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Gotham. Episode 8: The Mask

No you won’t see the mad, green-faced character from the 1994 film, what we start with is two guys fighting each other in an office wearing balaclavas. Why? Who knows why? One emerges victorious and gives address to a security camera watching him. Meanwhile, a murder starts the day for Gordon and Bullock as they seem to find the man who was just seen beaten and he is covered in black ink and Edward Nigma is helping do his forensic touch with the body. Investigating the body, he finds a severed finger in the body of the corpse. The Penguin is seen in town and steals jewellery from a woman passing by. He visits Fish Mooney to agree terms of their deal which was made by Maroni and Falcone. He gives the jewellery as a gift, but stabs the hand of Penguin with a pin for his betrayal to her. Bruce Wayne finally goes back to school for the first time since his parents died, Alfred tries to convince him that he needs friends his own age and try to be “normal”. Gordon finds himself interviewing the mother of the dead man, he was at the time looking for a job in an office. Bullock reflects on the police force that walked out of the GCPD when Gordon was facing off with Victor Zsasz. The Penguin goes back to being Oswald as he presents the jewellery to his Mum as a present after taking it back from Fish. Mrs Cobblepot notices the mark on his hand and is angry that he is hurt.

The detectives go to see a doctor who had seen the man they found dead earlier. They arrest him after they see a link in the case. The detectives agree to let the doctor go and check the company that the man was at. Gordon walks into his apartment to find Barbara is there with a gun, he tries to reassure her that she won’t get hurt as she is still upset over the ordeal with Zsasz in the previous episode. Individuals are seen in cages wearing ties, shirts and braces. Being given balaclavas by a masked man, one of the caged men wants to know when they can go and he states that they know how they can go. Edward Nigma is about to do a thorough investigation of the dead man via autopsy, though it turns out he shouldn’t really be there as the real surgeon then walks in. Bruce is shown trying to get back to life at school, he is then greeted by some fellow students including Tommy, who asks about the deaths of Bruce’s parents and persistently torments Bruce. Fish Mooney meets with Liza in a church as its one of the private places they can talk. Mooney gives Liza a concoction which will make Falcone sleep and then for her to find some notes that Falcone has hidden in his desk as Mooney wants the information. Richard Sionis is then interviewed by the detectives, the owner of the company in which Lawson, the deceased man seen earlier, worked for. They investigate the office and see lots of warrior items and weapons. The mask seen earlier is shown in the office of Sionis, they get quite in depth in the chatter of murder and Gordon is convinced Sionis is the murderer. As they leave, Gordon notices a trail of blood leading to a bathroom. Gordon sees a man with a busted nose and another with his hand in bandages. After a small tussle, Bullock and Gordon are over the bandaged man as he tries to escape.

Back at the school, Bruce has another face to face with Tommy. He continues to torment Bruce and bullies him over the death of his family. Bruce finally snaps and smacks Tommy, to little effect. The Penguin gets his men to kidnap the new assistant to Fish to ask questions, he waddles to his seat and sits while his men beat the man up. When interviewing the man who tried to escape, the detectives discover that the injuries are from fights that the men had during the interview phase for their jobs. Edward Nigma discovers that the ink is actually printer ink and establishes the death was in an office, which the officers are now aware of. Their one man is taken away as Sionis buys a lawyer to intervene, the detective’s state they need to find where the fights are taking place to stop any more deaths from happening. Captain Essen is upset over leaving Gordon in the office alone with Zsasz, knowing she should have stood by him. Bruce Wayne comes out of school shaken and Alfred wants to help his young master. Gordon gets a call from Barbara but cuts it short as he and Bullock look to solve the case. Liza begins her plan to get the notes for Fish and places the concoction into his tea. Gordon walks into the office where the fights happen and find the men in the cages, only to be jumped by Sionis. We finally catch up with Selina Kyle, and she is caught shoplifting from a clothing store by the police. Bruce Wayne goes to the home of Tommy for a confrontation. Bruce brutally beats Tommy and leaves him bloodied as Alfred stops Bruce from going too far, but rewards him for standing up for himself.

