It’s been a while since Gotham has been on the air…well, just over a month, so how does its return fair?
Gordon (Ben McKenzie) investigates the electrocutions of inmates at Arkham, while the many mobsters continue to plot against each other.
Don Maroni (David Zayas) shows that he is not a fool when he teaches Oswald (Robin Lord Taylor) respect. It was nice to watch the Don put the Penguin in his place. Most of the episode is fairly dull, like rest of the series. The good thing about it is that it puts a halt on the Penguin’s progression. He was becoming too powerful too fast.
Fish’s (Jada Pinkett Smith) scenes, as well as the scenes with the new mobsters, did not progress the story too far. They were also a bit boring. It is hard to care about characters that only appear in one episode for the sole purpose of being killed off to serve other character’s progressions. New mobsters (who are high up in the chain of command) first appear in this episode and are killed off. Butch (Drew Powell) has one of the best scenes in the episode with his friend, the other mobster. The song choice during the scene, in which he has to kill him, makes it feel like a scene from “Goodfellas” or “The Godfather.” Of course, it isn’t nearly that good, but the fact that this show made me think of those films shows that the episode did something right. It was one of the few scenes in this series that had genuine suspense.
Selina (Camren Bicondova) saves Ivy (Clare Foley) from the rain and brings her to a safe place to rest. That place just happens to be Barbara’s apartment. Somehow Selina knows that she and Gordon would not be there for a few days, though Gordon goes back there later on in the episode. So he was still staying there? He is never shown in a different apartment. It looked as if Ivy and Selina had stayed there for more than a day, but Gordon did not stay at work overnight. So already this makes little sense. On top of that their only purpose of being there is to answer the phone when Barbara (Erin Richards) calls. Ivy pretends that she is Gordon’s lover, and of course Barbara is devastated, despite having been cheating on him. Barbary just happened to call her home phone instead of Gordon’s cell (which she always called before). Everything just worked so perfectly bad that it is just too ridiculous of a pill to swallow, even in a world of Penguins and Balloonmen.
The worst part of the episode was something that I’m sure nobody else noticed. When Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) gets back home she hands a coffee to Barbara. The way she moves the cup shows that there is clearly no coffee in it, though her character is supposed to be drinking it. When actors have to pretend they are drinking, even if they don’t take a drink, liquid should always be in their cups. That is just a small, basic thing, that the show could not even do right.
The best part of the episode is the villain from Arkham. Not only does he seem more threatening than all of the previous villains, but he also is not caught by the end of the episode. The villain of the week style of storytelling that the show has used thus far has run its course, and this is a breath of fresh air.
Final Grade: C+
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