Gotham Season Two: Episode 3

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by Conner Fulton, Reviewer

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I just realized Penguin wasn’t in the last episode at all. Like the last episode, this starts with a lot of dudes getting tossed off/out of buildings. However, this time it’s Gordon and Harvey doing the person-tossing, enacting some old-style tough-cop justice. We find out our main villain’s motivation, and it’s kind of lame (but at least it’s simple). His family basically built Gotham but nobody appreciates them.

And that’s it. I understand that things like that are extremely annoying and maybe it’s just because I’m not in his shoes that I don’t fully appreciate the outrage, but I still feel villains can be given a more powerful background. Especially considering if he’s so rich you’d think he could just make some huge donations to hospitals or museums or something and become famous that way. Hiring insane people to destroy Gotham so you can take it over and rebuild it seems somewhat dumb.

It’s never good when Penguin seems like a strong choice for returning order to Gotham.  Only nine cops died, apparently. It sort of undermines everything because, even though, like, everybody got shot at least once, it’s business as usual after about one day. And if you were to look at before and after shots of the GCPD working, they look almost identical. I was thinking Harvey and Gordon would basically be the only cops left.

At first I was a bit bothered that the Joker had his insanity explained (abusive parents) but then I realized that if ever there were a series that deserved to explain it, it’d be Gotham. Because that’s kind of the whole point of the series. Selina’s back. She’s the only character on the show I just don’t really like. Mainly because her main personality trait is being mean and thinking she’s cool for it.

There’s a running gag about how there’s a magician at the benefit to raise money for the children’s hospital. The way they built it up (yes, they really built up the magician) I was hoping for a future hero or villain. We didn’t exactly get that. Though, this magician thing does pave the way for the first encounter between Batman and the Joker. So that’s intense. Alfred attempts to chat up Lee. And it definitely kind of works. This will undoubtedly get awkward.

Alright, so what else happ-OH MY GOD IS GEROME DEAD?! WHAT?! NO!

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