Spoiler-Free Review: Gotham: Episode 3: The Balloonman


Previously on Gotham, Penguin murdered some random dudebros, Jim Gordon bonded with Selina Kyle AND Bruce Wayne, and Fish Mooney made more plans to take over Gotham.

A mysterious man in a pig mask handcuffs a politician to a balloon so he floats away. Yes, really. I loved it because it reminded me of the Adam West Batman. I laughed every time they mentioned the balloonman/balloons. I hope future episodes have this same kind of whimsy. Selina Kyle seems to be hanging around the police station a lot, and Harvey is grumpy about it. Harvey also discusses killing Pepper way too loudly. The diversity continues to impress me – the two main detectives are people of color, as is Fish. Speaking of Fish, Jada continues to absolutely chew up the scenery and spit it back out, and I love every second she’s on screen – it’s delightfully over the top and comic booky.

Alfred is less brusque in this episode, which was nice. We got to see more of he and Bruce bonding, and their scene together early on is excellent. I found myself wishing Barbara had more to do – the ony time we ever see her is when she’s in her apartment. There’s a big reveal in tonight’s episode with regards to her character. I really liked the music a lot in this episode; I never really noticed the soundtrack beyond the licensed tracks in the episodes before this, but there was a lot of variety here. Also! No Batman/Jim bonding! I don’t mind it, but it looked like it was going to be every episode.

Watch Gotham on Mondays at 8pm EST on FOX. The review will be late next week due to my birthday celebrations.

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