Gotham “A Dark Knight: Hog Day Afternoon” Review


GOTHAM: L-R: Cory Michael Smith and Morena Baccarin in the “A Dark Knight: Hog Day Afternoon” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: FOX.

I was pretty caught off guard by last week’s Gotham. Nothing is ever as it seems in this city when everyone has clashing motivations. I was looking forward so much to a bigger role from this guy playing Ra’s Al Ghul, and just like that gone for whatever plan he has been plotting up till his demise. I guess it really is the ones you like most who will go next. With that said, it looks like this week will take a more familiar approach to plot.

This new development with Solomon Grundy and Nygma was more fun than I thought it would be. On one hand you have a villain who has become something new yet familiar, and then you have another villain who is broken and more codependent than usual. Nygma being the entertainment for now works better than his usual shenanigans as Riddler. He may be out of character, though it is the one time you can overlook the differences. With that said, these fights were pretty brutal for your average underground arena. The perfect time to show just how strong this version of Grundy is when up against someone naturally strong and not pulling any punches. Speaking of Grundy engaging in these fights, the suspense was solid when wondering how far he would go along with doing something that is clearly not helping him. Now this Cherry who hosts the fights had some personality to her. There’s something more to her than what you’re seeing on the surface and you’re just waiting for that point where she takes a bit more of an active role moving forward.

Taking on fights was one thing, but running into Lee Thompkins on this scene shakes things up. If you have ready any of my past reviews for Gotham involving Lee, unfortunately she was not one of my favorites for how they dropped the ball with her character over time. To me this was a bold move for them to bring her back into a role of relevance considering it could be hit or miss. Luckily the new path she has taken shows that there is hope for a character who started off great before they forced her into a poor storyline.

Following Sofia’s game with Penguin has been very interesting considering her approach to taking back Gotham. Her touch is different from those who have tried to make a move for control. Others would be more aggressive or direct about what they want, but she is playing the role of scalpel rather than the hammer. A wise move when able to bring out a side in Penguin that does in fact make him both mentally and emotionally vulnerable. It was only because Sofia was so good at her role that you could overlook how predictable Penguin can be when feeling challenged.

GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor in the “A Dark Knight: Hog Day Afternoon” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: FOX.

When you are looking for a case that will offer something others have not, this one takes the cake so far. A serial killer who has been dressing victims with pig heads? That is a new level of twisted no person can prepare for. The seriousness of this situation was great if not only for the fact that we needed to see Gordon and Bullock in action again. These two at odds over Penguin’s rules created tension between them that made it hard to get the dynamic out of them that made the GCPD side of things favorable. For most of this episode they tossed the rules out of the window which you can only get the best results out of. The serial killer himself was refreshing for the flare he brought to his actions and character. Not to mention how daring he is to make a move against the GCPD that none others were brave enough to. We’ve lost some characters out of the blue before, so the fear did kick in given

If anything made this episode more put together than most, I have to say it was the lack of characters like Bruce and Selina. It’s not always bad when they are around, though you can see when their stories are forced in and clashing with everything else going on of greater importance.

Gotham “A Dark Knight: Hog Day Afternoon” had some memorable character moments, plot progression, and a villain who can shock you for the lengths he is willing to go for what he calls justice. Not every vigilante in a city like Gotham will take to the streets doing the right things for the right reasons. A great example of where you can go completely wrong.

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