Gotham. Episode 7: Penguin’s Umbrella

So we finally see Oswald Cobblepot come out of hiding and fully embracing himself as The Penguin. Jim Gordon’s big secret finally comes out and Harvey Bullock is out to keep himself out of trouble with Fish Mooney and Falcone. As Jim tries to contact Barbara, she is already being held in their apartment by Fish Mooney’s crew. Jim comes and saves Barbara, Gordon sends his fiancée away and begs her not to come back until he can make things right. The GCPD all have eyes on Jim Gordon, they have no idea what to make of him following the revelation he let The Penguin escape death. Fish Mooney is worried about what Penguin can do, and also worried it is taking too long for her hired girl Liza to start her seduction of Falcone and begin her plan to take over. Back at GCPD, there is an arrival of Mr Victor Zsasz. Victor Zsasz, a famous character from the comics, is sent by Carmine Falcone to collect Jim Gordon. Victor Zsasz commands the police force out of the building, so it is just the delusional criminal and Detective Gordon who remains. During the shootout, Jim is shot and runs for his life as Zsasz and his henchmen (henchwomen) are in pursuit. Amongst the police cars of GCPD, a cat and mouse game is played and Zsasz almost has Jim until he is saved by Detectives Montoya and Allen. Sal Maroni and Fish Mooney begin to discuss the future of The Penguin as he hides in the kitchen. ‘The Penguin’ is asked to apologise for making any bad feelings towards Mooney and Falcone, Mooney then reacts with the threat of torture for her previous henchman. Speaking of henchmen, right-hand man Butch helps Mooney to upset Sal Maroni by sabotaging one of his deals, but Penguin states that he can help Maroni to hit her back.

Jim Gordon goes to see Bruce Wayne with the help of Montoya and Allen as they look to keep him away from being seen. He goes to Bruce to tell him that he may not be able to solve the murder of Bruce’s parents, but Montoya and Allen, whom he now has an alliance with, will continue the investigation if need be. The Penguin comes to full force as his crooked walk leads the Maroni men to a warehouse of Falcone’s and kills Nikolai and his group. Penguin begins to assert his power in the group and kills Frankie after he offers more money to those in his company. Maroni and Falcone come face to face after the death of Frankie and Nikolai from their gangs. They look to make a deal and avoid bloodshed, as Maroni seemingly taunts Falcone over not being able to catch Jim Gordon. Gordon is in his home as he is visited by Bullock. Bullock says he will help support Gordon, though seems to be less thrilled when he hears Jim’s plan to arrest the Mayor, Falcone and the others involved in Gotham’s corruption. Gordon and Bullock arrest Mayor James and Don Falcone is about to be held until Falcone unveils his ace, Victor Zsasz is currently holding Barbara hostage and will kill her if Jim Gordon doesn’t step back. Falcone states that Gordon and Bullock need to be good cops and stand for the good, but believes that they are still a pain in his side. He releases them after Jim believed Falcone’s threat; not without warning him that Jim will say Falcone “…was right”. Returning to the apartment, Barbara begins to cry and states how she tried to help, but the two embrace and seem to be close again. Falcone enjoys some cooking from Liza, he is seemingly unaware of who she is, and looks to see his beloved chickens outside his home. The Penguin eventually reveals himself to Falcone, but the two embrace. A flashback to the first episode shows that Oswald and Falcone met and how it came to pass that Jim Gordon would be the one to “kill” Cobblepot. He promises he will be Falcone’s snitch and also tells Falcone about Fish Mooney’s plan to take out Falcone and rule the gang. Falcone is promised by The Penguin that he will be happy he kept Gordon alive, soon.

Ok, lots of good points here. Gordon and Bullock finally come together as a team who can trust each other as they look to clean Gotham. Top marks to Robin Lord Taylor who still does a great job as Oswald, referred to as The Penguin for the majority of the episode, we finally see the plan he has been involved in and we really get to see his presence as the famous villain fleshed out in this serving. Also Anthony Carrigan who portrays Victor Zsasz is probably the greatest transfer from page to screen since The Penguin as he is calm, creepy, deadly and composed throughout his performance as the murderer who keeps a tally of his victims marked on his skin with a knife. John Doman finally shines as Falcone and gets a lot of time to show himself. Erin Richards and Ben McKenzie are also given some great scenes together and Donal Logue impresses as Harvey seems to become a straight up cop. Finally, it was nice that Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart-Jones finally get a bit more to do and are shown to be on the side of Jim Gordon. But with the revelation that The Penguin is working for Falcone and has revealed what is happening in the background of his own gang, what will happen next? Plus, I want more Victor Zsasz!

Final rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

Here is a preview for episode 8. ‘The Mask’.

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