Detective James Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) Episode 1 series 1 of Gotham
Within the precinct though his failure to draw down on the attacker is viewed as a weakness by his partner Bullock. The interplay between the two of them is very much in the vein of a buddy cop show with Gordon playing the idealistic newbie and Bullock the grizzled streetwise veteran. Their interplay is probably the highlight of the first episode as we are introduced to seemingly everyone in Gotham along with the cat. Their ideologies are similar in some ways, in that they want to make Gotham a better place. It is however in their methods where they differ, Bullock has a shades of grey outlook on law enforcement, where he will allow some things to slide for the "Greater good". This goes against Gordon's black and white way of looking at the world. Events at the end of the episode put this into sharp focus when it comes to the treatment of Oswald Cobblepot. The repercussions of this event have already been established even if Gordon is as of yet unaware of it.
It is not only the penguin incident where we get to see Gordon's compassionate side; there is also the obligatory Thomas and Martha Wayne death scene to deal with. The way he handles a distraught Bruce is gentle and helps the young Wayne open up. It smells of foreboding for their future relationship and also for Bruce's future path.
There are also hints about Gordon's past being a veteran and the role his father had in Gotham as the old DA. It will be interesting to see if these crumbs cone back in the series to give our detective even more depth. It's an odd situation as we know his final destination in becoming the Captain of the GCPD. This does dissolve the tension of his encounters as we already know he is going to survive. This means the fear for survival we have has to come from the supporting cast or else the show will feel weakened.
Overall Gotham has its high points and the portrayal of Gordon ranks high among these. As for the series as a whole I'll hold judgement for now the first episode felt far too busy. Once the series settles down I think we will really be able to tell if this will become an essential addition to the Batman canon of just a fly by night experience.