BEST HEADS UP
I don’t know if it’s Gotham fatigue, writing fatigue, or just the fact for some reason I fell in love with Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and as a result, I only have room in my heart for one set of non super powered heroes, but I have not been feeling Gotham as of late.
So if I come across a bit more down on the episodes, I apologize. I am not being snarky to be edgy or cool, it’s purely just because I found myself not that into the latest episodes.
That being said, there have been some good things in the show, so let’s get this underway, shall we?
WORST BAD GUY
Goat Man? Uh…
Sometimes I enjoy the bad guy on the show. I still remember fondly those two weirdos who were kidnapping children. Goat Man, though, was just sort of there.
In the end, he served a purpose as he turned out to be nothing more than a tool for the hypnotherapist, but they could have made him more interesting. Maybe he ties a pair of screwdrivers to his head and rams people. Maybe he climbs mountains for no reason. Do something to make him stand out, damn it.
Kudos on him for stealing the Christian Bale Batman voice, though. “I am the spirit of the GOAT. Rrrrrrr *munches on marbles*”
BEST I SEE WHAT YOU’RE DOING
In this episode we got to see Harvey Bullock 10 years ago. In that flashback he was a young, eager cop who wanted to save the world. Much like Jim Gordon is today.
OH SHIT THEY’RE MORE ALIKE THAN WE THOUGHT.
Anyways, in the flash back, Harvey’s partner, Detective Dix (Yup, that was his name. I assume his first name was Anita, middle name Lotta) plays the grumpy, veteran cop who wants nothing to do with a go get ’em attitude.
OH SHIT HARVEY ENDS UP JUST LIKE THAT GUY.
And now we’ve come full circle.
BEST AT LEAST YOUNG HARVEY USED HIS GOD DAMN GUN
Jim Gordon in Gotham does not enjoy using guns in situations that warrant them. He could be surrounded by four bad guys carrying swords and he’d throw his gun on the ground and try and attack them with loose baby carrots that were scattered on the floor for some reason.
Young Harvey ran into Goat Man, and after Goat Man randomly talked to Harvey about never dying, Harvey told him to “Come back from this!” (solid death line) and shot the ever loving fuck out of him.
This is how you kill bad guys.
BEST EDWARD NIGMA SHOULD BE KING OF GOTHAM
For the record, Nigma is not only the best at his job, he is better at everyone else’s job as well. Case in point, the coroner said someone died at 3 am. Nigma knew better, boom, checked the blood coagulation, person died at 1 am. Check mate, Nigma.
Harvey was also having a tough time dealing with the surprise return of a killer he thought was long dead. Nigma asked him if he was ok, to see how he was doing, generally being the nice guy that he always is. Harvey’s response? He screams in his face.
Harvey later asks Nigma to call him when the autopsy is ready to start. Nigma asks him if there is anything in particular he wants him to look out for, Harvey lose his shit again.
Nigma, is the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So they’ll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he’s not their hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Riddler.
WORST I JUST DON’T CARE
I just don’t have it in me to care about Gordon and Barbara’s relationship strife.
I understand rocky relationships are a staple of TV. The whole “will they stay together or won’t they” is a draw a lot of the time. Hell, I wondered if Ross would end up with Rachael just as much as the next guy or gal.
With Jim and Babs, though, I just simply find myself wanting their scenes to end. It’s like a Jannik Hansen breakaway, I just patiently wait for it to end with no payoff, as per usual (for non Vancouver Canucks fans, Jannik Hansen is where dreams go to die when it relates to scoring a goal in the NHL).
One major part of it is how many soul searching conversations do they need to have? Can’t they ever just stay at home and have some dinner and have a few laughs? Play a couple of rock riffs over the scene as one of them loses at Jenga? They never have any fun. At this rate Gordon is going to leave the milk out by accident and Barbara is going to take that as a sign that he never wants kids with her because he wants her milk to go bad.
I think the other part of it is the fact they have zero on screen chemistry. Penguin had more chemistry with Barbara than Gordon does, and he is creepy and gross. Though to be fair, at least he doesn’t randomly drool like Gordon does.
It also doesn’t help that we know they end up together anyways. Gordon could murder her at one point and I would know he would somehow bring her back to life and marry her zombie corpse, so all of this “will they or won’t they stay together” garbage seems like a waste of time.
There is a time and a place to tinker with back stories (like they are with the villains). Tinkering with their relationship back story by making it rocky is very boring.
