Gotham “A Dark Knight: A Day in the Narrows” Review
Just another day in Gotham when there’s a new killer on the loose. It was pretty shocking to see that they would go for Professor Pyg of all villains. Definitely breaking the mold with one so twisted and having a gimmick that makes you uncomfortable. A feeling that not many of the others offer with the same effect. It seems like this week has a lot to look forward to even beyond that as some storylines begin to pick up.
I hate to say it but last week one of the best things was about that episode was less of Bruce. It goes without saying that his actions tend to be more of a distraction than anything too appealing. The best thing about Ra’s al Ghul’s introduction and the confrontation he had with Bruce was he himself. Bruce felt more like a tool than a character you cared too much about. The atmosphere of Gotham right now just doesn’t fit the drama that comes with teenage angst. With that said, the friend he ran into was an interesting meeting. Sure, his world is different from other kids his age, but anything right now is better than him trying to play vigilante only to make a mess of everything. The best characterization to take from Bruce here was how he could interact on a ground level. Has he been through too much? Has he spent too much time away from normal people? What actually came of this I surprisingly loved.
The fear of Professor Pyg played a big part of this episode and made a big difference in showing how terrifying this guy can be. This episode quickly lived up to its name when we got to see another part of Gotham that was dangerous, yet bleak. That scene was the perfect example of not only how troublesome the cops can be under duress, but how problematic Penguin can be with those outside of the GCPD who are also on his payroll. Finally putting a face to the villain was a good step to take this episode. Professor Pyg is the kind of villain we need right now as someone who has personality behind the mask, beneath it, and even when you don’t see him at all. Now the tensions between Gordon and Bullock made a lot of what went on here exciting. On one hand you have Gordon who predictably acts self-righteous in the face of everything corrupt going on around him, and on the other hand you have Bullock who clearly is struggling with doing the right thing for the right reasons. Truthfully I felt myself more on the side of Bullock. They do try to make Gordon the unmovable hero and unfortunately it just doesn’t stick like it should. Bullock on the other hand you appreciate even when he is making the wrong decision since he does at least try to make the hard call. Someone has to and he fills that role well enough compared to others in that position.
It was almost sad to see what happened between Barbara, Tabitha and Selina. I had my expectations for what would develop for these three, but like always when it comes to Gotham you have to expect the unexpected. In contrast to Bruce, I do have to say that I like watching Selina in action. Her playing thief is more in character than anything else. Especially when her actions lead to Tabitha taking more of an active role than playing it safe. Since what happened to Bruce, I don’t think anyone could argue with the fact that she wasn’t making the powerplays she would have in the past. How the actions of both of them influenced a greater development worked even better. What we should want to see is characters like them rising from nothing. Certain aspects of what makes Gotham the way it is shouldn’t be forgotten to some big villainous plot like what is ongoing with Pyg.
Penguin’s actions moving forward were more favorable when he becomes more involved in current situations. I can’t say that he made much progress as mayor, though his interactions with Sofia still entertaining. She is playing a long game right now and you have to admit that she is doing it better than most who would have slipped up by now for being too direct and confrontational.
Gotham “A Dark Knight: A Day in the Narrows” shook things up in a big way when Professor Pyg is truly making his presence known throughout Gotham. Its nothing new that the GCPD are finding themselves the target of another attack, but I do believe we have reached that point where the department is now taking that turn towards legitimacy like in the comics. So far the use of Professor Pyg was the right call, and hopefully they keep pushing how far this villain is willing to go for what he thinks is justice.