Gotham “A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie” Review


GOTHAM: Guest star Michael Cerveris in the “A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX

We’ve reached a good point where there could be such a shift in status quo, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. After the events of last week’s episode, some characters seized their moments, while others fell off the ladder. Which is pretty much what you tune in to see from these characters. There is no fun if everyone is content where they are at. They found the right push for some of them to take the role they were meant to play in this city.

Transitioning into this next episode was big in terms of Gordon finally taking his place as commissioner. Again this was a long time development you waited for. We all knew that Gordon would land in this position eventually, but the real question was when and how. The tension this creates between him and Bullock on the other hand stings because these are two who you would think it might take more to break up. Their partnership was suffering from different perspectives of how to run the GCPD, and something decisive needed to happen to push them in a single direction.

Things with Professor Pyg were already dark and twisted enough, but jut that first scene with him catches you off guard. All this talk about justice and what not, and then he does something like this. Personally I appreciated that little act of villainy from him. You want to push this idea that he is trying to help Gotham, but you don’t want people to forget that they guy is batsh*t crazy, like every other villain in Gotham. That didn’t mean that there wasn’t a means to what he did, as the endgame was quite clever. Well I should say the message he tried to send this time around. He’s a good change this time around since at the same time he can be a dangerous villain in person. There’s a bit more thought to his actions in contrast to those who have strength and will throw themselves into a losing fight. Not only this, but he has the perk of being a villain who thrives in mystery despite loving the attention. We know who he is in appearance, but nobody else which is the true threat.

The small musical number was quite the treat as well. There’s nothing like a villain who can show a variety of talents beyond just being a psychopath.

GOTHAM: L-R: Sean Pertwee and David Mazouz in the “A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX

Sofia and Penguin’s relationship was a point of interest now since you could never tell who is truly winning this game between them. Sofia plays a good game, a very convincing game for someone who has much more to lose than gain. Though on the other hand you have Penguin who you just can’t underestimate. He sees something is not right, but it is all about being aggressive enough to figure things out before he can be distracted once again. Which unfortunately is too easy when he has so many vulnerabilities. With that said, Penguin does add his own flare of suspense when his instability makes him uncomfortable to be around. All these things do however hold you just enough for the main attraction of this episode. That of course being what Professor Pyg has cooked up for everyone during this fundraiser for the orphanage. The one thing I do enjoy most in an episode of Gotham is when you can have all these moving pieces and they end up connecting through one person’s actions.

An episode without Bruce was nice, but it was only a matter of time before we got back to him and his coping after taking a life. This wasn’t something I was looking forward to us spending time getting into, though it was a necessary step forward in Bruce getting back on his feet. The only part about this that does keep your attention is Alfred. Most of these scenes grab you when you have Alfred buckling down and telling Bruce that he needs to think before he acts, or in general just get his act together. For this version of Bruce you need someone who can be blunt and take no crap from a teen, and that person we are thankful to have in Alfred.

Gotham “A Dark Knight: Let Them Eat Pie” was as exciting as it gets. A villain who really went the distance to send a message, schemers playing a dangerous game, and the somewhat tolerable teen drama. Professor Pyg simply tormenting Gotham city has felt like an understatement after the things he has done. I do hope as well that this isn’t the last that we have seen of him.

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