I am actually starting to assume they will discover they are brother and sister, which will explain many of the questions I have about them.
WORST MAJOR CRIMES UNIT IS AS BAD AS THE GOTHAM PD
“Let’s bust Jim Gordon for killing a man!”
“But what’s the worst way we could do it?”
“Find a homeless man who probably isn’t a credible witness, then show him a picture of Gordon only and not utilize a lineup method to ID him, thus ruining our case?”
WORST RIDDLER NEEDS TO WORK ON HIS GAME
Admittedly, the scenes with him and the stereotypical “if only she would let her hair down!” secretary bordered on creepy at times.
If it just ends up as Riddles not reading people properly and not understanding how weird he comes across, then this is kind of awesome. He honestly just wanted to help make her better at her job while trying to get to know her better.
Yes, he could do with less hair smelling. Though part of me thinks he was just smelling her hair to check for toxins that could be poisoning her. He is that good of a guy.
If this ends up with Riddles becoming angry over being jilted at the hands of the ladies, I will get a sad. Riddles has one reason to turn evil, and its name is Harvey Bullock. Don’t stray Riddles down a dark path, you sons of bitches, he’s the only good man in Gotham!
WORST HARVEY IS BLOWN AWAY BY SIMPLE CONCEPTS
Sometimes in life you are told to “think outside the box.” The idea being, you need to stop thinking of the easy concepts and try and attack from a different angle.
With Harvey, he has trouble thinking inside and outside of the box. Case in point: It took Harvey talking to Lotta Dix, his old partner, to even THINK of the idea that maybe more people might have been in on the killings. It actually made him angry to ponder the idea that more than one person might have been involved in ritual killings.
This is where Gotham fatigue sets in. I know they utilize people reacting to things in a dumb manner to push the plot forward at a pace they want (can’t have Jim and Harvey solving a case in five minutes), but after a while, it just feels like sloppy writing when you have a detective just dumbfounded by simple concepts.
BEST RIDDLER IN YO FACE
One of the problems Gotham suffers from is not knowing how to be subtle. In the first episode, they practically laid out a power point presentation on which bad guys would be on the show this season.
In this scene, however, I loved it. It is so stupid that it’s kind of awesome. I’d much rather him have a cup with a ? mark on it then them trying to get Riddles to get Harvey to solve a well known riddle at a crime scene.
If they space out their over the top sight gags like this, it comes across better than the machine gun fire way they did it earlier.
Also, for the record, Riddles solved the case and got them the name of the suspect who was the new Goat Killer. Nigma wins again.
WORST JUST USE YOUR GUN JIM
You see a man, someone who has already killed people, towering over your partner. Just shoot him in the god damn leg. Hell, shoot him in the back. I know you can do it Jim, you once shot an old man right in the back when he was holding your partner right in front of him, so I know you don’t care about collateral damage.
BEST PENGUINS BATH TIME
WORST PENGUINS BATH TIME
BEST WOMAN BEHIND THE MASK
The hypnotherapist being behind the mask was neat. I liked the fact she was masterminding it. I also liked the actress and how she switched gears the second Harvey figured her out. It was good acting on a show where that sometimes doesn’t happen too often.
Also, Harvey solved a case! He investigated and everything! Go Harvey!
WORST ENOUGH WITH THE GOTHAM PATRIOTISM
Some people take pride in their city. Some people will go to great lengths to showcase this.
In Gotham, 50% of the population is apparently ready to go to homicidal lengths “for the good of Gotham.” Penguin and Falcone both profess a deep love of Gotham, even though they are inherently evil. Every other episode, the bad guy apparently murders people in order to right the good ship Gotham.
Tonight’s episode, Hypno Toad was killing off rich kids to teach the 1% a lesson about ruining Gotham.
What happened to the good old days when people just wanted money and power for the sake of money and power? Gotham looks like the worlds biggest shit hole yet everyone there loves it to death.
WORST ROCKY HOMAGE
The Major Crimes Unit rock solid case against Jim Gordon falls apart when Penguin shows up at Gotham PD.
Gordon, who was just being arrested for the murder of Penguin, based off homeless man’s testimony (I assume Gordon was also accused of flying spaceships into the homeless man’s shopping cart and stealing his eggs), was relieved, while Harvey, who knew they would be in trouble with Falcone due to the fact Popped Collars was still alive, got super angry.
They then went at each other in a Rocky like double knockout motion to end the show on a super cheesy note.
On the plus side, at least they didn’t yell at Nigma.