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REVIEW: Gotham 1×10 “LoveCraft”

This is the kind of episode that could have been cut in half and would have lost nothing of value.

Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Harvey (Donal Logue), and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) search for Selina (Camren Bicondova) and Bruce (David Mazouz) after they are chased out of Wayne manor by a couple of assassins. Actually, Harvey and Alfred do most of the searching while Gordon chases dead (heh) leads. Meanwhile Falcone (John Doman) intimidates Oswald (Robin Lord Taylor) into agreeing to find his mole.

This episode feels like Harvey Dent Part II. Bruce and Selina spend most of the episode together, again, and Bruce finally gets his kiss. Last week ended with everything going smoothly between the two of them, while this week started with them insulting each other. “Get over it” she tells him, with “it” being the murder of his parents. “You’re not a very nice person,” he tells her. At several points I thought that they were acting irrationally…until I remembered that they are children. Still, their dialogue needs some work.

Luckily Alfred is there to save the day, for both Bruce and the audience. Sean Pertwee continues to prove that he plays one of the more interesting characters on the show. He’s a badass that can hold his own against professional assassins while simultaneously being just as caring as any other iteration of the character. He is also James Bond, apparently. What other explanation is there for how he is able to win over Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) with just a few sentences? Clearly Alfred should become Batman.

I am still not exactly sure what it was that made him understand the assassin’s intentions. I had to rewind and all I could tell was that she makes a rattlesnake-like sound. That’s a bit strange, isn’t it? The assassins themselves were pretty ridiculous, and not in a good way. Their fight scenes were drawn out and boring. Why was so much time dedicated to them fighting? The first fight scene with Alfred works well, but the rest is repetitive: someone turns and shoots, they hit nothing, their opponent turns and shoots, they hit nothing, then repeat that a bunch of times. No, Maximus Decimus Meridius, I am not entertained.

Falcone’s scenes are only outshined by Alfred, which is saying something. It is nice to watch Falcone show just how intimidating he can be, even if it is for just a short amount of time. Though it makes little sense why he would not immediately assume that Liza (Makenzie Leigh) is Fish’s mole, seeing as how she is the newest member of the Falcone family.

Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto) feels completely different from his comic book counterpart. He feels more like a sleazy lawyer than a man with an unquenchable thirst for justice, though I assume that he will become that way later on. Until then he will be known as the character that showed up in Gotham and made things worse for Gordon. The Mayor (Richard Kind) is a huge tool and forces Gordon to quit his job, which he doesn’t have the power to do. This comes out of nowhere and just seems silly. We know that he will be back on the force, probably within a few weeks, so this comes off as a cheap trick to show off Arkham Asylum to us.

Why does Bullock not want to go find Bruce and Selina? Yes, Gordon lied to him about continuing the Wayne case, but there are two kids that are in desperate need of help. Do your damn job, Harvey.

Some thoughts: the information that Lovecraft gives Gordon seems like it could have promise, but the show does not focus on it enough to make me care. Also, I was disappointed in minimal amount of Penguin this week.

The next episode preview gives me some hope, but this episode was a letdown. If the season had not been extended from 16 episodes to 22 then I would have more confidence in the show, but this episode shows that Gotham does not know how to deal with it’s pacing problems.

Final Grade: C+

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Nick Doblovosky