Gordon is found in the middle of a fight with three potential employees of Sionis, he claims the person who kills Gordon will get the job and one million dollars. Knowing he must be in trouble, Bullock shouts out to the GCPD to help find him and they finally agree to help their fellow detective after leaving him previously. Gordon is seen to be fighting all three to stay alive; he manages to knock all three unconscious and comes to now fight Sionis who looks to kill Gordon himself. He looks to expose the killer in Gordon, but Gordon does not give in to that side of himself. The police find him only to see he survived the attack. Back at her club, Fish is watching a potential act for her club (does her club actually ever open anymore?) and she is then approached by Liza, Liza states that she wants out of the agreement, Fish Mooney won’t allow it and tells Liza about how Falcone had instructed the death of her own mother and that she was fuelled by this to kill Falcone. Fish Mooney gets the notes that she asked for from Liza, she promises she will look after Liza and kisses her with the promise of her protection. Meanwhile, the new assistant of Fish is still being held hostage by Penguin as he looks for information on her and what her plans are. He discovers that Fish has someone on Falcone, so he wants to find out who it is. Gordon thanks Bullock for his help and for rallying the police to his rescue, they share a handshake. Gordon is thankful and knows he is punching a lot out, but is doing it as he wants to clean Gotham once and for all. Fish is approached by the old woman and is apparently told she lied to Liza, is this elderly woman her mother? So, the episode is ending and Gordon is about to be re-acquainted with Selina Kyle, she smiles and says “Hey Detective, miss me?”. Bruce speaks to Alfred about his fight, stating he enjoyed revenge and feels angry all the time. After a quick chat, Alfred agrees to teach Bruce how to fight.

Wow, that was a lot to cover. So, still a good episode. Though it doesn’t reach the heights of last week, it is still a great episode to enjoy. Nice to finally see Selina Kyle is back and Camren Bicondova should hopefully get more screen time in the next episode. The “fight-club” aspect was good, it was more about the twisted mind of an individual who enjoyed his power than actually trying to make his mark on Gotham. Ben McKenzie shines as Gordon as he is shown to beat all those who stand in his way, literally. Finally the big praise goes to Jada Pinkett-Smith and Robin Lord Taylor as they continue to be big talking points. Jada’s Fish Mooney is really starting to grow on me and to see Taylor is now embracing his Penguin character to full force, what isn’t to enjoy? Also it is great to finally see young Master Bruce kick some arse! Can’t wait to see next week when a certain future District Attorney who may have a bit of a split-personality disorder turns up in Gotham!

Final Rating: 8/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

Episode 9 preview: Harvey Dent

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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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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.

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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.

Gotham. Episode 4: Arkham

So, last week we had Oswald Cobblepot visiting a surprised Jim Gordon after he was supposed to have left Gotham for good. Oswald states about the war coming, and that it will be for…wait for it…ARKHAM! Yes, the war will be for Arkham Asylum. ‘The Wayne Plan’ is a focus on this episode, the plan was to make the Asylum a new and help the least fortunate in the city. Bruce Wayne wants to see the original plan live on which his parents started, but Jim tells Bruce that Sal Maroni and Carmine Falcone (who is now backing the plans of ‘The Wayne Plan’ with the Mayor) are likely to be the two sides to a war which will see innocent people die. Now, let’s get on to the villain this week, a Hitman is attacking councilmen and at first his real motives are unclear. His first victim dies with help from an armed telescope and the second councilman is set on fire outside of Arkham Asylum (Yes, Arkham will appear quite a lot in this episode). Edward Nigma manages to link the deaths to the same person as the spike from the telescope is matched in each victim due to the injury. They lead to the conclusion their murderer is Richard Gladwell. Jim is inches away from finding Gladwell, but is called away by Bullock before he is uncovered. Bullock finds a note which reads C.L.M. but what do they mean? Finally, some excitement happens at the restaurant owned by Sal Maroni as a robbery happens and many of the people inside are killed. Oswald hides in the freezer with a big bag of the money held in there. After being found, the group state they will tell Sal about what happened. But what will happen with Sal and Oswald? Also, Barbara finally confronts Jim about Oswald Cobblepot about whether or not he shot him. Jim works out that Barbara spoke to Montoya about the shooting and learns Barbara and Montoya were once together. So, what does this mean for the couple?

