While I have not written a Gotham review in the past, I have kept up with the show and, after watching the explosion of the season finale, I knew I needed to write something for it. Everything hit its boiling point, for better or for worse, and if you watch the show, I highly recommend watching this episode before you read this review.
All the gangs meet up and it ends in a beautiful brawl. The whole season has been building up to this gang war. In the very first episode Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) warns Gordon (Ben McKenzie) about it and in this episode, it starts off with a bang! Rocket launchers are launched, shots are fired, lives are lost, and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) finally comes back in town with a vengeance and an awesome new look that would put fear in even the Dark Knight. Malcone, Maroni, Fish, and Penguin all go at it and the end may not be what you want, but it is what was bound to happen and is well done.
Fish and Maroni
These two are just wonderful together. It may just be the best part of the episode. Their personalities do not mesh and it is wonderful how much they don’t mesh. I do not need to say anything more about this, you will get to the part and know exactly what I’m talking about.
Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) also joins a gang!? I don’t know if I like this move for her character so soon in the series. That being said, I can understand her doing this after her killing in the previous episodes. She seemed to isolate herself and seemed confused but then, in comes Fish, and Kyle naturally is drawn to her. It makes sense for Kyle to admire her independence and the couple of interactions between these two are great. However, once the killing happens, Kyle is just not seen. It does not show her fighting nor hiding, she just ceases to exist. I feel like this was a cop out on the writers. For anyone who has heard me talk about this show in any of our podcasts you know I have not liked the writing for this character. Until recently, it has been pretty one dimensional to the point where they literally had her playing with a ball of yarn once. They were doing well these last few episodes but they dropped the ball again in this one. Unless they are planning on showing what happened with her in the next season, I will hold this one against the writers for a while.
Bruce and his Father
Bruce (David Mazouz) goes bat $%^& crazy in finding his father’s secrets (see what I did there). Following the previous episodes Bat Boy Bruce finds out that his father may not have been the honest person he thought he was. He is positive that somewhere in his father’s office is a secret. Against Alfred’s (Sean Pertwee) obligatory/useless pleads to stop Bruce, the two of them tear apart the office until Bruce follows a train of thought (that belongs in Adam West’s Batman) that leads him to a book, which leads him to a button, which leads him to classical music, and most likely…THE FUTURE BATCAVE! As upset as I was about this show having Bruce Wayne in it when it was marketed as a Gordon show, the kid had been doing a pretty good job acting of late and in this episode him and Alfred were compelling. However, the Bat Cave…in season one? This seems to be way too soon as well.
Corey Michael Smith rocks his role and has become an extremely captivating character. In this episode, we get what we have been waiting for, we get a glimpse into the Riddler. While he killed in a previous episode, in this one he has a brilliant Gollum/Smeagol moment that should not work, but does. It really does. We get to see the inside of his mind as his new self begins to take over. I look forward to the next season mostly for him.
Battle of the Girlfriends?
I…I can’t even talk about this one with a straight face. The writers are trying really hard to make this story line work and it is just not. It isn’t the fault of the acting and it is only partly the fault of the writing, this just did not fit in with the season finale episode. Everything Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) has gone through (good writing and bad) has come to a head in this episode, and she goes crazy…crazy to the point where she has a Jack Nicholson moment. It ends in a fight between her and Gordon’s current girlfriend Doctor Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin).
The Torch is Passed
Falcone (John Doman) tells Gordon to clean up house. Yes, the gangster who has been in charge tells Gordon that he’s done and wants Gordon to clean house. He gives a somehow heartwarming story about Gordon’s father carrying a knife and it ends with Gordon determined as ever to get the good guys in control of Gotham.
This show does have problems with writing. They seem to obsess with trying to fix the bad plot points instead of abandoning them and focusing on the good. This hurts the show. That being said, when the story is good, it is really good. If you have been following the show, definitely watch the finale. If you have not started it yet, you may want to wait until season two. Season two will either be incredible as they finally find their pacing, or the show will fall flat on its face.
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