Gotham Season Two: Episode 8

by Conner Fulton, Reviews

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So this episode gets off to a weird start. We see what it’s like in Barbara’s head and it’s weirder than you’d think. I can’t tell what sort of fear she suffers from, whether it’s fear of everyone in the series, fear of not getting together with Gordon or just plain fear. If I had to guess, it seems like a fear of humiliation and possibly death. Either way, I can’t say it makes me sympathize with her. Even if Barbara was exonerated and revealed to be completely likable, I’m not sure if they could make me like him and her more than him and Lee. She gets this big, mysterious present that she’s apparently going to use to kill Gordon which is weird because she really seems to love Gordon in a twisted way. The fact this episode is centered so much around Barbara is a clear indicator that it will suck. At least in comparison to the other episodes in the series.

 

GOTHAM: Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) makes a stealthy entrance in the "The Mask" episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX

GOTHAM: Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) makes a stealthy entrance in the “The Mask” episode of GOTHAM.

So there’s this awkward interrogation scene with Barbara and for some reason Lee watches. Like, what does she think she’ll get out of this situation? And for some reason, even though Gordon knows Lee is watching he thinks it’s a good idea to kiss Barbara. The only way they seem to try and make Lee unlikable is by making her be ‘mean’ to Barbara, but it’s not like Barbara doesn’t deserve it. I mean, if someone kidnaps you, ties you to a giant wheel and outright SAYS they’re going to steal your boyfriend/girlfriend I think you’re allowed to not like them. But they try to make Lee out to be a jerk, or at least short-sighted. It doesn’t help that Barbara is basically Bendy, where every time Gordon isn’t there she acts completely evil.

Seriously, this character archetype is the worst.

She even acts evil when Gordon is the person she’s talking to. Like she just forgets she wants him to trust her. It’s so annoying. The only reason people are good at manipulation on this show is because the people they’re trying to manipulate become suddenly, hopelessly stupid in the face of basic persuasion. If faced with the Honeypot, these people would NEVER escape.
The only other thing going on is Galavant trying to manipulate Bruce into giving over Wayne enterprises. Of course there’s a solid chance he’ll do it because otherwise they would have just wasted several minutes. It’s weird because when Alfred says ‘He’s offering to tell you who the man is who killed your parents in exchange for your company’ you realize that it’s fundamentally evil what he’s doing. He’s basically saying ‘Yeah, I know who this guy is who murdered your parents, but screw you I want your company and everything you have.’. Well, that’s not the ONLY other thing happening. Nigma is burying Kringle in the woods while dressed like the dude from Rushmore.

Why do I remember this look so well?

Of course things get complicated when a hunter shows up. At least it’s interesting, because Riddler is insane without being annoying. If he was given the same direction as Barbara he would make at least two dozen sexual innuendos and say it like Vincent Price reading Shakespeare, but badly.
You know, this episode wasn’t hammy enough. It really needed a literal shotgun wedding. I really wish the show would just be like ‘BARBARA IS EVIL AND GORDON WILL BE WITH LEE’ because this is the weirdest will-they-won’t-they relationship of all time. This is seriously a love triangle made of a straight-and-narrow cop, a funny and awesome medical examiner and a psychotic, murderous, manipulative, stalker ex-girlfriend.
Luckily, Harvey taps into the chi of the universe and realizes ‘Where’s the most ludicrously poignant/on-the-nose place Barbara would take him?’ and figures out he’s been taken to the church. This whole episode is about one thing. Jim Gordon pretending to be… evil? Something like that. The point is, in the Batman Universe, when people pretend to be darker than the villains this happens.

Speaking of broken, Barbara ALMOST died! It was the classic ‘person dangling out a window and the person holding them is like ‘don’t let go’ and the person holding on is like ‘Sorry’ and let’s go.’ Only this time the person didn’t die, so that’s lame. Especially considering how much simpler it would have made the story.
Nigma is STILL attempting to get rid of dead bodies because they keep stacking up just as soon as he can get rid of- OH MY GOD PENGUIN AND NIGMA MEET! YEEEES! YEEEEEEEEEES! THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME!

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