Sal Maroni swears vengeance as he states Falcone must have orchestrated the attack; he rewards Oswald for his saving of the money and makes him the manager of the restaurant, which begins his rise to power. Bullock realises that Gladwell is actually dead and his identity was stolen. Jim finds out from Oswald and with some thinking that the Mayor will be the next victim of the Hitman, so springs into action and calls upon Bullock for assistance. Meanwhile, we see Fish Mooney looking for a female for a certain job, asking them to seduce her to see if they are worthy. Harvey Bullock goes to Fish Mooney for help, being spurred on by Jim’s threat of a gang war. Sure enough, when Jim arrives at the mayor’s home, the hitman arrives and is ready to make the kill. A chase begins as Jim tries to protect the Mayor; it looks like game over for Jim until Harvey comes in and guns down the hitman. Fish Mooney picks a girl called Liza (mainly cos she beats the crap out of the other girl, which scarily impresses Mooney), but what will she be used for? Jim refuses to talk to Barbara about Oswald, which seems to place a strain on their relationship and Jim is left with an ultimatum which could make or break their future. Remember that robbery from earlier, turns out Oswald set up the robbery at Maroni’s restaurant and presents his hired goons (the first of many) with food he has prepared himself. Mayor James gives his plan out to the Arkham development, with Falcone being left to sort out housing developments and gave Maroni the contract to Arkham Asylum to fix it as he pleases. Knowing that the Mayor is stuck between two powers, Jim discusses this with Bruce and convinces Bruce that he can do a lot to save Gotham. “I believe it’s worth trying” a hopeful Jim tells Bruce. Oh yes, that food Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot gave his goons was poisoned.

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So, I will just say it now that Robin Lord Taylor is still my favourite actor in Gotham. The Penguin is quickly shaping up to be a great force. The set up for the robbery and killing his own men shows Oswald truly is in control and will be a huge force going forward. David Mazouz is becoming a rather convincing Bruce Wayne; he is how I would imagine a young Master Wayne to be. Sean Pertwee is a good Alfred, but still needs to prove himself. Same to be said about Cory Michael Smith as his Edward Nigma is given maybe a minute on screen and disappears for the rest of the episode. Ben McKenzie is definitely a strong Jim Gordon, but I am hoping for him to jump to his iconic commissioner role soon. Camren Bicondova’s absence in this episode is a shame, as I feel we have a lot to learn still about the young Selina Kyle. This week’s villain, portrayed by Hakeem Kae-Kazim does well as the Hitman who is killing Gotham officials, but unfortunately we don’t learn much about him before he is killed. The most improved character this week is Fish Mooney; Jada Pinkett-Smith does a great service this week as her character begins her plan to take down her boss Falcone. A great episode, though I think David Zayas needs more of a presence as Sal Maroni and it would be nice to learn more about The Riddler as Edward Nigma so we get more riddles and potentially he may suddenly turn against the police this season. A good episode, though last week had the better villain and more fleshed out story, this is still a good episode and holds some great moments. ‘Arkham’ may not feature too heavily in its titular outing, but I hope we see more of it soon.

Final rating: 7.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Here is a preview for the next episode, titled ‘Viper’. Which you can watch at 9pm on Channel 5 in the UK.

