I have to say, this might be my second favorite season of Gotham so far (after the first), and it just keeps getting better.
Following the debacle from last week, Harvey Bullock has been relieved of duty and put on temporary (or maybe permanent?) leave, and Jim Gordon is now the new chief of the GCPD. We now know for a fact that Sofia Falcone paid off the mayor to promote Jim, but it was probably inevitable. Sofia’s’ intentions with Jim, Penguin, and really Gotham in general are still foggy to me. I have a feeling she still hasn’t shown us her full hand.
Meanwhile, Bruce is continuing to do a swell job at being the absolute WORST. He is coping with committing murder (I mean, a very justified murder, but murder all the same), and rather than take the advice of a person who cares deeply for him and literally died for him and who 100% knows what he’s going through (SAINT ALFRED) Bruce is just Brucing it up all of town being super annoying and disrespectful, and honestly I wouldn’t blame Alfred if he just left at this point. See how long Bruce lasts without him. Not long, if I had to wager a guess, since I am SURE Bruce has no concept of how to whip up a full English at a moment’s notice in the morning.
BUT I DIGRESS.
Sofia decides to throw a charity dinner for the orphanage, and Penguin is grappling with the idea that she (his only friend) may be stabbing him in the back. He has befriended a child name Martin and is using him as his silent spy to try and deduce Sofia’s true intentions. All that goes by the wayside when the Pyg decides to make his last stand at the dinner by forcing all the high society attendees to eat meat pies made out of homeless people in some sort of sick statement about class. Luckily, Jim swoops in at the last moment to save the day. His relationship with Sofia takes yet ANOTHER confusing turn, which infuriates Penguin and seals his conclusion that Sofia is not on his side.
This episode was a DOOZY. But I absolutely love the direction this season is going. We are spending a lot of time with Penguin which is fine with me. I am curious to see who the next villain will be, since Pyg is now headed to jail halfway through the season. One could surmise that Jonathan Crane, aka the Scarecrow is going to make his return soon. To me that’s the most logical answer; however, the merry band of lady villains may also be coming into their own very soon. But it’s Gotham, so both of those could be wrong.
Final Score: 8/10
Despite what other reviewers are saying, I did not find this episode slow moving at all. I was entertained from start to finish.
+ So much Penguin
+ Jim assuming command of GCPD
– Bruce. Period.
– WHERE IS VICTOR?!?! It’s been a couple episodes since we saw him and I’m over it
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