If you’re not caught up with FOX’s Gotham, you might not know that this show is boasting a truly exceptional cast of women seldom seen outside of say, Game of Thrones. The women of Gotham are varied and magnificent—ranging from the ruthless and ultra-capable, to the stalwart and obedient, with everything in between.
What do I think of the women of Gotham? I’m so glad you asked.
Sarah Essen, currently Gotham’s Chief of Police was a fun surprise. Portrayed by Zabryna Guevera, she began looking like a dirty cop, resigned to the corruption inherent in the city she’s supposed to be protecting. As the season continues, we see that Essen is also smart, authoritative, and offers to stand by Jim Gordon in the face of psychopathic Victor Zsasz. Methinks Ms. Essen won’t live much longer, mainly because she’s ashamed of her past behavior and serious about doing better.
Fish Mooney is on the opposite side of the law. Falcone underling and ruthless mob capo, Mooney is deliciously played by Jada Pinkett-Smith. Fish is treacherous, sadistic, stabby, power hungry, and extremely vengeful should anyone be foolish enough to cross her. So far, Mooney has screwed over her boss, then screwed over the guy she was screwing him over with. She “encouraged” two women to beat each other up to compete for a job, had her own lover murdered, and lied about the death of her mother. She’s also bisexual. We can’t wait to see what else Fish has in store for us.
Gertrude Kapelput never got around to Americanizing her name like her son, Oswald Cobblepot, did. She was also an early sign that Gotham was attracting some major league star power. Carol Kane is delightful as the faded European beauty constantly concerned that her darling boy is being picked on, bullied, or chased by painted whores. I love her!
Renee Montoya works for GCPD Major Crimes Unit, which is probably why she thinks she’s such a badass. We wonder at first why she has it out for nice-guy Jim Gordon, until we learn that Montoya is the jilted ex-lover of Barbara Kean (current fiancée of Gordon). Montoya is also liar, a trespasser, and is practically stalking her ex. Does Montoya really learn the error of her ways, or is she just happy to get Barbara back into her bed?
Selina “Cat” Kyle owes Halle Berry a debt of thanks. Without her, little cat would easily be the most unsuccessful Catwoman ever. I’m sure that young Camren Bicondova is doing exactly what her directors are telling her—Gotham’s Selina Kyle is predictable, needlessly oppositional, and exactly, precisely what we’d expect from a young Catwoman. Let’s hope that as Gotham is tooled and retooled, that Miss Kyle becomes more likable, less predictable, and comes to treat people a little bit better. Also, could her mother actually be alive? If she is, she’s a terrible person.
Kristen Kringle. We know very little about the keeper of Gotham’s official records. She’s single, cute, on Edward Nygma’s radar, and has friend-zoned him hardcore. She’s fastidious, easily annoyed by Nygma, and is really kind of a wild card in terms of what might happen to her. Ms. Kringle also has a cool name that she probably finds irritating. I can totally relate.
Ivy Pepper. We haven’t seen much of Ms. Pepper. We know she’s young, quiet, sad, has great hair, and is distrustful of those around her. Can you blame her? Her dad was a criminal framed for a murder he didn’t do, and her mom killed herself despite having a child to raise. Ew. Let’s hope this doesn’t impact her ability to not become a villain.
Liza (no last name given). Actress Makenzie Leigh doesn’t seem to mind playing a girl with no last name, who is on Fish Mooney’s payroll, and has to watch out for Falcone, his men, and Penguin. I don’t predict a long or happy life for Liza, but I love hearing her sing, watching as she beat the crap out of that other singer, or seeing her transform into Fish’s “secret weapon.” Honestly, Liza is really, super cute, and I’m rooting for her.
Barbara Kean. I hate her. Really, she’s just awful.