Gotham. Episode 3: The Balloonman

We first see The Penguin as he makes his much needed return to Gotham. But, let’s catch up with him later. We get probably the best opener so far this year, a guy attached to a giant balloon. Ronald Danzer, a politician involved in a “Ponzi Scheme” and hated by many in Gotham is attached to a big weather balloon by an unidentified attacker and lifted above Gotham. Detective Jim Gordon wants to investigate the attack, but his partner Bullock refuses, stating that Danzer got what he deserved Jim Gordon is very busy, he is also following a lead from Selina Kyle and follows her to the crime scene. He initially rejects the idea she witnessed the murder, but believes Selina when he finds a wallet she stole earlier that night. Detectives Montoya and Allen finally make themselves useful by going to Fish Mooney to see what happened to Oswald Cobblepot, but we already know. They also question Gordon, who tells them straight that he didn’t kill Oswald. Montoya also makes one last stop to see Jim’s fiancée Barbara as she tells Barbara that Jim killed Oswald and doesn’t believe his innocence. It is also revealed that Montoya and Barbara were once in a lesbian relationship, so maybe this could be a reason behind Montoya’s hatred towards Jim. While back in Gotham, Oswald is almost taken back to Fish Mooney by one of her thugs, but Oswald is not going to go without a fight and leaves the poor guy dead in a pool of his own blood. Later he gets a job at the restaurant (which is helped when he kills a worker who has the same shoe size as him) run by Don Sal Maroni, hoping to become part of his gang. Bruce Wayne is trying to adjust to life without his parents and has a sword fight with walking sticks with his butler. Alfred once again is shocked by Bruce when he finds that Master Wayne has obtained the crime file for the murder of his parents. So we have touched in with many of our regular characters, and then we get a corrupt cop go up for a balloon trip by the same culprit.

“The Balloonman gonna get ya” states one of the residents of Gotham. Gordon and Bullock investigate and are given the lead of Carl Smickers who used to work in the factory where the balloons were made. They go to the apartment of Carl and arrest him. Fish Mooney meanwhile is putting a hit on Falcone’s mistress Natalia. Also, the horrible fact that the balloons eventually pop brings the fear that people will start dropping from the sky. Gordon and Bullock then set out to find the real killer, but how will they react when they finally get to them? They find out the killer was social worker Davis Lamond who was willing to break the law to save the people. He was trying to help the children who could not be adopted and wants those involved who think they are above the law to suffer. While holding Bullock at gunpoint, his defence slips and Bullock attaches the killer to the balloon and lets him go, but Jim Gordon jumps onto Davis and forces Bullock to shoot the balloon down before they both ended up sky high. The news report the man more as a vigilante than a villain, stating who will be the hero for the city and this is watched by the pre-Batman Bruce Wayne. The day is saved; Jim Gordon is supported by Barbara even though he feels like he is slowly falling apart on the inside. Just as the episode comes to a close, Jim is visited by an old face, the one and only Mr Oswald Cobblepot.

So, let’s keep this bit short and sweet. The idea we have a vigilante rather than a villain as this week’s big bad is intriguing, the idea of the police not being the only law is a big inspiration for Bruce Wayne to make a difference. Though not given much time, Camren Bicondova is still a delight to see as the young Catwoman. Ben McKenzie is really becoming a torn character as Jim Gordon goes through much stress to try and clean Gotham of crime. It was nice to see a bit more of Erin Richards as Barbara this week and to learn a bit more about her past, hopefully this will come out more in the coming weeks. Fish Mooney is given a bit of a rest this week, but it was nice to finally see David Zayas as rival gang leader Sal Maroni and his chat with Oswald Cobblepot brings out a great truce which I expect to see build up later in the series. Finally once again the top actor is Robin Lord Taylor, his portrayal of Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot just gets better and better and I am glad that this week he was given more screen time and look to see him more in the future. My only real disappointment is with Harvey Bullock, Donal Logue is a great actor but his character just doesn’t seem to be learning quick enough that he needs to change his actions, but he needs to stop seeing Jim Gordon as his conscience and grow one of his own. A greatly acted episode, a very creative menace is finally given to us and I know there is so much still to come in this fantastic series.

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

Now here is a preview for Episode 4: Arkham. Remember to catch it on Channel 5 in the UK.

