Spoiler-Free Review: Gotham: Episode 8: The Mask

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“That night, I made a promise. To never again be powerless. To never let any man – ANY man – be over me. This is about keeping that promise to that little girl.”

Previously on Gotham, we were introduced to a new minor villain, Victor Zsasz, who menaced/kidnapped Barbara (who came back to Gotham to try to bargain for Jim) along with Falcone; Carbone is dead thanks to Oswald; and everyone needed a flowchart to keep track of Oswald’s alliances. No, seriously…from the Wikipedia summary for the previous episode: “In a flashback to the night they had met Gordon, it is shown that Cobblepot and Falcone had formed a deal, in which Falcone would place Gordon in charge of killing Cobblepot, giving Cobblepot a chance at surviving, and in exchange, Cobblepot would forge an alliance with Maroni, snitching for Falcone. Cobblepot tells Falcone that Mooney and Nikolai are conspiring against him.” Yeesh. Try to keep that straight as we go into episode eight, okay?

The episode opens with a violent robbery, and then we cut to Jim, Harvey, and Ed investigating a body covered with black ink. Oswald commits a robbery to get a lady’s brooch, which is for a present for Fish, who he wants to be “friends” with. He’s openly working for Maroni now, so he’s looking to see where they stand with Fish. Her necklace in her first scene looks like the most uncomfortable accessory in the world. The talk quickly turns sour, as expected. Bruce goes back to school, reluctantly, at Alfred’s insistence. It’s a cute scene between them. Soon though, things get really awful for Bruce at school, because of course they do. It’s interesting to see how he deals with it, with what we know of grown-up Bruce’s morals. I liked Alfred’s reaction to the situation too.

We get more of Oswald’s mom; Carol Kane remains fantastic. Barbara disappointingly falls into the traumatized victim woman trope; I wish they would do more with her as she relates to herself. Edward continues to be the character that the show does the most wink wink, nudge nudge with – “Hey, remember who he is? He tells riddles to himself! REMEMBER?!” We get some more information on the girl Fish hired; she’s in a really weird relationship with Falcone. Fish gives her another task. I liked the imagery of them meeting in a confessional to exchange information. There’s an action set piece I don’t want to say anything about toward the end, but it’s delightfully over the top and comic booky. There’s some interesting Fish backstory, and the quote I took for the intro is from her.

Watch Gotham Mondays at 8pm EST on FOX.

(Also, I almost forgot about Selina…she hasn’t been on in ages!)

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