Previously on Gotham, a villain was killing people by attaching them to tiny weather balloons, it was confirmed that Barbara and Renee were in a relationship prior to Barbara being with Jim, and Oswald showed up on Jim’s doorstep after his “murder.”
This episode is a HUGE mood whiplash from last week’s campy goodness. There’s a war simmering between the two big power players in Gotham (Falcone and Maroni), and Arkham Asylum is set up to be the battleground. It’s revealed that the Waynes had plans before their murder to develop the Arkham neighborhood, restoring the asylum and creating homes for the homeless. Bruce wants to carry on their legacy, and it’s adorable. We see a bit more of Edward Nigma (the future Riddler) and Oswald continues to be a major player. The villain of this episode pokes people’s eyes out and lights people on fire; a far cry from the silliness of weather balloons. Your mileage may vary on which you prefer, but I would rather this show veer in the camp direction.
I can’t emphasize enough how much I love the cinematography of this show, and there are a number of particularly excellent shots in this episode. The actor who’s playing Bruce (David Mazouz) is quite good; it’s so easy for a child actor to get on my nerves, but he hasn’t yet. He does a good job of making us feel for Bruce. Sometimes I find it difficult to follow all the political alliances of the show; a few of the names are similar, and I’m not good at keeping track of names at the beginnings of shows. Barbara and Jim have a very important conversation in terms of their relationship, and I’m curious where that will go next week. I’m also curious to see what Fish was holding those auditions for.
Watch Gotham at 8pm EST Mondays on FOX.