Episode 5 – Viper
Reviewed by Alan
The impact of last week’s events comes into focus this week, as the turf war between Marone and Falcone intensifies, and meanwhile a new designer drug, Viper is flooding the streets. But how does it link back to Wayne Enterprises?
Last week I commented on how the main plot of the episode, involving the Arkham development, worked well to bring Bruce and Alfred more meaningfully into the story. That’s a trend that’s continued this week in force, with David Mazouz’s Bruce showing an obsession with the deal, and how his parents’ company could’ve allowed it to happen. While only 13, Mazouz does a brilliant job of bringing a lot of Batman into the role in a convincing way. This Bruce already displays the drive, intellect and detective skills that will come to serve him well, culminating in a fun scene with a middle manager talking down to him. (more…)
Gotham Season 1 Episode 2
Reviewed by Alan
With this second episode, Gotham quickly moves to build on the strengths of its pilot with Gordon’s position as the one honest cop in the precinct quickly starting to wear on him (possibly even quicker than I might have expected, thanks to the events towards the end of the pilot). Key elements that were put in place continue to get attention, as lots of different plot strands get their time to shine in the episode, and we’re given much more focus on the young Catwoman who was glimpsed last week.
Of course, given the episode title, its no surprise that we see a lot more of Selina Kyle this week. While only a teenager, she’s still recognisable as the future Catwoman, thanks to her tendency to climb high places, and her goggles that evoke the ears she’ll wear in years to come (while also being a nice visual nod to some of the more recent Catwoman outfits in the comics). And she seems pretty well served here, with a plot designed to showcase her resourcefulness while also bringing her onto Gordon’s radar and establishing a relationship between the two characters while moving on the main story. (more…)