Gotham Season Two: Episode 9

by Conner Fulton, Reviews

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Ok, so this starts with Theo’s cousin or whatever hiring an assassin, but the weird thing is that they say they charge EXTRA for personal assassinations over business assassinations. Like, how do you prove that and why does it matter? Couldn’t you just lie? And usually it seems like a personal killing would be easier. Business implies a business rival or someone in a position of power, but personal could be anybody from any walk of life. It could be a milkman. Shooting a milkman from a rooftop shouldn’t be much of a hassle, should it? Penguin’s had it rough. He lost his henchman, his mom, his hold on the city and now, at the hands of Nigma, his consciousness.

Wee…

Theo and his entire weird clan still bug me. Especially Silver (I think that’s her name. I’m gonna roll with it). Alfred continues to be just about the best character on the show if only because he smacks people when they need it and is really good at identifying those moments. Also his complete lack of discrimination. He smacks everybody. Physically, verbally, man, woman, child. He’s especially been good at keeping young girls in check because that’s the primary friend-base for young Bruce. All this equality must be where Bruce learned his most important lesson.

I wish I was taught this in school

600x600bb-85Gordon gets attacked by an assassin who looks like homeless Waldo and talks like he’s trying to instruct kids how to paint. He attacks Gordon in an elevator with some piano wire, which (according to Gordon) makes him a pro. And I know this because I watched the Professional, a movie about a professional, which taught me that professionalism is determined by how close you’re allowed to get to the target. And since a garrote requires such proximity that it can really only be used if you’re on first-name basis with the target, this guy has to be pretty slick. Also professional.
So now Gordon has the entire assassin’s guild after him and just three other guys who are held up in Theo’s apartment. And it seems to happen primarily to kill the chief. At least I’m assuming he’ll die. I never noticed but Michael Chiklis is actually a pretty darn good actor. And for a guy whose most famous work is probably the Fantastic Four, that’s pretty impressive. It’s cool to finally see Gordon and Chiklis have a meaningful conversation because before now it’s just been about how Gordon is being too serious. So Penguin and Nigma meet finally. I mean, it’s the second time, technically but this is the substantial one. Penguin is all like ‘I KNOW you!’ and I would have given this show all the money I have if Nigma was just like ‘Yeah, we went to highschool together.’

‘Cause they totally did.

It’s weird how Penguin is kind of the cool guy between the two of them and Nigma is the nerdy weirdo. It’s also weird that Penguin doesn’t seem to want to kill people very much. Actually, he’s planning to leave Gotham. So, I’ve heard that Pee Wee Herman of all people is playing Penguin’s dad. I really, really, really want to see that and I’m hoping that it happens soon. I feel like it could either be after he leaves Gotham and he gets convinced to return or it’s before he leaves Gotham and is convinced to stay. I was assuming the two would meet and it’d be like ‘Hey, you’re evil, I’m evil, let’s be evil together’, but it requires a lot of emotional manipulation to get them to work together. At least Nigma is amazing at manipulating people.
Now Gordon has a cannibal after him. I kind of want to see Zsasz have a sadistic assassin fight with one of these guys. Apparently even this Eduardo Flamingo guy is a villain. I really wish I knew more people in the Batman Universe because this series would be one hundred times more amazing if I could actually appreciate the number of characters implemented in this series. It’s like when they added Batroc the Leaper to the Winter Soldier. So, Gordon got into 3 brutal fist fights with assassins in one episode, which is impressive. This episode really seems to try to impress upon you that if you’re a rookie in the GCPD you’re going to die. Mainly because all of the villains they have pretty much just want to (not only kill you but) ruin the lives of others by doing it. Flamingo just killed that one rookie, not because he cared about them, but because he wanted to try to convince Gordon that it was his fault for not killing him. It’s all about making it seem impossible to be a good cop in Gotham and that’s really depressing.

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