Gotham “A Dark Knight: They Who Hide Behind Masks” Review
With each passing week I do find myself more hopeful for the future of Gotham. Sometimes they slip up, but for right now they are heading in the right direction. Of course for the most part. Things are getting back to where they should be in terms of not straying too far from what you liked about some of these characters and their stories. The GCPD matters, the Gotham Underground, and everything that these people are willing to do for power or to hold onto it.
Gordon has made some big plays in the past before, though none like this. When they first dropped that bomb on our laps that he would be bold enough to travel to Miami and persuade Carmine Falcone to help in the fight against Penguin, I didn’t know what to make of this decision. It was clearly an act of desperation for someone like Gordon at this point with his back against the wall. You were even preparing yourself for a lot of ways this encounter with Falcone would go and they manage to throw us a curve ball when expecting crap to hit the fan. Personally I would have rather the opposite response that Gordon could have gotten, though I suppose what we got works.
While I do find it fascinating that there ended up being a daughter to Falcone as well, Sofia, I was also disappointed when I found out she would become an important character. The reason for this only because I hope I’m speaking for everyone when I say that we don’t need to see another relationship forced onto Gordon. The weakest points of Gotham have been when Gordon struggled with a relationship that just wasn’t meant to be.
This episode is the first time where Bruce is really put to the test using his new suit and taking a different approach to fighting crime. Right now I would say that Alfred’s involvement saves Bruce’s storyline. There’s too much cliche about Bruce right now to feel as invested as you would like. Maybe not cliche, but rather predictable. You know what he would do at this point before he does it. You know the trouble he’s going to get himself into because his behavior almost never changes. The same thing right now we try to overlook with Gordon hoping he is getting smarter (For now he is). Alfred saves the day because he’s blunt, he kicks ass, and he does get the best lines when it comes to showing off his experience. Bruce finding himself on Penguin’s radar during the auction at the Iceberg Lounge did change things up. This was one of the better plays he has made even though this is throwing himself into danger. Pieces are moving into play and while not everyone is saying the name, these tease is enjoyable.
So far I have liked the direction Penguin has been taken in this season. It was only odd when this new development came out of left field. Of course said character was probably going to come back inevitably down the road, but I don’t think anyone would have guessed this soon. This returned character does shake things up when you get past how random it felt at first. To an extent you can say this person will shake things up where this is more than just Penguin versus the GCPD. On the other hand I am enjoying his interactions with Barbara. Him pushing Barbara to figure out who her benefactor is has been the perfect approach to getting to know this new her. That silent glare, stability in her voice, confidence without madness makes you feel intimidated once again. Especially now that you have figured out who has the resources to bring her back to life.
Now Selina continues to be a point of interest in her pursuit of power. Her path is no easier than Bruce’s and you want to see where a possible success can take her.
Things are getting good with the events that have unfolded this episode. Gotham “A Dark Knight: They Who Hide Behind Masks” is making progress that you can agree with for the most part. Gordon and Sofia aside, everything else is leading to a clash and I’m surprised that a storyline centering around Ra’s al Ghul is working this well. I admit I had my doubts, but they are really putting in the effort to make this matter next to whatever comes next for the future of the GCPD in Gotham.