Last week on Gotham, we saw the final downfall of Dr. Crane (Senior, that is). We also got a glimpse into the evolving relationship between The Penguin and his former boss, Marconi (hint – it wasn’t good). Fish Mooney was in the mysterious prisonland underground, Gordon was working side-by-side with his new girlfriend and lil’ Bruce Wayne was poking his nose into the affairs of Wayne Enterprises. This time around, ‘The Blind Fortune Teller’ has promised a first glimpse at The Joker. Did they give us something that we could write home about? Not quite, but it was pretty good regardless.
We begin with a brief glimpse of what all the main Gotham characters are doing during the wee hours of the morning. But the main story this time around is Gordon’s. He’s at the circus with his ladyfriend, Dr. Thompkins, and they’re watching none-other-than the Flying Graysons (minus one unborn Robin, of course). Then everything gets a little bit crazy. The clowns start attacking the acrobats and all sorts of violence is happening.
Naturally, Gordon wants to know what the hell just happened. So he interviews the circus folks (no easy task) and eventually figures out that the snake handler has been murdered. So the entire circus ends up at GCPD HQ for interrogation. The quest for truth seems pointless, as all the circus folks have their own stories and no one is willing to be more cooperative than they have to. But in comes the titular blind fortune teller. He gives Gordon and his girlfriend a “message from the dead” that will lead them to the answers they seek. After further investigation, Gordon figures out who the real killer is. And that the killer in question is a slight bit insane – enter The Joker.
In the meanwhile, The Penguin is trying to run his new nightclub, but he’s not really the best man for the job. He prefers to put his mother up on stage to sing and then viciously murder anyone who decides to boo her. Falcone isn’t too happy with this turn of events, so he sends good old Victor Zsasz in to deliver The Penguin a package – a zombified Butch (aka the supposedly dead right hand man of Fish).
Poor Fish is still stuck in prisonland, but we FINALLY discover that the underground holding cell is actually a corral for organ donors. Fish figures this out too and starts making plans to escape. When the captors come calling, she decides to negotiate – the hard way – and ends up getting a meeting with the big boss.
And, last but not least, lil’ Bruce Wayne decides that he wants to put his company back in order. He marches in to talk with the other chief members of Wayne Enterprises and lets them know, in no uncertain terms, that the board is filled with corrupt bastards and that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to put things right. Not bad for a pre-teen Batman.
This week had plenty going for it. The Fish Mooney story arc is actually getting interesting and the tension is genuinely tense. I guess we’ll see how long that lasts, however. I also liked the fact that Bruce, although not incredibly prevalent this episode, was able to exert a little influence and that we get to see once more the evolution of Bruce into the Batman he will eventually become.
Another interesting aspect is the relationship between Gordon and Dr. Thompkins. I’m beginning to get the feeling that this lady is not quite all there. She seems quite supportive of Gordon in some respects, but sometimes she appears rather… forceful. It’s almost as if she has some hidden agenda and hanging out with Gordon in all the aspects of his job is necessary to that goal. In short, I think she’s a crazy-ass bitch and that things are going to end quite poorly for poor Gordon in the long run.
As far as the negatives of this week go, there were really only a few. Barbara is back, which is annoying (because that actress is pure balls). Also, her little encounter with baby Catwoman and baby Poison Ivy felt like some sort of forced “girl bonding moment”. And then, to top it all off, Barbara walks in on Gordon and his new ladyfriend at the very moment they decide to make out. It’s a cliché right out of the book and it’s incredibly lazy writing.
But, for the most part, this week’s episode was pretty well-balanced. With only a few episodes left before the season finale, Gotham will certainly have to up its game, but they seem to be on the right track for a successful ending.
Next week, ‘The Red Hood’ introduces yet another classic Batman villain. We’ll get the chance to see The Penguin interact with his new zombie, Butch, and… umm… well, a whole bunch of other random, maybe-cool crap. I honestly have no idea what’s going on in this trailer. Check it out for yourself and see what you can decipher.