Gotham S:02 E:06

Episode Title: By Fire
Original Airdate: 10-26-15

It’s getting old hat to say how much I’m up and down on Gotham so instead of going through it all again, I’ll just skip to the end and say that I rather enjoyed this episode minus a couple characters that I’m not feeling very much anymore. It has a strong turn for Cat as well as the continuation of a turning point for Gordon. It also furthers Nygma’s plot, and while it does once again go much further down the rabbit hole than I would have expected considering the show’s timeline, I’ll go along with it for now. And as far as Bridgit’s Firefly, she had a nice bit of a tragic villain story with a twist at the end that I rather enjoyed.
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Gotham S:02 E:05

Episode Title: Scarification
Original Airdate: 10-19-15

Time to catch up with Gotham, I’m still a week behind but hope to catch up sooner rather than later. I’ve talked often about my love/hate relationship with this show and to get my feelings on this episode out of the way right here at the beginning, I was actually fairly tepid for a change. There wasn’t any cringe inducing scenes, nor were there any standout moments, things are starting to come along and we get our first real glimpse as well as the backstory for the Court of Owls that has been hinted in recent interviews and on social media in the past couple weeks or so, but I’m sure you knew that already so let’s just get straight to it then, shall we?
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Gotham S:02 E:04

Episode Title: Strike Force
Original Airdate: 10-12-15

I feel like Gotham is finally starting to get back on track, though there’s still plenty here to nitpick on. They have a new police captain, a new villain mastermind whose bad acting comes only when his character is acting, and there were some great moments strung throughout the episode. It’s finally starting to feel like it’s heading in a proper direction for a season referred to as “Rise of the Villains” along with the proper amount of push back from the police side even if there’s little question that it will ultimately be a failure.
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Gotham S:02 E:03

Episode Title: The Last Laugh
Original Airdate: 10-6-15

I’m still neck deep in my love/hate relationship with Gotham even as we round the corner past the first mini-arc of season two. For every character that I love, there’s a character that I equally hate. For every scene that I love, there’s a scene that just rubs me the wrong way. And even in an episode that I really enjoyed overall, there were still a handful of scenes and moments that made me want to shake my head in annoyment. I was honestly on the edge of rage-quitting this show last episode based on all the headway they were making with baby Joker, then I watch this episode and I enjoy almost everything about it. Again, except for the direction that they’re still going with the Joker. It just keeps me hanging on by a thread week after week, though if the ratings continue in their direction this show won’t be around for a third season.
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Gotham S:02 E:02

Episode title: Knock, Knock
Original Airdate: 9-29-15

For the entire run of the first season, I have been very hit and miss with this show. There are enough people who enjoy it that it has gotten to a second season and has had mediocre ratings for the first two episodes in this arc that they’re referring to as “Rise of the Villains”, but for my part it seems like this episode has pushed me past “giving it another chance” into the realm of the hate-watching. There are so many decisions that this show makes that I completely disagree with. The characters feel wrong, and while I’m not one of those people who think that the show should slavishly follow the comics, for one thing there is no such thing as slavishly following the comics as the comics have had so many different variations that there is no singular vision anywhere. They are trying to make their own mythology in this show, but it just doesn’t feel like it’s a mythology that I’m interested in with the exception of just a couple stand out characters.
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Gotham S:02 E:01

Episode Title: Damned if You Do…
Original Airdate: 9-21-15

It’s been a while, but aside from Fear the Walking Dead which is a cable show and not exactly on the typical Fall network schedule we are back into the 2015/2016 television season and the first one out of the gate is Fox’s Gotham. Last season was very hit and miss with me and seemingly the rest of the audience. Many fans of Batman that I know of didn’t enjoy the campy and over the top nature of some of the characters, but other people still really enjoyed the character arcs and look of the show. For myself, I went back and forth from episode to episode. I wasn’t a fan of Fish Mooney’s caricatured portrayal of a villain, but I enjoyed some of the other characters and really enjoyed the look of the show. This season kicks off with more of the same at the moment, with several returning villains from last season and everyone in a very different situation more or less.
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Gotham Season:01

It feels like it’s been an exhausting first season for Gotham. It’s had its ups and downs for sure and from moment to moments I’m still not entirely sure where I fall on the season as a whole. It’s not Batman, but it throws in Batman references in spades. It’s not a police procedural, but there’s plenty of one-off cases for Bullock and Gordon to solve. It’s not a crime drama, but there’s intricate gang politics between four sub-factions plus the police. It’s dark and gritty, but there’s plenty of characters that are so over the top that it becomes full on camp. One episode has me thinking… well you get the picture. It has some great actors pulling out some great performances, and tosses in some gorgeous visuals, but if the show continues on this path I don’t see it continuing into a season three.
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Gotham S:01 E:22

Episode Title: All Happy Families Are Alike
Original Airdate: 5-4-15

We finally made it to the end of the first season of Gotham, and boy has it been a doozy. For all of its flaws and questionable choices, it is always entertaining and this week is no different. We have the return of Fish Mooney, the creation and practically the resolution of a city wide gang war which makes the city turn into Gotham: Beyond Thunderdome for some reason. There is plenty here to talk about, and not all of it is good. There were a few surprises including one death that I don’t think anyone anticipated, and another death that we all knew was coming, but enough hemming and hawing, it’s time to get right down to it.
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Gotham S:01 E:21

Episode Title: The Anvil or the Hammer
Original Airdate: 4-27-15

As Gotham gets closer to the season finale it gets busy ramping everyone up to the extreme as some characters move ever closer to the ones that we’re very familiar with in the Batman mythos, while others stray even farther away from the characters that we know and love (or love to hate). And another episode without hide nor hair of Fish Mooney. Not that that’s a bad thing, though I have a sneaking suspicion that she will end up coming back near the very end of the season. And through her actions she will end this gang war that’s started in full force after the events of this episode. We also get to finish up the saga of the Ogre which had a promising start, but a rather odd finish.
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Gotham S:01 E:20

Episode Title: Under the Knife
Original Airdate: 4-20-15

When we last left our heroes, Gordon was tricked into a case involving a serial killer who goes after the loved ones of any cop who gets too close to solving his crimes, and even when he found this out he continued his investigation into Milo Ventimiglia’s Ogre. We also get a little bit further into the plots of the Penguin, the Bat and the Cat, and the Riddle Man. It’s one of the darker episodes on several fronts and I generally enjoyed it. There’s even the return of Barbara who gets to show a little bit more bite to her character that has been severely lacking in this show from the very beginning. Hopefully she either bites it, or comes into some serious character growth because that has been one of the many missteps this show has taken from the start. And sadly, we don’t get to find out the fate of poor, poor, Fish Mooney who was left with a possibly fatal injury while escaping from the island of Dr. Mor-err-Dollmaker.
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