Gotham Review – “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon” S1E13


Edward Nygma is reminiscent of Spike in BtVS, before he became a vampire: He’s so adorkable! This week, Nygma writes Kringle a poetic greeting card, a la William the Bloody, and is made fun of, a la William the Bloody. You’d have to be a Buffy fan to get why I liked this aspect. Now if only Nygma turned into a vampire and killed them all. Gotham would be much better.

Some subtlety: At one point Bullock talks about Flass, narcotics cop, having nice things, insinuating that Flass deals the same drugs he finds. It was a nice the writers finally decided to hint at the fact rather than practically break the 4th wall and tell us that Flass was a bad guy.

Gordon stating the obvious: At first, when the witness is murdered in the precinct, I thought, “Oh my god, they seriously just killed someone in the station. How dumb.” But the plot revealed why this was plausible. The best part though, was when Jim said “How the hell did this happen?!” because we were all thinking it.

The depth of corruption is … deep: This episode featured more of the police department and how bad things really are in Gotham. From different officers involved in the drug trade, to the fact that they use warrants from the Commissioner to move their stash houses. It’s pretty scary, but good they are finally showing this more.

Victor Zsasz and his Angels are insane: I’m calling them his Angels because it’s kinda like he’s Charlie and they are demented crime… doers. Anyway, even though the girls are over the top, I cannot get enough of Victor. He is a man who knows his mission, and carries it out oh-so-well. And thank god someone is trying to kill Fish and Butch.

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Looks like someone is getting ready to DISCO!


Penguin’s Moral Compass: Gordon final uses the “Bullock Method” and asks Cobblepot to get info on Arnold Flass. When he asks about how to repay Cobblepot, Oswald replies, “friends don’t owe friends.” Oswald Cobblepot may be a lot of things, but his loyal to those he regards highly.

No good deed goes unpunished: Gordon feels pretty high and mighty when he arrests Flass in front of the department, but when he finds out that Delaware, one of the detectives in the ring who was involved, was tortured by one of Cobblepot’s cronies (which was one of the best scenes of the episode), Gordon because to realize the error of his ways. Gordon wrestling between right vs. wrong in this crooked town could be a great plot point moving forward.


Fish Mooney erotica: Was the point of the torture nothing more than telling the audience that Fish Mooney is ultra sexy in a 50 Shades of Gray way? Because…ew. Otherwise, there seemed to be no point to it. We already know Carmine Falcone is ruthless. We didn’t need to see her orgasm through suffocation.

Puppy Love disguised as Grown-Up Love: Bruce and Alfred return from Switzerland and immediately look for Selena. While this isn’t surprising, because Bruce still thought that Selena knows the man who murdered his parents, he also really does like her. The thing that makes this a con is that once Bruce gives her the snowglobe and asks her to move in with him, she freaks out. Perhaps I would freak out, too. Especially because this is happening with someone who is like 10 YEARS OLD. Too weird.

Captain Essen is the worst Captain ever: How does she not know that practically all the cops under her are really bad guys? How does nothing get approved by her? How is it that Jim got the evidence that Flass was the killer, but Captain Essen didn’t know? Why would she approve the death of the witness as a suicide instead of a homicide? Whyyyyy?!

Bad guitar music: TWO different scenes featured guitar riffs from 1985. O.K., that isn’t proven, but they were bad anyhow. Between Gordon’s interrogations (two of those in the last three weeks) and Penguin’s bender in his club, I feel like guitar riffs should be banned. Straight up. And Gotham needs to higher a new music supervisor.

Penguin’s Club: The whole thing was strange. First of all, why was there an old man orchestra playing? Why was his mom so obsessed with it all? Are all club owner’s moms so proud of their accomplishments? I have too many questions. Also, the fact that Fish walked in when Penguin was drunkenly announcing the club opening to no one was very predictable.

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I’m old, but still think I am hot.


Easter Eggs:

Arnold Flass is an ass: Arnold Flass, created by Frank Miller, is a very crooked cop. First appearing in Batman: Year One, as Jim Gordon’s partner. He is close to Carmine Falcone, beats people up for fun, and even beating up Jim Gordon and threatening his family. That does not end up well for Flass in the end. We shall see if Gordon retaliates on Flass more than just “locking him up.”

The Dark Knight: When Bruce is playing chess by himself, the last move we see him make is moving the black knight, or the “Dark Knight” in a king’s knight play. It was a cute little nod to the future of the young man.


Flass and Gordon will have beef: Gordon may have the support of the Captain, but that doesn’t mean he has the support of Flass’s crew within and outside the department. If he ever is out of jail, he will gather a crew to beat up Gordon, and possibly take Barbara hostage, since she still has to matter to the show. The season will end with Gordon doing something really bad to Flass, like taking him out in the woods and gagging him. But this is only in the hopes that the show follows the comics.

Bruce and Selena gonna be enemies: Now that Bruce knows the truth about Selena’s lie, it is unlikely they will continue their romance, if you can even call it that. Looks like Selena is destined to be bad.

Fish Mooney will not leave town: Maybe she will jump out of the river, kill a homeless man, and eat his sandwich! I was hoping that she was wouldn’t come back, but since there has been no major news about Jada Pinkett Smith exited the series, there is no way Mooney will be gone for long.

Butch will turn: Now that Zsasz is more than likely torturing the Butch, he will turn on Mooney. I have no reason to think this other than I really just don’t like her and want her gone.

Poison Ivy will begin to use Oil of Olay: Is it just me, or did that chick age like 30 years in the face? And never get taller?

Hush Comics gives “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon” a D+, because even there seemed to be more pros than cons, those cons really outweighed the pros. Gotham is shooting itself in the foot (or stabbing itself in the back with an ice pick) with the same story, different day outline. Also, there was no Morena Baccarin this week, and that sucks.

All pictures belong to FOX and The CW.  They are credited to Jessica Miglio.

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Adrian Puryear

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon, and Breaking Bad are the best things to ever happen to me. I'm only a Three on MeowMeowBeenz. I really want to be a Four.

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