Last but not least, we get a view into the goings-on inside Wayne Manor. I must admit, I expected Alfred to be a bit more posh and proper; this version of Bruce’s butler and guardian is more than a bit rough around the edges.
His love for Bruce is evident, but he’s just not the refined influence I’ve come to expect in many other versions of the Batman saga. Gotham’s Alfred is more thug in a tux than proper British butler.
Like everything else, we’ll see how it develops…I’m on pins and needles waiting for Episode 3!
Of course, the real star of this episode is Selina Kyle, aka “Cat.” I had thought she was closer to 16 than 13, but whatever. She may not have her leather catsuit yet, but her feline mannerisms are definitely on display as she escapes the horrible people who are abducting street kids in this episode - with nefarious intent, no doubt, though what they intend to do with the abductees is never explicitly stated. Lili Taylor and Frank Whaley, two of my favorite character actors, are exquisitely creepy as they terrify the teens - up until Gordon and his partner come to the rescue.
Gordon confronts everyone in this episode – his boss, his partner, his fiancée, and even the mayor - and as Fish likes to point out, he’s a man of little foreplay. I would wonder where all this sometimes bizarrely expressed integrity will get him, but we all know the answer to that, don’t we?
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