will actually go about maintaining order and getting rid of bad guys.."
McKenzie went on to imply that the one-offs weren't compelling because they didn't have enough clout with fans of the comics: "I think we erred in introducing villains that weren't really part of the mythology, like Balloon Man. When we've had the opportunity to introduce those characters from the mythology, we've done a wonderful job, and the actors have done a wonderful job."
He also obliquely previewed which villains will take center stage in season two: "I would love to see Cameron Monaghan come back. I would love to go further into Riddler's evolution... And then, of course, there's what Robin [Lord Taylor] is doing with The Penguin. And we'll have a brand new villain, I'm sure. We'll do a larger, half-season or full-season arc."
And finally, here are two clips from the season finale last night, which preview Fish Mooney's return to Gotham and Barbara Kean's reaction to her ordeal with the Ogre, respectively: