We were introduced to a very dark Gotham in the Series Premiere, but now we find ourselves exposed to an even darker Gotham; one where Oswald Cobblepot is finding his murderous persona, minions of The Dollmaker are kidnapping homeless kids, and Carmine Falcone makes his presence known. (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme).
Despite the fact that this episode is called “Selina Kyle”, there is more than one prominent story at play here. Bruce Wayne is still dealing with the loss of his parents by trying to become a stronger individual. How? By burning his hand. (Not the way to go kid). What’s interesting about this though is that for myself, this is my first time seeing a version of Alfred expressing the difficulties behind becoming Bruce’s guardian. I love that Gotham is really humanizing Alfred and allowing us to see not only Bruce’s transition into the hero he’s meant to be, but also Alfred’s transition into becoming the unending committed caretaker.
“It was my own fault. Foolish arrogance led me astray. But I learned my lessons. I’ll be back. Stronger and smarter than ever.” – Oswald
Oswald hitches a ride from two men; one of whom he kills due to their comment about him walking like a penguin. He later finds a place to stay where he tries to ransom the other guy. Funny thing is, Oswald contacts the man’s mother who doesn’t buy the situation and hangs up the phone as if it was all a prank. It’s hilarious to see Oswald try so desperately to be evil, but he goes about it in such a cliche way that it ends up getting him nowhere. (I guess he’s still working on the “smarter than ever” part). This is random, but whenever he speaks his voice reminds me of Jonah Hill.
Falcone visits Fish Mooney and an exchange of passive aggressive politics follow suit. Falcone asks Fish if it was true what Oswald had said about her wanting to take over Gotham now that he was old and “weak”. She assures him that the thought had never crossed her mind. Although he accepts her words, things become more aggressive when Falcone has Fish’s boy toy Lazlo beaten to a pulp. You could just see the rage in Fish’s eyes as she watched and heard Lazlo groan with every punch and kick. To make it worse, as this was going on, Falcone asked to hold hands with Fish as he smiles at her and calls her wise for being honest with him (boy straight up knew she was lying). Once Falcone leaves, Fish lividly kicks everyone out which leads to my favorite dialogue exchange of the episode…
“I swear Butch, on my sainted mother’s grave, someday soon, I am going to kill that old man with my bear hands and my teeth.” – Fish Mooney
“I’ll be holding your shoes.” – Butch
Selina Kyle, or rather, Cat, finds herself kidnapped by the minions working for The Dollmaker and she manages to bravely escape being locked up. When the minions go after her, she fights back leaving one man completely eyeball-less. (Ew.) Soon, Gordon and Bullock arrive at the scene and arrest the minions. Cat, not wanting to be transferred upstate seeks out Gordon’s help. She presents the biggest bargaining chip she has…the identity of the person who killed Bruce’s parents. I hope she’s not pulling his leg. The Selina Kyle we come to know is a fantastic liar and although the Series Premiere made it seem like she was the only witness, I have a feeling that whoever she’s thinking, isn’t going to be the actual killer. We shall see.
Here is a promo for the third episode…looks juicy!
For now, I’ll leave you with Parts 1 & 2 of Ben McKenzie’s interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers where he talks about Gotham, his previous shows, and his experience at Comic-Con. For more reviews and news on Gotham stay tuned to my blog! And you can catch all new episodes on Mondays at 8/7c on Fox!