Gotham Season Two: Episode 2

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by Conner Fulton, Reviewer

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Episode 2: The show is still ridiculous. It opens with this season’s main antagonist threatening the mayor with a head-box full of tarantula. And while there isn’t a tarantula, there is always the head-box. Because they never take it off. Other shows would have (other shows wouldn’t have had the head-box), but Gotham has the mayor getting chased around the bad guy’s base by two women with whips, complete with a head-box. And that’s practically a background event.

The main story involves the rise of the MANIAX!, the Joker’s (not yet officially the Joker, but all he’s really missing is the face paint and name) gang of criminal degenerates, not a failed Rob Liefeld comic. The rise of the MANIAX! is colorful indeed. The Joker and a hairy cannibal fight with a chainsaw and katana (respectively) for no reason other than that they have them and are insane. The Joker quickly becomes one of the best characters on the show by winning a game of Russian Roulette in as cool a way possible in order to become the group’s leader. They throw people off buildings, attempt to blow up a bus full of cheerleaders and (and this is where the episode suddenly got very dark) massacre the Gotham PD.

The episode at least started out pretty funny. Alfred displays his ineptness with computers, then swindles Lucius Fox into fixing it for him. There was a bit of fake drama between Alfred and Bruce (as in drama that is only present for a few minutes that you know will blow over before the episode is over) that culminates in Alfred promising to make Bruce a tough guy. Though the massacre at the police station was definitely horrific, it did seem to set a lot of things in motion.

Harvey’s back after his brief job as a bartender, Gordon is now pretty much certain to become commissioner, Nigma and Kringle might actually start dating (which would be nice for Nigma, if only because he’s being tormented by his sexy, bad boy alter-ego), and Bruce is probably going to become Batman. And I realize that Batman isn’t going to appear in his full glory until the show has ended, but I really dig training montages and becoming Batman will definitely require a few.

This episode (and every episode) renews my faith in Gotham. I was expecting the show to be fun when I first saw it advertised, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this fun. It’s still crazy (even more so now that the MANIAX! are running around) in a very good way. It’s not utterly ridiculous; it just manages to be absurd in a way that could possibly happen in real life. And that’s what’s so fun about it.

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