Gotham “A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself” Review


GOTHAM: Cory Michael Smith in the “A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Nov. 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX

Difficult times in Gotham when all it takes is one troublesome villain to shake everything up. Everyone is forced to make decisions they wouldn’t normally make, cross the wrong people under duress, and do things that are influenced by fear itself. Professor Pyg has been a daring villain to throw at them and so far I have to say that its paying off when we are seeing a change in the GCPD for better or for worse. Someone had to come along and give them that push needed towards that future legitimacy, which includes Gordon taking a higher position.

Exploring the Narrows like this has been a treat. We’ve gotten to see the more public side of this area, and we have seen what excitement can come from the fighting grounds. Grundy and Nygma become main attractions at Cherry’s Place in the Narrows is a step in the right direction when this is becoming more than what you expected it to be at the start. A simple desire for money to turn into a cure has become the spark to cause another conflict. That is of course not to say that the fighting itself isn’t quite the spectacle. As cringeworthy as some of the things Grundy does to win a fight, that is what you expect from people who take up this kind of sport. His fight with Tabitha was quick to put you on edge since these are the last two you would want to see fighting each other. The fight was quick and decisive, though smart the way it wrapped up.

Again I must say that Lee is seeing some redemption from her new outlook on life. She may not try to directly get involved in things going on around her, but just having someone who can be a voice of reason is a good contrast from everyone else in the Narrows. You don’t know what they intend to do with her in the grand scheme of things, but the perspective is appreciated to say the least.

What I looked forward to most was seeing Barbara, Tabitha, and Selina in action as a group. The anticipation of what happens when these three step into the Narrows to confront Nygma. This plot had the right motivation and the right build up of suspense since there’s plenty enough for them to gain through a successful job there, and just as much to lose from not knowing what they are getting themselves into. Especially Tabitha who has no idea that Butch is still alive as the monster known as Grundy. Their reaction to the show was one thing, but their reaction to Grundy was something else altogether when it jeopardized their job. How this scene played out was cool for the fact that getting Nygma away from Grundy is easier said than done. Even harder to interfere with Grundy being the champion for Cherry. You couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to their adventure down there. It got ugly, but they knew exactly how to adapt to the situation and the people around them.

GOTHAM: L-R: Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards and Jessica Lucas in the “A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Nov. 9 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX

Gordon finding himself offered the position of captain was what I hoped for to happen to Gordon a long time now. Unless they are altogether trying to create their own version of Gotham, then captain is the endgame for the guy. It only sucks because that does mean putting him at odds with Bullock. As much as you could want this for Gordon, just not at the expense of someone who does try to have good intentions. Not only that, but someone who is already at his lowest.

Sofia’s part this time around wasn’t too strong, though every bit right now counts. It seems as though they are striving for a long game which I can’t argue with. You would have thought she might make a bigger move by now, but clearly they are playing her up to be someone smart enough to move with pacing. With that said, things are moving pretty slowly with Penguin as well. His reaction to Nygma mocking him on stage was great, though it was his actions in the school that grabbed your attention most. That was more of the Penguin you want to see rather than they guy consistently throwing a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way.

Gotham “A Dark Knight: Stop Hitting Yourself” was exactly the kind of fun that happens when familiar faces clash. Some characters seized their moments, while others fell off the ladder. This was probably the most unexpected time for there to be a shift in status quo, but it couldn’t have com at a better time.

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