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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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