Gotham Season Two: Episode 5
December 7, 2015
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Does that mean scar-ification or scare-ification? Whatever, this starts with the Strike Force beating up a bunch of accountants and holding their pants for ransom in exchange for information on where one of them got an RPG. Because this show is awesome. It’s becoming increasingly clear that just kidnapping powerful people and, you know, threatening them is as effective a way of getting what you want as any. They’ve run the mayor out of town and now they just straight up kidnap the evil black guy. One sec, I need to go figure out his name… Bunderslaw. I understand that’s illegal and not something Bruce or Gordon could do, but it’s worth mentioning because it’s never failed.
So Theo and Theo’s sister are getting annoying. Mainly because Penguin should be flourishing by now but because of them he’s not. Tormenting Penguin is never ok. There’s also the fact that his sister is really irritating. She’s basically a second Barbara, and the show doesn’t really need the first one. The difference is Barbara’s still fun and doesn’t take things too seriously, while Theo’s sister is supposed to be some trained assassin.
So apparently Gotham seriously has a shop called Merc that is basically a Walmart for criminals and sells brass knuckles, machetes and–simply–‘acid’. I could probably watch an entire series on the people working at that store, but here’s it’s just a location. Which makes me realize how much I appreciate this show for never having mainstream stores be a part of Gotham. Can you imagine how lame it’d be if all of a sudden Gordon just drove by a RadioShack or Blockbuster? It may be sort of goofy, but if the characters need to use a store they always have to go to the most grungy and dank place imaginable. It helps set the tone, but it’s something I hadn’t even considered up until now, which is a sign that it’s working. Then Gordon blows up a perp by shooting him. Gordon and Lee go on a double date with Ed and Kris, and I’m just waiting for that relationship to go horribly wrong. Not that I want it to, I just know it has to.
In other news: you know what this show’s been missing? Brutal 18th/19th flashbacks complete with goofy costumes and funny wigs.
Finally, this show gives us what we want.
It explains MORE of Theo’s backstory, but I never cared about that to begin with. A petty blood feud isn’t really that interesting. And as time goes on it just seems like Theo is more and more of a crybaby. Basically, his family was one of the major families that founded Gotham and yet because of some debacle in the woods involving the Wayne heiress, his family was kicked out of Gotham and completely stripped from the city’s history. If I found out about some great injustice like that in my family history, I’m 99% sure I wouldn’t care. I’m a bit fuzzy, but I’m pretty sure no Batman villain has ever had a motivation that boring. It’s always been like ‘I’m insane’ or ‘I’m also insane’ or ‘I’m made of clay, I hate all of you’.
Speaking of villains, we might have an introduction for Firefly. Firefly is a Batman villain who sets things on fire and that’s about it. He’s (or should I say SHE’S) never experienced quite the popularity of other villains, possibly because of his (OR SHOULD I SAY SHIS) relative simplicity. A lot of what people like about Batman villains (OR SHOULD I SAY SHILLAINS) is the pathos. A villain in Batman is defined by what makes them insane. The Joker makes jokes, the Riddler makes riddles, the Scarecrow manipulates fear and Bane torments you physically. Firefly is just a dude (OR SHOULD I SAY WOMAN) who sets fires. Now, you may notice I’ve been alluding to something, and that’s that Firefly in this continuity is a girl. So far. She seems a bit old to be a villain later, so I’m not sure if this will be THE Firefly or what. Especially considering Strike Force would be hesitant to let her get away now that she managed to kill one of their own.
Overall, this wasn’t a very fun episode. The beginning was good and I liked the Merc store, but those were very small portions of a very large meal that didn’t have enough sweet to balance out the bitter. Penguin is at maximum brutality, Butch got his hand chopped off, Selina was in it, the first member of Strike Force died, nothing is going wrong for Theo… It was all very dark and there wasn’t much campy goofiness. Not to say the episode was bad, it just wasn’t as fun as other episodes. It made me nervous. I’m worried about Butch, even though I’m pretty sure he’s just straight up going to die (which is a pretty simple way out for this show) and that’ll be that. Everyone in this show goes through a lot of crap, but Butch, a side-character, I would say has gone through the most.