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Gotham – Episode 2: Selina Kyle

Once again, Selina Kyle is the first known character we see. The episode opens with some of the street kids she is hanging around with just as they get abducted by a couple in a car known as Patti and Doug, whom pretend to be part of a Homeless Outreach Program. They offer food to entice the kids and then use drugged needles to then take them. Selina stays away and another child also gets away from the kidnappers and is later taken in by the police. Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock investigate as there is also a murder at the same time which they believe is connected. Fish Mooney is shaken after a meeting with her boss Falcone and is then shown to already be planning a demise of her Don and to take his place. Fish Mooney also seems to know something about the kidnappers but states she doesn’t know and nobody knows who it is. Barbara leaks information to the police about the kidnapping and this eventually leads the two detectives to a store that supplies the drug which just so happens to be where Patti and Doug are with the kids they took earlier. Later, these two twisted psychos appear again and kidnap a whole bus of kids who are to be sent to a Juvenile Detention Centre in order to keep them off the streets. Later, Jim and the GCPD come and save them before they are sent off in a shipping container. Jim still tries to be the voice of reason, though many still believe he murdered Oswald Cobblepot, though the audience knows that Jim’s soul is still intact as he let Oswald go.

Meanwhile, there is a lot more happening around Gotham. Bruce Wayne is testing himself and his pain thresholds by placing his hand over a small flame and is caught by Alfred who at first is mad with him but then holds him as he realises Bruce is still suffering. Alfred even asks Jim Gordon to come see Bruce to talk to him as he is really worried for his mental health. Edward Nigma (or Riddler if that helps) is still being rather creepy and makes a mention to the famous Arkham Asylum after discovering what the drug is, though we find out Gotham has been closed for 15 years! (Let’s be honest, it won’t be closed for too long). Also let’s not forget Oswald Cobblepot, the man who has already started to become The Penguin. Oswald escaped death after Jim Gordon let him go and he swam for freedom. He hobbles his way down the road until a car picks him up and after they state his resemblance to the bird that he has been called on a number of occasions, he kills the guys who pick him up and he drives until he finds an RV he rents outside of the city.

The friendship that is growing between Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon is becoming strong, they show they can work together and both Ben McKenzie (Jim Gordon) and David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne). Donal Logue is still fun as Bullock, though his brash behaviour is not as strong as in the pilot, but maybe this is time for Bullock to change and become a more reliable ally for Jim. Selina Kyle actress Camren Bicondova (probably the best child actress since Jodie Foster) is proving to be very strong and rather intriguing. Selina has got a strong instinct to survive as twice she avoids capture from the kidnappers and manages to defend herself too when needed. Sean Pertwee may not still have too much to do as Alfred, but he seems to be rounding out a bit more and he knows that all he can do is support Bruce, not bring him up. Jada Pinkett-Smith really shows her strength and her vulnerability in this episode and you know she is gonna be a dangerous woman. Still my favourite character, Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot is still so good and manages to still make a massive impact even though he is featured a lot less in this episode than in the pilot. At the end of the day, the episode was called ‘Selina Kyle’ for a reason and has now made her stand out as one of the top characters in the show. Definitely a great episode, the child-trafficking plot may upset a few people but I think it was a great way to mention the villain ‘Dollmaker’ and I hope he does make an appearance soon (such an underrated character). This would be 10/10, but only if it had more of Oswald Cobblepot being a psychotic bastard every time he was called “Penguin” and just more of him in general.

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Sneak peak of episode 3 here…

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Gotham – Episode 1: Pilot.

