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Since we started this year on the topic of Cobblepot, it's time we cover Gotham, Season 3. We've already covered seasons 1 and 2, so in case you haven't given those a go yet, please do so. But to sum the concept up – imagine Gotham City years before Batman. When the show starts, Bruce Wayne is a child who lost his parents, James Gordon is a detective and Oswald Cobblepot (played by the brilliant Robin Lord Taylor) is just the young guy who holds the umbrella for the mob boss.

For season 3, the Gotham City of the comics starts to finally take shape. Since we are at the third series, it's pretty hard to describe what's going on story wise without spoiling the first two seasons, but I can say that this time Bruce Wayne and Alfred are getting a much bigger focus. As is the personal turmoil Gordon ended up in since the events of Season 2.

And then there is obviously Oswald Cobblepot, the king of the underworld sitting on a shaky throne. All the backstabbings and treacheries going on in the twisted criminal underworld of Gotham City are a sight to behold, and the Penguin is in the centre of it all.

Oswald and Edward

Now, there is 'that one aspect' of the story that some old-school fans of the comics might find, well, non-canonical or even heretical. In hopes to avoid spoilers, all I can say is that it involves both the Penguin and the Riddler and things don't exactly go as most fans are expecting. I found it an interesting take – in fact, I don't think this story arc contradicts much with the comics canon, or if at all. It gets weird only if you try to place other live-action versions of the characters into this situation; I mean, the idea of Danny DeVito and Jim Carrey doing this arc will likely short-circuit your brain, but in the world of Gotham with Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith, it works great.

So, yeah, the series continues strong. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the next season takes us!

Final note, though, in case Warner Bros Home Video stumbles on this piece; please fix your home releases, WB. The only reason featuring this season took me this long was because my BluRay player refused to play the discs – the first time it has happened, ever. I tested the discs elsewhere and they did play on my PS4, but not at my movie/TV setup. I had to wait for the DVD release to find its way into the bargain bin for me to finally see this – because I'm not paying full price twice. WB, if this was a result of experimenting with a new kind of production method or copy protection, consider it a failure. The series itself rocks, though, so thanks.

Added: 2018-02-09