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Episode 8, in which we learn that Gordon is a serious badass - as if we didn’t know that already.
The rest of Gotham PD can’t decide who it hates more, itself for not having the balls to back up Gordon in last week’s episode or Gordon for being such a self-righteous prick. Thankfully Harvey Bullock is there to make Gordon feel he’s not entirely alone, and eventually to shame the other cops into providing much-needed backup in Gordon’s hour of need.
Been on a job interview recently? Be glad the hiring process didn’t include a fight to the death, as it did in this episode’s mystery corporation. Of course, with a million dollar signing bonus at stake, more people might be willing to consider homicide in order to gain employment.
In the background of this shocking tale of workplace violence, we see that Alfred has coerced young Master Bruce into going to school - and, of course, he’s getting picked on by bigger and less socially awkward schoolboys. Fortunately Alfred is there to teach him to fight, and by the end of the episode I’ve become significantly fonder of the brusque British butler who hasn’t seemed entirely likable up to this point.
We also get to witness more sadism behind the grimaces of Fish Mooney and Penguin. I’ve decided that Penguin is actually not as crazy as he could be, considering how batshit insane his mother appears to be. Fish continues to manipulate the girl she hopes is winning Marcone’s heart, and Penguin tortures and ultimately does away with the man who took his place carrying Fish’s umbrella.
And finally, the future Catwoman makes an appearance, getting arrested and calling for Gordon as soon as she arrives at the station. How many of Gotham’s secrets does she truly know?
Tune in next week, when we get to meet Harvey Dent, and find out if Barbara has actually left Jim for good…
Lucasfilm announced today that Touchstone Pictures will be releasing Strange Magic, a collaboration between Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic on Jan. 23, 2015.
The movie is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and features “popular songs from the past six decades,” alongside a new score from Moulin Rouge’s Marius de Vries.
It is based on a story by George Lucas and is directed by directed by Gary Rydstrom. The screenplay is by Elf’s David Berenbaum, Brave’s Irene Mecchi and Rydstrom.
A very interesting pedigree indeed - I wonder why we haven't heard of it until now...
Among the fairies, goblins and elves in the movie are characters voiced by Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenowirth and Maya Rudolph. Alfred Molina, Evan Rachel Wood and newcomer Meredith Anne Bull will also feature.
If you’ll pardon the expression, this entire episode was just balls to the wall.
The episode begins with nearly everyone clamoring for Gordon’s head - his partner, Fish Mooney, and in fact many layers of the Falcone organization are looking for him. This leads to the surprising discovery that Barbara Keene is made of stronger stuff than I’d originally suspected.
He takes them to Wayne Manor to meet young Bruce and let him know they can be trusted in the event of his demise. (For the record, I’m not entirely convinced of their trustworthiness yet, though they do seem less smarmy than the rest of the GPD.)
Penguin is so slippery that you can almost see the oil oozing out of his smile. Every episode takes us deeper into his story, and I’ve never been as intrigued by the development of this particular Batman villain until now. By the end of this episode, we see why Falcone is so mysteriously happy - Penguin is his inside man, and he knows all about Fish’s plan to unseat him.
And finally, a shout out to Gordon’s partner. At the beginning of this episode, I had written off Harvey Bullock and assumed he would now play the part of Gordon’s enemy - but he mustered under pressure and did the right thing, even when it meant standing up to Falcone.
Waiting for next week, when Alfred teaches Bruce how to fight!
This new AI-themed, outsider film centers around a robot built to learn, be, and grow - if society will accept him. From innovative writer/director Neill Blomkamp, this distopian tale holds a mirror up to society and, much like he did with District 9, leaves you wondering 'who are the real monsters?'
From the trailer, this looks visually stunning, emotional and will certainly make our 'must see list' for Spring 2015.
In this episode, we learn Gotham’s Golden Rule - no heroes. Intentionally ironic, considering the number of heroes and villains (well, mostly villains) whose backstories are being developed in this series!
Jim Gordon’s cynical partner Harvey Bullock is disturbed when someone begins murdering the firstborn children of Gotham’s richest families, with the same modus operandi as a serial killer he shot and killed ten years previously. We learn more about Bullock’s background and character in this episode - his former partner, Dix, tells Gordon that Bullock likes to think of himself as a 'white knight.' A raised eyebrow moment indeed!
Also, am I the only one who sees the uncanny resemblance of the Gotham Goat’s mask to that of a certain future hero? (Bruce seemed very interested in his flair for the dramatic...)
Of course, it wouldn’t be Gotham without some drama on the side. Gordon’s fiancée, Barbara, is haranguing him to share his burdens with her - and when that proves ineffective, she goes to her former lover, Montoya, and learns that Major Crimes has just gotten a warrant for Gordon’s arrest, having found a witness who “saw” him shoot Oswald Cobblepot.
Meanwhile, the Penguin himself has returned to his maternal home. His mother immediately begins browbeating him about not calling her and spending time with mysterious whores; then she runs him a bath, and they begin discussing his revenge in a far too intimate manner. Mommy issues, anyone?
Bullock, proving he used to be a good cop, successfully determines the true villain behind the Gotham Goat killings (which I won't spoil but is brilliant) When he brings his findings to the Captain, Major Crimes marches the recently-arrested Gordon into the station. The Captain and Bullock are up in arms, and Gordon is loudly proclaiming his innocence - when who should walk into the station but the erstwhile Oswald Cobblepot himself? (Bullock did not take that very well, that's for sure!) I can't wait to see what happens next!
Tune in tonight for more Gotham gossip and gore!
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