Gotham. Episode 5: Viper

Bruce Wayne is becoming obsessed with finding a connection between the murder of his parents and the Arkham project. Bruce is seen to be tiring himself out by learning what is happening with Arkham and a worried Alfred continues to support the young Wayne. The script does give the obvious hints of the future Batman, a bit cheesy at times but makes you wish a flash-forward would happen. A drug addict is on the street playing his guitar when a man leaves a green liquid substance in the guitar case; just the fumes of the liquid make an impact on the addict and give him a highly increased level of strength (breaking a bat in two works rather well to show your strength). The addict robs a store of its ATM (yes, he literally rips out the ATM and steals it) and the theft catches the attention of Jim Gordon and a food deprived Harvey Bullock who just wants to finish his lunch. A glimpse of Selina Kyle gets Jim’s attention until he attends the aftermath of the robbery. Gordon and Bullock eventually find the addict whose craving for milk leaves a trail to where he is hiding, his strength suddenly disappears as his bones seem to break and the ATM he is holding over his head falls onto himself, crushing him. The man who gave the addict the drug is seen to be handing this out to many on the streets of Gotham, but who is he? Edward Nigma discovers that the drug feeds on the calcium in the bones of its users to build the strength, this eventually leads to the death of the user. Damn, I have gone all this time without a mention of Oswald Cobblepot. Enjoying his new position, Oswald looks to become closer friends with Sal Maroni by revealing how he came to be in his company and away from Fish Mooney, though Sal Maroni seems unimpressed and physically assaults “The Penguin”. Gordon and Bullock investigate where the drug may come from and WellZyn, whom is a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, is the top of the list as the most well-known lab in the city. Gordon looks to continue his investigation, but is pulled away when he has to pay a visit to his “Dear Friend” Oswald Cobblepot who may be about to meet his maker.

Jim Gordon finds himself in the company of Sal Maroni who wants answers about Oswald Cobblepot. Maroni threatens to kill both Gordon and Penguin if Jim’s story doesn’t match up to Oswald’s. Gordon tells Maroni the whole story of The Penguin from how they met and how he betrayed Falcone and Mooney. A former WellZyn employee called Stan is seen to be the culprit in the deaths and Stan’s former mentor gives knowledge to both Gordon and Bullock about Viper and how it was a prototype to a drug which was made and called Venom (the same drug which would one day make Bane become the super-strong behemoth that would break the Bat! Batman I mean, not the bat from the beginning of this episode). Stan is seen ready to release the drug and threatens the lives of many. Bruce goes to meet with the staff of Wayne Enterprises, hoping to see the board members. When he meets someone who is under the board, he is disappointed and shares his thoughts on what is happening. The drug, at this time, begins to vent into the room where Bruce, Alfred and many important people are sat. A canister in the air vent is shot and hits Stan who had been feeding it through the building. The canister expels the gas onto Stan and he becomes exposed to Viper. He then runs from the detectives after they save the people and he jumps off the building but says for them to go to Warehouse 39, though they find nothing. After some time trying to convince Bruce to stop looking into the Arkham project, Alfred finally begins to help his master. Fish Mooney continues to work her way to the top and trains her girl Liza to prepare her for taking on Falcone and impressing him. She makes Liza a whole new woman, and finally is let loose on Falcone as Fish continues to get her hooks in people as she and Nikolai passionately plan Falcone’s downfall.

Gotham Viper

So, the introduction of the drug which increases the strength of its users may not be brand brand new (check out Arrow where the drug Mirakuru gave the users super strength) but it does make a massive impression. Viper makes a massive impact and brings a threat which could cause trouble for the whole of Gotham; also I hope it could be a way to introduce Bane soon. Ben McKenzie does well as Jim Gordon and I feel Donal Logue has started to make Bullock a more enjoyable character. Selina Kyle pops up and disappears just as quickly, but to see once again Cory Michael Smith’s Edward Nigma very briefly just to tell us about Viper makes me think can you just turn him into The Riddler and maybe he may do some more on the show. To get into Sal Maroni’s world a bit more was great and to get into Sal Maroni’s world a bit more was great and David Zayas is good (though I still prefer him in Dexter). David Mazouz makes the most of his role as Bruce Wayne as the young hero-to-be wants to find out what is happening with the company he is to inherit. Sean Pertwee is starting to get more out of his part as Alfred. Robin Lord Taylor is making his version of Oswald Cobblepot a masterpiece and it is great to see how he is growing in the ranks of the mob family of Maroni. Though my favourite character this week is definitely Jim Gordon, he may not have Barbara to pull him out of the police line this week but his interactions with Bullock is becoming more comfortable and the repercussions of him not killing The Penguin finally comes back to him as his life is threatened. A strong episode with a lot of development on Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon, it was good to see them go on without meeting each other and next week I hope the development on the two continues.

Final Rating 8.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Here is a preview of episode six.

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