Gotham Review – “The Fearsome Dr. Crane” S1E14

Pros:

Edward Nygma is indeed crazy: So he put cut up body parts in the Medical Examiner’s locker. What’s the big deal? —Um, actually that is crazy! Nygma is finally showing signs of being evil, but by the same token, was M.E. was not innocent by any means. This is decent character progression for the nerdy forensics investigator, and even though he Frankensteined the locker, I can’t help but like the goofy guy.

Bullock likes redheads: Bullock was pretty funny this episode. He is still toeing the line between crooked cop and good guy, though. This week, he wanted to bang the redhead who hosts the phobia groups. And then he said this to Jim, “Unless she’s the killer, I think I’m in there.” The man has priorities.

Bruce gets bossy: Gordon comes to Bruce’s house to inquire about Selina’s admission that she did not see the Wayne’s killer. Bruce could have said, “Yeah, that’s ok Jim. You are still a nice man.” But no. Instead he took Gordon off the case, and told him that he did a crappy job of investigating in the first place. Then Alfred saw Gordon to the door like a BOSS.

Roadtrips can be full of surprises: At first, I thought it was corny that Maroni suggested a roadtrip for Oswald and himself in order to meet the guy with the thing. I thought Oswald was a nitwit for not knowing what was really going on. Turns out he did! There was the hilarious exchange about secrets (FYI, no oatmeal or coffee for Cobblepot), and we found out neither party is as dumb as they seem. Oswald took the gun, Maroni filled it with blanks, and everyone knows the truth about everything.

Gotham - The Fearsome Dr. Crane
I refuse to be canned meat!

 

Cobblepot uses the power of his cell phone: Maroni and Cobblepot’s struggle ends with Cobblepot in a car ready to be scrap at the junkyard. Cobblepot, for unknown reasons, still has his cell phone, and calls Maroni. This part is hilarious, because he calls their killer as they are doing the killing? But then he uses his brain and calls the junkyard guy, who ends up running because Cobblepot warns of the wrath of Falcone. He’s a liar, but at least he’s smarter than the guys who want him dead.

The menacing walk of a man with…: A baby pig! I didn’t know whether I should put this scene as a pro or a con, but because I played the scene over again three times, and laughed my ass off every time, I decided it was a pro. The second victim of Dr. Crane is a man with a phobia for pigs, or swinophobia. While that seems giggle worthy at best, the fact that Dr. Crane walks toward his victim menacingly, wearing all black, petting the cutest baby pig in television, and low “bum… bum bum bum, bum bum bum” music plays, all on a sunny day in Gotham, had me in stitches.

Cons:

Captain Essen is still the worst Captain: This woman has no clue. She insinuates that Gordon is solely to blame for Arnold Flass being in jail. And that Flass and his crew are hurting people in the city because of what Gordon did. This could be foreshadowing, but couldn’t she, as someone in a position of power, put a stop to that? Also, she tells Gordon that the Medical Examiner will be the only one working on his case because that’s how it is. Actually, it’s that way because she suspended Nygma. Why didn’t she just say that instead?

Cut the ropes, then save the girl: Bullock’s lady love gets kidnapped by Dr. Crane (didn’t see that coming) and thrown in a pool because she is afraid of drowning. Bullock and Gordon show up to save the day, and Bullock dives in for the girl. But instead of taking her out of the pool immediately to do CPR, he first cuts the ropes off her, and then takes her out of the water. Apparently, she can’t breathe with ropes on her wrists.

Fish is on a boat: Fish’s scenes were pretty much useless. But what took the cake was the final scene. Whoever shot up the boat enters her doorway. She is dressed like Catwoman, he is dressed like a Black Panther (not the comic character) and they both raise their arms like cats and lunge at each other, all the roaring sound effects. This whole thing was ridiculously cheesy. But it looked fun enough that my husband and I tried to reenact the scene and carry out what could happen from there. In case you wondered, we ended up sliding because we were wearing socks on our tile floor.

Gotham - The Fearsome Dr. Crane
Come at me, bro.

 

Easter Eggs:

Dr. Crane and Dr. Crane: The man who was the “baddie of the week” was Dr. Jonathon Crane’s daddy-o. The young man who needed change for the meter was the future Scarecrow.

Professor Pyg: There was a slight reference (although it doesn’t seem intentional) to Professor Pyg, a character created by Grant Morrison in 2007. The man in the pig sty wearing a pig mask resembled the Gotham villain.

Adrenal Glands: Nygma and Thompkins both realized that the victims were missing their adrenal glands. Thompkins suggests that the fear chemical is going to be used for something. This is a possible nod to Scarecrow’s fear toxin to be used in the future.

Predictions:

Nygma’s job: Was Nygma even reinstated? It seemed kind of strange that he was the one who said it, not the Captain. It’s possible that he will just hang around without Captain Essen even knowing, considering she has no control of her department.

Flass will return: There were too many references to Flass in this episode to not include him in the near future.

Gordon and Leslie Thompkins will be known: Jim and Leslie kissed in front of everyone. We won’t be getting too many shots of Barbara’s sweet apartment for awhile, but Leslie is better looking than that apartment anyhow. On a serious note, Jim and Leslie have more in common. He can actually tell her and trust her about his job. It will be hard to defend him getting back with Barbara if that even happens.

Hush Comics gives “The Fearsome Dr. Crane” a C+ for incorporating story lines from past episodes, some character development, but still taking itself too seriously.

All images belong to FOX and DC Entertainment. They are credited to Jessica Miglio.

Gotham Review – “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon” S1E13

Pros:

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.

Gotham - Welcome Back, Jim Gordon
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.

Cons:

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.

Gotham - Welcome Back, Jim Gordon
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.

Predictions:

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.