Within the first 10 minutes of Gotham (Yes, you won’t see Batman in this. No flashforward, not yet anyway) we get to see Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) as she steals from the city, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he begins to make himself known at GCPD and we get to witness the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne as they are murdered. The murder takes place right in front of their son Bruce (David Mazouz) who finds himself going silent until he meets Jim Gordon and begins to open up. Jim promises Bruce to find the murderer and bring him to justice. The show quickly starts to introduce its cast including Fish Mooney, a mob leader portrayed rather coldly by Jada Pinkett-Smith and other popular villains including Edward Nigma (Who so far works for the police but is later to become The Riddler) and Oswald Cobblepot, who is shown to be working for Fish Mooney (known by other mobsters as The Penguin, a name which he would later become known as). Ok, that’s a lot of characters in a short time, but they all are shown as Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) begin to investigate the murder of the Wayne’s. They suspect a man called Mario Pepper, Mario then runs away as Jim chases him and they suspect that they have the right man. During a forensic investigation, a gun is found and the necklace believed to be that of Martha Wayne is discovered. Jim then goes to the funeral of Thomas and Martha Wayne and speaks to Bruce about Mario being taken; Bruce shakes hands with Jim and thanks him for keeping his promise and then being taken home by his butler Alfred (Brought to life by Sean Pertwee, though not given too much to do in this episode except keep Bruce strong). Case closed right? No way!

Oswald Cobblepot (portrayed brilliantly by Robin Lord Taylor) speaks to two cops from the MCU (Major Crimes Unit) about the shooting and that Fish Mooney has framed Mario Pepper. Jim Gordon eventually learns about the framing and finds that the “Shiny Shoes” description of the killer given by Bruce Wayne doesn’t fit Mario as he doesn’t own any shoes like that. Jim then goes to see Fish Mooney to get a confession on the murder, he is then attacked by Fish Mooney and is taken away by her thugs while Harvey is left to speak to Jim’s fiancée Barbara when she worries that she hasn’t seen Jim for some time. He states he must be on a stake-out, but does Harvey know more than this? Harvey then goes to get Jim and looks to retrieve him from Fish’s thugs. The trust between Harvey and Fish is broken as she is not happy with the idea he may have to come for her if she kills Jim so she tells her henchmen to kill them both. Fish also knows that the man who snitched to the police was Oswald as he was the only one who saw her with the pearls. She attacks him and angrily vents as she feels betrayed by someone she liked (the attack gives him his distinctive “Penguin Walk”). The two officers meanwhile are saved from death by Carmine Falcone, the mafia don who is not just the superior to Fish Mooney but also has both police and government on his payroll to keep him in control around Gotham. So what have we learnt?

Gotham is a city where things are not right. The police believe in a shoot or be shot motif which Jim Gordon is not a fan of. There may be just one too many nods to well-known characters and we don’t get enough time to see these characters in the best of light. Carmine Falcone is looking to keep a balance in Gotham by controlling both the law and crime in the city. There seems to be a lot going on with Selina Kyle, she is very much in the background of everything to do with Bruce Wayne, she saw the murder and kept an eye on him throughout the episode. Will Selena and Bruce meet soon? Also, Jim is tasked with killing Oswald Cobblepot, but will he do it after having his fiancée threatened by Falcone? Well no, but he finds a way to satisfy his “boss” Falcone and to keep Penguin alive, but will it be a move he may later regret? Oswald talks about a war coming. Fish Mooney is feeling like quite a strong villain, though I feel she won’t be around for too long. Finally, Bruce and Alfred are told by Jim that Mario Pepper was not the murderer and that he will find out who killed Bruce’s parents and that he shall try and clean up the city. This also seems to be what fuels Bruce to take vengeance on the murderer and brings out his darkness to become the future Dark Knight. But, I have to say that what I learnt most is just how great a character The Penguin is beginning to look as Robin Taylor Lord makes Oswald look rather timid but also a right evil bastard at the same time (especially with that baseball bat). Oswald wants to rule, he wants to be a leader of men. Though the series is supposed to show the growth of Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne primarily, I reckon a good bet on Oswald Cobblepot getting some great storylines is all but confirmed so far. Overall I really enjoyed this episode, lots of characters pop up in this first episode and so far I feel I can only really care for a handful of them, but I am hoping that will change soon. Robin Taylor Lord as Oswald is just a TV classic in the making and Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon is rather good and effortless to see as he makes his mark in Gotham. A strong debut with a few too many details and a couple of points we need clearing up soon.

Final Rating: 8/10

Written By Jonjo Cosgrove

You can watch the show on Channel 5 in the UK every Monday at 9pm. Plus, here is a peak of episode 2…

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