Gotham “A Dark Knight: Things That Go Boom” Review


GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor in the “A Dark Knight: Things That Go Boom” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Nov. 30 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX

Right now nobody is safe whether we are talking from others or themselves. Some pieces are falling into places, while some others are struggling to stay on the board. There’s plenty to look forward to, though at the same time just as much to remain skeptical of just because some characters have been questionable up to this point. The hope is that this episode pushes forward with strong story progression and the right corrections.

For Gordon, it was interesting to see how he is continuing to settle into his role as commissioner. His situation was conflicted between worries about Sofia’s attachment, and figuring out who Professor Pyg is behind the mask. The way he handled Pyg this time around gained him some favor since this is one of those times where Gordon shows that he learns from his encounters. He knew just the right buttons to press and that is how you find a game of minds with psychopaths. When it came to Sofia, it was good to see the pieces falling into place when wondering what kind of pawn he was to her. She clearly lost the ability to control him directly, but indirectly she had him every step of the way. His response was naturally that of someone who just isn’t in a position to think with his emotions anymore.

With a few episodes passing, it was a matter of time before we could get back to Lee and how she aims to lead the Narrows. In terms of grabs for power, you have to admit that she is nailing it even though the role of leader fell on her lap after Barbara killed Cherry. I still have my worries about the use of Lee, but so far they are doing right by her. This is a corner of Gotham worth exploring, and by someone who has something different to offer than the usual violence or madness. Sure her actions when faced with trouble could be predictable, but this is the kind of person we needed to see, not whatever they tried to turn her into when poisoning her with Alice’s virus. The turn she takes to fight against a foe that would force her into hypocrisy was the best end to the problem she faced. She was very convincing as someone who can be feared for thinking around taking lives for respect. The influence of Nygma and Grundy made things entertaining as well with these two challenging the peace that Lee wanted to bring to the Narrows.

The biggest question going into this week’s episode was what new villain would turn up to cause trouble. No matter what is going on, you tend to have this expectation of some villain whether familiar or new to create some background noise like Professor Pyg did. Someone who engages the city of Gotham as a whole and creates a problem beyond any single individual. With that said, the first scene addressing what happened next with Pyg was pretty awesome. It felt good to be reminded of what separates this guy from every other killer, psychopath, and disturbed person out there. He knows what he’s doing and the problem is really just a twisted sense of morality/ethics.

GOTHAM: L-R: Guest star Christopher Convery and Crystal Reed in the “A Dark Knight: Things That Go Boom” episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, Nov. 30 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX

This game of Sofia’s could only have gone on so long before she either found her victory or find herself slipping up. Being Gotham it wasn’t too shocking to see that she made her mistake and now might pay for it. I will still say I admire her approach to taking power, but from the start you could see some holes in her plan. Especially when dealing with someone who finds so much trouble in trusting others to let his guard down for her. Now if only this was as assumed that things would go. I love how this development evolved into something more than a simple tug of war. Sofia and Penguin try so hard to gain one over the other, but neither can seem to make that decisive move. The suspense really does kill you because something conclusive has to happen sooner or later. At the very least you have the escalation of the situation due to both sides revealing themselves fully in intentions.

When all is said and done, I was relieved that this episode did not waste any time on Bruce and his rebellious attitude. It goes without saying that Bruce at the moment has the weakest storyline to follow. They’ll probably get back to it next week, and hopefully pick up the pace to wrap up this chapter. Though for now this episode benefited so much for ignoring him.

War is what you want, and that is exactly what you get through the events of Gotham “A Dark Knight: Things That Go Boom”. Things did go boom and for the best when awaiting these two opposing forces to legitimately clash. This got personal, intense, and many characters had their time in the spotlight when push came to shove.

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